It looks as though the leaderboard changed a little Tuesday night in Austin, Texas. It was definitely a case in the three roughstock events.
Ty Pozzobon of Merritt, B.C., posted the highest score of the rodeo so far, an 89-point ride in bull riding. I can’t publish the animal that helped the cowboys to their scores, because the results page on the Rodeo Austin website doesn’t include that. If I can work my way around that, I’ll let you know.
Pozzobon takes over the first-round lead from Trey Benton III, who scored an 87. NFR qualifier Tyler Smith leads the aggregate with a two-ride total of 146 points.
Bareback rider Steven Anding of Crossroads, Texas, scored 84 points on Tuesday, surpassing the first-round lead of 82 previously held by Bobby Mote, Winn Ratliff and Jason Havens. Mote leads the two-ride average with a cumulative score of 165 points.
Saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere of Hereford, S.D., scored 83 points, scooting past two-time and reigning world champion Taos Muncy. Justin Browning’s 159 on two leads the aggregate.
The three top scores from Tuesday night will try to boost their spots in the average when they compete in the second round Wednesday. Other average leaders are steer wrestler Seth Brockman, team ropers Chad Masters and Jake Long and Cody Graham and Derrick Peterson, tie-down ropers Shane Slack and Justin Maass, and barrel racer Kendra Dickson.