BOWIE, Texas - To open his weekly podcast, PBR Livestock
Director Cody Lambert said the annual Albuquerque,
N.M. event is one that everyone, including the top stock
contractors, looks forward to attending.
It's Ty Murray's signature event, it's three days long (and has more bulls), and The Pit provides a unique bull riding experience.
This week's Built Ford Tough Series event will include some top bulls from reigning Stock Contractor of the Year Jeff Robinson, Circle T Ranch, Chad Berger and Boyd & Floyd Bucking Bulls.
"It's a prestigious event to be able to bring bulls to," Lambert said, "and riders sure want to win."
Listen to "In the Bull Pen" with Cody Lambert and Slade Long.
Unlike a typical three-day event that feature five rounds of
competition, this year's installment will be made up of four
rounds, along with the second 15/15 Bucking Battle of the
The special round pits the Top 15 bulls at the event against the Top 15 riders in the world.
"Guys have to step up, and they usually do," said Lambert, who described it as a "high-energy" event.
Bushwacker headlines the special round, which can be seen on CBS on Sunday at noon ET, and will face Jordan Hupp in the final out.
Other top-ranked bulls include Smackdown, Shepherd Hills Trapper and Buckey.
Lambert also noted that Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey has been "coming on" in recent weeks, and pointed out that Rock & Roll hasn't been ridden yet. He'll face Ryan Dirteater.
"Guys have to step up, and they usually do" in Albuquerque, according to Cody Lambert. L.J. Jenkins has certainly stepped up, winning the event twice.
Lambert said he knows Rock & Roll is a strong bull because
in his last outing, he bucked off Austin Meier,
who is known for putting out a 100-percent effort every time. "He
didn't warm him up," Lambert added. "I didn't go to Glendale,
(Ariz.), and I watched it on TV, and I had people out at Glendale
ask me, 'What's wrong with Rock & Roll?'"
After watching the broadcast, Lambert chuckled.
Bucking off Meier is "no easy task, and he got it done in a hurry." He bucked off the left-handed Meier in 2.73 seconds.
Lambert and PBR statistician Slade Long, who co-hosts the weekly podcast, talked about Bushwacker.
Long said he's heard some people wonder if Bushwacker's "days are numbered" after watching J.B. Mauney stay on him for 7.22 seconds. Long points out that it was Mauney's seventh trip on the champion.
"It took him six practice runs to get that far," Long said.
"And even if it was his first time," Lambert added, "it doesn't mean anyone else can."
J.B. Mauney has made the whistle on the notorious Smackdown twice.
As an example, Lambert recalled that Mauney is one of the few
riders to have made the whistle on Smackdown. He's
only been ridden eight times, and Mauney's done it twice.
Lambert and Long talked about several other bulls who will be out in the 15/15 Bucking Battle, and even discussed the evolution of bucking chutes.
NEWS & NOTES: The 15/15 Bucking Battle can be seen Sunday afternoon on CBS at noon ET, while the final two rounds of the Albuquerque event will be on CBS Sports Network later the same day at 6 p.m. ET.
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