OCEAN CITY, Md. – As action for the first-ever PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Challenger Series event in Ocean City, Maryland, wound to a close Sunday afternoon, Eduardo de Oliveira (Nova Lacerda, Brazil) emerged the supreme competitor. Backed by a 2-for-4 showing, Oliveira won his career-first PBR event, victorious at the Bulls on The Beach – Ocean City PBR.
Despite suffering a heart-breaking buckoff in Round 1, bested by Rocky Malcoma (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in a close 7.19 seconds, the stoic Brazilian returned determined for Round 2. Going head-to-head with Pennsylvania-raised animal athlete Just Denim (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls), Oliveira reached the requisite 8 for 81 points.
Oliveira’s momentum then continued in Round 3 when he covered Grey Goose (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) for 81.5 points to surge to the event lead.
While Cooter Brown (Lucas Manning/Waller Brothers Cattle Co.) proved too much for Oliveira in the championship round, brought down in 4.06 seconds, his two prior qualified rides proved enough to clinch the golden finish.
Oliveira’s efforts earned him 34.5 Challenger Series, propelling him to No. 3 in the series standings. He is now within 36 points of the top-ranked rider.
Texas Rattlers rider Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil) remained atop the Challenger Series standings compliments of a runner-up effort in Ocean City.
Going 2-for-4, Brito briefly held the event lead after winning Round 1 when he rode Judgement Day (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls) for 86 points.
His success, however, came to an abrupt halt in Round 2 when he was upended by Air Shift (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson) in 5.27 seconds.
Righting the ship, Brito struck again in Round 3 when he bested All In (J Bar W) for 68.5 points. In a business decision, Brito declined his option for a re-ride, a decision which proved dividends.
Brito’s event, however, ended short of the 8-second whistle, bucked off by Xoxo (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls) in the championship round in 3.17 seconds.
The podium finish garnered Brito 28 Challenger Series points.
Third was Round 1 winner Cole Melancon (Sour Lake, Texas), collecting 17 Challenger Series points.
The Kansas City Outlaws contender delivered the highest-marked ride of the event in Round 2 when he dominated Xoxo for 88.5 points.
The reserved Texan leaves the Eastern Shore having earned 17 Challenger Series points. Melancon is now ranked No. 7 in the series standings, 53.5 points behind No. 1 Brito.
Fourth was Alex Jenks (Vale, North Carolina), netting 10 Challenger Series points.
Going 1-for-4, Jenks converted atop Chief (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd) in Round 2, marked 86.5 points.
Rounding out the Top 5 in fifth was veteran rider Michael Lane (Tazewell, Virginia).
Lane had the Ocean City crowd on its feet in the opening round when he rode Root Cause (J Bar W) for 85.5 points.
He earned 8 Challenger Series points.
PBR Challenger Series
Bulls on The Beach – Ocean City PBR
Ocean City Beach Front – Ocean City, Maryland
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)
(tie). Kyle McDaniel, 0-0-84.5-0-84.50-8 Points.
Leonardo Lima, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Matt Allgood, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Bryce Hoekwater, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Lamar Lehman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dustin Martinez, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Keith Hall, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Levi Hershberger, 0-0-0-0-0.00
D.J. Parker, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Will Loomis, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kevin Fairris, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Matt Oliver, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Warlen Aquino, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ben Havill, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Perry Schrock, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Joseph Petersheim, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Clancy Hart, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Crank, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Chance Fryer, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Melvin Byler, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Adrian Stackhouse, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Andrew Decker, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Jake Schreiber, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dustin Herman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Andrew Eckhart, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Hunter Gunneson, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Preston Wentworth, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brandon McDowell, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Jordon Beck, 0-0-0-0-0.00
2022 PBR Challenger Series Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)