DENVER, Colo. --- The Professional Bull Riders Denver Chute Out at the National Western Stock Show was truly an international affair.
The top spot was won by Jared Farley from Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia. Farley had a total score of 262.5 points to win the championship and $18,100. His most successful ride came on the bull named High Cotton owned by H.D. Page from Ardmore, Okla. When the judges added up their scores, Farley had the high marked ride of the three day event at 90 points.
Farley was the final man to ride in the final round. He had just watched Valdiron de Oliveira from Aparacida Goiana, Brazil, ride another Page bull, Piston Hurricane for 88.5 points. De Oliveira had the lead for the championship with 258.5 points. Farley came out of the chutes spurring and never quit to overtake the lead. De Oliveira still left the Denver Coliseum with $15,779.
Third place was Paulo Ferreira, a bull rider from Lima, Bezzeros, Brazil who had 257.5 points. He won $6,497. Fabiano Viera, also from Brazil finished in fourth place. He had a total of 255 points to win $4.498. Fifth place was held onto by Caleb Sanderson from Kissimmee, Fla., with 250.5 points. Sanderson earned $3.499. Ryan McConnell, from Coalgate, Okla., was the sixth of the fifteen bull riders in the finals to make the eight-second whistle. McConnell’s total score of 249 earned him $2.499.
Canadian Aaron Roy didn’t get the job done in the second round, but still earned a check for his first round effort. He earned $2,577 for his 87 point ride on Sunday.
Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association action gets underway again on Thursday at 7 p.m.