Team USA Eagles Defends Home Soil to Win 2020 PBR Global Cup USA

Winstar Global Cup

Over the past weekend came one of the greatest shows that happen at AT&T every year, The PBR was here putting on the Winstar Global Cup with 6 teams competing for the best bull riders in the world. The Olympics of bull riding.

The six teams were Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Canada and the USA with two teams The Eagles and The Wolves. All of whom rode their hearts out during the two day blast. The unwavering courage it takes to climb aboard the back of these impressive 2000 lb animals is just beyond amazing. Holding on to nothing but a rope that wraps around the girth of these beasts that come out of the chutes writhing, bucking, twisting to the right, to the left jumping over 4 feet off the ground. Sometimes there is excitement just to watch these real cowboys just get on the mounts inside the chute. There were at least 3 times over the weekend that we had these bulls bucking and trying to climb out of the chute. If you have never been you should mark your calendars and make arrangments to make it to this show next year.

The Winstar Global Cup.  One cup from each country filled with dirt from that country.

Over the two days, there were 90 attempts to ride the bulls for just 8 seconds, go ahead, you count it 1001 through 1008. I know right, doesn’t seem like a long time but only 22 of those 90 rides ended with a successfully completed scoring ride. Now several of those rides were so close that PBR judges had to go back and look at the video to watch the ride to see in slow motion when the rider actually lost contact with his rope. Some rides were missed by only hundreds of a second. I believe there was one disqualifying ride because the swinging balance arm touched the side of the bull as the bull was going down from a high jump. There were some that hit the ground hard and jumped up running to get out of the bull’s way. Also witnessed a couple of bulls that immediately turned on the rider they just bucked off and went after them dropping their heads, horns going after the riders. But the professional bullfighters were there to protect and getting the bull’s attention off of the riders saving their lives.

PBR of the summary of the event.

Team USA Eagles Defends Home Soil to Win 2020 PBR Global Cup USA

Team Brazil’s Jose Vitor Leme Wins Individual Aggregate

ARLINGTON, Texas – In front of an electric home country crowd inside AT&T Stadium, Team USA Eagles became the first team in the history of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Global Cup to defend home soil, winning the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy.

Team USA Eagles went a combined 6-for-16 in representing the Red, White and Blue, under the leadership of Head Coach Justin McBride (Whitesboro, Texas), Assistant Coach J.W. Hart (Overbook, Oklahoma) and Honorary Assistant Coaches Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg Arkansas). The six-man contingent left the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys with the glittering U.S. horn from the Global Cup trophy, first-of-their-kind medals and a check for $362,022.22.

Reigning, and two-time, PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) headlined for Team USA Eagles, going 2-for-4 and adding 178.75 points to the team’s total.

Lockwood delivered both 8-second efforts on the opening night of the competition regarded as the “Olympics of bull riding.”

After recording the third 90-point ride in Global Cup history when he rode Grand Theft (Paige Stout Bucking Bulls) for 90.25 points, the Montanan then covered Red Dawn (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 88.5 points.

Team USA Eagles was riddled by injury in the weeks going into the event, however, substitute Cole Melancon (Paris, Texas) stepped up and seized the moment, also going 2-for-4.

On Saturday evening, Melancon rode Top Down (Rockin R Bucking Bulls) for 86 points, which he followed with an 88.25-point trip aboard Monkey (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) on Sunday afternoon.

Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) and Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) also contributed qualified rides, both going 1-for-2, in the home nation’s defense of their soil.

Triplett covered La Grande (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Speers) for 88.75 points, while Teel reached the buzzer atop Peep Show (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) for 82 points.

In addition to becoming the first national team to defend home soil at a PBR Global Cup, Team USA Eagles are now the second multi-time Global Cup Champions, joining Team Brazil, who also has two victories at the nation vs. nation event.

Team USA won the inaugural edition of the event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in November 2017, and Team Brazil then laid claim to be best bull riding nation in the world in the next two Global Cups in Sydney, Australia in June 2018 and Arlington, Texas in February 2019.

After a hard-fought, come-from-behind surge on the final day of competition, Team Australia finished second, a slim 9.25 points removed from their first-ever Global Cup win.

Team Australia entered Championship Sunday in third place, then made great strides up the leaderboard, including a brief stint leading the international tournament, after the contingent from Down Underwent an impressive 4-for-6 in Round 2.

Two-time, and reigning, PBR Australia Champion Aaron Kleier (Clermont, Queensland, Australia) was the nation’s top performer, going 2-for-3 to add 168.75 points.  

Kleier was one of two riders to score in the opening round, covering The Tickler (Dakota Rodeo-Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Ken Barnhard) for 84.25 points.

He was then part of the dominant wave of Australian success in Round 2, reaching the 8 on Full Count (Rocking F Bucking Bulls/Chase Foutch) for 84.5 points.

Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia) was the high-marked rider for Team Australia when on his lone qualified ride of the event he conquered Trail of Tears (CG Bucking Bulls/Groundshakers Team) for a massive 88.5 points.

Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia) and Troy Wilkinson (Upper Horton, New South Wales, Australia) also added a score for Australia in Round 2.

Burtenshaw’s 87-point ride was earned aboard Quasimodo (Tom Baker/Chase Foutch), while Wilkinson rode Night Sweats (Plummer/Hart Cattle Co.) for 84.75 points.

Riding alongside his younger brother, Cliff Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia) was the final Aussie to contribute a score. He rode Wicked Hou (Hart Cattle Co./Hale/Randy Wood) for 85.5 points.

Team Australia’s second runner-up finish at a PBR Global Cup earned the team a check for $99,644.44. The national team recorded its first second-place effort at the 2018 PBR Global Cup Australia in Sydney.

In a shocking finish, defending Global Cup Champions Team Brazil finished third.

Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) was crowned the winner of the individual aggregate, earning a $30,000 bonus.

Leme, the No. 2 rider in the world on PBR’s premier series, went an impressive 3-for-4 to amass 268.75 of Team Brazil’s 435.75 points.

After recording the first-ever 90-point ride in Global Cup history at the 2019 edition of the event in the Lone Star State, Leme again delivered a monstrous ride during the opening night of competition for the 2020 PBR Global Cup USA when he tamed Rising Sun (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 90.25 points, marking the second 90-point effort in the event’s history.

Despite bucking off in the first bonus round, Leme rebounded on the second day of competition, delivering back-to-back qualified rides. He recorded the high-marked ride of each round, covering Dang It (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Fogle) for 89 points and Jive Turkey (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for 89.5 points.

Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) and 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) were the only other members of the South American contingent to cover one of the event’s rank bovine athletes.

They rode Holy Water (Paradigm Bull Company) for 87.5 points and M.A.G.A. (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) for 79.5 points, respectively.

The third place finish, which left Team Brazil 88 points behind Team USA Eagles, collectively earned the team $135,833.33.

Fourth place went to Team Canada who found all their success on the opening night of competition.

Going 3-for-16, the nation finished fourth to earn $67,900.

Two-time PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta, Canada), Jake Gardner (Fort St. John, British Columbia) and Jordan Hansen (Okotoks, Alberta) were the three Canucks to put the combined 259.75 points on the board for the contingent representing the Maple Leaf.

Lambert was the high-marked rider on the national team, covering Arctic Assassin (Phenom Genetics/Swalin/Sankey Pro Rodeo) for 87.75 points.

Gardner’s 8-second effort was aboard Medicine Man (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) for 87 points, while Hansen delivered an 85-point trip on Apocalypse (Deer Prairie Creek Bucking Bulls/5S Bucking Bulls).

Fifth place was Team Mexico, earning $49,000

Edgar Durazo (Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico) highlighted the nation’s finish, covering Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) for 89 points, the high-marked ride of his career.

Rounding out the leaderboard was Team USA Wolves in sixth place.

Colten Jesse (Potawatomi – Konawa, Oklahoma) rode Harold’s Genuine Risk (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) for 85.25 points to propel the all Native American team to a $42,100 payday.

In an event dominated by bull power, Air Support (Braun/Cooper) was the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event. The bovine athlete was marked 46.5 points for his 4.9 second buck off of Team USA Eagles’ Melancon in the event’s final bonus round.

Fans can relive all the action from the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, tomorrow, Monday, February 17, at 8:00 a.m. EST on or via the mobile app.

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(Rides – Outs – Event Aggregate)

1. Team USA Eagles, 6-16-523.75

2. Team Australia, 6-16-514.5

3. Team Brazil, 5-16-435.75

4. Team Canada, 3-16-259.75

5. Team Mexico, 1-16-89

6. Team USA Wolves, 1-16-85.25