DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2023) — The first round of PBR Bull Riding saw Luciano De Castro in the winner’s circle at the National Western Stock Show presented by Centura Health.
De Castro had the high-marked ride out of the field of 90 at 89.5 points. His score came aboard Montana Jacket owned by Berg/Coleman/Ogden/Hart and not only did it garner him a first place in the round, it gave him a chance to win the championship at the Velocity Tour event.
The top 30 riders from Monday and Tuesday night’s competitions advance to a second round on Wednesday night. Then scores are added together with 15 competing in the finals which will start after round two. Then scores are added together and the bull rider with the highest total gets the lion’s share of the prize money and one of the most prestigious championships on the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour.
Along with money, bull riders are earning valuable tour points which help them qualify for events and move into the elite Unleash the Beast Tour. Grayson Cole from New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, scored 89 points in the Denver Coliseum on Monday night finishing second in the first round. Cole was aboard the bull named Busted Knuckle owned by Bierema Rodeo Inc.
There was a tie for third place at 86.5 points. One of those rides – Robbie Taylor Jr., from Chinle, Arizona – came on Monday night. The second was Jasper, Texas, resident Braden Richardson on Tuesday.
PBR action continues in the Denver Coliseum beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11.
About the National Western Stock Show — Established in 1906, the National Western Stock Show is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides college and graduate level scholarships in agricultural-related fields of study. Its mission is to serve producers and consumers throughout the world by being the premier stock show, equestrian competitions, and center for year-round events. The 16-day show also serves as an entertainment arena, hosting one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, family and educational shows plus Colorado’s largest western trade show. For more information, visit nationalwestern.com.
PROVIDED COURTESY OF SUSAN KANODE & NATIONAL WESTERN STOCK SHOW & RODEO FOR TENN TEXAS MEDIA