PUEBLO, Colo. - Riding Hee Bee Gee Bee
(Boyd/Floyd Bull Company) for 90.25 points, 2009 PBR Rookie of the
Year Cody Nance is the leader after Round 1 of the
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event at the
Southwest Motors Event Center.
Round 2 will begin at 7 p.m. MT on Saturday, and will be immediately followed by the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle, which features the Top 15 bull riders in the world matched up with the 15 best bulls. Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be at 2 p.m. MT on Sunday. Tickets are available at the Southwest Motors Events Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Stormy Wing is in second place after riding Blonde Bomber (Currey Creek Bucking Bulls) for 88.5 points, while top-ranked Valdiron de Oliveira is in third place following an 88.25-point ride on Shepherd Hills Sod Buster (D&H Cattle Company/Luthy/Shepherd Hills Cutlery). Bonner Bolton is in fourth place with 86.25 points, and 2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes is in fifth place with 85.75 points.
Oliveira is competing with a fractured eye socket suffered three weeks ago at Uncasville, Conn. He returned after missing one week, finishing seventh in the regular-format event and tying for third in the PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle in Idaho last weekend. He is also competing with a broken foot suffered five weeks ago at Indianapolis.
This weekend's event serves as a homecoming for the PBR, whose headquarters have been in Pueblo since 2007, and is the last event before the organization takes its annual summer break.
The fourth-annual Wild Wild West Festival, hosted by the PBR, Greater Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, and the community of Pueblo, is being held in downtown Pueblo on Saturday and Sunday. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Competing for more than $140,000 in total prize money, each of the Top 35 riders in the world will ride again in Round 2 on Saturday, and again in Round 3 on Sunday. Following Round 3 on Sunday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the 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 four regular-format rounds.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast action from Round 2 at 10 p.m. ET this Saturday, May 19, and will have an encore airing at 1 a.m. ET on Sunday.
Pueblo is the 19th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened 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.
Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough
Southwest Motors Event Center at Pueblo, Colorado
Event Leaders (Round 1-Total Points)
1. Cody Nance, 90.5-90.5 points.
2. Stormy Wing, 88.5-88.5 points.
3. Valdiron de Oliveira, 88.25-88.25 points.
4. Bonner Bolton, 86.25-86.25 points.
5. Renato Nunes, 85.75-85.75 points.
6. Chad Besplug, 85.5-85.5 points.
Silvano Alves, 85.5-85.5 points.
8. L.J. Jenkins, 84.25-84.25 points.
9. Robson Palermo, 83.75-83.75 points.
10. Aaron Roy, 83.5-83.5 points.
Ben Jones, 83.5-83.5 points.
12. Guilherme Marchi, 83-83 points.
13. Jarrod Craig, 82.75-82.75 points.
14. Kasey Hayes, 82.5-82.5 points.
Austin Meier, 0-0 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0 points.
Budd Williamson, 0-0 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 0-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0 points.
Dusty Ephrom, 0-0 points.
Emilio Resende, 0-0 points.
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0 points.
Harve Stewart, 0-0 points.
Jared Farley, 0-0 points.
Jordan Hupp, 0-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0 points.
Marco Eguche, 0-0 points.
Markus Mariluch, 0-0 points.
Mike Lee, 0-0 points.
Rubens Barbosa, 0-0 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0 points.
Sevi Torturo, 0-0 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0 points.
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