Brian Canter takes the Bass Pro Shops Shootout win, winning back-to-back event titles in Omaha.
OMAHA, Neb. (April 25, 2009) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) took Nebraska by storm as the top 40 bull riders in the world invaded Omaha’s Qwest Center on April 24-25. The world’s best riders took on the toughest bulls that the PBR had to offer at the 2009 Bass Pro Shops Shootout presented by Tracker Boats, stop #19 on the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour. In the end, Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) took home the coveted event title after being one of only two men to ride all three of his bulls. He scored a total of 270.25 points and collected a check for $56,022. This win gave Canter back-to-back event titles in Omaha and makes this the third BFTS event he has won in 2009. He added valuable points to his 2009 BFTS standings, moving him into the top ten in the world.
“I felt really good going into this weekend,” Canter stated from the winner’s circle. “I’ve been working really hard at home and have been going to the gym since winning this event last year. Going into this event, I told myself I was going to win it again. With a 93 last night, I had confidence going into tonight.”
Canter took on top-rated bull of round one, Crosswired, owned by D&H Cattle Co./Clifton Wiggins, for 93 points, earning a first place finish. He followed that up with a sixth place finish in round two after earning an 85.75 point ride on Danny Lemmons’ bull, Coyote Cat. He entered the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in first place with a total of 178.75 points and chose to take on the bull, Chester of Mendell/Jaeger, in the PBR Bull Draft. Canter tamed the top animal athlete for 91.5 points, not only splitting first and second place in the round, but locking up the coveted Bass Pro Shops Shootout event title.
“It seems as if everything is going my way right now,” Canter continued. “Lately, as soon as I get off one bull, I can’t wait to get on the next.”
PBR superstar J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) took second place after riding all three of his bulls for 263 points, adding a check for $16,104 to his bank account. The two North Carolina men not only finished one-two at the Omaha event, but were the only two riders to cover all three of their bulls over the weekend. Veteran rider Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) finished third after totaling 177.75 points and took home a check for $12,540. Taking fourth place was home state favorite Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) who finished the weekend with 173.25 points and collected $7,038 for his efforts. Rounding out fifth place was Team Enterprise rider Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) who covered two bulls for 171.75 points and added $5,270 to his 2009 earnings.
The race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the top 40 bull riders in the world to New England for stop #20 on the prestigious BFTS tour. PBR will buck into the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., for the twelfth consecutive year on May 1-3, showcasing the best bull riders and the toughest bulls in the country. The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening. Be sure to check www.pbrnow.com for upcoming cities, ticket information, and complete broadcast times.
Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) broke his nose during round one and tore ligaments in his elbow and will undergo an MRI for further evaluation. He did not compete in round two and is doubtful for Worcester.
Billy Robinson (Galax, Va.) suffered a chin laceration. He competed in round two.
Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.) strained his groin at a Challenger event and reaggravated it during round one in Omaha. He is out for the Worcester event.
Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AUS) underwent a CT scan after being stepped on his chest during round two. He has bleeding in his lungs, liver, and spleen and fractured a few ribs. He will stay at the hospital for the next couple of days for observation. He will not compete in Worcester.
Reese Cates (Carthage, Texas) pulled his groin during round two. He is out for the Worcester event.
Ben Jones (Sunset, Texas) sprained his left MCL at a Challenger event and reaggravated it in Omaha. He will not compete in Worcester.
BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:
Due to his round three win at The NILE Invitational in Billings, Mont., Michael Manes (Conway, Ark.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the Bass Pro Shops Shootout in Omaha, Neb. Manes did not make the eight second whistle on the bull, Rocko; therefore, the stock contractor, 4C’s/Sills/HD Bucking Bulls, was awarded the $5,000 bonus.
As the winner of round one, Team Enterprise rider Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 bonus during the second round of competition. Canter made the eight second whistle on the bull, Coyote Cat, owned by Danny Lemmons; therefore, he took home the $5,000 bonus.
As the winner of round two at the Bass Pro Shops Shootout, Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) will be eligible to compete for the $5,000 bonus during round one at the 20th BFTS stop in Worcester, Mass.
Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and won the Bass Pro Shops Shootout; therefore, he collected the $20,000 bonus. The bonus will be $5,000 at the next event in Worcester, Mass. It grows by $5,000 each week if it is not claimed. Once claimed, it returns to $5,000.
Ford F-150 Challenge:
As the Bass Pro Shops Shootout event winner, Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) has qualified for a chance to participate as a Ford F-150 Challenge contestant at the 2009 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals, against all other 2009 Built Ford Tough Series event winners who qualify for the Finals. The Ford F-150 Challenge contestant who finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2009 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win $50,000 towards the purchase of a brand-new 2009 F-150 truck.
Salem NationaLease Bull of the Event:
The bull, Crosswired, owned by D&H Cattle Co./Clifton Wiggins, earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 45.5 points. 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.
High-Marked Ride of the Event:
Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) recorded the high-marked ride at the Bass Pro Shops Shootout in Omaha, Neb. Canter rode the bull, Crosswired, owned D&H Cattle Co./Clifton Wiggins, for 93 points during round one.
Daisy Rookie of the Year Standings:
The 2009 Daisy Rookie of the Year race is heating up and as of the Bass Pro Shops Shootout, Skeeter Kingsolver (Mclouth, Kan.) continues to hold a slight lead over young Aussie Pete Farley (Kempsey, AUS). A rider is considered a rookie in the year he debuts on the elite Built Ford Tough Series tour. The Daisy Rookie is determined by the rider who has won the most money during the year at all PBR events including Challenger events, International events, BFTS events, and the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
Bass Pro Shops Shootout presented by Tracker Boats RESULTS
ROUND ONE: 1) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 93 points on Crosswired (D&H Cattle Co./Clifton Wiggins), $2,730; 2) Brendon Clark (Morpeth, AUS) 88 points on Good Time Charley (D&H Cattle Company/Buck/Watts), $1,950; 3/4) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 87.5 points on Range War (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo), $975; 3/4) Luke Snyder (Raymore, Mo.) 87.5 points on Hit Man (“Mo” Betta Bull Company), $975; 5) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 86.75 points on Habanero (Mossyrock Cattle Company).
ROUND TWO: 1) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 88 points on Frosty (Circle T Ranch & Rodeo), $2,730; 2) Ben Jones (Sunset, Texas) 87.25 points on Rewind (Mann Creek Cattle Co./Curtis Mendell), $1,950; 3) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 86.5 points on Say When (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC), $1,170; 4/5) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 86 points on Turbo Charger (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC); 4/5) LJ Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 86 points on Override (Chad Berger/Clay Struve).
BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1/2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 91.5 points on Chester (Mendell/Jaeger), $2,340; 1/2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.5 points on Ricky Bobby (HD Page/Bill & Betty Morrison), $2,340; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 89.75 points on Maverick (Lufkin Ranch & Rodeo), $1,170; 4) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 87 points on Homer Simpson (Hyland Cattle Company); 5) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) 84.5 points on Tahonta’s Shadow (4C’s Bucking Bulls/James Sills).
OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 270.25 points, $56,022; 2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 263 points, $16,104; 3) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 177.75 points, $12,540; 4) Dustin Elliott (North Platte, Neb.) 173.25 points, $7,038; 5) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 171.75 points, $5,270.
BUILT FORD TOUGH WORLD STANDINGS: (The PBR World Champion is based on total Built Ford Tough Series points earned through the season)
1) Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.) 7,923.25 points, $249,744; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 6,649.25 points, $142,667; 3) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 5,944.75 points, $141,001; 4) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 5,521.75 points, $132,512; 5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 5,072.75 points, $79,427; 6) Ryan McConnel (Colgate, Okla.) 4,887.5 points, $77,965; 7) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 4,514.5 points, $82,000; 8 ) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 4,473.75 points, $184,502; 9) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 4,378.75 points, $62,794; 10) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 4,349.5 points, $64,755.