Kennedy bucks the trend in US
TIME was running out for Dave Kennedy and he needed to leave a mark – so he did.
Twenty-four seconds and three completed rides was all it took for Kyogle’s bull riding export to claim a US$8000 cheque and cement his spot amongst the planet’s elite.
Going into his sixth event, the Nile Invitational in Montana, United States, Kennedy’s ranking was languishing down in the sixties.
With a cut impending the 26-year-old would have been feeling the heat to jump back into the top-40 where his place on tour is safe.
So he pulled out possibly the performance of his life to ride three top bulls and record more than competitive scores of 88, 87.25 and 84.75.
The end result was a sixth place finish – by far the best of his overseas career – which moves him up the rankings to No 43 in the world.
Because there are seven cowboys above him in the rankings who are currently out of action with injury, Kennedy is well inside the top-40 active riders and his place on tour safe.
But for now he is on his way home to take care of business Down Under.
But not for good – the former national champion is coming home to compete in a PBR Australia series which runs from May 22 to June 5 with three events in Townsville, Brisbane and Sydney, before planning his next US assault.