PUEBLO, Colo. – In front of a sold out crowd of 9,987 at the Salinas Sports Complex on Wednesday night, Reese Cates (Eldorado, Arkansas) used just one ride to take the victory at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) BlueDEF Velocity Tour (BDVT) event, presented by Salinas Valley Ford.
The No. 10 bull rider in the world jumped to the top of the leaderboard midway through Round 1 with 86 points aboard Problem Child (Rafter L Rodeo). The victory is Cates’ first BDVT event win of the season as he earned 80 points toward the world standings along with $9,762.97.
Michael Lane (North Tazewell, Virginia) held the lead briefly with his 85.5-point ride on Internal Interrogation (Flying U/Rosser Rodeo) as he finished in second place overall. Lane took home $7,291.72 along with an important 50 world points as he moves to No. 33 in the standings.
Tyler Harr was one of the last riders to cover his bull in Round 1 and he made it count. The Hazen, Arkansas, native covered Furious George (Troy Brown) for 84 points to finish in third place, earning $4,820.77 and 30 world points.
Luis Blanco (Iacanga, Brazil) broke the ice early with an 83-point effort in Round 1 making the 8-second mark on Low Rider (Humpz & Hornz). Blanco and Nathan Schaper (Grassy Butte, North Dakota) tied for fourth place, as Schaper earned a qualified ride of 83 points on War Bonnet (Jerry Brown Bucking Bulls) following Blanco’s performance. The pair each earned 17.5 world points along with a paycheck of $2,742.26 apiece.
Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas) took home sixth place for his 77.5-point ride on Pay It Forward (Broken W Ranch/Mike White). He earned 10 world points and $1,710.26.
The next BlueDEF Velocity event will be on July 25 at the Second Annual Kasey Hayes/Stormy Wing event in Guymon, Oklahoma. The event will be held at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.
Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Series Event Results:
July 15 at Salinas BlueDEF Velocity event in Salinas, California
Final Results (Round 1-Round 2-Total Points-Earnings-World Points)
1. Reese Cates, 86-0-86.0-$9,762.67-80
2. Michael Lane, 85.5-0-85.5-$7,291.72-50
3. Tyler Harr, 84-0-84.0-$4,820.77-30
4. Luis Blanco, 83-0-83.0-$2,742.26-17.5
Nathan Schaper, 83-0-83.0-$2,742.26-17.5
5. Neil Holmes, 77.5-0-77.5-$1,710.26-10