Buckle up, Idaho. We’re coming back to the Treasure Valley.

Highlights

  • For the first time since 2010, the Built Ford Tough Series returns to the Idaho Center on May 12-13.
  • Wiley Petersen of Fort Hall, Idaho, will be honored during the event on Saturday.

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NAMPA, Idaho - For the first time since 2010, Idahoans will be able to watch the world's best bull riders and bulls when the Professional Bull Riders bring the nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series back to the Idaho Center on May 12-13.

Wiley Petersen of Fort Hall, Idaho, will be honored during the event on Saturday. The 33-year-old announced his retirement in April after a 13-year career. He won $1.5 million, qualified for the Built Ford Tough World Finals 10 times, and finished the season ranked in the Top 10 five times. He won the World Finals event title, earning $278,450 in 2007. He competed in 274 Built Ford Tough Series events, earning 13 wins and 77 Top 10 finishes.

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Thirteen-year veteran Wiley Petersen will be honored Saturday at the Idaho Center.

Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.

Tickets begin at $10 and are available at the Idaho Center box office, www.ICTickets.com, by telephone at (208) 442-3232. Bull riding will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 13. Tickets are also on sale at Treasure Valley TCBY locations, Jack's Drive-In in Caldwell, and in Ontario, Ore., at Jn'J Corner Store (Ticketing and/or handling fees may apply).

The PBR is offering a Mother's Day special on Sunday where fans can purchase three tickets and receive a fourth ticket for free at www.ICTickets.com by using the code PBRMOMS. The PBR is also allowing Boise State University students to purchase any available ticket on Sunday for only $10. To redeem the limited-time offer, students must purchase their ticket at the Idaho Center box office and show a valid student ID at the time of purchase.

Competing for more than $125,000 in total prize money, each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride in Round 1 on Saturday, and again in Round 2 on Sunday. Following Round 2 on Sunday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round where they will each compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all three rounds.

The PBR is offering a Mother's Day special on Sunday where fans can purchase three tickets and receive a fourth ticket for free at www.ICTickets.com.

Saturday will also include the sixth of nine PBR 15/15 Bucking Battles, which feature the Top 15 riders in the world competing against the 15 highest-ranked bulls at the event. It will be held immediately following Round 1, and will be broadcast in its entirety on CBS at 4 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 13. The special round, which has an additional purse of $21,000, replaces the usual first short round. Points and money earned in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle do not count toward the event result, but they do count toward the BFTS season standings, and qualification for the Built Ford Tough World Finals.

PBR World Champion Silvano Alves won his first Built Ford Tough Series event at Nampa in 2010, riding all four bulls. He went on to win the PBR Rookie of the Year title, and the following year became the first rider to win the World Championship the year after winning Rookie of the Year.

Alves comes into Idaho trailing current BFTS leader Valdiron de Oliveira by only 497.75 points. Oliveira sat out last weekend after being stepped two weeks ago in Uncasville, Conn. Oliveira, who will eventually need to have surgery to repair a fracture of his eye socket, is tentatively scheduled to compete in Nampa.

The BFTS features the best and highest-paid bull riders on the planet, including Alves, who reached $2 million in 23 months and 58 events, which is faster than any bull rider in history. The 24-year-old also earned $1 million faster than any rider, achieving it in 18 months and 47 events.

PBR fan favorite J.B. Mauney has competed the last two weeks riding with his right hand down, after breaking a bone in his customary left riding hand on March 31 at Kansas City, Mo. Mauney rode two of four bulls last weekend in Billings, Mont., including a second-place finish in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle on Friday, and is now 2-for-8 since making the switch.

J.B. Mauney rides RMEF Gunpowder & Lead right-handed last week in Billings, Mont.

PBR World Champions scheduled to compete in Idaho are Alves (2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Guilherme Marchi (2008), and Mike Lee (2004).

Round 1 will be broadcast in its entirety live on YouTube at the Professional Bull Riders Channel this Saturday, May 12, at 9 p.m. ET. CBS Sports Network will broadcast action from Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round at 6 p.m. ET this Sunday, May 13. There will be encore airings at 10 p.m. ET on Sunday, and at 2 a.m. ET on Monday, May 14.

Idaho is the 18th stop on the BFTS, which opened the 2012 season on Jan. 6-8 with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The BFTS will make 28 stops in 23 states before the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 24-28, 2012. The World Finals are where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded the coveted Championship Buckle and a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event in the world, the World Finals has a total purse of more than $2 million.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, NBC Sports Network, and YouTube. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer. 

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