New Mexico cowboy claims victory in front of home state crowd

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (March 30, 2008) – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) returned to Albuquerque, N.M. for three action-packed performances of the Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational brought to you locally by Big Tex Trailers. Home state cowboy, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) brought the crowd to its feet with his first event victory of the 2008 season. He scored a total of 358 points to ice the victory over the world’s number one bull rider, Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) who finished in second place.

“I’ve never done very good here [in Albuquerque],” said Jenkins. “It’s a great feeling to win in my home state. Winning the 2006 PBR World Finals doesn’t even compare to how I feel right now. It’s awesome to win an event with all my family and friends here to support me.”

During the first round of competition on Friday, Jenkins proved he was determined to turn things around after being bucked off all three bulls he attempted in Portland, Ore. and Tacoma, Wash. two weeks ago. He scored 89.75 points aboard Mendell/Lane/Downard’s Chester to claim victory in the first round. Being the first man to select his bull in the draft round on Saturday proved profitable again for Jenkins when he scored 90 points aboard Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker. Although he only placed fourth in the round he remained on top of the leader board going into Sunday’s competition. In the third round, Jenkins faced Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Rock Star and conquered the beast with a score of 88 points.

At the beginning of the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Jenkins remained in the driver’s seat but only by 3.75 points over Marchi. Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) was the first man to make a qualified ride and dazzled fans when he topped C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Spit Fire for an impressive 92 points. It was then two-time PBR World Champion, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) who took over the event lead with a 90.25 point ride aboard Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hot Stuff. With only two men left to ride, Marchi scored 72.5 points aboard Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game and was given the opportunity of a reride but declined. When Jenkins nodded his head for D&H Cattle Co./Junk Bull Co.’s Bonafide the event was his to win. As the dust settled the judges awarded Jenkins 90 points and he earned the event victory by more than 20 points over Marchi.

“The bulls were great this weekend,” said Jenkins. “I drew great and got to pick first in both draft rounds. Both bulls I choose (Savage Shaker and Bonafide) are bulls that I had ridden in the past and knew I could score at least 90 points on.”

With the event win, Jenkins pocketed $44,872.50 for his weekend’s performance and increased his career earnings to more than $750,000. He moved from number 11 in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship to number seven. The win marks the third career victory for Jenkins in just three years of competing professionally.

Marchi continued to increase his lead in the BFTS World Standings over Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) to 2,194 points. He has increased his riding percentage to an astounding 85 percent.  So far this season he has recorded seven 90-point rides, has two event wins and eight top five finishes to his credit.

The PBR Bull Team Challenge was another very close race in Albuquerque. Twenty-two teams have been formed, each providing $50,000 for the opportunity to win their share of the $1.1 million total competition purse available throughout the 2008 season. The team known as Lone Star Bulls scored 223.75 points to earn $20,000, while D&H/Enlow/Gilbert scored 223 points and earned $10,000.

For more information and the official rules on the PBR’s new Bull Team Challenge, please visit http://www.pbrnow.com/competition/BullTeams.

As the 2008 BFTS season nears the mid-point in the year, the world’s toughest cowboys and rankest bulls will take over Nampa, Idaho for the Nampa Invitational April 3-5. VERSUS airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

Injury Report:
Shorty Gorham (Cotulla, Texas) suffered a cracked vertebrae. He is expected to be out for four weeks.

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, BZ) suffered a possible fractured left tibia. X-rays are scheduled for Monday.

 

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

 

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the Tacoma Invitational second round winner, Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Friday night’s first round of competition in Albuquerque. Yates
covered Allan Green—The Bull Company’s Ham Bone for 89 points to earn the $5,000 bonus.

 

By virtue of his round one win, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during Saturday’s second round of competition. Jenkins scored 90.25 points aboard Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker to claim the $5,000 bonus.

 

Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) and J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) tied for the win in the second round of the Ty Murray Invitational, but Shivers claimed the tie breaker and the opportunity to ride for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Sunday afternoon. Shivers was successful against C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Jack’s Pride and therefore claimed the $5,000 bonus.

 

As the Ty Murray Invitational third round winner, Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Nampa Invitational in Nampa, Idaho, on April 3-5.

 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and did ultimately win the Ty Murray Invitational event title; therefore he claimed the $10,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 for the Nampa Invitational on April 3-5. The bonus grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.

 

Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Ty Murray Invitational event winner, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2008 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2009 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win

the Ford Super Duty Challenge.

Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Diamond S/ExclusiveGenetics.com’s Avalanche earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46 points in Albuquerque. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.

 

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
Ross Coleman (Molalla, ore.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped C&G Rodeo Livestock LLC’s Spit Fire for 92 points during the championship round of the Ty Murray Invitational. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event, excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the accomplishment. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2008 BFTS regular season, excluding the PBR World Finals event will receive $25,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded $10,000 and $5,000, respectively. The bull rider who achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

 

Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) took over the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride with his ride during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Invitational when he scored 95.75 points aboard Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy’s Chicken on a Chain.

 

Sandia Resort & Casino presents the Ty Murray Invitational brought to you locally by Big Tex Trailers Results

 

ROUND ONE:

1) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 89.75 points on Mendell/Lane/Downard’s Chester, $7,000; 2) Guilhereme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 89.5 points on The Jaynes Gang/Nelson & Teague’s Leprechaun, $5,000; 3/4) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 89 points on Allan Green—The Bull Company’s Ham Bone, $2,500; 3/4) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 89 points on Rob Parker’s Beaver Cleaver, $2,500; 5/6) Agnaldo Cardoza (Uberaba, MS, BZ) 88.75 points on 4C’s/Sills/Barker’s Little Bo, $1,000; 5/6) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 88.75 points on Simpson/Harper & Dennis’ Tighty Whitey, $1,000. 

ROUND TWO:
1/2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 91.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Holy Moly, $2,340; 1/2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.25 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Hustler, $2,340; 3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) 90.5 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Commotion, $1,170; 4) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90.25 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker; 5) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 90 points on Beutler & Son Rodeo Co.’s Deputy Sheriff. 

ROUND THREE:

1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 90.75 points on Page & Buck’s Savage Shaker, $2,730; 2/3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.5 points on Martinez Bucking Bull, LLC’S Dark Side, $1,560; 2/3) Bryan Richardson (Dallas, Texas) 89.5 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Cat’s Meow, $1,560; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 89 points on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Big Rig; 5) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 88.75 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Calico Cat.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:

1) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 92 points on C&G Rodeo Livestock, LLC’s Spit Fire, $2,730; 2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 90.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Hot Stuff, $1,950; 3) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90 points on D&H Cattle Co./Junk Bull Co.’s Bonafide, $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 72.5 points on Brandon Gasper Bucking Bulls’ The Game.

 

OVERALL EVENT:

1 ) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 358 points, $44,872.50; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 338.25 points, $19,384.50; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 269.5 points, $13,212.50; 4) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 268.75 points, $8,828.50; 5) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 264.25 points, $4,834.

 

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 6,729.5 points, $148,585; 2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 4,535.5 points, $225,505; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 4,513.5 points, $94,384; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 4,356.75 points, $66,108; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 4,296 points, $98,371; 6) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 4,069.25 points, $173,121; 7) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 3,952.5 points, $101,896; 8 ) Renato Nunes (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,669.5 points, $56,976; 9) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 3,557.25 points, $77,135; 10) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,517.5 points, $51,056.

 

 
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