PUEBLO, Colo. – 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis has come extremely close this season to picking up $100,000 victories at RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN and Chad Berger’s $100,000 Match of Champions.
Davis hopes the third time becomes the charm over the next 10 days at the Calgary Stampede.
The 24-year-old got off to a great start Friday in Calgary by tying with Joe Frost for the Day 1 victory with 85.5 points on Wounded Warrior.
Davis made easy work of the bull away from his hand to pick up $5,000.
International fans living outside of Canada can watch the Calgary Stampede on RidePass beginning at 3:15 p.m. ET every day.
Pool A concludes on Monday afternoon.
The format for the Stampede, which has a combined $2 million worth of prize money up for grabs for the nine rodeo events, is different from a standard PBR event.
Riders battle it out for four days in highly-contested pool play with the goal of advancing to Showdown Sunday as one of the pool’s top-four money earners. If they don’t make it, they can then jockey with the remaining riders on Wild Card Saturday for the final two spots.
However, once Sunday arrives, the slates are wiped clean and the Calgary Stampede champion will be the rider who posts the single highest-marked ride in the championship round, featuring the top four riders following Sunday’s long round.
The winner of each of the nine rodeo disciplines at the Calgary Stampede takes home $100,000. The bull riding victor earns 120 points toward the world standings.
Davis is currently ninth in the world standings, and he trails world leader Kaique Pacheco by 1,440 points.
He has ridden five of his last seven bulls at all levels of competition.
Calgary is Davis’ first event since finishing runner-up to 2017 World Champion Jess Lockwood at Chad Berger’s $100,000 Match of Champions.
Davis lost out on the Match of Champions title by one point, and Lockwood edged Davis by half a point at THE AMERICAN in February.
Frost earned $5,000 and split the round win with Davis Friday by covering Scorpion – the high-marked bull of the round.
Garret Smith placed third with 82.5 points on Compton Bound for $3,500, while Ty Wallace was next in line with 81 points aboard Chicago Gangster for $2,500.
There were no other qualified rides on Day 1.
PBR veterans Chase Outlaw (slap) and Fabiano Vieira (disqualified) did not pick up scores Friday.
Fans that missed the first day of the Calgary Stampede can tune-in to CBS Sports Network on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET for a wrap-up show.
POOL A BULL RIDING STANDINGS
Cooper Davis – 85.5 – $5,000
Joe Frost – 85.5 – $5,000
Garrett Smith – 82.5 – $3,500
Ty Wallace – 81 – $2,500
Chase Outlaw – 0 – $0
Fabiano Vieira – 0 – $0
Cole Melancon – 0 – $0
Todd Chotowetz – 0 – $0
Scott Schiffner – 0 – $0
Jordan Hansen – 0 – $0
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