McConnel Named Champion of
Weekend Black-Gold Challenge
by: Bobby McDonald
Joseph McConnel, second from right, joined his brother, Ryan, and other bull riders in signing
autographs at local businesses, on Friday.
We wrote about him coming to Sulphur Springs! We told you he was good! And, the now resident of Atoka, Oklahoma, Joseph McConnel, took home the $4,587.00 Championship prize to prove he was one of the best and upcoming bull riders. Joseph, who had recently won the National High School Finals Bull Riding Event, in Wyoming, scored two rides on some of the toughest three-year old bulls in the nation, to take the prize.
The Bloomfield, New Mexico native, posted an 84.5 score on Friday night, in Sulphur Springs, and came back on Saturday night, posting the score of 87.5 to win the event, with a combined score of 171.75.
Other winners included:
2nd Place: Lutz Blanco, Dallas, TX
3rd Place: Mickey Andrews, Checotah, OK
4th Place: Thad Newell, Haskell, OK
5th Place: Gunar Ramsey, Shreveport, LA
McConnel, Blanco, and Andrews were the only three bull riders that managed to complete two qualifying rides, to demonstrate how tough the bulls were, in the competition.
"We bucked 126 bulls in Sulphur Springs, over the two days, in one of the largest events ever held in Sulphur Springs," expressed Jim McLain, with the Two Bulls Group, host of the event. "And, we knew that McConnel was good, and he proved it, in Sulphur Springs!"
Joseph McConnel, the younger brother of PBR Bull Rider, Ryan McConnel, accompanied his brother to Sulphur Springs and proved he could compete with the best of them.
McConnel appeared at several locations in Sulphur Springs to sign autographs and meet the public.
Congratulations, Joseph McConnel!!!