CAJAMAR, Brazil - Edevaldo Ferreira is not a total stranger to the Built Ford Tough Series.
He competed in the United States in 2009 and 2008, but this weekend, he's in his home country of Brazil trying to hold on to his lead atop the national standings.
The Brazilian Finals take place Nov. 24 through 27 in Cajamar, with the champion winning R$1 million, which is equivalent to $500,000 in the U.S.
Ferriera has a 96.25-point lead over Eduardo Aparecido Silva, and a more comfortable 1,302.25-point lead over third-place Marco Eguche. Eneas Barbosa and Renando da Conceicao round out the current Top 5 riders in the standings - they are both more than 3,000 points behind Ferreira.
This weekend's Finals include five rounds over four days.
Edimundo Gomes, another Brazilian with BFTS experience, is ranked ninth in Brazil, 3,913.25 points off the lead.
Thiago Paguioto, the only rider ever to cover World Champion Bull Bushwacker, is a distant 21st in the standings. In fact, he no longer holds an international PBR card, and can only compete at PBR Brazil events.
Edimundo Gomes, shown here in San Antonio, last competed on the Built Ford Tough Series in 2010.
Current PBR Rookie of the Year Rubens Barbosa is 26th, followed closely by Fabiano Vieira, who is ranked 29th. World Champion Silvano Alves is ranked 42nd. All would be substantially higher, but in 2011 were focused on the BFTS as opposed to the Brahma Super Bull.
Aside from the two-month summer break in the BFTS, Alves and Vieira spent the entire year in the U.S., while Barbosa was stateside immediately following the break.
Wesley Lourenço, 32nd; Paulo Lima, 33rd; and Elton Cide, 35th, were previously top-ranked Brazilians in the national standings. However, they too have focused their efforts on the BFTS.
None of the BFTS mainstays are mathematically within reach of claiming this year's Brazilian national title.
Eight of the Top 10 contenders, and all of the Top 4, hold international cards, meaning this weekend's national champion will have enough money earned to compete as an alternate on the BFTS in early 2012.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Ross Coleman, J.W. Hart, and Cord McCoy will participate in a Celebrity Cutting Horse Event to benefit the Careity Foundation on Friday, Dec. 2, in Fort Worth, Texas, as part of the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. The three will be joined by reigning Iron Cowboy Colby Yates Saturday from 1-3 p.m. for an autograph signing at the Best of the West Shopping Experience in the Amon G. Carter exhibit Hall at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex.
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