By: Justin Felisko
April 30, 2016
PUEBLO, Colo. – Last Cowboy Standing, the final event of the Built Ford Tough Series first half, is set to take place in less than two weeks.
The PBR Major, which is headlining the Las Vegas Helldorado Days Rodeo, will be one final opportunity for the best riders in the world to take a stab at helping position themselves at a run at the 2016 World Championship before the summer break.
Today, PBR.com takes a look back at the Top 5 rides in Last Cowboy Standing history.
Silvano Alves rides Smackdown for 92.5 points on his way to the 2013 Last Cowboy Standing victory
Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves has been one of the most dominant bull riders in Last Cowboy Standing history.
Alves won back-to-back Last Cowboy Standing titles in 2012 and 2013 and also owns the highest-scored ride in Last Cowboy Standing history with a 92.5-point effort aboard Smackdown.
The win positioned Alves as the No. 1 ranked bull rider in the world standings heading into the summer break and the Pilar do Sul, Brazil, bull rider was poised to win a third consecutive world title before J.B. Mauney went on his historic comeback during the second half of the season.
Alves is 9-for-16 (56.25 percent) at Last Cowboy Standing formatted-events.
Joao Ricardo Vieira rides Percolator for 90.75 points in the first outdoor Last Cowboy Standing
Joao Ricardo Vieira made history last season by winning Last Cowboy Standing and a second consecutive PBR Major with a 3-for-5 performance in Las Vegas.
Vieira made easy work on Percolator for 90.75 points to win Round 3, which helped him earn 150 of his 277.5 round points that garnered earn him the PBR Major victory after he and runner-up Stetson Lawrence each bucked off in the final two rounds.
Like Alves, Vieira has thrived in the Last Cowboy Standing format, which Iron Cowboy has since adopted the past two seasons.
Vieira went a combined 6-for-8 at the two PBR Majors and earned 46.78 percent of his total world points in 2015 with the two victories.
It is why he remained a world title contender for the entire 2015 season, and why he also was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the world standings for the final 15 weeks of the season before dropping to third during the Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Vieira is 10-for-18 (55.56 percent) at Last Cowboy Standing formatted events. He heads into Last Cowboy Standing second in the world standings and only 125 points behind world leader J.B. Mauney, who is 4-for-12 (33.33 percent) in Last Cowboy Standing formatted events.
Sean Willingham rides Priceless for 90.75 points at 2011 Last Cowboy Standing
Sean Willingham has hit the 90-point mark 14 times in his career, and in 2011 he posted the fourth-highest scored ride of his career with 90.75 points on Priceless.
It was Willingham’s second ride of the event following his 86-point ride on Clam Digger in Round 1.
He would finish second in the event to Luke Snyder because of a 7.99-second buckoff against Slim’s Ghost in Round 3.
Luke Snyder makes career-defining rides 90-plus rides to win 2011 Last Cowboy Standing
Luke Snyder used two 90-point rides to secure the victory at the PBR’s first pay-per-view event.
Snyder rode Slim Chance for 88 points in Round 1, Braveheart for 90.5 points in Round 2 and Wild N Out for 90 points in Round 3 inside the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
The Raymore, Missouri, bull rider took home $216,500 with the victory in his 300th career event.
It was Snyder’s biggest win in almost 10 years since winning the 2001 World Finals event title as a rookie.
Snyder earned a third of his 13-year career earnings in Las Vegas.
Pistol Robinson rides Hee Bee Gee Bee for 90.5 points at 2011 Last Cowboy Standing
Pistol Robinson posted the second-highest scored ride of his BFTS career with 90.5 points on Hee Bee Gee Bee at the memorable 2011 event.
Robinson’s ride tied with Snyder for the highest in Round 2 and put him in a position to win the inaugural Last Cowboy Standing before bucking off Black Pearl in 1.47 seconds.
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