The Fort Worth Stock Show’s Bulls’ Night Out lived up to its name.
At the 2015 edition, which concluded its two-day run Wednesday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum, only one rider stayed on two bulls.
Cain Smith of Pendleton, Ore., the last rider of the night, clinched the title with a two-ride aggregate score of 151.5.
Ricky Aguiar of Stephenville, who competed Tuesday, finished second overall with a one-ride score of 87.5 and earned $7,361.
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Smith, who earned $9,201 at Bulls’ Night Out, was elated.
“It feels really good because it’s my first win in my PRCA career,” Smith said. “I just thank God for the opportunity to ride bulls and do what I love to do.”
In a time when more and more rank bucking bulls are being placed in the draw at rodeos and bull riding shows, it has become more common for the bulls to gain the upper hand at pro competitions.
With pro bull riding becoming an increasingly popular and lucrative stand-alone sport, more attention has been paid to breeding over the past two decades.
That was evident at the PRCA’s Bulls’ Night Out show this week where the bovines delivered their wrath on the cowboys.
Out of the field of 40 riders on Tuesday, only nine stayed on in the first round. On Wednesday, only seven out of 40 stayed on in the first round.
During the short round Tuesday night, all 10 riders were bucked off. And during the short round Wednesday, Smith and Dylan Vick were the only cowboys out of 10 qualifiers who stayed on for the 8-second count.
Vick, however, was bucked off in the first round, but he was among three riders who were selected for Wednesday’s short round by a random draw in order to make sure all 10 slots were filled.
During Wednesday’s show, Smith mounted three bulls and was given a re-ride during the first round after his bull stumbled. On the re-ride, Smith turned in an 84.5 on a bovine named Bird In A Glass, owned by the United Pro Rodeo Co.
During the final round, he turned in a sluggish score of 67 on a bovine name Texas Chrome, which also is owned by the United Pro Rodeo Co.
Smith was offered a re-ride but declined, knowing that if he was bucked off he would not win the title.