ANAHEIM, Calif. (February 11, 2007) – Atop the leader board this weekend in Professional Bull Riders (PBR) action is Aussie favorite Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia). Stop number eight on the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) lived up to the hype, featuring the world’s best 45 bull riders engaging in a battle with the rankest bucking bulls in the industry.
Fans attending the Amp’d Mobile Invitational were initially awed by the 91-point bull riding clinic put on by yet another PBR young gun Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.). Canter accepted not only one, but two re-rides during round two action, covering three bulls in just one evening. What this dynamic cowboy lacks in stature, he makes up for with grit and determination, which was enough to get him to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round Sunday afternoon. Canter went on to record the highest score of the event, a 91-point trip aboard Rice Ranch’s Mud Flap, which vaulted him to the lead at that point. However, Canter didn’t stay in the lead for long, with Aussie Greg Potter hot on his heels. Canter finished the event in second place and pocketed $17,494 for his efforts.
Sunny California was good to Greg Potter, who was forced to sit out the last two BFTS events due to a hip pointer he sustained in Charlotte, N.C. Potter entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in third place, and capitalized on drawing Berger Bucking Bulls’ Flack Jacket. When asked how he felt about his draw Potter stated:
“I rode him the first time I drew him. I am not sure how many points I was, but I was happy with this draw. Anytime you draw a Berger bull in the short-go you know you have a chance to win it all.”
Potter is the undisputed champion in Anaheim, an honor he is enjoying for the third time, his name was also on top of the leader board in 2004 and 2005. Ultimately, Potter covered all four of the bulls he attempted this weekend – the only man to do so at this event – adding 2007 to his already impressive Anaheim, Calif. resume. Potter accumulated 853.75 BFTS points and $27,330.40 for his efforts, resulting in a jump to number 10 in the elite BFTS Standings.
The BFTS makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of April, promising bull riding fans one of the most intense and grueling races in national sports to decide who will wear the million dollar PBR crown at the end of the 2007 season.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus: As the winner of the Atlanta, Ga. event, Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Anaheim, Calif. Hayes was successful against his draw in the first two rounds, claiming $10,000 in bonus money. Hayes was unsuccessful however in his third round attempt on Flying U/Moreno’s Water Patrol, thus awarding the $5,000 bounty to the bull’s owners. As the Anaheim event winner, Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) will compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ride with the Best Bonus at the next BFTS event in St. Louis on February 23 – 25.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Georgia cowboy Sean Willingham (Summerville) led the Amp’d Mobile Invitational going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Had he won the event, Willingham would have taken home the bonus of $5,000. Willingham did not finish the event in the top spot, therefore the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus increases to $10,000 at the next BFTS event in St. Louis.
Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner, Greg Potter (Queensland, Aus.) has qualified for a chance to compete at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2007 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for $50,000 toward the purchase of a 2007 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2007 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win the Ford Super Duty Challenge.
Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: Fan Favorite Reindeer Dippin of Flyin U/Moreno Bucking Bulls accrued a 46.5 bull score, plenty of points to claim the High Marked Bull the Event title and $1,250 as a part of Salem National Lease’s exciting bonus program. The program awards $1,250 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull scores.
Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride: Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) recorded the highest marked ride of the evening when he topped Rice Ranch’s Mud Flap for 91 points. In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus. Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 92-point performance in New York City earlier this season on Page & Teague Bucking Bulls’ Sunshine.
The rider who achieves the highest score at each BFTS regular season event during the 2007 BFTS regular season excluding the PBR World Finals receives a bonus of $1,000 for the event. The PBR athlete who achieves the highest marked qualifying ride during the entire 2007 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 that achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2007 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.
Injury Report: Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) sustained a lacerated left ear, bruised jaw and a concussion when he was stomped on in the third round. He is questionable to compete at the next BFTS event in St. Louis on February 23 -25.
Brian Herman (Victoria, Texas) also sustained a concussion and is probable for the St. Louis event.
Amp’d Mobile Invitational Results:
FIRST ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1) Rob Bell (Houston, BC), 89.75 points on 3 Spot of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $7,000; 2) Brian Herman (Victoria, Tex.), 88.00 points on Flack Jacket of Berger Bucking Bulls, $5,000; 3) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ), 87.75 points on Orange Crush Jr. of Diamond G Rodeos, Inc., $3,000.00; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC), 87.50 points on 7 of Hearts of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $2,000.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1) Brian Herman (Victoria, Tex.), 89.25 points on Hot Rod of Humpz and Hornz, $2,730; 2/3) Ross Johnson (Alvord, Tex.), 88 points on Hypnotic of Ryan McClure’s stock, $1,560 and Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.), 88 points on High Waters of Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls, $1,560; 4/5) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 86.5 points on T-Box of Diamond G Rodeos, Inc., $624 and Brian Canter (Randleman, NC), 86.5 points on Criminal Mind of Performance Livestock/Gene Owen, $624.
THIRD ROUND RESULTS AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL: 1/2) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.), 87.5 points on Irishman Pat of Berger Bucking Bulls, $2,340 and Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 87.5 points on Hot Rod of Humpz and Hornz, $2,340; 3) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 87.25 points on 3 Spot of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $1,170; 4) Billy Robinson (Galax, Va.) 87 points on Peacemaker of Berger Bucking Bulls, $780.
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 91 points on Mud Flap of Rice Ranch, $2,730; 2/3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88.75 points on 7 of Hearts of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $1,560 and Greg Potter (Queensland, Aus.) 88.75 points on Flack Jacket of Berger Bucking Bulls, $1,560; 4) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 88.25 points on Rez Roy of Corey & Horst Rodeo Co. Inc., $780.
AMP’D MOBILE INVITATIONAL FINAL RESULTS: 1) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia), 338.75 points, $27,330; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, NC), 264.00 points, $17,494; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.), 261.00 points, $11,890; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Georgia), 258.25, $8.052.
BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, OK) 3,314.5 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 3,095.75 points; 3) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 2,654.5 points; 4) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 2,549.75 points; 5) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 2,196.5 points; 6) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 2,129.75 points; 7) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 2,102.75 points; 8 ) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) $1,834.75 points; 9) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 1,793.75 points; 10) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 1,641.00 points.