Gresford’s Lachlan Richardson has made an immediate impact on the Professional Bull Riders circuit in the United States.
The 19-year-old has taken out the 2012 Mohegan Sun Invitational on debut in the Built Ford Tough Series, which is known as the major league of PBR competitions.
Richardson was the sole rider to cover all four of his bulls at the event, which was held in the south-eastern town of Uncasville in Montville, Connecticut.
This included an 89.5 point performance on Jack Daniel’s After Party in Sunday’s championship round.
Earlier rides of 86.75, 85.25 and 84.25 points meant Richardson finished on a total of 345.75 for the 16th event of the series, which started with capacity crowds at Madison Square Gardens, New York, in January.
Richardson’s tally was almost 100 clear of his nearest rivals Justin Koon (256.75) and Silvano Alves (247.50).
The 2009 national rodeo association’s juvenile steer riding champion beat top-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira and 2008 PBR world champion Guilherme Marchi to victory on the weekend.
Richardson picked up $38,900 for his efforts.
There are 12 events to go in the 2012 Built Ford Tough Series before the World Finals are held in Las Vegas in October (24-28).
This is the same series in which Morpeth’s Brendon Clark made his mark in the bull riding world.