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Paul Coppini of Kuna, Idaho, posted a score of 86 points in the long round Thursday night to win the fourth annual Ed Miller Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding in Union. (Casey Kellas/The Observer)
Idaho’s Coppini takes Memorial Bull Riding title
UNION — Paul Coppini made one successful ride Thursday night at the Ed Miller Memorial Xtreme Bull Riding in Union.
But he made that one ride count.
Coppini, of Kuna, Idaho, took home $1,974 after posting a score of 86 points to win the fourth annual event.
“It feels good,” Coppini said. “I’m just glad I got one rode. Wish I could have got two rode, but I’m happy it all worked out.”
Coppini rode Big Bend/Flying 5’s bull 842 for his 86 points in the long round.
“I had a real good bull,” he said.
“I’ve seen him a couple times. I knew he was good, but that’s all I knew.”
Coppini came out on top on a night when the cowboys ended up on their backs more often than not.
No successful rides were completed in the championship round.
Coppini went third in the championship round, and after getting bucked off he had to wait to see if a score would be posted by one of the nine remaining riders.
But luck, or the bulls, were on his side on this night.
“(I wasn’t nervous),” Coppini said of the wait. “Whatever happened, happened. I’m glad it worked out well.”
He did give credit to the bovine competitors in the arena as well.
“I was pretty happy (with the pen of bulls). At least with my draw. I drew perfect,” he said.
Coppini is the fourth
Coppini said he’s been here before and plans on continuing to make it a stop.
“I enjoy it here,” he said. “I like it a lot.”
Nevada Newman of Melstone, Mont., took second place with a score of 80 points on the back of bull 874.
He took home $1,512.40 for his eight seconds of work. Ty Pozzobon of Merritt, British Columbia, placed third with a 78-point ride.
He pocketed $1,118 for the ride.
Allen Helmuth of Redmond took fourth with a score of 77, while Sammy Matthews of Springville,
Matthews missed out on collecting an extra $100 in the championship round. He rode the bounty bull for 7.3 seconds before getting tossed aside.
Thursday’s bull riding was the first night of a full weekend of rodeo action in Union. Today, the PRCA rodeo starts at 4 p.m.
The rodeo is set for 2 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday.