It’s now down to twenty bulls. The American Bucking Bull Inc. (ABBI) season is coming down to its final night following the long round of competition for Classic bulls during the opening performance of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas. The ABBI Classic World Finals will award $250,000 to the Champion following the short go on Saturday night, October 29.
Thirty-nine bulls qualified to compete on Wednesday night, October 26 by virtue of points earned during regular season ABBI sanctioned events. Classic competitions are for three- and four-year old bulls. The field for the long round of the ABBI World Finals Classic was completed during the Classic Wild Card competition on Monday morning, October 24 where the top four bulls advanced.
On Wednesday night, Bad Blake of the Lightning C Cattle Company took the early lead for the quarter million dollar payoff. The Champion is based up on the aggregate of Wednesday’s and Saturday’s scores.
Bad Blake earned 91.5 points on the judges’ sheets after dispatching 2009 PBR World Champion Kody Lostroh in 3.02 seconds. Bad Blake is unridden in PBR competition. The four year old bull has been competing in ABBI events since his two year old year. The bull was ranked second during regular season competitions.
Back Bender earned second place after crushing 2011 Last Cowboy Standing winner Luke Snyder. He earned 91 points.
Only four and a quarter points seperate the top twenty bulls thus far, setting up an outstanding finals on Saturday.
The qualifiers for Saturday’s short go are:
1 Bad Blake Lightning C Cattle Co. 91.50
2 Back Bender Ackerman / Cox 91.00
3 V-5 Henry Wilson / Marty Foutch 89.75
4 Santiago Clymer Rodeo Livestock 89.25
5 Red Man Wade Shumaker/ 5S Ranch 89.00
6 Betta Watch It Davis / Daw 88.75
7 20T Train Wreck D&H Cattle Co / Gilbert / Enlow 88.50
8 Pure Smoke Cody Ohl / Ken Beshears 88.25
9/ Porcupine Puncher Curtis Leschyshyn 88.00
9/ TD2 Buckin Machine D&H Cattle Co. / Buck Cattle Co. / Shores Cattle Co. 88.00
9/ Pandemic Boyd / Floyd / CN Stars 88.00
12/ Vitalix White Velvet Cody Ohl / Ken Beshears / Hutchins / Kash 87.75
12/ Poker Face Box K Cattle, LLC 87.75
12/ Rainbow Circle T Ranch Ranch & Rodeo 87.75
15/ Big Stink Chad Berger 87.50
15/ Trickster Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC 87.50
15/ Delco Hebert Bucking Bulls 87.50
15/ Centerfold Jerry Nelson / Frontier Rodeo 87.50
15/ Blackwidow Lufkin Ranch and Rodeo 87.50
20 Carney Man Chad Berger 87.25