PBR Bull Riders continue to dominate the bulls during 2008

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (January 20, 2008) – The Professional Bull Rider’s (PBR) Sacramento Classic delighted bull riding fans in northern California this weekend when the Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) made its fifth stop of the season at ARCO Arena. Last minute addition, Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) made the most of his alternate status, by claiming his first career event title with 263.75 points on three bulls, adding $30,180 to his pocketbook.


Landreneau got the call on Thursday night that he would be eligible to compete in Sacramento as an event alternate this weekend when Clayton Williams (Carthage, Texas) was injured during a lower level tour event in Pueblo, Colo.


“I found out Thursday night that I was able to ride here [in Sacramento] this weekend,” commented Landreneau. “It’s awesome that it worked out this well!”


In 2008 season fashion, the riders continued to dominate their animal competition this weekend. Through the fifth stop on the elite BFTS tour, more than 20 men have made the required eight second whistle and received scores for their performances in every preliminary round. Sacramento was no different when 23 cowboys received scores in rounds one and two, and seven men rode all three bulls during the Sacramento Classic.


Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) dominated the first round of competition Saturday night when he topped Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic for 91 points and the round win. The score held as the high marked ride of the weekend, thus Yates was awarded the $1,000 Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride bonus. Landreneau finished in the middle of the pack in round one, splitting ninth place with a score of 85.75 points on Patrick Dennis’s Blast.


It was during the second round of competition that Landreneau began to make his move toward the event title. He claimed the round win with 88 points aboard Homestead Genetics/George Walchon’s Dr. Hou. Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) and Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) split second place with 87.75 points a piece. Canter dominated Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic while Hall tamed Western Rodeo, Inc.’s Black Dancer.


At the start of the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Landreneau was in second place with only one bull to go. While J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) stole the show and the round when he topped Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic for 90.75 points, Landreneau’s score of 90 points aboard Steve Holbrock’s UpChuck was enough to clinch the win for the Louisiana cowboy.


“It’s an awesome feeling to win my first [BFTS] event,” said Landreneau. “I’ve been tryin’ to win one for about four years and it’s great to finally accomplish the goal.”


Colorado’s Tony Mendes (Pueblo) finished second in the overall standings with 260.25 points while newcomer, Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) wrapped up third place with 260 total points.


Raising the bar for his fellow athletes this weekend was not a young bull rider, but an athlete of the four-legged nature – 2007 ABBI World Bucking Bull Classic Champion and 2007 PBR World Finals High Marked Bull of the Event, Troubadour of Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls. Troubadour continued his domination of his two-legged competitors, scoring 47.5 points (out of 50) for his performance during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round when he turfed 2002 PBR World Champion, Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, BZ). The score is the highest bull score of the 2008 BFTS season to date.


The grueling week-in and week-out schedule of the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler continues to thrill a different city every weekend from now through May 3 rd. The next stop is the Albany Invitational January 26 and 27 from Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. All of the breathtaking rides and daunting wrecks will air on VERSUS each Saturday and Sunday evening. The Albany Invitational will air on VERSUS at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 26 and at 10:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 27. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information and complete broadcast times.

Injury Report:
Joe Baumgartner (Red Bluff, Calif.) sustained a concussion and is doubtful for Albany.


Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) did not compete in Sacramento following a strained groin sustained in Fresno. He is questionable for Albany.


Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) sustained an abdominal contusion during the second round. He is probable for Albany.


Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) sustained a bruised forearm when he was stepped on. He is probable for Albany.


Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) sustained a concussion without loss of consciousness. He is questionable for Albany.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the long round of the Table Mountain Casino Invitational Friday night, Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) was eligible for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus money on Saturday night in Sacramento. Bennett was unsuccessful against Flying U/Moreno Bucking Bulls’ Derringer. Therefore, the bonus money was presented to the owner of the bull.

As the winner of the first round of the Sacramento Classic, Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) was eligible for the bonus on Sunday afternoon. Yates was unsuccessful against Homestead Genetics’ Wow; therefore, the $5,000 bonus went to the stock contractor. Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Albany, N.Y. by virtue of winning the second round in Sacramento.


Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not win the Sacramento Classic event title; therefore he did not claim the $25,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will grow to $30,000 at the Albany Invitational next weekend in Albany, N.Y. . 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 Sacramento Classic event winner, Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 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.


NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Troubadour owned by Julio Moreno Bucking Bulls was the high marked bull of the event with a score of 47.5 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:
Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic for 91 points during the first round of the Sacramento 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.


Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) has the highest marked ride of the season thus far with a 95 point ride aboard Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson’s Copperhead Slinger during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Worcester, Mass. BFTS event.


Sacramento Classic Event Results:

ROUND ONE: 1) Colby Yates (Fort Worth, Texas) 91 points aboard Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic, $2,730; 2) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) 89.25 points aboard Priest Creek Ranch’s 3 Spot, $1,950; 3) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, BZ) 88 points aboard Homestead Genetics’ Tater Salad, $1,170; 4) Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) 87.25 points aboard Steve Holbrock’s Blue Duck; 5) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 87 points on Ryan McClure’s Home Wrecker.

ROUND TWO: 1) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 88 points on Homestead Genetics/George Walchon’s Dr. Hou, $2,730; 2/3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 87.75 points on Homestead Genetics’ Wrangler Magic, $1,560; 2/3) Dustin Hall (Springfield, Mo.) 87.75 points on Western Rodeos, Inc.’s Black Dancer, $1,560; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 87.5 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Blue Moon; 5) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) 87.00 points on Kaycee Simpson’s Thunder and Lightening.

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 90.75 points on Ryan McClure’s Hypnotic, $2,730; 2) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 90 points on Steve Holbrock’s UpChuck, $1,950; 3/4) Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) 89.5 points on Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s North Star; 3/4) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, BZ) 89.5 points on Cory & Horst Rodeo Inc.’s War Zone; 5) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 88.25 points on Corey & Horst/The Western Group’s Rocket.

OVERALL EVENT: 1) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 263.75 points, $30,180 ; 2) Tony Mendes (Pueblo, Colo.) 260.25 points, $13,481; 3) Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) 260 points, $10,255; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 256.75 points, $6,336; 5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 256.25 points, $7,080.

BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 2,405.75 points, $145,683.67; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 2,257.5 points, $27,739; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 1,903.75 points, $25,424.20; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 1,807.25 points, $25,390.71; 5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 1,717.5 points, $39,246.48; 6) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 1,691.75, $26,430.67; 7) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 1,548.75 points, $9,294.25; 8 ) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 1,476.5 points, $32,076; 8 ) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 1,413 points, $12,375; 10) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 1,409.25 points, $23.158.89.