FARMINGTON >> Budd Williamson put together the best ride during the opening night of the Four Corners Ryan McConnel Invitational.
Williamson, a native of Ayr, Queensland, in Australia, scored an 88 on his ride during the short round of the Pro Bull Riders event at McGee Park Coliseum.
Cody Schneider of Canyon, Texas sits in second place after riding the bull Scene of the Party to a score of 87.5.
Qualifying rides were tough to come by on the first night of competition with only six out of 52 riders able to complete the eight seconds necessary to earn a score.
Bloomfield's Joseph and Ryan McConnel were among those who were unable to put together a qualifying ride.
"The first bull I had I'd seen a bunch of times," said Joseph McConnel, who won the 2012 National High School Finals Rodeo bull riding event. "I started fine, but then I lost my hand on him. That's just how it goes sometimes. It just wasn't my night tonight."
Brady Sims from Holt, Mo., was able to make two qualifying rides, scoring an 85 and an 84.
The event will continue with the second day of competition today beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Joshua Perry covers sports for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4577.