ST. LOUIS ― The PBR Built Ford Tough Series returns to the Scottrade Center for the 16th year as Cooper Tires presents the Kawasaki Invitational on Feb. 15-17. During this three-day event, the Top 35 bull riders in the world will be riding the fiercest bucking bulls in competition. Bull riding action begins Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.
During Round 1 on Friday, Round 2 on Saturday and Round 3 on Sunday, the Top 35 bull riders will each face one bull. Following Round 3 on Sunday, up to 15 riders recording the highest cumulative scores after three rounds of competition will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest-combined score from all four rounds, earning $30,000 for first place.
The top-ranked rider in the PBR world standings, Shane Proctor, will face a bonus bull, Porcupine Puncher (CL7 Bucking Bulls/Kent Cox), on Saturday. As the winner of the last BFTS event, the LiftMaster Invitational in Anaheim, Calif., Proctor will have the opportunity to win an additional $3,000 dollars if he makes 8 seconds on the bull.
Show-Me-State natives Luke Snyder and L.J. Jenkins are both scheduled to compete this weekend. Snyder, the reigning Ironman of Bull Riding, has now competed in over 250 consecutive PBR Built Ford Tough Series events. The king of consistency also recently surpassed the $1.5 million mark in career-earnings.
The PBR has awarded over $400,000 to winning riders over the event's 16 years in St. Louis, including four former PBR World Champions: Adriano Moraes (1997, 1998, 2004), Chris Shivers (2000, 2001), Justin McBride (2003, 2005) and Guilherme Marchi (2011), as well as Ring of Honor member Ross Coleman (2008).
The field in St. Louis will feature five former PBR World Champions: Silvano Alves (2011-2012), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).
Tickets for the Cooper Tires presents the Kawasaki Invitational are available at the Scottrade Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the Kawasaki Invitational on Saturday at 10 p.m. ET and Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (please check your local listings for more details). Round 1 on Friday will be streamed live in the PBR Live Event Center on PBR.com, starting at 9 p.m. ET.
St. Louis is the seventh of 26 stops in 18 states on the 2013 Built Ford Tough Series schedule, which again opened the season with capacity crowds at Madison Square Garden in New York. The season will conclude at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 23-27, when the 2013 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who amasses the most points during the 2013 season, will receive the coveted championship buckle, a $1 million bonus and a new Ford truck.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. 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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