A ride to remember

Nebraska cowboy captures PBR event

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— Bull rider Cauy Hudson has been to Steamboat's Professional Bull Riders event six times.

On Sunday night, his perseverance paid off as the Nebraska Cowboy won his first Steamboat Pro Bull Riding Classic in a muddy, rain-soaked Romick Rodeo Arena.

"I had a pretty good ride in the final go round -- I just wish I could remember it," Hudson said after winning the title with a score of 162.5.

Hudson scored an 85.5 for his ride on High Five. Just after the buzzer sounded, he was thrown and had to be helped out of the arena by medical staff.

Fifteen minutes later, he showed up for the awards ceremony with a slight limp and a smile on his face.

At first it appeared that Hudson would share the title with Josh Koschel after both riders were given a score of 161.5. But after the event the judges discovered they had made a 1-point error when tallying the scores and announced that Hudson had won.

Koschel finished second. The two riders were the only ones not to get bucked off in the short go. First round leader Jeb Ward couldn't hang on to Crown of Thorns in the final ride of the evening.

"I just had two good bulls tonight and I was glad that I could ride them," Hudson said

Hudson gambled a bit in the first go, after scoring a 77. He was offered a re-ride, but refused it because he thought a 77 would get him into the final go.

"There were a lot of guys getting bucked off," Hudson said. "I thought that a 77 would be good enough, so I took my chances."

The score got Hudson into the finals in the No. 8 slot, setting up a showdown with High Five in the finals. Hudson said he knew High Five was the type of bull he could win on. However, he was a little surprised when he learned that his final ride was good enough to win the event. Especially since he couldn't remember it.

Hudson said winning the Pro Bull Riding Classic helped ease some of the pain of being run over by High Five. Hudson said he plans on heading for home, but will be back on a bull at a Built Ford Tough event next weekend in Reno, Nev. Hudson needs another top finish if he hopes to ride in Las Vegas at the PBR finals, which are scheduled for October.

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