Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Our Woman in Billings: The Rides

The Divine Montana Barn Cat and I have conferred, and have decided that to avoid boring you all silly with one long-ass description of our high jinks in Billings, we would instead post a series of short essays on various subjects that are dear to our hearts. We recognize, sadly, that this may not succeed in communicating to you just what a great time we had over there, so just imagine all this going on against a backdrop of lots of really great food and really great wine and really exceptional conversation. Yes, folks, after an embarrassing number of years together, MBC and I still talk to one another like it’s going out of style. He is the most interesting man I have ever met, and I plan to talk to him nonstop every day for the rest of my life.

So I will begin with my list of the top four rides of the Saturday night event at the Metra.

Third runner up: Silvano Alves on Road Daddy. I swear to you that when the gate flew open and that bull jumped out, I thought Alves was a goner. He practically stretched out flat over the bull’s neck to stay aboard, and the miracle of that was he didn't foul the bull. It was an amazing ride.

Second runner up: Renato Nunes on Husker’s Terror. The new world #1 made the best of a less than wonderful bull with his signature style. Watching him, I finally realized that he rides like bare-back bronc riders do, leaning back on his pockets with his arm flung above and behind his head and his spurs going like crazy on the animal’s shoulders. It may not be textbook bull riding style, but it sure does dress up a mediocre animal.

First runner up: Robson Palermo on MacNett’s El Presidente. Robson is the most consistently underappreciated rider on tour at the moment. This is not an easy animal to, as Michael Gaffney says, “get by,” and Robson just made riding him look way too slick for his own good. He did stop my heart for a second, though, when he got thrown back into the chute and the bull stepped right on his ankle. Fortunately, it wasn’t as direct a blow as it first looked to be.

Winner: J.B. Mauney on Bird Creek. I am certain that the other three nominees rode as well or better than J.B. did this out, but he by far got the best bull. Bird Creek jumped high enough to earn his name, but it was no use—he just couldn’t unload J.B. I’m not sure it was a 91-point ride, but it was without question the best ride of the night.

In our next installment, the best bulls. Stay tuned!


shannon said...

I'm so glad you had a good time! I really enjoyed this event on tv and was looking forward to hearing how it was live. Thanks!

It's great to still enjoy your spouse so much after many years, isn't it?

Stockyard Queen said...

Yes, it is. Since I know from sad experience how awful a lousy marriage can be, I don't take him for granted for a single second.

Shawk said...

Thanks for hitting some of the highlights! I was in a place without Versus for the weekend so didn't see the event, but I did look at the scores and they seemed somewhat... inflated.

I think I am adopting Silvano Alves into my collection of favorites. I can't help myself. ;)

Anonymous said...

I agree about Robson being under appreaciated!Hope his ankle doesn't mar his standings!

In all the silly voting contests, I picked Silvano to win rounds and the event! But, of course, I am happy for JB!

Yeah, what was with all the scores of 24? I've never seen so many!

Love and marriage is GREAT when you're with the RIGHT one! I thank my lucky stars every day!

Black Boots said...

Love the format--it makes the story go on that much longer. And you tell a great story. Never too much PBR event fun!

And SQ and MBC, awww, sweet.