CQ riders shine as PBR bucks back to life
BULL RIDING: Three Central Queensland riders finished in the top five as PBR Australia competition resumed after a 203-day hiatus due to COVID-19.
The country’s best turned out for the Monster Energy Tour’s 2020 PBR Caboolture Invitational double-header at the weekend.
The CQ trio of Nebo’s Mitchel Paton, Dysart’s Sonny Schafferius and Rockhampton’s Josh Cavanagh shone on the second day of competition.
Victorian Kelsey Pavlou took the win, with Tamworth’s Matt Hollis in second.
Paton finished third after going the eight seconds aboard Guilty Pleasure (Dunne Bucking Bulls) for 81.5 points in Round 1.
His season-best finish earned him 39 national points and propelled him from No.22 to No.11 on the standings.
The 30-year-old is now just 5.5 points outside the top 10.
Schafferius was fourth, recording the first qualified ride in the event’s opening round on Rockin On (BK Bucking Bulls) for 80 points.
The veteran competitor, who was unranked before the Caboolture events, is now sitting at No.16.
Cavanagh claimed fifth place with his first qualified ride of the 2020 PBR Australia season on Moves Like Jagger (Brandenburg Bucking Bulls) for 76 points in Round 1.
Cavanagh, who is looking to qualify for the first time for the PBR Australia grand finals, is now ranked No.25th.
New South Welshman and seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier Lachlan Richardson sits atop the standings, 85.5 points clear of two-time defending champion Aaron Kleier of Clermont.
Kleier is looking to make history in 2020 as the first-ever rider in league history to win the Australian national title in three consecutive seasons.