Dakota Buttar and Shay Marks, alongside 10 Canadian bucking bulls also impress at season-culminating event in Las Vegas
by Kacie Albert
LAS VEGAS – Amidst the best season of his career, Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) made his PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Unleash The Beast World Finals debut as the 2019 season winds to a close, going a near-perfect 4-for-6 to lead the Canadian contingent of athletes.
Following an uncharacteristic 3.52-second buckoff of Good Night Robicheaux (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow/Riley Samford) in Round 1, the 26-year-old hit a hot streak starting in Round 2.
Launching what was a four-out ride streak, and marking his first qualified rides on the premier series, the Saskatchewan man first covered Cool Customer (D&H Cattle/Flinn) for 81.5 points in Round 2. He continued his momentum in Round 3, reaching the 8 aboard Total Feeds Bushwacked (Ohl/Herb/McDowell/Comozzi) for 85 points.
In front of the historic, sold-out crowd inside T-Mobile Arena on Saturday night, Parsonage recorded his third consecutive qualified ride when he rode Do Wa Diddy (Andrews Rodeo Co. Inc.) for 85.5 points in Round 4.
The Maple Creek man punched his ticket to the championship round when he rode Bottoms Up (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) for 86.75 points in Round 5.
His streak, however, came to a crushing end when he was bested by Talking Smack (Dakota Rodeo-Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Ken Barnhard) in 4.62 seconds.
Parsonage concluded the 2019 season ranked No. 39 in the world.
While the World Championship race for the 2019 season is concluded, the 2019 PBR Canada Championship is still on the line. With the 2019 PBR Monster Energy Canadian Finals, presented by Dakota Dunes Casino, set for Nov. 22-23 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Parsonage is presently No. 1 in the nation, poised to win his first national title and the accompanying $50,000 bonus.
Marking his fourth consecutive appearance at the PBR World Finals, Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) went 1-for-4, with his event ending early after sustaining separated ribs when he was struck by a horn in Round 4.
Buttar recorded his qualified ride in Round 3 when he covered Accelerator (Terrell/Smith) for 85 points. The match-up was the second time the two met, with Buttar first covering the bull during the 2019 PBR Global Cup USA when he rode for Team Canada.
On Saturday, the Kindersley man was awarded the Glen Keeley Award for the third consecutive year. This award goes to the Canadian bull rider earning the most points during the season.
Buttar concluded the 2019 season No. 29 in the world.
Much like Parsonage, Buttar is also a top-contender for the 2019 PBR Canada Championship, currently No. 2 to Parsonage by a slim 32.49 points.
Shay Marks (Sunnybrook, Alberta) made his debut in Round 4 as an alternate. Despite earning two outs, he was not able to make the 8-second whistle, dispatched by Foghorn Leghorn (Dennis & Jan Owens) in 2.3 seconds and Soup in a Group (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Wilks Ranch) in an ever-close 7.07 seconds.
Marks, who is No. 3 in the race to be crowned the 2019 PBR Canada Champion, concluded the year No. 49 in the world.
Joining the three Canadian riders at the 2019 PBR World Finals were 10 bucking bulls from the Great White North.
Earning two trips, Fish Camp (Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp.) and Homegrown (Eno Bucking Bulls) led the Canuck bovine athletes, marked 43.75 points in their debut outs at the PBR World Finals.
Fish Camp earned the score in Round 2 when he dispatched Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) in 2.33 seconds, while Homegrown recorded the marks in Round 3 for besting Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) in 6.65 seconds. Homegrown also recorded a matching 43.75-point score in his second trip in Round 5, when he bucked off Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) in 7.58 seconds.
Fish Camp was also selected to buck in the championship round. Matched up against Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco Acre, Brazil), the bovine athlete earned a 43.25-point score when he was ridden for 88.5 points.
The additional outs logged by the Canadian bulls were:
Dilligaff (Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp.) for 43.25 points in Round 5
Happy Camper (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) for 43 points in Round 3
Finning Lil Shorty (Flying For Bucking Bulls) for 42.75 points in Round 3
Wild Child (Outlaw Buckers Rodeo Corp.) for 42.75 points in Round 3
Catch My Drift (Two Bit Bucking Bulls/K Rose Ranch) for 42.5 points in Round 4
Tykro Pound Sand (Wild Hoggs/Corey Chmelnyk) for 41.75 points in Round 5
Come on Over (Vold Rodeo/Prescott) for 40.25 points in Round 4
Big City Nights (Vold Rodeo) also made the trip to Las Vegas, however did not leave the chutes after Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland, Australia) earned a re-ride due to behavior in Round 4.
Backed by a dominant 5-for-6 showing, including four 90-point rides, 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) surged to the top of the leaderboard to win the PBR World Finals event, and became the youngest two-time champion in the sport’s history.
The most ferociously contested World Championship race capped a season-long slug-fest between the world’s Top 3 riders and came down to the final three outs inside T-Mobile Arena.
Lockwood completed his come-from-behind-surge Sunday afternoon to overtake Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) by 852.51 points.
Lockwood is now one of six multi-time PBR World Champions, joining three-time PBR World Champions Adriano Moraes (1994, 2001, 2006) and Silvano Alves (2011, 2012, 2014), and two-time PBR World Champions Chris Shivers (2000, 2003), Justin McBride (2005, 2007) and J.B. Mauney(2013, 2015).
“It will take a while for this one to sink in,” Lockwood said. “You work your whole life to become a world champion. Now I get to have my name next to guys like Justin McBride and Chris Shivers. It’s what you dream about. To have it become a reality is that much sweeter.”
The Montana man is also one of only five athletes to win the prestigious World Finals event title and World Championship in the same season. He joins Mike Lee (2004), Renato Nunes (2010), Mauney (2013) and Alves (2014).
Throughout the five-day event, Lockwood, Leme and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) went toe-to-toe, ride-for-ride before Lockwood hoisted the coveted PBR World Championship trophy amid a blizzard of confetti in the iconic Sin City venue.
Lockwood’s march to his history-making second World Championship title began Wednesday afternoon in Round 1, then 749.16 points behind No. 1 Leme. He slipped to 789.16 points, despite delivering an 86.5-point ride aboard Silver Back (Mason/Smith Bucking Bulls), when fellow title contenders Leme and Outlaw both scored higher rides. Leme rode Skyfall (Silver Creek/Winston/Melton Bull Co.) for 88 points and Outlaw made the 8 on Foghorn Leghorn for 88.5 points.
In Round 2, Lockwood began to claw his way back to the No. 1 ranking he had held for 12 weeks during the regular season with a flashy 8-second effort aboard Spotted Demon (Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott) for 91.5 points. Capitalizing on both a Leme and Outlaw buckoff, Lockwood entered Round 3 within 609.16 points of the No. 1 ranking.
In Round 3, the world’s top cowboys again swept their bulls. Lockwood’s Round 3 best, 92-point trip on Biker Bob (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) allowed him to slash Leme’s lead to 407.49 points. Leme’s third round ride came aboard Birthday Cake (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls/Goods Bucking Bulls) for 89.5 points, while Outlaw covered Mason’s Missouri Golden (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 87 points.
A similar story then unfolded in both Round 4 and Round 5 with Lockwood, Leme and Outlaw capping the evenings’ rounds with pressure-packed 8-second efforts.
During Saturday’s Round 4, Lockwood turned in the third-best score of the round, covering The Right Stuff (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow/Smith/Nix/Owens) for 91.75 points to close within 377.29 points of Leme who had ridden BootDaddy.com (Crescent City Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen) for a fourth-best 89.75 points. Outlaw remained a contender with a successful trip aboard Catch My Drift for 88 points.
The epic showdown on Championship Sunday was then architected when the trio all finished within the Top 4 of Round 5. Outlaw tied for the round win with 91.5 points on Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). Lockwood’s 91.25-point ride on Rising Sun (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) was the third best score of the round. Leme’s 91-point ride aboard Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) was the fourth best.
In a story worthy of a Hollywood sports drama, Outlaw, Leme and Lockwood entered the championship round third, second and first in the aggregate.
Following a valiant 4.11-second effort by Outlaw aboard Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) the race was narrowed to a two-man shoot-out between Leme and Lockwood.
Leme then climbed aboard Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark/Gene Owen). He was jerked off in a heartbreaking 4.59 seconds, sealing the World Championship title for Lockwood, who also came down early, bested by Canadian Mist (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattel Co.) in 4.95 seconds.
Capturing the coveted gold buckle and $1 million bonus for the second time in his career, Lockwood left T-Mobile Arena with $1,391.500. He is now sixth in all-time money earners in the PBR, a mere four years into his career.
In an equally thrilling race, Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) was crowned the 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year. After making his Unleash The Beast debut on Aug. 10 in Tulsa, Oklahoma as the No. 43-ranked bull rider in the world, his awe-inspiring 14-for-35 (40%) push through the final 10 events of the elite tour season, including his career-first PBR World Finals, led him to finish the season No. 8 in the world.
Going 1-for-6 at the PBR World Finals, Kasel netted $26,000 and 152.5 world points to finish the season 462.91 points in front of No. 2 contender Alan de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) who persevered through strained groin muscles to finish third at his career-first PBR World Finals. Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York), Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) and Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) rounded out the Top 5 of the dominant class of first-year pros.
In the bull pen, after delivering an unquestionably supreme regular-season campaign, Smooth Operator was unstoppable inside T Mobile Arena and was crowned the 2019 YETI PBR World Champion Bucking Bull. At the conclusion of the regular-season, the top bovine athlete had amassed an impressive 45.84-point world average and earned a league-leading six YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the event honors.
In Round 2, Smooth Operator delivered a 46.25-point score in his first trip of the 2019 PBR World Finals courtesy of his 6.99-second buckoff of Dylan Smith (Ararat, Virginia). On Championship Sunday, the Chad Berger bovine athlete lit-up the scoreboard with a 47-point bull score when he bested Outlaw in a swift 4.11 seconds, concluding the year with a 46-point world average.
Smooth Operator’s performance at the sixth PBR World Finals of his career also earned him the PBR World Finals Bull of the Event honor.
Rounding out the trio of honors awarded compliments of the performances of the sport’s four-legged athletes, Chad Berger earned his historic ninth Stock Contractor of the Year award. It is the sixth consecutive year Berger’s deep bull pen has brought him the prestigious year-end honor.
Rubens Barbosa (Iaciara, Brazil) earned this season’s Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award, which is presented annually to the rider who records the high-marked ride at the PBR World Finals, for his monstrous 95.75-point ride atop ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Classic Champion Chiseled (Flinn/D&H Cattle Co.) in Round 4. The head-turning ride made history as the fourth-highest score ever recorded at a PBR World Finals.
Going 4-for-6 throughout the weekend, Barbosa finished fourth overall to earn $132,333.33, rising from No. 32 to No. 18 in the world.
Fans can relive all the action from the 2019 PBR World Finals starting at 8:00 a.m. ET on Monday, November 11 on RidePass.com or via the mobile app.
The 2020 PBR Unleash The Beast season will begin on January 3-5 in New York City with the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden inside Madison Square Garden.
2019 PBR World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)
- Jess Lockwood, 45, 15, 29, 8,495.00, $1,873,731.80
- Jose Vitor Leme, 56, 11, 32, 7,642.49, $642,516.12
- Chase Outlaw, 66, 10, 19, 5,788.33, $559,545.68
- João Ricardo Vieira, 51, 5, 18, 4,532.50, $491,229.28
- Cooper Davis, 32, 3, 15, 3,865.83, $289,938.78
- Cody Teel, 49, 4, 12, 2,956.66, $273,141.63
- Matt Triplett, 42, 1, 9, 2,532.50, $263,457.25
- Dalton Kasel, 32, 3, 11, 2,370.41, $204,887.75
- Luciano De Castro, 39, 0, 8, 2,115.00, $121,813.01
- Marco Eguchi, 38, 2, 6, 1,985.00, $236,365.46
- Derek Kolbaba, 51, 3, 11, 1,936.66, $206,735.05
- Alan de Souza, 29, 4, 7, 1,907.50, $188,129.73
- Daylon Swearingen, 47, 7, 19, 1,807.50, $116,041.48
- Mason Taylor, 39, 1, 10, 1,729.16, $105,802.06
- Ezekiel Mitchell, 56, 4, 9, 1,709.99, $99,384.97
- Ryan Dirteater, 28, 1, 10, 1,643.33, $120,246.18
- Alisson De Souza, 48, 3, 10, 1,626.66, $92,734.33
- Rubens Barbosa, 46, 0, 10, 1,623.33, $200,798.82
- Lucas Divino, 46, 1, 7, 1,614.16, $96,243.97
- Cody Jesus, 28, 1, 6, 1,555.83, $148,410.24
- Claudio Montanha Jr., 45, 1, 4, 1,468.33, $142,845.48
- Aaron Kleier, 39, 5, 23, 1,456.66, $63,401.57
- Eduardo Aparecido, 33, 0, 6, 1,395.00, $191,583.50
- Stetson Lawrence, 46, 0, 9, 1,233.33, $91,131.70
- Cody Nance, 47, 2, 8, 1,142.50, $98,003.85
- Brennon Eldred, 43, 0, 7, 1,095.83, $93,899.07
- Silvano Alves, 38, 2, 8, 1,041.66, $76,659.83
- Taylor Toves, 48, 3, 7, 1,021.66, $63,924.58
- Dakota Buttar, 46, 5, 15, 937.50, $68,575.21
- J.B. Mauney, 24, 1, 2, 924.16, $75,476.53
- Ramon de Lima, 29, 1, 3, 911.66, $63,311.61
- Joe Frost, 27, 1, 3, 904.16, $49,230.57
- Keyshawn Whitehorse, 39, 1, 7, 895.00, $71,998.27
- Cliff Richardson, 26, 2, 10, 885.00, $44,025.77
- Michael Lane, 37, 2, 7, 865.00, $39,875.33
- Brady Fielder, 34, 7, 16, 865.00, $46,904.16
- Cannon Cravens, 27, 0, 4, 850.00, $79,229.99
- Dylan Smith, 51, 3, 7, 809.99, $48,658.84
- Jared Parsonage, 43, 2, 17, 758.33, $61,298.40
- Scottie Knapp, 44, 2, 8, 700.00, $52,487.37
- Colten Jesse, 19, 0, 1, 686.66, $54,716.65
- Junio Quaresima, 40, 1, 4, 635.00, $43,729.11
- Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 27, 1, 3, 585.00, $38,528.35
- Kurt Shephard, 30, 1, 8, 585.00, $44,012.80
- Leandro Machado, 9, 1, 4, 577.50, $29,994.37
PBR Unleash The Beast
2019 PBR Unleash The Beast World Finals
T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, Nevada
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Round 6-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
- Jess Lockwood, 86.5-91.5-92-91.75-91.25-0-453.00-2265 Points.
- Matt Triplett, 0-89.25-86.75-89.25-86.5-89.25-441.00-1000 Points.
- Alan de Souza, 79.25-86.5-87.75-0-39.5-90.25-383.25-875 Points.
- Rubens Barbosa, 0-71.25-89.5-95.75-91.5-0-348.00-738.33 Points.
- Jose Vitor Leme, 88-0-89.5-89.75-91-0-358.25-663.33 Points.
- Chase Outlaw, 88.5-0-87-88-91.5-0-355.00-602.5 Points.
- Eduardo Aparecido, 91.25-0-90.5-0-0-0-181.75-480 Points.
- Cody Teel, 88.25-91-89.5-0-0-0-268.75-343.33 Points.
- Cody Jesus, 0-92-0-0-0-0-92.00-300 Points.
- Ramon de Lima, 0-0-85.5-87.75-86.75-88.5-348.50-268.33 Points.
- Leandro Machado, 87.25-0-0-92.75-0-0-180.00-230 Points.
- Dalton Kasel, 88.5-0-0-0-0-0-88.50-152.5 Points.
- Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-89.5-90.75-0-180.25-128.33 Points.
- Cliff Richardson, 85.75-89.5-0-0-0-0-175.25-105 Points.
- Luciano De Castro, 0-86.75-88-68-86-0-328.75-100 Points.
- Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-88.25-89.5-0-0-177.75-88.33 Points.
- Jared Parsonage, 0-81.5-85-85.5-86.75-0-338.75-68.33 Points.
- Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-89.5-0-0-89.50-53.33 Points.
- João Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-89.5-0-89.50-50 Points.
(tie). Lucas Divino, 0-0-88.75-0-0-0-88.75-50 Points.
(tie). Junio Quaresima, 0-87-0-0-0-0-87.00-50 Points.
- Lawson Nobbs, 0-0-0-0-87.25-0-87.25-35 Points.
- Ryan Dirteater, 86-0-0-0-0-0-86.00-25 Points.
- Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-86.75-0-86.75-13.33 Points.
- Mason Taylor, 0-85.75-0-0-0-0-85.75-10 Points.
- Marco Eguchi, 0-0-87.5-0-0-0-87.50-5 Points.
(tie). Alisson De Souza, 79.75-0-0-0-0-0-79.75-5 Points.
- Daylon Swearingen, 0-0-85.25-86.5-0-0-171.75
- Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-86.75-0-0-86.75
- Dakota Buttar, 0-0-85-0-0-0-85.00
- Colten Jesse, 0-0-0-0-83.75-0-83.75
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Taylor Toves, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Joe Frost, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Fielder, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cannon Cravens, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Scottie Knapp, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Shay Marks, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ouncie Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Austin Richardson, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Daniel Tinsman, 0-0-0-0-0-0-0.00