Buckle up, Southern California. We’re coming to Anaheim.


  • The Built Ford Tough Series returns to Southern California, home of some of the greatest fans in the nation.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Professional Bull Riders continues its 2012 season, traveling almost 3,000 miles from New York to Anaheim for the second stop on the Built Ford Tough Series. The best bull riders and bulls in the world will take over the Honda Center on Jan. 14-15 for two heart-pounding performances.

The PBR first visited Anaheim in 1998, and the 15 events in the sunny Southern California city since ties for the third most appearances, and the third most consecutive appearances. California will have hosted 43 PBR BFTS events, including the upcoming Ariat Invitational on Jan. 28-29 in Sacramento. The 43 events are the second most behind Texas (52), and Oklahoma (34).

Bull riding begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 15. Tickets are available at www.Ticketmaster.com, the Honda Center box office, and by telephone at (800) 732-1727.

Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the performance, as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds.

The BFTS features the best, highest-paid bull riders on the planet, including PBR World Champion Silvano Alves, and California's own Dickies® DuraBullfighter Shorty Gorham. Also scheduled to compete in Anaheim are fan favorites like Cord McCoy of "Amazing Race" fame, North Carolina's J.B. Mauney, and world-famous Ben Jones. Luke Snyder, who won more than $200,000 at the Last Cowboy Standing in 2011, and former World Champions Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008), Mike Lee (2004), and Chris Shivers (2000 and 2003) are also scheduled to be in California.

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Hot on the heels of a dominating win in New York, world No. 1 Cody Nance will try to defend the top spot in Anaheim.

The PBR and Ford are offering a limited number of Built Ford Tough All aXXess passes for $200. In addition to providing the best seats, the passes are a special credential that allows the bearer to get autographs and photographs with select fan-favorite riders and bulls.

Each of the Top 40 riders in the world will ride on Saturday and Sunday. Following Round 1 on Saturday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will each compete with one more bull. Following Round 3 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 four rounds.

Action from Anaheim will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jan. 15. CBS Sports Network will rebroadcast the event at 11 p.m. ET on Sunday, and at 1 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16. Fans can also watch the action online in the PBR Live Event Center at pbr.com/live.

PBR rider Ryan Dirteater will be signing autographs from 4-6 p.m. on Friday in Anaheim at O'Reilly Auto Parts, 2245 West Ball Road.

Ford Invasion Team members Shorty Gorham and Ross Coleman will be signing autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday at David Wilson's Ford of Orange, 1350 West Katella Avenue.

PBR riders Cord McCoy, Austin Meier, Skeeter Kingsolver, Cody Campbell, Ryan Dirteater, and Douglas Duncan will be signing autographs from 12-1 p.m. on Saturday in Rancho Cucamonga at Bass Pro Shop, 7777 Victoria Gardens Lane.

2011 PBR World Champion Silvano Alves, and 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi will be signing autographs from 12:30-2 p.m. on Saturday in Norco at Boot Barn, 960 6th Street #104.

Anaheim is the second of 29 stops on the 2012 BFTS schedule, which opened to capacity crowds last weekend at world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York. The season will conclude Oct. 24-28 in Las Vegas with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, where the PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded a $1 million bonus. The richest bull riding event in the world, the World Finals offers a total purse of more than $2 million.

The PBR World Champion is determined by the most Built Ford Tough Series points earned throughout the season and at the World Finals.

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