SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Riding Ludacris (Jane Clark/Owen/Showsports) for 88 points in front of 6,950 fans at JQH Arena on Friday, Austin Meier is the leader after Round 1 of the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series PFIwestern.com Invitational presented by Bass Pro Shops.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Short Round will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round will be on Sunday at 5 p.m.
Tickets are on sale at PFI Western Store, 2816 South Ingram Mill Road in Springfield, Mo., PFIWestern.com, www.MissouriStateTix.com, and by telephone at (888) 476-7849 or (417) 836-7678. Bull riding begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, and at 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Harve Stewart is in second place after riding Skatman Hou (Wolf Creek Cattle Company/B-T Bucking Bulls) for 87.75 points, while Aaron Roy is in third place with 86.75 points on Panhandle Wind (Diamond S Bucking Bulls). Ryan Dirteater, 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee, and Emilio Resende are tied for fourth with 86.50 points.
Stewart had the opportunity to win an additional $5,000 in the PFI Bounty Bull Challenge, after Meier elected not to compete. Stewart, however, bucked off Randy Little's and Gene Owen's bull, PFI's Boot Daddy, in 3.64 seconds.
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.
Each of the Top 35 riders will ride on Saturday and Sunday. Following Round 2 on Saturday, the riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores will each compete with one more bull. 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.
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.
Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Short Round will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET in the PBR Live Event Center at www.PBR.com/live. 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.
The original Bass Pro Shops at 1935 S. Campbell will host PBR Fun Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Family-friendly activities include bull roping, and a mechanical bull. PBR entertainer extraordinaire Flint Rasmussen will host his "Outside The Barrel" show from 11-11:45 a.m. PBR riders will sign autographs from 12-1 p.m. PBR in-arena announcer and experienced angler Clint Adkins will host a fishing seminar at 1 p.m., while Brandon Bates, an announcer for the PBR who is also the host and executive producer of Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation's "Team Elk" on the Outdoor Channel, will host a hunting seminar at 1:30 p.m.
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. Round 2 of the BFTS will be an ABBI Maturity event, with a purse of $10,000. The bulls will also be competing for a purse of $10,000 in both the Built Ford Tough Series Short Round on Saturday, and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday.
ABBI will be hosting the fourth and final regular season competition for the Back Seat Buckers on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Back Seat Buckers bulls are yearlings competing for $25,000 with a 25-pound mechanical dummy. The event is free and open to the public. There will also be an ABBI Futurity on Sunday from 10 a.m-12 p.m. which is also open to the public.
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-Total Points)
1. Austin Meier, 88-88 points.
2. Harve Stewart, 87.75-87.75 points.
3. Aaron Roy, 86.75-86.75 points.
4. Emilio Resende, 86.5-86.50 points.
Mike Lee, 86.5-86.50 points.
Ryan Dirteater, 86.5-86.50 points.
7. Cody Johnson, 86.25-86.25 points.
Silvano Alves, 86.25-86.25 points.
9. Ben Jones, 84.75-84.75 points.
Caleb Sanderson, 84.75-84.75 points.
11. Zack Brown, 84.25-84.25 points.
12. Fabiano Vieira, 81.5-81.50 points.
13. Marco Eguchi, 79.5-79.50 points.
Agnaldo Cardozo, 0-0 points.
Billy Robinson, 0-0 points.
Brendon Clark, 0-0 points.
Chase Outlaw, 0-0 points.
Cody Nance, 0-0 points.
Douglas Duncan, 0-0 points.
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0 points.
H.D. Coleman, 0-0 points.
J. B. Mauney, 0-0 points.
J.D. McCoy, 0-0 points.
Jared Farley, 0-0 points.
Jory Markiss, 0-0 points.
Justin Koon, 0-0 points.
Kyle Lozier, 0-0 points.
Lachlan Richardson, 0-0 points.
L.J. Jenkins, 0-0 points.
Luke Snyder, 0-0 points.
Renato Nunes, 0-0 points.
Robson Palermo, 0-0 points.
Shane Proctor, 0-0 points.
Stormy Wing, 0-0 points.
Travis Briscoe, 0-0 points.
Ty Pozzobon, 0-0 points.
Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0 points.
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