by Kacie Albert
LOS ANGELES – Leading the Canadian contingent in Los Angeles, Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) finished 10th at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast Iron Cowboy, presented by Ariat inside the STAPLES Center.
The 26-year-old first rode William (MG Bucking Bulls) for 80.25 points in Round 1, becoming the first cowboy to record a ride at the first-ever elite tour event in the city.
Buttar then brought the sold-out crowd to its feet Saturday night when covered Yo Adrian! (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow) for 85.5 points. His performance at the second Major event of the season came to an end when he was bucked off by Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) in 6.72 seconds.
For the Top 10 effort, Buttar netted 40 world points and a check for $1,850. He rose from No. 38 to No. 33 in the world standings.
Rounding out the Canuck duo was Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) who tied for 16th. He collected 5 world points and $600.
Byrne’s performance in California was highlighted by an 84-point trip on Red Sails in The Sunset (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) in Round 1.
Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Sao Paulo, Brazil) rode his way to a record-setting third Iron Cowboy title.
The Brazilian was the only rider to go 3-for-3 for the weekend, and the only cowboy to cover his bull in Round 3, as he brought the spirited LA crowd to its feet when he delivered a monster 90.25-point ride aboard Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen).
Vieira entered the weekend No. 3 in the world standings and moved to No. 2 after earning 760 world points and $146,000.
Alisson de Souza (Taubate, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Cannon Cravens (Porum, Oklahoma) tied for second.
Souza covered his first bull of the night Acting Crazy (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Staci Wilks/N Bar Ranch) for 87.25 points, but was eliminated from the Iron Cowboy event when he was bucked off in 4.34 seconds by Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) in Round 3.
The performance earned Smooth Operator the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event title with a score of 46 points.
Despite getting bucked off in Round 2 on Saturday, Cravens held on to a second-place tie after his Round 1 win on Friday night.
Both riders walked away with $10,600 and 125 world points. Souza moved from No. 15 to No. 9 in the world standings, and Cravens jumped from No. 17 to No. 12.
Luciano de Castro (Guzolandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) tied for fourth. Castro made the 8 seconds atop Whiskey Bent (Wentz Bucking Bulls/New West Rodeos) for 86.25 points in Round 2. He was matched up with Fearless (D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle/Tommy Julian) in Round 3, lasting only 3.9 seconds.
Eldred was unable to cover Jasper (Wentz Bucking Bulls/New West Rodeos) in Round 2, but his impressive Round 1 performance kept him in the Top 5.
Both cowboys left STAPLES Center with 75 world points and $4,100. Castro moved from No. 6 to No. 5 in the world standings, and Eldred remained at No. 19.
Replays from Round 2 and the championship round will be available starting at 8 a.m. ET on Sunday, February 24 on Ridepass.com or via the Ridepass mobile app and the final round of competition will air on CBS Sports on Sunday, February 24 at 12 p.m. ET.
In other PBR news this weekend, Shay Marks (Sunny Brook, Alberta) tied for seventh at the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour’s Worcester Rumble in Worcester, Massachusetts. Earning 2.5 world points and $350, Marks’ performance was led by an 84.5-point ride on Hurricane Tested (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) in Round 1.
Daniel Tinsman (Farmland, Indiana) captured the second Velocity Tour event win of his career inside the DCU Center, victorious at the Worcester Rumble. The 23-year-old began the event with an 84.5 point ride on Pit Bull (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls), tying for sixth in Round 1. He then brought the electric crowd in Worcester to its feet when he was the only rider to make the 8 in the championship round, covering Slow Ride (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) for 79.5 points. For the victory, Tinsman collected 170 world points, in addition to a check for $7,900. He is now the No. 18 ranked rider in the world.
Every winner of a Velocity Tour event has an opportunity to compete at an Unleash The Beast series event, and with the victory in Worcester, Tinsman will go to Kansas City for the Caterpillar Classic, on March 23-24 at Sprint Center.
Unleash The Beast – LOS ANGELES IRON COWBOY PRESENTED BY ARIAT
STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA, 2019
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
- Joao Ricardo Vieira, 84.5-80.5-90.25-0-0-255.25-760 Points.
- Alisson De Souza, 0-87.25-0-0-0-87.25-125 Points.
(tie). Cannon Cravens, 87.25-0-0-0-0-87.25-125 Points.
- Luciano De Castro, 0-86.25-0-0-0-86.25-75 Points.
(tie). Brennon Eldred, 86.75-0-0-0-0-86.75-75 Points.
- Alan de Souza, 86.25-84-0-0-0-170.25-67.5 Points.
- Jose Vitor Leme, 84.75-85.75-0-0-0-170.50-61.66 Points.
- Cody Jesus, 0-86-0-0-0-86.00-60 Points.
- Emilio Resende, 85.75-0-0-0-0-85.75-50 Points.
- Derek Kolbaba, 85.25-0-0-0-0-85.25-40 Points.
(tie). Dakota Buttar, 80.25-85.5-0-0-0-165.75-40 Points.
- Mason Taylor, 84.75-84.25-0-0-0-169.00-31.66 Points.
- Ezekiel Mitchell, 84.75-81.75-0-0-0-166.50-16.66 Points.
- Cody Nance, 84.25-84-0-0-0-168.25-12.5 Points.
- Silvano Alves, 81-80.25-0-0-0-161.25-10 Points.
- Chase Outlaw, 84-0-0-0-0-84.00-5 Points.
(tie). Lucas Divino, 83.25-0-0-0-0-83.25-5 Points.
(tie). Tanner Byrne, 84-0-0-0-0-84.00-5 Points.
(tie). Stetson Lawrence, 84.5-0-0-0-0-84.50-5 Points.
- Taylor Toves, 77.75-0-0-0-0-77.75
- Colten Jesse, 77.5-0-0-0-0-77.50
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Junio Quaresima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Sean Willingham, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ouncie Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Koal Livingston, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ramon de Lima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco AntÙnio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Francisco Garcia Torres, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour
DCU Center – Worcester, Massachusetts
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
- Daniel Tinsman, 84.5-79.5-164.00-170 Points.
2. Devon Weaver, 86-0-86.00-140 Points.
3. Marcus Mast, 85.5-0-85.50-80 Points.
4. Lucas Fideles Souza, 85-0-85.00-18.33 Points.
(tie). Thor Hoefer II, 85-0-85.00-18.33 Points.
(tie). Bryan Titman, 85-0-85.00-18.33 Points.
7. Shay Marks, 84.5-0-84.50-2.5 Points.
(tie). Eli Miller, 84.5-0-84.50-2.5 Points.
9. Cristiano Figueredo, 84-0-84.00
10. Kache Moosman, 82.5-0-82.50
(tie). Lawson Nobbs, 82.5-0-82.50
Joe Frost, 0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0.00
Cody Casper, 0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0.00
Caic Cassio Carvalho, 0-0-0.00
Travis Briscoe, 0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0.00
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0.00
Tye Chandler, 0-0-0.00
Ueberson Duarte, 0-0-0.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0.00
Eli Byler, 0-0-0.00
Andrew Alvidrez, 0-0-0.00
Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0.00
Jake Gowdy, 0-0-0.00
Leonardo Lima, 0-0-0.00
Allen Burkholder, 0-0-0.00
Rafael Marcelino de Montanha, 0-0-0.00
Daniel Keeping, 0-0-0.00
Dakota Louis, 0-0-0.00
Cody Dollins, 0-0-0.00
Alex Jenks, 0-0-0.00
Carlos Garcia, 0-0-0.00
Cody Clint Brewer, 0-0-0.00
Ricky Aguiar, 0-0-0.00
Stetson Lewis, 0-0-0.00
Eduardo de Oliveira, 0-0-0.00