By: Darci Miller
July 26, 2018
PUEBLO, Colo. – On the first night of competition at the Big Sky PBR in Big Sky, Montana, Taylor Toves rode away with the lead.
The No. 87 ranked bull rider in the world covered Machinery Auctioneer’s Crazy Horse for 87.5 points. After making the 8 seconds, Toves’ hand got caught in his rope and he took a few parting shots before freeing himself.
“It feels really good to get it started on the right foot,” Toves told RidePass hosts Colby Yates and Matt West. “Got a little scary at the end, but it worked out.”
The sixth rider to nod his head, Toves had to wait out 33 riders to see if he’d hold onto the lead.
As the Round 1 winner, Toves had the opportunity to take a bounty bull ride for $5,000, but was bucked off by Acting Crazy.
Toves primarily competes on the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour during the season and, since May, has competed at 15 Touring Pro Division events. His best finish this summer is fourth place, achieved at the Forever West PBR in June and the Ultimate Challenge PBR Shootout in May.
“This is an event that everybody, all these guys love to come to, and it’s an awesome place to be,” Toves said. “Everybody’s super nice here, and it’s one of the bigger events. I think it’s the only three-day event that we can go to at these Touring Pros. And it would mean a whole heck of a lot to win it.”
Colten Jesse slid into second place in Big Sky with an 87-point ride on Lost Soul, and Matt Triplett and Stetson Lawrence tied for third with 86.5 points with rides on Like A Boss and Libby Time, respectively. Cody Teel rounded out the Top 6 with 85 points aboard Set ‘em up Joe.
A native of Columbia Falls, Montana, Triplett was competing in front of a hometown crowd. Triplett underwent reconstructive left shoulder surgery in November, but says his shoulder is back to feeling good.
“It feels amazing,” Triplett said on the RidePass broadcast. “I just got a little motorcycle brace that’s plastic, just for safety purposes. I don’t want another shoulder surgery so I’m going to try to do whatever I can to prevent it.”
The winner of the Big Sky PBR will earn 120 world points.
Action continues in Big Sky on Friday and Saturday. Fans can watch live on RidePass beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
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