Rookie B wins Ty Murray Invitational

Joao Ricardo Vieira rides Smackdown for 92.25 points and the win. Photo by Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com.

Highlights

  • Rookie Joao Ricardo Vieira went 4-for-4 on the weekend to win his first BFTS event.
  • Marco Eguchi took over first place from Shane Proctor in the world standings.
  • Bushwacker tossed Billy Robinson, the 40th-straight rider that he has tossed.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. ― Five of the 10 men who entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday afternoon had gone 3-for-3 on the weekend, but only one man was perfect throughout the entire event. Rookie Joao Ricardo Vieira was the only man to cover all four of his bulls for 353.25 points to win the 17th Annual Ty Murray Invitational presented by Sandia Resort & Casino. It was the first BFTS win of Vieira's PBR career.

Vieira selected Smackdown (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) for his championship round ride and turned in the high-marked ride of the weekend at 92.25 points. He entered the round in third place behind fellow countryman Emilio Resende and defending event champion J.B. Mauney.

"I knew I had a good ride, at least 90 points or more," Vieira said. "That bull is very hard to ride, he's strong. He made one big jump and turned into my hand and I had to work very hard to stay on that bull.

"Of course I'm very happy to win. I came here feeling strong. I'm ready to come back at the next event and do it again."

This event win significantly decreased the gap between Eduardo Aparecido, the leader in the 2013 Rookie of the Year race, and Vieira. Entering the event, Vieira was 777.78 points behind and now trails Aparecido by less than 300 points in the race for the Rookie of the Year title.

"I'm very happy to win. I came here feeling strong. I'm ready to come back at the next event and do it again."

Of the five men who had covered three bulls, four were Brazilians, Resende, the reigning rookie of the year, Vieira, Aparecido and Fabiano Vieira. Mauney was the fifth man. Mauney looked sharp on the weekend. When he covered Hell Pony (JD Nix Rodeo Co./Shawn Davis) in Round 3 for 88 points to take the event lead, a repeat seemed like a good possibility. He entered the championship round in second, 1.25 points behind Resende. Mauney drew Meat Hook (Jeff Robinson/Bar 3D Bucking Bulls), who he had covered earlier this year, but this afternoon the matchup yielded a different result. He was bucked to the ground and ended the event third overall behind Vieira and Resende.

The race for the PBR World Championship title took a turn this weekend, seeing Shane Proctor slip from the top position and Marco Eguchi take the top rung. Proctor went 0-for-3 for the event; Eguchi was 1-for-3, opting not to compete Sunday after suffering an injury to his riding hand in earlier rounds. His 85 points atop Hart/Switchhouse/Plummer's Misery Business on Friday was enough, however, to overcome the 21 points he trailed Proctor entering the weekend and move him into first place in the overall world standings.

Silvano Alves, who also went 1-for-3 this weekend, remains in third with Mauney closing the gap in fourth and Jordan Hupp in fifth.

In bovine action the streak is still alive. Bushwacker tossed his 40th cowboy and captured the Pabst Blue Ribbon High-Marked Bull Award for the fifth time this season, scoring 47.25 points. Billy Robinson selected Bushwacker as his final round bull, but could only handle him for 2.58 seconds.

After the ride Robinson said, "I was so far down in the points in the round, I needed a bull I could be a bunch of points on to win. He's the best bull in the world, so I figured what better bull to pick to try to come out on top. He's a great bull. He stands in the bucking chutes just as calm as any bull could. But when they open the gate he lets you know he's all there."

The Built Ford Tough Series takes a week off next weekend, resuming April 5-7 in Billings, Mont., for the Stanley Make Something Great Invitational presented by Cooper Tires. The event will take place at 8 p.m. MT on Friday, April 5; 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 6; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. The 15/15 Bucking Battle will air Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET on CBS.

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.

The 2013 Built Ford Tough Series season is quickly approaching its summer break. Albuquerque is the 12th of 26 stops in 18 states. On May 10 and 11, the BFTS season will conclude its first half at the Mandalay Bay Events Center with the third annual Last Cowboy Standing. Who will outride the rest and be the Last Cowboy Standing? Tickets are sale now at www.ticketmaster.com, the Mandalay Bay Events Center Box Office or by calling (800) 745-3000.

Featured during the PBR's official Last Cowboy Standing after party will be multi-platinum, chart topping country artist Gary Allan. Allan will entertain fans at the Mandalay Bay Beach starting at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Tickets for the after party are on sale now and also available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com or www.mandalaybay.com or via phone at (800) 745 3000.

For more information about the PBR, Gary Allan and the 2013 PBR Last Cowboy Standing, visit www.pbr.com or  www.GaryAllan.com.

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Professional Bull Rider Built Ford Tough Series
Ty Murray Invitational presented by Sandia Resort & Casino
The Pit, Albuquerque, N.M.
(Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Total Points, Money Earned) ...
1. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 86.25-87.75-87-92.25-353.25 points, $44,543.33
2. Emilio Resende, 89.5-87-87-0-263.50 points, $16,585.00
3. J.B. Mauney, 84.5-89.75-88-0-262.25 points, $13,630.00
4. Fabiano Vieira, 86-84.75-90-0-260.75 points, $9,103.33
5. Eduardo Aparecido, 84.25-86.25-85.25-0-255.75 points, $3,900.00
6. Jordan Hupp, 0-86.5-88-0-174.50 points, $4,550.00
7. Douglas Duncan, 0-88.5-85-0-173.50 points, $5,150.00
8. Billy Robinson, 85.5-87.75-0-0-173.25 points, $3,283.33
9. Cody Nance, 86-0-85.5-0-171.50 points, $1,523.33
10/11. Aaron Roy, 86-82-0-0-168.00 points, $773.33
10/11. Chase Outlaw, 0-87-81-0-168.00 points, $1,175.00
12. Ben Jones, 90-0-0-0-90.00 points, $3,980.00
13. Kody Lostroh, 0-0-89-0-89.00 points, $3,150.00
14/15. Brendon Clark, 87.75-0-0-0-87.75 points, $2,400.00
14/15. Sean Willingham, 0-87.75-0-0-87.75 points, $1,783.33
16/18. Jory Markiss, 0-0-87.25-0-87.25 points, $1,125.00
16/18. Mike Lee, 87.25-0-0-0-87.25 points, $1,700.00
16/18. Renato Nunes, 0-0-87.25-0-87.25 points, $1,125.00
19. L.J. Jenkins, 87-0-0-0-87.00 points, $1,250.00
20. Reese Cates, 0-86.75-0-0-86.75 points, $770.00
21. Ryan Dirteater, 86.5-0-0-0-86.50 points, $1,000.00
22. Marco Eguchi, 85-0-0-0-85.00 points, $400.00
23. Guilherme Marchi, 84.25-0-0-0-84.25 points, $400.00
24. Edevaldo Ferreira, 0-82.75-0-0-82.75 points, $400.00
25. Silvano Alves, 82.5-0-0-0-82.50 points, $400.00
26/27. Nathan Schaper, 80.75-0-0-0-80.75 points, $400.00
26/27. Zack Brown, 80.75-0-0-0-80.75 points, $400.00
Brant Atwood, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Cody Johnson, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Dakota Louis, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $0.00
Kasey Hayes, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Luke Snyder, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Michael Lane, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0-0.00 points, $400.00


2013 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series Season Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)
1. Marco Eguchi, 11, 2, 6, 4,487.000, $153,631.99
2. Shane Proctor, 10, 2, 4, 4,423.370, $142,840.80
3. Silvano Alves, 12, 1, 5, 4,248.410, $165,197.02
4. J.B. Mauney, 11, 0, 5, 3,753.750, $73,907.13
5. Jordan Hupp, 12, 0, 0, 3,201.620, $49,072.33
6. Douglas Duncan, 12, 0, 1, 3,095.870, $49,129.96
7. Eduardo Aparecido Silva, 8, 0, 4, 3,072.320, $39,012.18
8. Mike Lee, 12, 0, 1, 3,009.870, $54,513.72
9. Aaron Roy, 12, 0, 4, 2,924.250, $61,108.70
10. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 7, 1, 1, 2,777.040, $107,136.18
11. Emilio Rezende, 11, 0, 2, 2,761.970, $43,888.01
12. Ty Pozzobon, 12, 0, 3, 2,675.370, $58,878.30
13. Luke Snyder, 12, 0, 2, 2,500.250, $59,978.33
14. Agnaldo Cardozo, 11, 0, 1, 2,362.870, $51,184.40
15. Fabiano Vieira, 7, 1, 2, 2,280.370, $53,410.33
16. Kody Lostroh, 9, 0, 1, 2,268.250, $42,503.72
17. Guilherme Marchi, 12, 1, 1, 2,216.250, $57,407.70
18. Cody Nance, 12, 0, 1, 2,211.250, $31,624.51
19. Sean Willingham, 9, 1, 1, 2,208.500, $56,371.91
20. Chase Outlaw, 12, 0, 0, 2,148.120, $31,916.83
21. Renato Nunes, 10, 0, 1, 2,071.810, $41,345.85
22. Billy Robinson, 9, 1, 1, 1,977.750, $51,583.33
23. Brendon Clark, 11, 0, 1, 1,926.750, $27,838.54
24. Jory Markiss, 12, 0, 1, 1,901.250, $36,519.05
25. L.J. Jenkins, 9, 0, 3, 1,890.870, $54,290.80
26. Reese Cates, 7, 0, 1, 1,863.120, $30,506.37
27. Robson Palermo, 6, 1, 1, 1,847.500, $43,835.00
28. Ben Jones, 11, 0, 0, 1,668.750, $26,937.88
29. Zack Brown, 6, 0, 1, 1,541.000, $26,782.74
30. Nathan Schapper, 9, 0, 0, 1,537.500, $21,400.94
31. Ryan Dirteater, 9, 0, 0, 1,364.000, $19,564.40
32. Brant Atwood, 6, 0, 0, 1,338.200, $27,152.14
33. Edevaldo Ferreira da Silva, 10, 0, 0, 1,300.630, $515,087.46
34. Lachlan Richardson, 10, 0, 0, 1,090.370, $20,519.83
35. Austin Meier, 8, 1, 1, 1,022.250, $57,117.95
36. Harve Stewart, 8, 0, 0, 989.370, $11,581.97
37. Troy Wilkinson, 4, 0, 0, 940.140, $35,707.27
38. Matt Triplett, 2, 0, 0, 839.060, $11,250.55
39. Josh Faircloth, 3, 0, 0, 824.250, $18,392.49
40. Joseph McConnel, 0, 0, 0, 706.930, $30,297.46
41. Stormy Wing, 5, 0, 0, 687.620, $9,020.10
42. Kasey Hayes, 1, 0, 0, 668.830, $13,063.86
43. Chris Lowe, 0, 0, 0, 633.250, $14,676.73
44. Skeeter Kingsolver, 0, 0, 0, 625.620, $11,993.12
45. Stetson Lawrence, 1, 0, 0, 612.000, $12,788.98

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