Colorado’s Tyler Smith claims first BFTS event championship

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (May 19, 2007) – The Ford Country Classic part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) concluded tonight from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.  The 18th stop on the elite BFTS treated 18,000 Texas bull riding fans to big scores and rank wrecks. Event alternate, Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) made the most of his weekend in San Antonio by claiming his first ever BFTS event championship and $29,880 in PBR bucks.

“Winning my first BFTS event is awesome,” said Smith. The 20 year old has competed in 12 elite BFTS events during the 2007 season but his highest placing prior to San Antonio was tying for 12th in Nampa, Idaho.

Smith credited his bulls for his victory. “I just drew two great bulls tonight and made the most of the situation,” Smith added. “I’ve been down in the standings and just knew I needed to do good in San Antonio to move up in the standings.”

Smith’s first round score of 86.75 points on Mud Flap owned by Bonsall Bucking Bulls was enough to be the 13th ranked cowboy going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.  His final ride aboard Re-vamp owned by Chumley Cattle Company earned him 90 points and eventually the event championship.

2004 PBR World Champion, Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) put out his best effort but ended up .25 points short of the title. In fact, the scoring was so tight that the event champion had to be verified by computer calculation at the conclusion of the event.

“He (Tyler) has a lot of heart,” said Mike Lee after the event. “He’s got a lot of talent and I’ve never seen him stop trying. He’s going to be a great bull rider.”

In an electrifying first round of the Ford Country Classic, 22 cowboys made the eight second whistle. 2002 PBR World Champion, Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) claimed the top spot in the round with form reminiscent of his championship year, scoring 89 points on D&H/Anderson’s Cosmo. However, he failed to make the required eight seconds on Eddie Munster owned by Roy Carter Bucking Bulls in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

In the race for the PBR World Championship, Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) and J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) are 568.25 points apart with McBride continuing to lead the 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year.  McBride had a prime opportunity to pull even further away from Mauney when he qualified for the Championship Round, because Mauney failed to ride his first round bull.  However, Cat Daddy of Diamond S Bucking Bulls quickly turfed McBride in the final round, resulting in a missed opportunity to accumulate more BFTS Points.

Don’t miss one second of the action as the battle for the PBR world title continues to intensify.  The inaugural Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup will air on VERSUS when the event bucks out of the chutes from Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on June 8 – 10. The best of the best return from hiatus for the Jack Daniel’s Invitational in Nashville, Tenn. on June 16 and 17. VERSUS will air the event on June 16 at 9 p.m. ET and on Sunday, June 17 at 8 p.m. ET. Be sure to check your local listings for complete broadcast information.

Injury Report:
J.B. Mauney (Moorseville, N.C.) Sustained a strained right knee. Mauney will compete in Nashville.

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) Sustained a strained neck, x-rays are scheduled for Monday. He is probable for Nashville.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Match-up Bonus:
As the winner of the Nampa, Idaho event, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in San Antonio. Willingham was successful in the first round on Page and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Lil’ Slinger for $5,000 in Enterprise Rent-A-Car bonus money.  As the Ford Country Classic event winner, Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) will be eligible for the bonus when the PBR returns from hiatus in Nashville, Tenn. for the Jack Daniel’s Invitational.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship round but did not earn the Ford Country Classic event title, therefore losing the $5,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus.  The bonus will increase to $10,000 in Nashville, Tenn.

Ford Super Duty Challenge:
As the Ford Country Classic event winner, Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 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.

Bully Dog Short Go Top Qualifier:
Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was awarded $2,500 for being the bull rider with the highest cumulative score (i.e. highest in the event average) going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and for properly displaying the Top Qualifier Patch.

Salem National Lease Bull of the Event:
Chicken on a Chain of Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy claimed the High Marked Bull of the Ford Country Classic 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:
Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Re-Vamp of Chumley Cattle Company for 90 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round    In doing so, he earned a $1,000 bonus.

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.

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) is in the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93-point performance in Auburn Hills, Mich. on Chicken on a Chain, owned by Robinson, Tedesco and Larry the Cable Guy.

AlphaTrade National Champion Standings:
A new bonus program offered by AlphaTrade will present the 2007 Built Ford Tough Series regular season champion, defined by PBR rules to be the rider with the highest BFTS points total at the end of the regular season, with $50,000 and the opportunity to win up to $200,000. The winner will be determined and announced at the Rocky Boots Invitational this year in Columbus, Ohio in October. At present, Justin McBride has a lock on the top spot however North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 568.25 BFTS points.

Ford Country Classic Event Results:

FORD COUNTRY CLASSIC FIRST ROUND RESULTS:  1) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89 points on D&H/Anderson’s Cosmo, $2,730, 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88.75 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Wild Life, $1,950, 3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, Australia) 88.5 points on Haines/Owen’s Pandemonium, $1,170; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88.25 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Hillstreet, $780; 5) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 88 points on Sunny Arocha’s Red Ant, $468.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND RESULTS: 1) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 90 points on Chumley Cattle Co.’s Re-vamp, $2,730; 2) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 89.25 points on McCoy Ranches’ Bells Blue, $1,950; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 88 points on Page & Teague Bucking  Bulls’ Sunshine, $1,170.

OVERALL EVENT RESULTS: 1) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 176.75 points, $29,880; 2) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 176.50 points, $15,795; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 174.75 points, $15,320; 4) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89 points, $10,630.

BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 8,015.75 points; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 7,447.50 points, 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 5,114.5 points, 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,830.75 points; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4458.25 points; 6) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 4,031.25 points; 7) Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) 3,919 points; 8) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 3,860.25, 9) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 3,715, 10) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 3,675.