PBR Riders Capitalize by Riding the World’s Rankest Bulls

WORCESTER, Mass. (January 13, 2008) – 95 proved to be the magic number for Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) when the Professional Bull Rider’s (PBR) Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) returned to the DCU Center this weekend for three explosive performances. The PBR has thrilled Worcester fans for 11 years now, and the 2008 Worcester Classic was certainly proof of why even New England Patriots’ play-off action can’t keep PBR fans away. Certainly no one in the house was disappointed when seven of the top 15 riders scored 90-plus bull rides during Built Ford Tough Championship Round action. Dominating the night with his amazing 95-point performance during the final round aboard Chad Berger, Larry Ryken and Larson’s Copperhead Slinger, Briscoe not only notched the win, but took the lead for the Cabela’s Hi-Marked Ride of the Season bounty with one of the highest scores on record in the PBR.

During the first round of competition, Briscoe finished in a tie for second and third with Greg Potter (Queensland, Australia) after each achieved 88.25 points. By virtue of finishing high in round one, Briscoe had an enviable spot in the round two “draft.” For the second time this season, the draft round, which takes place during all three-day BFTS events, added an element of strategy to the competition. Ranked toward the top, Briscoe chose Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine for round two, which was just the remedy — he again split second and third, this time with Mike White (Dekalb, Texas), each scoring 89.75 points.

When asked about his overall impression of the draft formula, Briscoe had this to say: “I like it so far and I have not experienced any problem with the format yet. The thing about it is, and I was talking about this with Adriano (Moraes) … when you pick a bull you’re usually going to ride him. I don’t know how these bulls are going to like it — they’re not used to getting ridden quite this often.”

The draft process was repeated after the third round where Briscoe’s respectable fourth and fifth place tie gave him a cumulative score of 266 points going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. Briscoe trailed Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) by just one quarter of one point when the top 15 cowboys lined up to pick their poison again for the short round. With the best bull riders in the world taking their pick of the rankest bulls alive, what followed was a short round that was nothing short of spectacular.

One of the gutsiest selections of the event was when Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) took a shot at the once ridden and former PBR World Champion bull, Big Bucks, of Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls. Against popular odds, McCoy rose to the occasion, posting a 92.25 point score worth second in the round, which moved him from 14th in the event standings to seventh. McCoy said that he opted for the World Champion Bull since he’s never drawn him before and wanted a shot at Big Bucks. Finishing third in the short round was Mike White who chose Chad Berger and Larry Ryken’s Walk The Line. White, who was bruised and battered after a rough go in round three, wanted a bull that was into his hand and Walk The Line fit the bill to the tune of 91.5 points, to edge Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) aboard Scene Of The Crash. Willingham finished fourth in the round with 91.25 points. Suffering a short round upset against Frontier, Teague, McBride and Wegman’s California Dreaming, Yates watched the lead slip from his grasp as he settled for sixth in the aggregate standings.

The race for the coveted title of PBR World Champion continues to unfold with a double shot of the PBR next weekend. The Table Mountain Casino Invitational from Fresno, Calif., happens on January 18 and airs on NBC on Saturday, January 19. Please check your local listings for TV times. The Fresno event is followed by the Sacramento (Calif.) Classic on January 19-20. VERSUS airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

Injury Report:
Greg Potter (Queensland, AUS) suffered a concussion during round three and did not compete during the short round as a result.

Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) fractured his left collarbone on Saturday night and will not compete for approximately six weeks.


Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the third round of the VERSUS Invitational last weekend, Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Friday night in Worcester. Canter made a qualified ride aboard Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls’ Elise’s Wrangler, claiming the $5,000 bonus. As the Worcester Classic first round winner, Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) was eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Saturday. White made a qualified ride on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Cowboy Cut to claim the $5,000 reward. As the winner of the second round of the Worcester Classic, Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) was eligible to compete for the bonus in the third round. He covered Davis/Wilson/El Charro’s Tiger winning the $5,000 bonus. As the winner of the third round of competition, Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Worcester Classic event title; therefore he did not claim the $15,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $20,000 next weekend at the Table Mountain Casino Invitational in Fresno, Calif. 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 Worcester Classic event winner, Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 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:
Copperhead Slinger owned by Chad Berger, Larry Ryken and Larson was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 46.25 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:
Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Copperhead Slinger owned by Chad Berger, Larry Ryken and Larson for 95 points during the championship round of the Worcester Classic. 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.

Worcester Classic Event Results:
ROUND ONE: 1) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 88.5 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $7,000; 2/3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Rip & Dip, $4,000; 2/3) Greg Potter (Queensland, AUS) 88.25 points on Frontier Rodeo Company’s Alligator Chomp, $4,000; 4) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 87.75 points on Mark Reed’s Warlock, $2,000; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 87.5 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Elise’s Wrangler, $1,200;

ROUND TWO: 1) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 90.5 points on #10 Bucking Bulls Cat Man Do, $2,730; 2/3) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) 89.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Cowboy Cut, $1,560; 2/3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.75 points on Berger Bucking Bulls’ Bad Medicine, $1,560; 4) Greg Potter (Queensland, AUS) 89.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Texas, $780; 5) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 89.25 points on Berger/Ryken/Hawks’ Scaredy Cat, $468;

ROUND THREE: 1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 90.75 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Texas, $2,730; 2) Tyler Smith (Fruita, Colo.) 89.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Fully Loaded, $1,950; 3) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 88.5 points on John Bystrom/Mark Reed’s Jim Dandy, $1,170; 4/5) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88 points on Rickey West’s Ranger, $624; 4/5) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 88 points on Davis/Wilson/El Charro’s Tiger; $624;

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 95 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger, $2,730; 2) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 92.25 points on Frontier/Teague Bucking Bulls’ Big Bucks; 3) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 91.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Walk The Line, $1,170; 4) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 91.25 points on Frontier/Teague/Ron White’s Scene Of The Crash, $780; 5/7) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 90.5 points on Davis/Mayo/Hooker’s Outsider, $338; 5/7) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 90.5 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Live Wire, $338; 5/7) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 90.5 points on Frontier/Teague/Ron White’s Nervous Waters, $338;

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 361 points, $35,414; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 354.25 points, $14,918; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 343.25 points, $11,568; 4) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 341.5 points, $5,738; 5) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 269.75 points, $19,080;

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

Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 1,868.5 points, $40,68367; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 1,807.75 points, $24,666; 3) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 1,552.5 points, $39,246.48; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 1,406.5 points, $32,076; 5) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 1,400.25 points, $20,424.20; 6) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 1,330.75 points, $9,294.25; 7) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 1,282.5 points, $17,934; 8 ) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 1,240.5 points, $19,054.71; 9) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 1,092.5 points, $20,548; 10) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 1,070.5 points, $19,350.67.