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Ethan’s Update: Springfield, Mo.

MMG was hard at work at the PFIWestern.com Invitational in Springfield, Missouri. Springfield was the last three-day event of the 2019 PBR season; so the rides as well as the points were large.

My week with the team started early Friday, at 5 AM to be exact. We took to the JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State to coordinate interviews with television station KOLR with bull riders Taylor Toves and Cooper Davis.

After the television interviews, and some delicious doughnuts (Thanks to Gold-N-Glaze Donuts!), we went to the Outlaw Country radio station to promote the event  where I went on-air with stock contractor LJ Jenkins.

Every night, an hour before the event, we met with the crew of PBR’s RidePass to discuss the schedule for the night’s festivities. During the event, we directed local newspapers and TV crews where to be to get the best vantage point for each night’s action.

As the event drew to a close on Sunday, we went on the dirt one last time. The winner in Springfield was world leader, Jose Vitor Leme. Leme went two for three and rode Biker Bob for 92 points and the win. Leme collected 660 world points for his efforts, and currently has a 1,026 point lead on the field. We interviewed Leme, with new buckle in hand, as well as new rookie leader Ezekiel Mitchell. Mitchell has a breakthrough performance in Springfield placing second and finishing two for three after falling off Sky Harbor. Mitchell now holds a slender 38 point lead in the Rookie of the Year race.

MMG had a blast in Springfield and I cannot wait for my next update on our team adventures.

-Ethan Brown

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Be Cowboy: Ethan Brown returns to PBR’s RidePass in Springfield

As the Ford trucks rolled in last November and the 2018 PBR World Finals black carpet was underway, PBR insider Justin Felisko met his match.

At the entryway of the carpet sat a quiet 16-year-old overcome by being at the ultimate competition of his favorite sport. Little did anyone know that the somewhat withdrawn young man could go stat-for-stat with some of the sport’s greatest.

Since birth, Ethan Brown has lived with cerebral palsy, which has affected mostly the left side of his body, causing weakness and paralysis, with contractures of muscles and joint complications. Despite the challenges of this chronic disease, it has never stopped him from having a cowboy mentality and living his life to the fullest. 

“Ethan’s always admired the grit and determination it takes to compete in bull riding,” said Chris Brown, Ethan’s dad. “I think he can relate, with the multiple surgeries he’s had over the years. He’s had to fight to recover from each operation and show grit and determination to learn to walk again and again. He and the riders both know what it means to be injured, and to get up and keep competing every day.”

In early 2018 Ethan’s parents worked with Kansas City-based “Dream Factory” to grant Ethan the wish of a lifetime, attending the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. But Ethan’s family didn’t stop there. They shared his passion and dedication to learning the history of the sport and also his love of journalism – which sparked an idea within the PBR team that would forever change his life.

Ethan Brown with Jess Lockwood

After a whirlwind few days of walking the carpet with riders he now calls friends like Chase Outlaw and Jess Lockwood, talking stats and scores with Felisko and reminiscing about PBR events and retired bulls with legends like Ty Murray, Justin McBride, Adriano Moraes and Cody Lambert – the ultimate wish went to the next level when the PBR team took Ethan to what he thought was just observe the live RidePass show.

After months of planning, Ethan was about to be surprised and invited to the desk to call rides live on the broadcast alongside Matt West, Colby Yates and his idol, stat guru Felisko. The teenager took to his feet from his wheelchair and stood side by side with the talented anchors, matching their wit and knowledge with each jump of the bulls.

West’s friendship with Ethan has grown since that November evening, and the two frequently connect pre-event each week to discuss matchups.

“Sometimes in life, God connects you with people that just make your life better,” West said. “That’s exactly what happened to all of us when we met Ethan. His infectious energy and passion for the sport and its athletes is undeniable.”

Ethan Brown with Ty Murray, Justin McBride and Adriano Moraes

Almost one year later, Ethan, who is now in his senior year of high school, will make his return to the RidePass desk on Friday, Sept. 13 as the PFIWestern.com Invitational gets underway in Springfield, Missouri. His energy, determination and love for the sport have magnified in the months following his journalistic debut.

“I am so honored to be asked back,” said Ethan. “It is such a blessing to be a part of the PBR, I must have done something right!”

If you ask the PBR team, bull riders and RidePass crew that have had the privilege of working with this talented young man, they will tell you the honor was theirs, and that all Ethan has overcome, his positive outlook and dedication to his future is the truest definition of cowboy that there is.

Look out Felisko…

Chase Outlaw Wins Last Cowboy Standing In Cheyenne

Arkansas cowboy, whose career nearly ended a year ago in Cheyenne, soars to No.1 in the world standings

CHEYENNE – Hollywood could not have written a better script.

One year ago here in Cheyenne, Chase Outlaw was pulled down on a bull named War Cloud (Peggy VanCleve), breaking 30 bones in his face, requiring emergency surgery to insert 11 plates and 68 screws. Tonight, in front of a raucous crowd at Cheyenne Frontier Days, he was the Last Cowboy Standing, winning the prestigious PBR major, taking home a paycheck of $156,856.41, and 875 world points.

The Arkansas cowboy who was advised by some to find another profession is now the No.1 bull rider in the world.

“What doesn’t break you will build you, and I owe it all to the man upstairs,” Outlaw said. “He’s not done with me.”

Outlaw’s monster performance in Round 2 – a remarkable 93.5-point ride aboard Smooth Wreck (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Diamond Willow) – earned him the high marked ride of the year and helped carry him into the final three rounds. Smooth Wreck earned the title of YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event with his outstanding 46.25-point bull score catapulting the bovine athlete into first place in the Yeti World Championship Bull race.

Outlaw’s other qualified ride came in Round 4 when he rode Rising Sun (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for 90.5 points. The 27-year-old came off before the 8 in Round 3 on Budakon (Hart Cattle Company) and in Round 5 atop Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen). 

Click here to see Outlaw’s incredible Round 4 ride.

Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas Goias, Brazil) finished second at PBR’s debut at Cheyenne Frontier Days after earning a spot in Round 5 based on his aggregate score at the end of Round 4. He conquered Stretch (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) in Round 2 where he recorded an impressive 89.25 points and M.A.G.A (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co) for 88.5 points in Round 3.

Divino hit the dirt after only 4.38 seconds in Round 4 on South Texas Gangster (Dakota Rodeo/ Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger), and in Round 5 two-time World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co/Buck Cattle Co.) dispatched the Brazilian before the buzzer. Divino pocketed $21,882.5 and 365 world points. After the event, he moved from No. 18 to No. 10 in the world standings.

Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) rode his Round 1 victory to a third-place finish for the event. Despite being bucked off his Round 2 bull Heartbreak Kid (D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle/Erwin Cattle) and Red Moon (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) in Round 3, the Texas cowboy picked up a $10,600 paycheck and 125 world points. Davis remains No. 6 in the world standings.

2017 Rookie of the Year Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) picked up a total of 95 world points, along with a $4,612.82 check for his fourth-place finish. The 22-year-old covered Big City (Plummer/Hart Cattle Co.) in Round 2 for 87.25 points. The Brazilian came down in Round 3 off of Hocus Pocus (D&H Cattle/Barthold/Almand), and in Round 4 Heavy D (Paradigm Bull Company) proved to be too much bull for Leme, who fell from No. 1 in the world standings, to No. 2.

Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) rounded out the top 5 after riding Smooth Operator (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) for 91.75 points in Round 2. He came down early off Oz (Hart Cattle Company) in Round 3. He collected 75 world points and $4,189.74. Teel entered and left the weekend at No. 5 in the world standings.

The Top 35 bull riders in the world will now head to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Express Ranches Classic presented by Osage Casino at the BOK Center August 10-11.

The action from Rounds 2-5 in Cheyenne will be available starting at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 24.

Professional Bull Riders – LAST COWBOY STANDING          

Cheyenne, WY, 2019 –  Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Chase Outlaw, 0-93.5-0-90.5-0-184.00-875 Points.

2. Lucas Divino, 0-89.25-88.5-0-0-177.75-365 Points.

3. Cooper Davis, 88-0-0-0-0-88.00-125 Points.

4. Jose Vitor Leme, 87-87.25-0-0-0-174.25-95 Points.

5. Cody Teel, 0-91.75-0-0-0-91.75-75 Points.

6. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-89.75-0-0-0-89.75-60 Points.

(tie). Luciano De Castro, 84.25-89.5-0-0-0-173.75-60 Points.

(tie). Brennon Eldred, 86.75-0-0-0-0-86.75-60 Points.

9. Joe Frost, 86.5-0-0-0-0-86.50-50 Points.

10. Silvano Alves, 86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25-40 Points.

11. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 84.75-0-0-0-0-84.75-20 Points.

12. Daylon Swearingen, 0-84.75-0-0-0-84.75-10 Points.

13. Jess Lockwood, 82-0-0-0-0-82.00-5 Points.

(tie). Cody Nance, 79-0-0-0-0-79.00-5 Points.

(tie). Dener Barbosa, 84-0-0-0-0-84.00-5 Points.

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Aaron Kleier, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Mason Taylor, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Alisson De Souza, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Taylor Toves, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Scottie Knapp, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Junio Quaresima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Brady Fielder, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ruger Piva, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

2019 Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast World Finals Standings

(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Chase Outlaw, 47, 8, 15, 4,142.50, $391,519.02

2. Jose Vitor Leme, 35, 6, 18, 3,711.66, $278,395.71

3. Jess Lockwood, 29, 9, 18, 3,475.00, $324,339.20

4. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 29, 4, 8, 3,180.00, $395,787.82

5. Cody Teel, 31, 4, 10, 2,230.83, $181,673.29

6. Cooper Davis, 19, 2, 7, 2,020.00, $165,655.00

7. Luciano De Castro, 24, 0, 6, 1,767.50, $91,663.01

8. Derek Kolbaba, 34, 3, 10, 1,701.66, $185,333.38

9. Ryan Dirteater, 25, 1, 9, 1,413.33, $108,936.18

10. Lucas Divino, 27, 1, 5, 1,215.00, $72,688.04

11. Claudio Montanha Jr., 27, 1, 4, 1,207.50, $119,272.44

12. Matt Triplett, 25, 1, 6, 1,192.50, $66,621.11

13. Aaron Kleier, 30, 4, 15, 1,080.00, $54,220.94

14. Cody Jesus, 17, 1, 4, 1,048.33, $81,965.24

15. Mason Taylor, 23, 1, 5, 1,036.66, $62,456.12

16. Daylon Swearingen, 29, 4, 13, 947.50, $61,140.93

17. Ezekiel Mitchell, 37, 3, 6, 936.66, $53,270.82

18. Stetson Lawrence, 35, 0, 7, 923.33, $68,279.41

19. Cannon Cravens, 27, 0, 4, 850.00, $74,729.99

20. Joe Frost, 23, 1, 3, 842.50, $42,297.23

21. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 24, 1, 3, 795.00, $88,187.44

21. Brennon Eldred, 28, 0, 7, 795.00, $69,375.58

23. Alisson De Souza, 28, 2, 5, 774.16, $43,809.80

24. Silvano Alves, 28, 1, 4, 755.00, $43,121.09

25. Rubens Barbosa, 34, 0, 8, 747.50, $57,140.49

26. Taylor Toves, 30, 2, 6, 737.50, $44,163.44

27. Eduardo Aparecido, 19, 0, 5, 692.50, $82,623.63

28. Colten Jesse, 18, 0, 1, 686.66, $54,716.65

29. J.B. Mauney, 15, 1, 2, 679.16, $52,207.56

30. Cody Nance, 34, 2, 5, 615.00, $64,370.16

31. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 24, 1, 5, 605.00, $49,108.33

32. Jared Parsonage, 27, 2, 11, 595.00, $55,303.88

32. Scottie Knapp, 28, 2, 8, 595.00, $43,507.37

34. Dakota Buttar, 30, 2, 10, 592.50, $44,927.98

35. Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 22, 1, 3, 585.00, $37,128.35

36. Cody Heffernan, 15, 4, 7, 522.50, $21,953.35

37. Michael Lane, 22, 2, 4, 490.00, $16,506.60

38. Junio Quaresima, 26, 1, 4, 462.50, $30,774.11

39. Kurt Shephard, 21, 1, 7, 450.00, $33,991.78

40. Dylan Smith, 30, 2, 5, 431.66, $25,189.11

41. Koal Livingston, 14, 1, 2, 428.33, $21,912.94

42. Brady Fielder, 25, 4, 10, 422.50, $30,098.41

43. Ruger Piva, 18, 2, 2, 412.50, $27,171.41

44. Daniel Tinsman, 14, 2, 2, 395.00, $18,775.00

45. Cliff Richardson, 18, 1, 5, 390.00, $24,393.83

45. Marcus Mast, 28, 1, 6, 390.00, $23,514.59

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Cooper Davis Wins Round 1 of PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing at Cheyenne Frontier Days

CHEYENNE – 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) brought the heat to The Daddy of ‘Em All as he won Round 1 of PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Last Cowboy Standing, at Cheyenne Frontier Days on Monday night.  

Davis reached 8 seconds aboard Taco Cat (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/WSM Auctioneers/Rex Linn) for 88 points to win Round 1 of the Last Cowboy Standing, which debuted in front of a packed grandstand at the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days. The round win awarded the Texas cowboy 125 world points and $10,000. Davis held his No. 6 spot in the world standings.

The 25-year-old was one of 10 cowboys to record a qualified ride in Round 1, guaranteeing the group of athletes among the best bull riders in the world a spot in Saturday’s Round 2. With a minimum of 25 riders required to advance to Round 2, the remaining 15 draw spots will be determined by the world standings heading into Last Cowboy Standing.

2017 Rookie of the Year and current world standings leader Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) finished in second place on Friday night by covering Hot Habanero (Talbert Bucking Bulls/Greg Talbert) for 87 points. Leme won $3,500 and 75 world points, allowing the Brazilian to increase the gap between himself and the rest of the pack in the world standings.

Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) finished in third place with an 86.75-point ride aboard Jaynettes Pet 2 (4B Bucking Bulls/John Begay), netting $2,250 and 60 world points. Eldred started the night at No. 25 and moved up to No. 21 in the world standings.

Utah cowboy Joe Frost (Randlett, Utah) took home a fourth-place finish with a wild ride as the Cheyenne crowd erupted. Frost jumped from No. 21 to No. 20 in the world standings after riding Uncle Gangster (Ogden Ranch/Hart Cattle Co.) for 86.5 points, earning $1,500 and 50 world points.

Rounding out the Top 5 was three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil), who turned in an 86.25-point ride on Monkey (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls/Bryce Cooper) to take home a $1,250 paycheck and 40 world points. The veteran rider climbed from No. 26 to No. 24 in the world standings.

25 bull riders from Monday’s Round 1 will return to the “Daddy of ‘Em All” on Tuesday, July 23 for Round 2 of Last Cowboy Standing, until only one remains as the dust settles.

40 riders competed in Round 1, with the Top 25 scores advancing to Round 2. The Top 8 riders in the aggregate following the second round will then advance to Round 3. Round 4 will then consist of the top four riders in the aggregate based upon the previous three rounds.

Round 5 will feature every rider who posted a qualified ride in Round 4. A minimum of two riders will compete in Round 5. If only one rider covers in Round 4, then the PBR will draw back one rider based on aggregate scores following the completion of Round 4.

The rider with the highest score in Round 5 will win the title of Last Cowboy Standing. If all riders buck off in Round 5, then the Last Cowboy Standing crown will go to the rider with the highest aggregate score among those who attempted a bull in Round 5.

The action from Cheyenne will be streaming live on Ridepass.com and the RidePass mobile app. Replays from Round 1 will be available starting at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, July 23.

Professional Bull Riders – LAST COWBOY STANDING

Cheyenne, WY, 2019 – Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Cooper Davis, 88-0-0-0-0-88.00-125 Points.

2. Jose Vitor Leme, 87-0-0-0-0-87.00-75 Points.

3. Brennon Eldred, 86.75-0-0-0-0-86.75-60 Points.

4. Joe Frost, 86.5-0-0-0-0-86.50-50 Points.

5. Silvano Alves, 86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25-40 Points.

6. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 84.75-0-0-0-0-84.75-20 Points.

7. Luciano De Castro, 84.25-0-0-0-0-84.25-10 Points.

8. Jess Lockwood, 82-0-0-0-0-82.00-5 Points.

(tie). Cody Nance, 79-0-0-0-0-79.00-5 Points.

(tie). Dener Barbosa, 84-0-0-0-0-84.00-5 Points.

Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cody Teel, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Aaron Kleier, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Cody Jesus, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Mason Taylor, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Daylon Swearingen, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ezekiel Mitchell, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Lucas Divino, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Alisson De Souza, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Taylor Toves, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

J.B. Mauney, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Scottie Knapp, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Dakota Buttar, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Danilo Carlos Sobrinho, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Junio Quaresima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Dylan Smith, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Brady Fielder, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Ruger Piva, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

Nathan Burtenshaw, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

As posted on PBR.com