By: Kristian Limas
August 04, 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.
Eduardo Aparecido: 90.5 points on Jack Shot (Arlington, Texas)
Eduardo Aparecido’s 4-for-4 performance at Iron Cowboy was among the best single-event efforts in the 26-year-old’s BFTS career. Coming off a win in Kansas City, Aparecido looked nearly unstoppable at AT&T Stadium.
In Round 2, Aparecido advanced forward with a masterful 90.5-point ride on Jack Shot.
Only Mason Lowe’s, 90.75-point ride on Smooth Operator in Round 2 beat out Aparecido’s trip for the highest-score of the night, but it still carried the Brazilian to his Iron Cowboy crown.
“I knew the bull I draw was a really good bull,” Aparecido said. “He has been around for a long time. I had a good draw and had to stay on and see what happens. I saw Fabiano fall off the bull and I tried to stay strong and do my job.”
Aparecido, who has long been a lurker in the World Championship race, knows that winning a championship means raising his game, and lighting up the scoreboard plays a big role into that.
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