Aces High round four sees bulls in top form
Round four of the Aces High Bull Riding Series at the Texas Longhorn continued with the recent trend of the bulls not making things easy for the riders. Rodeo Director Coleman Peveto was back, only a short four weeks since open heart surgery. He was in his usual form and got the show started like nothing had happened.
The first rider out was Dawson McKee, still trying to adjust to riding in a helmet. The gate opened, the bull blew out and McKee went down. SYJ Productions again provided the bulls.
Josh Durant, winner of the last series, was second out of the chutes and would only last a second longer than McKee. Durant slid off of his bull’s left side like butter slides off a stack of hot pancakes. No score, no points (and no money).
Dustin Grabb, Caleb Smith, and newcomer Ronnie Hair all followed the first two with short rides and hard landings.
Hunter Bergeron on the sixth bull of the night made the only covered ride. Bergeron scored 65 on a smoky-colored, bobbed horned bull. The bull was not SYJ’s best of the night and the ride was not very controlled, but points are points and the $650 will spend.
Joe Bossier, in his second appearance at the Longhorn and Joey Bergeron, Hunter’s brother, both got beaten by their bulls. A couple of spins and a pile driver by strong bulls and both left with dirty clothes and empty pockets.
Nathan Dupry came out on a bull that blew out and spun hard. Dupry hung up and got caught in the spin, hit the dirt in a crouched position and rolled like a kicked tin can.
Bull No. 10 was a Watusi crossbreed with a large set of “U” shaped horns. The bull had a spread that was high and long between the horn tips. He was mean and he was heavy. Conner Wood drew the Watusi and did a commendable job of riding until he pitched too far forward on a high jump. When the bull came down hard Wood was too out of position to stay aboard. He went down and came up dodging the horns.
Ron Faulk, on the last bull of the night, drew the smallest bull, but one with the most attitude. When Mitey Mite was loading he tried to root out of the chute. He almost got his head out and looked like a rooting armadillo, fighting the riggers. When he finally got, he quickly sent Faulk to the ground.
With three more sessions in this series, the position for the custom-made $500 buckle and the winner’s check is up in the air.
Anyone can win at this point. No one has been a consistent winner and the points are close together. It will probably go down to the last night. There are two more nights before the finals on Aug. 29.