LAS VEGAS — You'd think it would be tough to take the spotlight off the three-man race for the Professional Bull Riders' Built Ford Tough Series world title race, but Pete Farley did it in a major way on Saturday night.
The rookie bull rider from Kempsey, Australia, rode the reigning PBR Bucking Bull of the Year, Bones, for 93.25 points to win Round 2 of the PBR World Finals and $25,000.
It was a spectacular ride that, if Farley had his way, never would have happened.
Each of 44 riders selected their bulls for Saturday night's go-round in a draft on Saturday morning with the riders with the best scores from Round 1 picking first and the riders who bucked off the quickest picking at the end. By way of his rapid buckoff in Round 1, Farley had one of the final picks.
"I guess I was kind of backed in the corner (in selecting Bones for his Round 2 ride)," he said. "I was the third to last pick. To be truthful, if I was first, he wouldn't have been the bull I picked."
Before Saturday, Bones, owned by Tom Teague Bucking Bulls, had been ridden only once in 30 career trips. That was earlier this year when J.B. Mauney rode him in a "bounty" ride for 93.25 points in Oklahoma City.
Farley, the Australian bull riding champion in 2008, said he called his older brothers, Jared and Denny in Australia, for advice.
"They just told me to have fun and keep loose and ride him," said the 20-year-old Farley, who stole a bit of the spotlight from Mauney, the Mooresville, N.C., cowboy who followed his Round 1 win with a 91.25-point ride on Julio Moreno's bull Troubadour to finish in second place along with Ryan McConnell of Colgate, Okla., who had an identical score on Unabomber of Eno/Kubinchak Bucking Bulls.
Mauney's ride helped him leapfrog defending world champion Guilherme Marchi into second place in the world standings, just 126.25 points behind leader Kody Lostroh.
Marchi, of Leme, Brazil, bucked off Diamond G Rodeo Company's bull, Charmed I'm Sure, the second consecutive buckoff for Marchi, who rode 7 of 8 bulls at last year's World Finals on his way to the world title.
Lostroh, meanwhile, posted his second consecutive ride an 88.25-point ride on Lone Star of Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls to finish seventh in the round and maintain his spot atop the world standings.
It was a rough night for the riders overall, with only 10 of the 44 able to make the 8-second whistle. In fact, the first 15 bucked off before Dustin Elliott of North Platte, Neb., broke the streak with an 86.25-point ride on Lucky Strike of Bailey Rodeo Company.
After two rounds, only seven riders have ridden both of their bulls.
Mauney leads the average with a two-bull total of 181 points, followed by McConnell at 179.25 and Brazilian Valdiron de Oliveira with 176.5 and Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., at 176.
De Oliveira rode Spit Fire of Boyd/Floyd Bull Company for 90.5 points on Saturday, while Proctor rode King of Hearts of Corey & Horst Rodeo Company for 88.75 points.
Today's third round starts at 3 p.m. and then riders will take a three-day break before resuming the World Finals on Thursday.
"I'd seen him at a couple Challenger (Tour) events and he was really good," Koschel said. "They always scored pretty well on him. It was pretty much a perfect bull. It turned back into my hand and faded across there. He made me hustle, but I felt like I rode him as good as I could."
Travis Briscoe of Edgewood, N.M., finished third in the round, riding the Don Kish bull Little Juicy for 88.75 points. He finished a quarter-point ahead of Brian Canter of Randelman, N.C., who rode Rio Grande of Box K Cattle Co., for 88.5 points. It was Canter's first ride since August and battling through knee surgery.
Ross Coleman of Molalla, Ore., finished fifth with an 88.25-point ride on Cat Man Do, and Ryan McConnell of Colgate, Okla., just days after suffering a punctured lung in an automobile accident in Oklahoma, finished sixth with an 88-point ride on Shotgun Willy.
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