Indiana cowboy wins PBR Knoxville Invitational

Ryan Miller’s 88 point ride on Fist City.

KNOXVILLE     Ryan Miller, a Waterloo, Indiana cowboy, won the Professional Bull Riders Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event in Knoxville at the Thompson-Boling Arena, Saturday night.

Miller rode Fist City in the long round — the first event in which all 40 cowboys each ride a bull —  earning the highest ride score of the night with 88 points. In the championship round – which consists of the top 10 riders from the long round – Miller received a score of 86 points, atop True Story. With 174 points total, Miller captured the win, taking home $7,300, 120 points towards the PBR world standings, and a guaranteed spot at the Ty Murray Invitational in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 16-18.


The Knoxville Invitational was Miller’s first Velocity Tour win in a few years.

“I won an event in Cleveland Ohio, probably three or four years ago, so it’s been kind of a dry spell at these events since then,” Miller said.

Miller said he was excited about the bulls he rode, as he had seen them buck before, and he knew they were going to be good for him.

“It felt like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders,” Miller said regarding his win.

Miller celebrated with fans afterward, signing autographs and taking photos.

Second place went to Reese Cates with 172 points, while Fernando Henrique Novais and Jesse Tillman tied for third, each with 170.5 points. Cody Casper took the fifth spot in the standings.

Bull and Rider face off at Knoxville Invitational.

Local cowboy, Cody Clint Brewer, of Cookeville, earned a score of 79 points in the long round, ranking him 16th out of the 40 bull riders who competed.

“Overall it was a good event — you couldn’t ask for a better crowd or everything,” Cody Ford, who placed 14th in the night’s event, said. “It’s always good to come to Knoxville.”

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