SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Emilio Resende brought the sellout crowd of 8,110 at JQH Arena to its feet when he rode the previously unridden Caddy Shack (D&H Cattle Company) for 88 points, and took over the lead after the second day of action in the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series PFIwestern.com Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be Sunday at 5 p.m. CT. Each of the Top 35 riders will ride on Sunday. Following Round 4 on Sunday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all five rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
One of four riders to ride all three bulls, Resende has 261.25 points, and is 0.75 points ahead of first-round leader Austin Meier. Rookie Cody Johnson is in third place with 258.25 points, while Fabiano Vieira is in fourth place with 256.5 points, and Cody Nance is in fifth place with 177.25 points. There were five lead changes in the final round on Saturday, including four in the last six rides.
Meier, Nance, and Vieira tied for first place in the Built Ford Tough Short Round with 88.75 points. Defending PBR World Champion Silvano Alves won Round 2 with 89 points on Strokin (Rebecca Shumaker/5S Ranch/McManus/Wolf Creek Cattle Company), and is in sixth place with 175.25 points.
The in-arena experience is being enhanced by a 26-foot by 46-foot high-definition LED board that the PBR is bringing into JQH Arena. The equivalent of a 53-foot diagonal HD television, the screen will also be utilized for in-arena action and replays. The screen is comprised of 84 modules that measure 45 inches by 45 inches. The modules will be transported and assembled on site. The assembled unit, which weighs 6,500 pounds, is suspended from the ceiling of JQH Arena.
The first 23 events of the season have produced 18 different winners. J.B. Mauney has the most wins with three, while Silvano Alves, Fabiano Vieira, and Robson Palermo each have two wins. Mauney posted his three victories in the first 12 events of the season before breaking his hand.
NBC Sports Network will broadcast Round 4 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in HD at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 16, with an encore airing at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, Sept. 16. Veteran broadcaster Craig Hummer will provide the play-by-play for the television broadcasts on Friday and Sunday. Color commentary will be provided by two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride. Chute and dirt-level interviews will be handled by Leah Garcia.
Springfield is the first American Bucking Bull, Inc. Super Classic event of 2012. The Super Classic events were introduced with an increased prize purse of $25,000 for the bulls. Thirty-five bulls will compete in Friday's and Sunday's long round of the BFTS event. The bulls will also be competing for a purse of $10,000 in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday.
Springfield is the 24th stop of the 2012 BFTS season, which opened in January 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 on the planet, 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
PFIWestern.com Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops
JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo.
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Total Points)
1. Emilio Resende, 86.5-86.75-88-261.25 points.
2. Austin Meier, 88-83.75-88.75-260.50 points.
3. Cody Johnson, 86.25-83.25-88.75-258.25 points.
4. Fabiano Vieira, 81.5-87.25-87.75-256.50 points.
5. Cody Nance, 0-88.5-88.75-177.25 points.
6. Silvano Alves, 86.25-89-0-175.25 points.
7. Ben Jones, 84.75-87-0-171.75 points.
8. Caleb Sanderson, 84.75-83-0-167.75 points.
9. J. B. Mauney, 0-88.5-0-88.50 points.
10. Guilherme Marchi, 0-88.25-0-88.25 points.
11. Harve Stewart, 87.75-0-dnq-87.75 points.
Robson Palermo, 0-87.75-dnq-87.75 points.
13. Aaron Roy, 86.75-0-dnq-86.75 points.
14. Mike Lee, 86.5-0-dnq-86.50 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 86.5-0-dnq-86.50 points.
16. Stormy Wing, 0-85.5-dnq-85.50 points.
17. Billy Robinson, 0-85.25-dnq-85.25 points.
18. L.J. Jenkins, 0-84.5-dnq-84.50 points.
19. Zack Brown, 84.25-0-dnq-84.25 points.
20. Marco Eguchi, 79.5-0-dnq-79.50 points.
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
H.D. Coleman, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
J.D. McCoy, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Jared Farley, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-inj-inj-0 points.
Kyle Lozier, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Shane Proctor, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Travis Briscoe, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-dnq-0 points.
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