The PBR Iron Cowboy and RFDTV's THE AMERICAN Rodeo rumbled into AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas over the weekend and Bad Boy Mowers was there to share in the fun and excitement. We always have a blast with our fans and we enjoyed showing off our All-New Maverick zero turn mower. We also had tons of free Bad Boy Mowers Swag to give away, plus Mallory was on hand to sign posters. Be sure to check out our Upcoming Events page to see when we will be in your area and come visit us!
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SHANE PROCTOR WINS THE 2016 PBR IRON COWBOY
By: Heather Croze - Courtesy of pbr.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Before 35,000 cheering fans at AT&T Stadium on Saturday, Shane Proctor emerged from the world's Top 40 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) to win the second PBR Major of the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series season, the Choctaw Casino Iron Cowboy powered by Kawasaki and brought to fans locally by Sonic. Not only did Proctor take home $115,625 as the winner, he earned 885 world standings points which moved him from No. 8 to the No. 1 position in the PBR world standings.
"People had written me off after my shoulder surgeries a couple of years ago, and they didn't know how I would come back," Proctor said. "But I've been working really hard, and while I don't think I'm 100 percent, I'm working towards that and when I get to 100 percent, who knows what can happen."
Shane Proctor rides DaNutso for 81.5 points and clinches the crown of the Iron Cowboy. Photo By: Andy Watson/BullStockMedia.com
Proctor went 3-for-4 on the night and was the only rider to cover his bull in the fourth and final round, sealing his victory with an 81.5-point ride on DaNutso (D&H Cattle Co.). Click here to watch Proctor's winning ride.
As the second of four majors, the Iron Cowboy included a unique format, awarding increased points and prize money to its winners. Proctor also had a chance to win the $25,000 Bad Boy Mowers Bonus when he drew the Bad Boy Mowers Bounty Bull Asteroid (Dakota Rodeo-Berger/Struve) in Round 2. Proctor bucked off the 2012 PBR World Champion Bull in 3.68 seconds, and the $25,000 will carry over to the next PBR Major: The Last Cowboy Standing, taking place during Helldorado Days in Las Vegas on May 13-15.
By taking over the No. 1 spot in the world standings, Proctor unseated his brother-in-law J.B. Mauney, the two-time reigning PBR World Champion. Mauney bucked off War Party (BMC Bucking Bulls/Jeff Robinson) in 1.85 seconds in Round 1, and fell to No. 2 in the rankings.
"J.B. was one of the first to come and congratulate me," Proctor said. "And as long as the check makes its way back east [to North Carolina], it's all good."
The Choctaw Casino Iron Cowboy powered by Kawasaki is the eighth event on the 2016 PBR BFTS schedule. The season will consist of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, California, and Nashville. It will culminate in the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.
Next on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) schedule is a stop in Phoenix with the Ak-Chin Invitational at the Talking Stick Resort Arena. The event takes place at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday March 5, and 2 p.m. MT on Sunday, March 6. It will be televised on CBS Sports Network at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 6.
BAD BOY MOWERS BOUNTY BULL
The Bad Boy Mowers Bounty Bull will be a PBR-designated bull in the Round 2 of the Iron Cowboy. The rider in the second round that draws the bounty bull and successfully covers it, will receive the $25,000 bonus award. In the event the ride is not completed, the $25,000 will carry over to the next BFTS Major, making that bounty bull worth $50,000.
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PBR'S JOAO RICARDO VIEIRA WINS THE 2016 THE AMERICAN BULL RIDING TITLE
By: Denise M. Abbott - Courtesy of pbr.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – THE AMERICAN rodeo showcased 13 of the top bull riders in the world Sunday at AT&T stadium, each vying for the $100,000 bull riding title and for a few, their share of the $1 million bonus available for qualifiers who win their rodeo event.
In the Bull Riding Final 4 Shoot Out, 2013 PBR Rookie of the Year Joao Ricardo Vieira covered Red Moon (Flying S-Samford/Holmes/Jackson) for 81.75 points to win the bull riding title. This is the third year in a row that Vieira has competed in THE AMERICAN.
"This is a very special event," Vieira said. "Everyone wants to be the champion here. Riding in such a big arena makes it even more special to win here."
Joao Ricardo Vieira rides on his way to be crowning the bull riding champion at The American Rodeo. Photo By: Andy Watson/BullStockMedia.com
Vieira won the PBR's Iron Cowboy event in 2014 and 2015 at AT&T Stadium, and after going 2-for-4 on Saturday, he took second place in the 2016 Iron Cowboy.
"I love this arena," he said.
For the third time in his career at a major event, Stetson Lawrence placed second to Vieira. He took second place at the 2015 Iron Cowboy and the 2015 Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas in May, and this weekend he landed in second place again behind the Brazilian. Lawrence took home $25,000 for his finish in THE AMERICAN.
Rounding out the final four were Fabiano Vieira in third place and Kaique Pacheco in fourth place.
As a PBR sanctioned event, THE AMERICAN will also award BlueDEF Tour points to the finishers. As the winner, Joao Ricardo Vieira will receive 80 world standings points, and Lawrence will receive 50 world standings points for second place.
Fabiano Vieira and Pacheco will collect 30 and 20 world standings points, respectively.
THE AMERICAN offers qualifiers in each discipline an opportunity to win a share of a $1 million bonus if they win their event outright. New this year, THE AMERICAN also offered a share of the bonus to possible "Triple Crown" winners, those athletes who could three-peat as the champion in their event.
Wade Sundell in Saddle Bronc Riding, and Lisa Lockhart in Barrel Racing were the Triple Crown contenders this year. Sundell, however, was the only one to successfully defend a title. With a 90.75-point ride, Sundell captured the $100,000 saddle bronc riding title, and claimed the entire $1 million bonus as the only qualifier or Triple Crown contender to win their event. His total winnings for the weekend totaled $1.1 million.