Guilherme March moves closer to #1 in the PBR World Championship Race

CHIHUAHUA, Mexico (August 26, 2007) – The Chihuahua Challenge, part of the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS), lived up to last year’s event-the 2006 Built Ford Tough Series Event of the Year-with exhilarating rides and harrowing wrecks. Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was the only athlete to ride all four bulls over the weekend scoring 345.5 points. Marchi collected $53,254 for his efforts to add to his $1,038,445 in PBR career earnings.

“It’s great to win this event,” said Marchi of his victory. “It was a very good show.  Since the Built Ford Tough Series doesn’t travel out of the United States often, the fans hadn’t seen the sport as much and had a really great time.” The event in Chihuahua, Mexico is the only Built Ford Tough Series event to be held outside the United States in 2007, although the PBR opened international offices in Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Mexico in 2006.

Marchi entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round as the number one cowboy with 258.25 points on three bulls. Marchi was matched up against Gnash owned by Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls in the final round and was one of only two men to make a qualified ride in the Championship Round with a score of 87.25 points.  Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) was Marchi’s closest competitor entering the Championship Round but ultimately bucked off of Diamond S/ExclusiveGenetics.com’s Smash Hit. Stewart finished the event in third place.

Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) was the only other cowboy to make the required eight second whistle in the Championship Round against Bearcat Bell owned by Jim Owens Bucking Bulls. His score of 85.5 points was enough to boost him to second overall in the event with a final point total of 258 points.

Marchi earned his first event win of the 2007 season and the fifth of his outstanding career on the Built Ford Tough Series. For two consecutive years, he has been the number two cowboy in the world and is hungry to claim his first ever PBR World Championship title.

“I attribute my win to my physical and mental health,” stated Marchi. “I’ve been training a lot this summer to stay healthy and injury free. The support of my family and God have also been important to my success. I’m going to keep my focus on claiming the (PBR) World Championship title this year.”

Perhaps the biggest shock of the Chihuahua Challenge was the first round injury to Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) who dislocated his left shoulder (free arm) and was unable to compete for the duration of the event. The 2005 PBR World Champion and current points leader will undergo x-rays on Monday to determine the extent of the injury and his status for the rest of the season.

With only six regular season tour stops to go, McBride maintains his number one position but possibly opened the door for his closest competitor, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) to take over the lead. The 2006 Daisy Rookie of the Year has been McBride’s biggest threat all season and is hungry for his first PBR World Championship. Mauney now trails McBride by a mere 1,380.75 points.

Non-stop PBR action resumes on September 7-9 with the Reno Classic in Reno, Nev. With only six events remaining before the PBR’s 2007 Built Ford Tough World Finals presented by Wrangler, fans don’t want to miss even one second of the heart-pounding action. VERSUS will air the Reno Classic on Sunday, September 9 at 7 p.m. EDT.

INJURY REPORT:

Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, Australia)-Clark re-injured his thumb and is questionable to compete in Reno.

Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.)-McBride sustained a dislocated left shoulder (free arm). X-rays are scheduled for Monday to determine the extent of his injury.

Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.)-Willingham suffered a pulled left groin and is probable to compete in Reno.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the Tulsa, Okla., BFTS event, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money in Chihuahua. Moraes was successful in round one against Davis/Wilson’s Say I Won’t claiming the $5,000 bonus and successful in round two against Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Hang Em High to claim the $5,000 bonus. Moraes was unsuccessful in the third round against Tino Martinez’s Buckwheat thus the stock contractor earned the bonus money. As the Chihuahua Challenge event winner Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus at the Reno Classic held on September 7-9.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and claimed the Chihuahua Challenge event title; therefore claiming the $15,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 for the Reno Classic. 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 Chihuahua Challenge event winner Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 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:
Guilherme Marchi (Leme, 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 NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Lost in Paradise was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 45.75 points, and was awarded $1,250 as a part of Salem NationaLease’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:
Guilherme March (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Red Carpet for 89 points during the third round of the Chihuahua Challenge. 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.

Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) took the lead for the Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus of $25,000 with his 93.25 point performance in Tulsa.

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. However, North Carolina’s J.B. Mauney is trailing McBride by a mere 1,380.75 BFTS points.

Chihuahua Challenge Results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 87.25 points on Tino Martinez’s Border Patrol, $7,000; 2) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 86.75 points on Rafter 7 Bucking Bulls’ Blaze, $5,000; 3) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, Australia) 85.5 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Hillstreet; $3,000; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 84.5 points on Sid Evans’ Fear Factor, $2,000; 5) Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) 84.25 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Stray Cat, $1,200.

ROUND TWO: 1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Hornet, $2,730 ; 2/3) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 87 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Abracadabra, $1,560; 2/3) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 87 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Start Me Up, $1,560 ; 4) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 86.5 points on Bad Company Rodeo Co. Inc.’s Born to Boogie, $780; 5) Tater Porter (Kenansville, Fla.) 86.25 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Thrillville, $468.

ROUND THREE: 1) Guilherme March (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 89 points on Diamond S Bucking Bulls’ Red Carpet, $2,730; 2/3) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 88 points on Tino Martinez’s El Patron, $1,560; 2/3) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 88 points on Boyd/Floyd/Paradise Farms’ Missfire, $1,560; 4) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 87.5 points on Performance Livestock/Gene Owen’s Sugar Ray, $780.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 87.25 points on Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls’ Gnash, $2,730; 2) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 85.5 points on Jim Owens Bucking Bulls’ Bearcat Bell, $1,950.

OVERALL EVENT: 1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 345.5 points, $53,254; 2) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 258 points, $23,510; 3) Harve Stewart (Stephenville, Texas) 253.25 points, $10,450; 4) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 174.5 points, $7,740; 5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 173 points, $7,080,

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: 1) Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) 10,026.75 points, 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 8,646 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 6,757.75 points; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 5,920 points; 5) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 5,373.75 points; 6) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 5,055.75 points; 7) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 4,763 points; 8 ) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,706.5 points; 9) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 4,625.25 points; 10) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 4,602 points.

 
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