No bull rider on the PBR Tour entered Bullnanza at the Lazy E Arena this weekend hotter than Colten Jesse of Konawa.
The PBR’s 2018 runner-up for rookie of the year snatched his first premier series win last weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota, going three for three on bulls and clinching the victory with a 92.25 score on the bull Sky Harbor in the championship round. It was the highest score of the weekend.
He moved into fourth in the PBR world standings and hasn’t finished out of the top three in four of the last five events.
Jesse is riding a hot streak that has lifted his confidence and thrust him into the world championship contention. The way the 23-year-old Citizen Potawatomi tribal national member is riding, he can’t wait until he gets on his next bull.
“I am just chomping at the bit, so to speak,” Jesse said before Friday night’s opening round of Bullnanza. “I just look forward to every weekend and every opportunity to do my best. I am just in a good place.”
Jesse entered the 2020 season on a mission after missing most of last year with a shoulder injury. In May 2019 at the PBR event in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jesse made it to the eight-second whistle and scored 88.25 on Bushwhacked, the son of the legendary bucking bull Bushwacker. However, at the end of the ride, Jesse dislocated his shoulder.
“When I hit the ground, I had my free arm stuck out and it popped my shoulder right out and tore some stuff up in in there,” Jesse said.
Reconstructive surgery was required and Jesse wouldn’t compete again until the PBR World Finals, getting into the championship event as the second alternate.
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