A Killdeer High School graduate and Grassy Butte resident just got his first big win on the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit.
By Pat Ratliff
Nathan Schaper won the Built Ford Tough Series event in Oklahoma City Jan. 28. Nathan is the son of Grassy Butte residents Tim and Julie Schaper.
The win left 23-year-old Schaper in sixth place in the world standings, his highest ranking since his debut in 2010.
He was the only rider to go 4-for-4 in Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, winning his first Built Ford Tough Series event.
Schaper impressed more than the judges at the event. Fellow bull rider Billy Robinson, was especially excited to see his friend win the event.
“Nathan puts as much into this as anybody,” Robinson said in a PBR interview after the event. “There isn’t anybody out here that works out and puts as much effort into riding bulls as Schaper does and I’m tickled to death to see him do good.”
Schaper had an especially tough ride on a bull named Percolator in the championship round that gave him the points to secure the win.
“That says it all,” Robinson said, “if anybody sets back and watches that right there, that’s what it takes. What he put into tonight, that’s what you (have) to do to be a bull rider.
“What you put into it is what you get out of it.”
Schaper won the championship round with just 79 points in his final ride. And he was hanging on the side of Percolator for a large part of that ride. But hanging on was just enough effort to win his first Built Ford Tough Series event.
“I’ll take it,” Shaper said after the win. “It will probably be one of my most memorable moments looking back—my first event – win hanging on the side like that.
“I’m still kind of disgusted that I got off the side, because that’s such a great bull.
“There’s more to him, I think, than he looks. He felt kind of funny to me and I don’t know why I got off the side so quick. There’s something to him.”
Schaper had an 82-point ride on Under Par in the opening round, then scored a 86.75 point ride on Texicali on Saturday and a 82.25 –point ride on Rock & Roll Fantasy to be in first place going into the championship round.
Schaper received $34,120 for the win.
This weekend, the Built Ford Tough Series travels to Anaheim’s Honda Center for the LiftMaster Chute Out, Feb. 7-9.
Oklahoma City is the fourth stop of 27 on the 2014 PBR Built Ford Tough Series.
The tour kicked off at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 3-5 and culminates with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 22-26 when the overall total points leader will be crowned the PBR World Champion, presented the coveted championship belt buckle and awarded a $1 million bonus.