It only takes a matter of seconds to make history in the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) championship. Yesterday, Dalton Kasel (22) wrote his name in the books with his legendary ride that was just one point shy from tying the highest score ever recorded. Even better, Kasel rode the same bull, Woopaa, as the current record holder. With a score of 96.65, PBR said it perfectly: “Riding Woopaa can change your life.”
Judges of the bull riding competition determine the final score based on both the rider’s and the bull’s performances. Both parties can score a total of 50 points, which judges then add together for a total score out of 100. For a rider to receive points at all, he/she must stay on the bull for a minimum of eight seconds. The more control the rider shows, the higher the points he/she will receive. Meanwhile, judges rate the bull’s performance based on style of movement, agility and speed.
Watch Kasel’s incredible ride below.
The 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year rider mounted Woopaa in the U.S. Border Patrol Invitational Unleash The Beast tour event on Sunday, October 4. The competition took place in San Antonio, Texas, where 21 qualified riders saddled up for a chance to win lots of cash. Along with his near-record-breaking ride, Kasel took home the first place title of the PBR invitational as well as over $30,000. His total score from all three rounds came to a whopping 155, more than 71 points ahead of second-place rider, Junior Patrik Souza.
PBR Rider Shatters World Record Only Months Before Kasel’s Ride
Kasel wasn’t the only one in the ring that won recognition, either. Woopaa took first place in the World Standings with an average score of 46.70. Woopaa has a career buck-off time of 1.64 seconds and has been in a total of 16 bull riding events, 12 of which were with PBR.
Just months before the PBR U.S. Border Patrol Invitational, another rider mounted the world’s top-ranked bull on July 31. During the Express Ranches Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma, reigning World Champion and current No. 1 Jose Vitor Leme smashed the previous world record of 96.5 points with his score of 97.75. Prior to Leme’s win, four riders over the course of seven years, from 1997 to 2004, achieved the 96.5-point high. However, it seems for those skilled enough to ride Woopaa, the bull brought both Leme and Kasel the luck they needed to surpass this score.
“This is awesome, it’s hard to explain,” Leme said after his win. “I think it’s one of the best days of my life or my career riding bulls. Thanks to all my friends for helping me, thanks to the fans.”