Whitehorse Wins PBR BlueDEF Tour Event in Salt Lake City

By: Brynna Waters
February 07, 2016

Keyshawn Whitehorse went 3-for-3 to win in Salt Lake City. Photo By: Josie Vimahi.

Keyshawn Whitehorse went 3-for-3 to win in Salt Lake City. Photo By: Josie Vimahi.

SALT LAKE CITY – Keyshawn Whitehorse captured the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) BlueDEF Tour (BDT) event victory Saturday night with a total score of 257.50 points inside the Maverik Center.

Whitehorse, who grew up in Utah, went 3-for-3 and earned $6,500 after riding Livin’ Free (Frihauf Cattle Co.) for 82 points in Round 1, Circus Mouse (Rafter J. Cattle/Jeff Rupert) for 87 points in Round 2, and Big Cool (Corey & Lange/Flying Diamond Rodeo Co) for 88.5 points in the championship round.

Winners of each BDT event in 2016 will be guaranteed a minimum of one opportunity to compete at a Built Ford Tough Series regular-season event in an attempt to win enough points to rank among the Top-35 bull riders in the world and earn a spot on the elite tour. With the win, Whitehorse qualifies to compete at Iron Cowboy in Arlington, Texas, on Feb. 27. Whitehorse also earned 80 points toward the world standings.

In second place was Emilio Resende with a total score of 171 points, whileJess Lockwood (170.5 points), Marco Eguchi (170 points), and Brant Atwood (167 points) rounded out the Top 5. Resende earned 50 world standings points, Lockwood picked up 30 world standings points for the third place finish. Eguchi earned 20 world standings points for finishing fourth and Atwood notched 15 world standings points for finishing fifth.

Ambush (L4 Livestock/Mark Ward) and Heat Wave (L4 Livestock/Mark Ward) tied for high-marked bull on Saturday with scores of 45.5 points.Ambush (L4 Livestock/Mark Ward) bucked off Fraser Babbington in the first round in 2.87 seconds. Heat Wave (L4 Livestock/Mark Ward) bucked off Emilio Resende after 2.80 seconds in the championship round.

The BlueDEF Tour, presented by Real Time Pain Relief, heads to Dayton, Ohio, next week. The event will take place at the Nutter Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. ET.

The BlueDEF Finals will take place at South Point Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 29-31, leading into the PBR 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals. The winner of the BlueDEF Finals, the second- and third-place finishers, and the top international performer, along with the 2016 BlueDEF Tour Champion, will each qualify to compete at the PBR World Finals.

Professional Bull Riders BlueDEF Tour Event Results:
Feb. 6- Salt Lake City

Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Aggregate Score-Earnings)

1. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 82-87-88.5-257.5 points-$6,500
2. Emilio Resende, 86.5-84.5-0-171 points-$3,500
3. Jess Lockwood, 83.5-87-0-170.5 points-$2,100
4. Marco Eguchi, 0-87.5- 82.5-170.0 points-$1,400
5. Brant Atwood, 86-81-0-82.5 points-$840

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