New Mexico cowboy on a winning streak!

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 27, 2008) – The Professional Bull Riders Inc. (PBR) brought the elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) back to the East Coast this weekend with the Albany Invitational in Albany, N.Y. Fans at the Times Union Center were enthralled when the world’s best bull riders set a new record for the number of scored rides with 30 total rides in Sunday afternoon’s long round. The domination of the world’s toughest bulls continued in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round when there were eight total rides with six of them receiving scores of 90 points or higher.   Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) continued to be the story of the young season when he claimed the event championship with 267.5 points on three bulls. He won $58,425 in PBR bucks to take his already impressive season earnings to $204,108.67. The win marks Briscoe’s third 2008 season title and fourth career win.


“I drew perfect [bulls] this weekend,” said Briscoe following the win. “And I’ve found out that a little try goes a long way in this sport.”


During round one on Friday night, Briscoe topped John & Lacey Berger/Clay Struve’s Frank the Tank for 89.75 points. He split the round win with Australia’s Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW) who covered Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Blue Nose. In the second round of preliminary competition, Briscoe scored 88.25 points aboard John & Lacey Berger’s Real McCoy which was enough to split fifth place with Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.).

Bohon covered Cowboy Cut owned by Chad Berger/Clay Struve.


At the start of the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, Briscoe held down the number one spot by only half a point over Colorado’s Kody Lostroh (Longmont). With eight qualified rides during the Championship Round, all eyes were on Briscoe for the event win. He was able to prevail over Davis/Wilson/Mayo’s Dirty Dozen for 89.5 points. Covering all three of his bulls this weekend for a total of 267.5 points, Briscoe came out on top by a mere three-quarters of a point over Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.), and claimed the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus of $30,000 by maintaining the number one position.


“I’m healthy this year and trying to win,” continued Briscoe. “I want it a lot more than I did last year and I’ve finally gotten everything straight in my head. Money is here and gone and I don’t do this for the money. I love the sport and to be good at what you love is just amazing.”


Through the sixth stop of the 34-city tour, Briscoe has ridden an astonishing 93.33% or 14 out of 15 bulls he’s faced this season and has claimed half of the event titles (Worcester, Mass., Fresno, Calif., and Albany, N.Y.). He has also already nearly doubled his career earnings this season to a total of $466,499.66.


“It’s amazing this year with the percentage of rides at this level,” finished Briscoe. “Everybody has really stepped up to the plate and given their best to make this the best sport in the world.”

The PBR’s bull riders have continually dominated their animal competition this season. At each event thus far, the cowboys have ridden twenty or more bulls in each of the long rounds of BFTS events. The 30 qualified rides during Sunday’s performance marks a new page in PBR history. In fact, there are eight men who have ridden more than 75% of their bulls in BFTS competition this season. Can the cowboys continue on their winning streak through 34-stops across the country?


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 3rd . The next stop is the North Carolina Invitational hosted by Jerome Davis and Salem NationaLease brought to you by Pike Electric, February 1 and 2 from the Lawrence Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem, N.C. All of the breathtaking rides and daunting wrecks will air on VERSUS each Saturday and Sunday evening.


The North Carolina Invitational will air on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 2 and on NBC on Sunday, February 3. Please check your local listings for broadcast times in your area.  For information on upcoming tour dates, ticket information and complete broadcast times, please visit

Injury Report:
Jason Bennett (Honeygrove, Texas) sustained a concussion and is doubtful to compete in Winston-Salem next weekend.

Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) sustained a sprained left foot in the chute prior to his ride. He is competing.

Vince Northrup (Davidson, SK, Canada) sustained several broken ribs, a broken jaw and a possible collapsed lung. He was taken to an area hospital to undergo further evaluation.




Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of the second round of the Sacramento Classic in Sacramento, Calif. last weekend, Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Saturday night in Albany. Landreneau was successful against Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Whammo, thus he collected the bonus money.  

Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) and Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) tied in the first round on Saturday night at the Albany Invitational but since Clark received the highest back judge score he earned right to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus on Sunday afternoon. Clark was unsuccessful against Chad Berger/Low/Rosen’s Godfather, therefore the owners of the bull collected the bonus.  

Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) and Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) tied for the top spot in the second round in Albany. However, Shivers received the highest score from the back judge and will be eligible for the bonus next weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C.


Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) led the event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and did win the Albany Invitational event title; therefore he claimed the $30,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will be $5,000 next weekend in Winston-Salem, N.C. 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 Albany Invitational 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.


NationaLease Bull of the Event:
Copperhead Slinger owned by Chad Berger/Ryken/Larson 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:
L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he topped Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Cooper for 90.75 points during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Albany 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.


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.


Albany Invitational Event Results: 

ROUND ONE: 1/2) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, NSW, AU) 89.75 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Blue Nose, $2,340; 1/2) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.75 points on John & Lacey Berger/Clay Struve’s Frank the Tank, $2,340; 3) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 89.5 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $1,170; 4) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 89 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Bad Action; 5) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 87.75 points on Rafter 7R Bucking Bulls’ Blaze. 

ROUND TWO: 1/2) Kody Lostroh ( Longmont , Colo. ) 90 points on John & Lacey Berger’s North Dakota Kid, $2,340; 1/2) Chris Shivers ( Jonesville , La. ) 90 points on Sonny Williams’ High Test, $2,340; 3) Mike White (DeKalb, Texas) 89.75 points on Mark Reed/John Bystrom’s Spittin’ Image, $1,170; 4) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 88.5 points on Davis/White’s Smiley; 5/6) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 88.25 points on John & Lacey Berger’s Real McCoy; 5/6) Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) 88.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Liquid Kitty. 

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND:1/3) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 90.75 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Live Wire, $1,950; 1/3) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan. ) 90.75 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ Shane, $1,950; 1/3) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 90.75 points on Chad Berger/Ryken/Rosen’s Cooper; $1950; 4) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 90.25 points on Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s Almost Famous;$780 5/6) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 90 points on Chad Berger/Larry Ryken’s Walk the Line; $390 5/6) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 90 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls’ What I Say; $390. 

OVERALL EVENT: 1) Travis Briscoe ( Edgewood , N.M. ) 267.5 points, $58,425; 2) Luke Snyder ( Raymore , Mo. ) 267.25 points, $14,690; 3) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 267 points, $10,450; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 265 points, $7,850; 5) Kasey Hayes (Liberal, Kan.) 263 points, $6,534.  

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.) 2,858.25 points, $204,108.67; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, BZ) 2,342.5 points, $27,739; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 2,216.25 points, $29,598.20; 4) Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, BZ) 2,167.25 points, $33,240.71; 5) Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) 2,104.5 points, $42,666.48; 6) Mike White (De Kalb, Texas) 1,824.25 points, $31,856.42; 7) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 1,719.75 points, $9,294.25; 8 ) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 1,691.75, $26,430.67; ; 9) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, BZ) 1,678.75 points, $13,973; 10) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, BZ) 1,648.5 points, $33,076.