ORLANDO, Fla. (June 7, 2008 ) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) elite Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) tour made its way to the “Sunshine State” and delighted the crowd at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Fla., on June 6-7 At this 21st stop, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) topped the world’s best bull riders and took the first ever Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires event title, adding a whopping $53,880 to his pocketbook.

Willingham went into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in first place and drew the bull El Gato owned by Boyd/Floyd Bull Company. At the end of the ride, the clock read 7.6 seconds and the ride was reviewed. After seeing the replay, the judges decided he had made a qualified ride and Willingham received 84.25 points for his efforts.

“All I had to do was ride my bull in the short round (to get the event win), and with the clock reading 7.6 seconds, I had no other choice but to push the challenge button,” the 27-year-old Georgia bull rider said. “With the difference in money being $500 for pushing the button and about $25,000 for the event win, I had to do it.”

During round one, Willingham took on Fraggle Rock of Roy Carter Bucking Bulls and won the round with an 89.5 point ride. He rode Robinson/Tedesco’s bull, Mule Train, for 86 points and split 6th and 7th in round two. Those scores combined with the 84.25 in the Championship Round gave him enough points to claim the event title. Along with the $27,880 he won during all three rounds, Willingham also pocketed $26,000 in bonus money.

“The last time I won an event was Nampa in 2007 and I can’t even explain how I feel right now. I’ve been down here wakeboarding for the last week and I only get to do that about once a year so I like to come down early and hang out. I came into the event really relaxed and it clearly paid off,” Willingham said excitedly.

As the winner of the Orlando event, Willingham found himself as the first participant in the next Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match in Dallas, TX. He was able to pick his opponent from a list of elite bull riders that included previous World Champions, riders in the Top 10 BFTS standings, and 2008 BFTS event champions. Willingham chose good friend and occasional traveling partner, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) for the next Grudge Match. “I was gonna pick Justin (McBride), but then found out that he had to accept the challenge in person. I ended up picking L.J. who rides great so it should be a good show in Dallas.”

Taking second place overall in Orlando was fan favorite Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) who finished the event with 253.25 points and took home $14,313. Third place at the Git-R-Done Invitational went to the ever-consistent Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) with 177.75 points and $11,685. Lostroh jumped back up to second in the world standings with the points he earned in Orlando. Rounding out the five were young guns J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) and L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) who split fourth/fifth place with 176.75 points each. Mauney took home a check worth $8,943 and Jenkins will deposit $7,280 into his bank account.

The race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the top 45 bull riders in the world to Dallas, TX on June 21-22 for the Dickies American Worker of the Year Invitational presented by Pike Electric. The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening.

INJURY REPORT:
McKennon Wimberly (Cool, TX) aggravated a groin injury during his ride. He is questionable for Dallas.

Ben Jones (Marlin, TX) aggravated some left sided rib fractures sustained in Australia when he was struck by his Championship Round bull, Booger Butt. He is probable for Dallas.

Brian Canter (Randleman, NC) bruised his right knee when he was kicked as he was thrown off by his Championship Round bull, Great White. He is probably for Dallas.

Vince Northrup (Davidson, SK) sustained a concussion and lacerated forehead when he was struck by the horn of his bull, Chicken on a Chain, as he was being thrown off during the Championship Round. He is probable for Dallas.

Tony Mendes (Pueblo, Colo.) injured his right ankle when his second round bull, Black Monday, hit him while he was climbing the fence after his ride. He declined a reride bull and is questionable for Dallas.

Paulo Crimber (Olimpia, SP, Brazil) broke his right collarbone (riding hand) and a couple of ribs on his right side when he was thrown to the ground and then his bull fell on him. He is undergoing x-rays on Monday and he will be out 2-6 months.

Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) injured his neck when he landed on his head when thrown from his bull during the first round in Orlando. He is not competing on Saturday and is undergoing x-rays at home on Monday.

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) aggravated a sprained left shoulder (riding hand) on Friday that was originally sustained in San Antonio when he landed on his elbow with his shoulder extended. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI of the shoulder on Monday.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:

Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
As the winner of round one at the Ford Best in Texas Shootout in San Antonio, TX, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires in Orlando. Mauney bucked off his bull, All There; therefore, bull owners, Murphy Ranch & Rodeo took home the $5,000 check. As the winner of round one, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga) will be eligible to compete for the $5,000 bonus during the second round of competition in Orlando.

As the round one winner of the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during the second round of competition in Orlando. By covering the bull, Mule Train, owned by Robinson/Tedesco, Willingham earned a score of 86 points and took home the $5,000 bonus. As the winner of round two, Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) will be eligible for the bonus at the 22nd BFTS stop in Dallas, TX.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and ultimately won the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires; therefore, he captured the $20,000 Ford Truck Moment of Truth bonus. The bonus will return to $5,000 at the Dickies American Worker of the Year Invitational presented by Pike Electric in Dallas, TX on June 21-22. 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 Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires event winner, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 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:
2007 PBR Bucking Bull of the Year Chicken on a Chain owned by Robinson/Tedesco/Larry the Cable Guy, earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46.25 points in Orlando. This honor is acknowledged by an award of $1,250 going to the top bull of each event as determined by the PBR judges’ bull score.

Cabela’s World’s Foremost Ride:
J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) recorded the highest marked ride of the event when he scored 90.75 points on Wild Life (Boyd/Floyd Bull Company) during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires. Consequently, 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 who achieves the highest marked ride through the course of the entire 2008 PBR BFTS World Finals will earn an additional $10,000.

Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match:
The Zantrex-3 Insta-Shot Grudge Match showcased two Brazilian riders in its debut competition. Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) and three-time World Champion and PBR legend, Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, SP, Brazil), took on one bull each with the highest scored rider taking the $5,000 prize money. Both riders bucked off the bulls that were hand-selected by Livestock Director, Cody Lambert—Oliveira on Hollywood II (Herrington Cattle Co.) and Moraes on Far West (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC); therefore, neither claimed the prize money.

As the winner of the Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Cooper Tires, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) chose 2008 Albuquerque event winner and current no. 5 bull rider in the world, L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) as his opponent for the Grudge Match in Dallas, TX on Saturday, June 21.

Git-R-Done Invitational hosted by Tater Porter & presented by Tater Porter RESULTS
ROUND ONE: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 89.5 points on Fraggle Rock (Roy Carter Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 88.25 points on Hookin’ Bull (Murphy Ranch & Rodeo), $1,950; 3) Ednei Caminhas (P. Alves, SP, Brazil) 87.75 points on Too Sharp (Mosley/Radke Bucking Bulls), $1,170; 4) Brian Canter (Randleman, NC) 87.5 points on Vampire (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC).

ROUND TWO: 1) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 87.75 points on Jack Rabbit (Herrington Cattle Co.), $2,730; 2) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AUS) 87.25 points on Bravo (George Walschon/Gene Baker/Homestead Genetics), $1,950; 3) Vince Northrup (Davidson, SK) 86.75 points on Strip Me (Roy Carter Bucking Bulls), $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) 86.5 points on Black Mamba (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC).

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 90.75 points on Wild Life (Boyd/Floyd Bull Company), $2,730; 2) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) 89.75 points on Far West (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC), $1,950; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 89.5 points on Encore (Jeff Robinson/Anchor Bull Company), $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) 89.25 points on Gappy Joe (Robinson/Larry the Cable Guy).

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 259.75 points, $53,880; 2) Cord McCoy (Tupelo, Okla.) 253.35 points, $14,313; 3) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 177.75 points, $11,685; 4/5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 176.75 points, $8,943; 4/5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) 176.75 points, $7,280.

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

1) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 9203.75 points, $206,197; 2) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 6470 points, $136,367; 3) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO) 6373.5 points, $107,776; 4) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC) 6070.75 points, $125,452; 5) L.J. Jenkins (Texico, NM) 5598 points, $128,610; 6) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, NM) 5056 points, $234,298; 7) Mike Lee (Decatur, TX) 4643.5 points, $75,090; 8 ) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 4363.75 points, $68,790; 9) Ross Coleman (Molalla, Ore.) 4362 points, $46,539; 10) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 4334.5 points, $120,693.

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