Brock Radford carried the colours for Canada at the 2020 Professional Bull Riders World Finals: Unleash The Beast at Jerry’s World.
The Alberta cowboy, competing as the lone Canadian rider this weekend in the PBR finale, was hoping to bring home the title from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
But the bull rider from DeWinton fell short, getting bucked off his final three rides.
And Texan Boudreaux Campbell was crowned the champion, pocketing $386,500 with four super rides during the five rounds of the event, including a fourth-best score in Sunday’s fifth round (90.75) for the top-15 cowboys of the weekend.
Radford finished 19th overall with one cover at the worlds for $5,500.
It was a sparkling start in Texas for Radford, as he delivered a career-best performance to tie for fifth place in Round 1. Radford seized his moment to ride in the opening round of the historic event, going the distance aboard Stretch (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls) for a massive 89 points. Not only did the qualified ride mark his career-first at the PBR World Finals, having previously ridden at the sport’s most prestigious event in 2018, but it is also now the high-marked ride of Radford’s career on the elite tour.
Collecting 32.5 world points and a check for $5,500, Radford climbed eight spots from No. 45 to No. 37.
Continuing his hot streak, Washington’s Derek Kolbaba won Round 1 after he and Boogie Bomb (Bland Bucking Bulls/Cooper/Scruggs) seemingly kicked into another gear for a dominant 92.75 points.
But Radford was unable to continue his momentum in Round 2 of his second-career trip to the PBR World Finals.
Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) dispatched the Canuck in 4.76 seconds in the second round of competition.
And Radford went into Saturday’s action in an eighth-place tie overall.
Recording his career-first 90-point ride on the elite Unleash The Beast, Utah’s Keyshawn Whitehorse won Round 2 compliments of a monstrous 91-point ride aboard Rocky (Cord McCoy/Ronnie Chism Farm & Ranch).
But Round 3 saw him bucked off by Choctaw Bingo (Rickey West Bucking Bulls/Hatcher Porter) in 1.97 seconds. That left him tied for 13th in the event going into Sunday’s final round.
Brazil’s Jose Vitor Leme delivered a 95.75-point score during the final out of the night, the highest-marked ride of his career, to win Round 3.
In Sunday’s wrap-up round, Radford drafted Preachers Kid (K-C Bucking Bulls/RD Cattle) but fell agonizingly short of a score, getting bucked off 7.05 seconds into the ride.
Montana cowboy Jess Lockwood rode Lil 2 Train to the top score of Round 4 — a 91.
Meanwhile, two Canadian bovine athletes dazzled in the second draw, as the duo of Vold Rodeo bulls hailing from Ponoka, Alta., did their job inside Jerry’s World. Both drafted by top-10 ranked riders for their World Finals debut outs, Vertigo Spy(Vold Rodeo) matched up with Lucas Divino(Nova Crixas, Brazil), while Jayded(Vold Rodeo/Dynamite Buckers) was attempted by 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis(Jasper, Texas).
Vertigo Spy sent Divino to the dirt in a quick 3.04 seconds to earn career-best 44.5-point bull score. For Jayded, he denied Davis his second-consecutive qualified ride, when he bucked off the poised Texan in 6.29 seconds, marked 44.25 points.
On Saturday, Jayded, sent the Montana’s Dakota Louis to the dirt in a close 5.74 seconds to earn a 42.75-point bull score.
Raised in Canada, Vold Rodeo alum Nailed (Kruger Bucking Bulls) also competed in Round 3 of the sport’s most prestigious event. Marked 43.25 points, Nailed was covered by Texan Taylor Toves for 43.25 points.