Valdiron de Oliveira gets first career victory

NEW YORK CITY (January 6, 2008) – The Professional Bull Rider’s (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) returned to Madison Square Garden this weekend for three action packed days of bull riding with the VERSUS Invitational. The return to the Big Apple left bull riding fans in awe with outstanding performances by both the cowboys and the bulls. Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) claimed his first ever BFTS event victory with 354 points on four bulls, adding $31,400 to his pocket.

 

“I’m very happy to win in New York City,” said Oliveira. “It was very exciting because there was a great group of Brazilian fans here and it was good to win in front of them. This win means everything to me. I came to the U.S. to be a (PBR) World Champion.”During the first round of competition, Oliveira scored 86.75 points on Davis/White’s Scentloc and placed fourth in the round. On Saturday, in the PBR’s new draft system for three-day events, Oliveira drafted Chad Berger/Ryken/Hawk’s Scaredy Cat for his opponent. The choice was a wise one as he scored 89 points and claimed second in the round. On Sunday afternoon, Oliveira was matched with Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Cowboy Cut and scored 88.5 points. With a total score of 264.25 points on three head, Oliveira only trailed two-time PBR World Champion, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) to start the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

Following the draft of bulls at intermission for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, the top fifteen cowboys competed against their picks for the event championship. With eight cowboys making the required eight second whistle and receiving scores, Oliveira did not know his fate until Shivers was bucked off of Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine. Oliveira’s 89.75 point performance against Davis/Mayo/Hooker’s Outsider was enough to claim his first event championship.

 

Oliveira has only spent one year competing on the elite BFTS tour. He has already amassed $136,225.93 in career earnings by riding an impressive 63.79% of the bulls he has faced. With this event win he has quickly jumped to second place in the race for the 2008 PBR World Championship.

 

Young gun J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) did everything he could to repeat as the VERSUS Invitational event winner but fell short by just 4.75 points. He claimed second place in the event with 349.25 points and $16,643.33 in total earnings. Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) held on for third place with 346.25 points and claimed $9,748 in PBR bucks.

 

For the first time ever in the sport of professional bull riding, the cowboys were given the opportunity to choose two of the four bulls they attempted to ride this weekend. The new “draft” system allowed the cowboys to choose their bulls for the second round and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round based upon their performance.

 

“It was really fun for everyone,” said PBR’s Livestock Director, Cody Lambert. “The fans and media that came to the draft got to know a little more of the guys’ personalities. They witnessed who wanted the toughest bulls and who wanted the guaranteed scores. I think it worked out so well for two reasons. First, the guys came to ride this weekend—they weren’t worried about what bull they were getting on next. Second, we were able to put together an outstanding pen of 45 bulls to choose from. Even the guys who picked last had a chance to get on a bull they could win the event on.”

 

Three-time PBR World Champion, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil) chose the Madison Square Garden stage to announce that this will be his final year as a professional bull rider. He plans to retire following the 2008 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Will Moraes go out as the first four-time PBR World Champion? The adrenaline packed chase will continue January 11-13 with the Worcester Classic in Worcester, Mass. VERSUS will air the event on Saturday, January 12 at 9:30 p.m. ET and Sunday, January 13 at 8 p.m. ET.

 

Non-stop bull riding action continues as the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series rocks a different city every weekend from now through May 3rd. All of the exhilarating rides and harrowing wrecks will air on VERSUS each Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

 

Injury Report:
Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla. ) suffered a laceration to his right eyebrow. He will compete in Worcester.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:


Enterprise
Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:

As the winner of the second round of the Copenhagen Bull Riding smInvitational last weekend, Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Friday night in New York. Potter made a qualified ride aboard Shane Gunderson’s Twister, claiming the $5,000 bonus. As the VERSUS Invitational first round winner, Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) was eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Saturday. Hayes was bucked off of Frontier/Teague/Ron White’s Nervous Waters, thus the bonus money was awarded to the owners of the bull. As the winner of the second round of the VERSUS Invitational, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) was eligible to compete for the bonus in the third round. He covered Sonny Williams’ American Idol winning the $5,000 bonus. As the winner of the third round of competition, Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) will be eligible for the bonus during the first round of the Worcester Classic next weekend in Worcester, Mass.

 

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La. ) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the VERSUS Invitational event title; therefore he did not claim the $35,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $40,000 next weekend at the Worcester Classic in Worcester, Mass. 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 VERSUS Invitational event winner, Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 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:
Big Bucks owned by Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 46 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:
Chris Shivers (Jonesville , La.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped #10 Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do for 90.75 points during the second round of the VERSUS 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 that achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

VERSUS Invitational Event Results:
ROUND ONE: 1) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 88.5 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Showdown, $7,000; 2) Tyler Pankewitz (Warburg, AB, Canada) 87.25 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Bad Action, $5,000; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 87 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Mataska, $3,000; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 86.75 points on Davis/White’s Scentloc, $2,000; 5/6/7) Silvanei Dias (Populina, SP, Brazil) 86.25 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Livewire; 5/6/7) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 86.25 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Irishman Pat; 5/6/7) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 86.25 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Shock the Monkey.

ROUND TWO: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 90.75 points on #10 Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do, $2,730; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Hawks’ Scardey Cat, $1,950; 3) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 88.75 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Texas, $1,170; 4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 87.75 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Red Light; 5) Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) 87.25 points on Berger/Daniels Bucking Bulls’ Red Jacket.

ROUND THREE: 1) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 90.25 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Texas, $2,730; 2/3) Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) 89 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ McClintock, $1,560; 2/3) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 89 points on Chad Berger/Roger Ward’s Blue Boy, $1,560; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 88.5 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Cowboy Cut; 5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Dibbett’s Live Wire.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, Australia) 90.5 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ California Dreaming, $2,730; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 90.25 points on #10 Bucking Bulls’ Cat Man Do, $1,950; 3) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 89.75 points on Davis/Mayo/Hooker’s Outsider, $1,170; 4) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 89.5 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Evil Forces; 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 89 points on Sonny Williams’ Mean Machine. OVERALL EVENT; 1) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 354 points, $31,400; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 349.25 points, $16,643.33; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 346.25 points, $9,748; 4/5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 341.5 points, $5,187; 4/5) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 341.5 points, $5,304.

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)

1) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 1,305.5 points, $38,246.48; 2) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 1,215 points, $32,024; 3) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 1,069.75 points, $17,700; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 986 points, $19,549.09; 5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 973.5 points, $12,737; 6) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 883.5 points, $9,748; 7) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 880.75 points, $12,749.25; 8 ) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 841 points, $6,212.25; 9) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 795.75 points, $16,836.71; 10) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 772.5 points, $5,269.67.

 
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