FORT HALL — Oklahoma cowboy Cord McCoy has been around the world twice as a contestant on the Amazing Race but on Wednesday evening, he was one of fifty professional bull riders who took to the Fort Hall rodeo arena in the first annual Wiley Petersen Invitational.
When the dust had settled a capacity crowd applauded McCoy as he stood triumphant after capturing an event that is sure to become a regular stop on the Professional Bull Riders tour.
"What an awesome event I knew that if Wiley Petersen was putting his name on something that it would have to be good event so I definitely wanted to mark in on my schedule to make sure that I would be here," McCoy said. "It's a long way from Oklahoma to get here but when you put all of these quality people here in one place I knew what to expect and it was just an honor and a blessing to be able to come and win the first annual. This event will probably stick around for twenty years and what an honor to be able to always say that. It's kind of like your rookie year, you only get one."
McCoy won the event with a huge first ride in the third flight when he stuck to the back of a bull named Floyd for an 88-point ride.
A pair of 87 point rides were turned in on by Moses Lake, Washington native Dakota Beck and the other by one of the five Native American bull riders who had been invited to the event by Petersen.
Justin Granger rode Black Foot Crossing to his 87 as the Tuba City, Arizona cowboy took advantage of the invite by working his way into the championship round.
All told ten of the fifty riders advanced to the championship round with McCoy leading the pack with his 88.
In the championship round the bull riders rode in reverse order as to how they qualified with McCoy riding last.
One by one the bulls got the upper hand as nine riders emerged from the chutes but none were able to last the entire eight seconds.
With the championship sealed and delivered McCoy took his turn on a bull named Bootlegger.
Bootlegger got the best of the match up but that did not prevent McCoy from winning the overall championship.
"I watched the nine guys go before me so I knew that I had it won but the thing about bull riding is that the bulls don't know and they don't care so it still gets your nerves pumping just a touch because the bulls aren't going to take it easy on ya," McCoy said. "Something my daddy told me all the time was the safest spot in bull riding is on top so whether you have it won or not, you need to come and do your job."
Dakota Beck and Justin Granger finished in a tie for second. Stetson Lawrence was fourth and Mike Lee, who qualified for two rides in the final was fifth.