By: Kristian Limas
August 05, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. – The first half of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season was a five-month stretch filled with everything from surprise surges, comeback victories and continued excellence from the world’s best bull riders.
The 2017 World Championship race is far from clear, but the first half provided an insightful preview of what’s to come in the homestretch to the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
The first half featured dominance from the future stars of the sport, an amazing run from a veteran Brazilian, an unexpected rise and a ride the etched a legend’s name into the history books. Over the next few weeks, PBR.com will countdown the top rides from the first half and look forward to the second half where a World Champion will be crowned.
With 17 days remaining before the return of the BFTS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PBR.com will countdown the Top 17 rides of the first half.
You can witness that next great moment by purchasing tickets for the 2017 World Finals, where the PBR’s best will return to T-Mobile Arena Nov. 1-5.
When he arrived at AT&T Stadium, the larger-than-life home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, Brazilian cowboy Eduardo Aparecido had yet to win a PBR Major in his career.
Much like the larger-than-life locations where they are held, a PBR Major can be one of the biggest statements a rider can make in pursuit of a World Championship.
Aparecido rose to the occasion, going 4-for-4 and capping the night with an 89-point ride on Catfish John on his way to being named the Iron Cowboy.
The win was his first PBR Major victory, and his second win in as many weeks, and swept Aparecido into the lead of the world standings for the first time in his career.
“I know some people have said no good things about me, but I have shown I have the potential to be a World Champion and win big events,” Aparecido said. “To win a big event against the greatest bulls, I am so grateful right now. I am the Iron Cowboy.”
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