LAS VEGAS – Coming into the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER, the question surrounding the bull riding was whether or not anybody could challenge two-time defending World Champion Sage Kimzey. The answer to that question is the man who won the gold buckle in 2011 – Shane Proctor, the oldest bull rider in the field. The 31-year-old has ridden all seven of his bulls, and split the Round-7 win three ways with WNFR first-timers Garrett Tribble and Cody Rostockyj. Read more
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1. Proctor, Harris serve notice they are back on track
Bull riders around the country had better take notice – the champs are back.
Reigning World Champion Shane Proctor and three-time champ J.W. Harris both showed up big this weekend, and each now looks to be on track to do some serious damage.
Proctor, who hadn’t had a dominating ride since last December’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, tied the arena record at the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo, with a 91-point ride on Corey & Lange Rodeo Company’s Quickstop.
The mark tied Marty Staneart’s 1993 ride, and it has the defending world champion looking for more.
“That’s a nice rodeo that I’ve gone to the last two years that I really like and I had a lot of family members there so it was exciting to ride that well,” said Proctor, who jumped from 47th to 31st in the world standings over the weekend.