Don’t Miss One Second of the Action Tomorrow on VERSUS

BILLINGS, Mont. (April 21, 2007) – Preliminary round action from the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) NILE Invitational in Billings, Mont. got underway tonight from MetraPark Arena.  Round one of the oldest, consecutive stop on the elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler, treated the dedicated bull riding fans in Montana to an explosive start to an action-packed weekend. 

L.J. Jenkins (Texaco, N.M.) has quickly returned to his winning ways, claiming the highest first-round score with an 88.75 trip aboard Priest Creek Ranches’ 3 Spot.  After a stellar finish in 2006, winning the 2006 PBR World Finals event title, Jenkins has been recovering from a shoulder injury that required surgery earlier this year.  He returned to competition at the PBR’s Ty Murray Invitational just 3 weeks ago in his home state of New Mexico, and is making a run for the top spot in Billings, claiming $7,000 in prize money for his first round efforts. 

Fellow young gun Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) is sitting in second place after round one with an 88.25 score atop Berger/Loe’s Gold Bell Wine, earning him $5,000 in winnings.  Floridian Tater Porter (Kenansville) rounded out the top three when he twisted Diamond G Rodeo’s Whirlygig for 87.25 points and $3,000 in prize money.

The NILE Invitational and the elite PBR athletes will be back Saturday and Sunday for more hard-hitting action in rounds two and three.  Don’t miss any of the action airing on VERSUS as round two airs April 21 at 11 p.m. and the third and final round air April 22 LIVE at 4:00 p.m. (EDT).

NILE Invitational First Round Resutls: 1) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 88.75 points on Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot, $7,000; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.M.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Winston Loe’s Gold Bell Wine, $5,000; 3) Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) 87.25 points on Diamond G Rodeo’s Whirlywhig; $3,000; 4) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 87 points on Chad Berger/Dakota Cattle Co.’s Texas, $2,000.