It's been a big week for Shane Proctor here at the 2009 PBR World Finals — and he's only ridden two of five bulls. Proctor and his wife Jessi are filming scenes for an upcoming reality show called "Posse: Young Guns of the PBR," debuting on CMT later this year. On Thursday morning, the already-married pair had their ring fingers tattooed at Huntington Ink in the Palms Hotel and Casino, followed by a true Vegas-style wedding on Friday morning at the Viva Las Vegas Wedding Chapel on the Strip.
The pair were picked up in a convertible Cadillac by an Elvis impersonator and driven to the chapel to meet 75 of their family, friends and fellow bull riders for the ceremony. The best man was none other than Proctor's brother-in-law, J.B. Mauney, who also walked his sister down the aisle. Jessi Mauney-Proctor's maid of honor was fellow bull rider Travis Briscoe's wife, and the bride was resplendent in jeans and a white tank top, over which she wore a specially designed white full-length jacket.
The show also features young PBR riders Skeeter Kingsolver, Ryan Dirteater, Kasey Hayes, Sean Willingham and Brian Canter and is set to premiere on CMT on Dec. 12th. Check local listings for more information.
Backing out and bucking up
The 2009 PBR World Finals saw their first two casualities in the form of Zack Brown and Cody Ford, both who were forced to bow out from severe groin injuries. Stepping in on their behalves were first alternates Billy Robinson, of Galax, Va. and Reese Cates of Carthage, Texas.
Cates made a splash here in 2008 when he clinched the Rookie of the Year title with a spectacular performance that included qualifying for the championship round and briefly making a run at the average, but failed to qualify through the Built Ford Tough Series this year.
"After the last event of the season I knew I didn't have enough to qualify," said Cates. "So I had already dealt with the anger and all the emotions, and I've just been patiently waiting and rooting the other guys on."
Cates proved that he was more than ready to step up to the plate, posting an 88.5 on El Presidente and tying for ninth in the round.
"It's just something about Vegas," said Cates, who also won a qualifying event here in 2007. "This gets me fired up to try and transfer it to the 2010 season and not leave it all in Vegas."
Update: World Champion bull race
Friday night's pen of bulls at the Thomas & Mack Center was full of contenders for the 2009 world champion bull title, and they all came ready to play. Reigning world champ Bones kicked things off by posting a score of 45 en route to tossing Travis Briscoe; Code Blue followed him with a 46.5, making quick work of Rookie of the Year contender Cody Nance; and Big Tex matched him with a 46.5 while bucking off Josh Koschel.
As it stands right now, Code Blue has the lead, followed by Big Tex in second, 2007 world champ Voodoo Child in third, newly crowned ABBI Classic champion Black Pearl in fourth and reigning champ Bones in fifth.
The world champion contenders will make their next appearance in the championship round at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday.
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