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Chase Outlaw rides Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosens/Clay Struve/Chad Berger's Cooper Tires Brown Sugar for 90.5 during the 15/15 Bucking Battle round of the Sioux Falls Built Ford Tough series PBR


Apr 072017

In a sport that is all about reacting, Chase Outlaw continues to keep it simple.  To say he’s not overthinking bull riding is an understatement.  He’s simply doing his job and that’s riding bulls for 8 seconds.


“I rode him the last time I got on him,” said Outlaw, of the grin he had when he learned Brown Sugar was the re-ride bull after his original bull, Mystical, hipped himself on the way out of the chute. “I love it when I get on one of Mr. Chad Berger’s bulls. Those are match ups for a good outcome.


“That’s a good trade on a bull that ended up going my way.”


Two-time World Champion Justin McBride had nothing but praise for Outlaw during the nationally televised event on CBS.


“You gotta have our mind right if you want to ride bulls,” McBride said, “and I think Chase Outlaw does. Chase is enjoying the process right now. He likes riding bulls.”

After 13 elite televised PBR events, he’s finished in the Top 5 five times and made it back to the Championship Round seven times.


Asked about his success, the Monster Energy bull rider said, “Believing in myself and bearing my hat down and trying my ass off every time I nod my head.”


He added, “You can’t get down on yourself when things aren’t going your way cause when they do go your way, you just gotta keep rolling with it.”


Fellow Monster Energy teammate Derek Kolbaba is now fourth in the world after yet another Top 5 in Sioux Falls.

Kolbaba has won two elite televised events this year and although he had a terrible two months between wins, the past month has been spectacular.

After winning the event in Little Rock, Arkansas, early last month, he’s ridden in Albuquerque and finished each of the past two events – Glendale, Arizona, and Sioux Falls – fourth in the event average.


This past month coupled with his earlier win in Oklahoma City has him back among the Top 5 contenders for a world title.


As he did with Outlaw, McBride had high praise for the 20-year-old.


“This is a young guy that I respect the heck out of,” McBride said. “He’s got a lot of ability. This guy is on his way up in the standings.”


In addition to Outlaw and Kolbaba being in the Top 5, veterans J.B. Mauney, 11, and Guilherme Marchi, 20, give Monster Energy two more riders in the Top 20, while Gage Gay, 31, and Reese Cates, 33, are also competing at the elite televised level of the PBR.


The Top 35 riders will be in Billings, Montana, this coming weekend.