Aussies finish 1-2-3 at PBR in Lynden

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 20, 2013 

LYNDEN - Both Lynden and New South Wales 20-year-old bull rider Lachlan Richardson enjoyed a first Friday night, April 19, inside Washington Tractor Arena at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds.

Lachlan earned his first season win on the Touring Pro Division bull riding circuit, and Lynden experienced its first Professional Bull riding event during the inaugural Lynden PBR.

Richardson was the only cowboy to put together two eight-second rides, and he capped his night with a score of 80.5 points atop Buck Master during the championship round to earn first place and the lion's share of the $25,000 purse.

"It feels good," Richardson said in his thick Australian accent. "I haven't won one in a while, so it's good to get my bulls down, and it's a new day tomorrow. (The season) started off OK, but I've had a real tough time, but I'm still here having fun. I look forward to the rest of the year. Just staying on gives me a lot of confidence."

And it should, given he was one of 36 riders to finish two rides.

Richardson ended his night with 167.5 points after posting 87 points during his first-round ride on a bull named Playboy Gunner. Fellow Australian Troy Wilkinson had the top ride during the first round with a score of 88 points on a bull named Tom. He couldn't finish his championship ride and settled for second place. Veteran bull rider Jared Farley, who is another cowboy from New South Wales, put on a show during the first session, earning 86.5 points. He tied for third with Washington native Laine Baze, who also earned an 86.5 during round No. 1.

Richardson's win topped a great day for the Aussies, as they finished one, two, three.

"It's really good," said Richardson of seeing his fellow countrymen enjoy success at Lynden. "It's good to have them here, and it's good to have them for help."

Farley is one of those Australians who Richardson said has been invaluable to his development as a bull rider.

Fans who jam-packed the Washington Tractor Area were treated to some of the best bulls in the business. The Lynden PBR was able to enlist renowned stock contractor Jeff Robinson for the event. Robinson, who has been voted PBR Stock Contractor of the Year for three years in a row, contributed a number of rough stock.

Wilkinson earned the right to ride highly-touted bull Bucky in the final ride of the night, but Wilkinson, who recorded the best ride of the evening, was bucked off in less than three seconds.

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