WORCESTER, Mass. (May 3, 2009) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) took the top 40 bull riders in the world to Massachusetts for three performances of non-stop action on May 1-3. At stop #20 on the prestigious Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS), two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) left Worcester’s DCU Center victorious after totaling 350 points on four bulls and took home the coveted U.S. Air Force Invitational event title, pocketing a check for $34,746.50 and collecting valuable points in the 2009 World Standings.

“It’s been a while since I’ve won one of these,” Shivers said from the winner’s circle. “I’ve placed second at a couple of the events, but that doesn’t cut it when it comes down to the World Championship race. I’m just glad I was able to get this win.”

In round one, Shivers took on the bull, Legacy, owned by Silverado Rodeo Company, for 86.25 points. He rode Jeff Robinson/Larry the Cable Guy’s bull, Gappy Joe, for 86 points in round two and scored another 86 points in round three after riding Rice Ranch’s Push Baby. Shivers went into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round in first place and chose to ride the bull, Buckeye, owned by Silverado Rodeo Company. He tamed the bull for 91.75 points, splitting first and second place in the round as well as taking the coveted event title. Shivers totaled 350 points and was one of only four men to ride all four of his bulls over the three-day event.

Reigning World Champion Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) finished second in the average after totaling 348 points. He added $16,412.50 to his bank account. Taking third place was North Carolina superstar J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) who totaled 347.25 points and received a check for $14,096.50 while Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) finished fourth place with 347 points and $7,452.50. Rounding out fifth place was Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) who left Massachusetts with a total of 253.25 points and walked away with a check for $4,818.

The race for PBR’s million dollar world title takes the top 40 bull riders to Des Moines, Ia., for the Genuity Classic, stop #21 on the prestigious BFTS tour. The Wells Fargo Arena will play host to the world’s top bull riders and the toughest bulls in the country on May 8-9. The VERSUS network airs PBR events every Saturday and Sunday evening.

INJURY REPORT:
Pete Farley
(Kempsey, AUS) sprained his right elbow. He is probable for the Des Moines event.

Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) suffered a concussion and a chin laceration. He is probable for next weekend’s event.

Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) has a possible fracture in his right wrist (free arm). He will ride next weekend.

BEHIND THE CHUTES:
Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s “Ride with the Best” Bonus:

Due to his round two win at last weekend’s Bass Pro Shops Shootout presented by Tracker Boats in Omaha, Neb., Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round one of the U.S. Air Force Invitational. Willingham did not make the whistle on the bull, Scaredy Cat; therefore, the stock contractor, Dakota Rodeo/Denny Hawks, took home the $5,000 bonus.

Due to his round one win at the U.S. Air Force Invitational, Clayton Baethge (Johnson City, Texas) was eligible to compete for the $5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Ride with the Best” bonus during round two. Because he did not make the eight-second whistle on the bull, Carolina Cat, the stock contractor, Walton & Wagoner Bucking Bulls was awarded the $5,000 bonus.

As the winner of round two, Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) will be eligible for the $5,000 bonus during round three of the competition. Palermo did not make the eight second whistle on the bull, SkyHawk Cut-A-Rug; therefore, the stock contractor, Jeff Robinson/Broken N-N/Kenny Jack, received the $5,000 bonus.

As the winner of round three at the U.S. Air Force Invitational, J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) will be eligible for the bonus during round one at the 21st BFTS stop in Des Moines, Ia.

Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus:
Two-time PBR World Champion Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) was in the lead going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and won the U.S. Air Force Invitational and collected the $5,000 bonus. The bonus will be $5,000 at the next event in Des Moines, Ia. 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 U.S. Air Force Invitational event winner, Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 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, Code Blue, owned by Walton & Wagoner/Berger & Struve, earned Bull of the Event honors with a score of 46.5 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:
Robson Palermo
(Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) recorded the high-marked ride of the U.S. Air Force Invitational in Worcester, Mass., during round two. He took on the bull, Apollo, owned by Box K Cattle, for 92.5 points.

Daisy Rookie of the Year Standings:
The 2009 Daisy Rookie of the Year race is going strong and as of the U.S. Air Force Invitational, 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.

U.S. Air Force Invitational RESULTS
ROUND ONE:
1) Clayton Baethge (Johnson City, Texas) 87.25 points on Fully Loaded (Dakota Rodeo.Clay Struve), $7,000; 2/3) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 87 points on Black Gold (Silverado Rodeo Company), $4,000; 2/3) Aaron Roy (Asquith, SK, Canada) 87 points on Silent Image (Silverado Rodeo Company), $4,000; 4/5/6) Rocky McDonald (Col. Juarez, Mexico) 86.75 points on Monkey Wrench (Silverado Rodeo Company), $1,333; 4/5/6) Beau Hill (West Glacier, Mont.) 86.75 points on SkyHawk Cut-A-Rug (Jeff Robinson/Broken N-N/Kenny Jack), $1,333; 4/5/6) McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) 86.75 points on Bird Creek (Jeff Robinson/Bar None/Leon Frakes Bucking Bulls), $1,333.

ROUND TWO: 1) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 92.25 points on Apollo (Box K Cattle), $2,730; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 90.25 points on Buckeye (Silverado Rodeo Company), $1,950; 3) Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) 89.25 points on Bad Action (Dakota Rodeo/Clay Struve), $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 88.5 points on Big Tease (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen); 5) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 87.75 points on Live Wire (Dakota Rodeo/Clay Struve).

ROUND THREE: 1) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 87 points on Lil’ Feller (Jeff Robinson/Bar None Bucking Bulls), $2,730; 2) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 86.75 points on Eviction (Robinson/Tedesco), $1,950; 3) LJ Jenkins (Texico, N.M.) 86.25 points on Mean Machine (Dakota Rodeo/Clay Struve/Julie Rosen), $1,170; 4) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 86 points on Never Enough (Rice Ranch); 5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 85.75 points on May Day (5G Farms Bucking Bulls).

BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1/2) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 91.75 points on Apollo (Box K Cattle), $2,340; 1/2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 91.75 points on Buckeye (Silverado Rodeo Company), $2,340; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 90.25 points on Say I Won’t Gunner (Dakota Rodeo/Clay Struve), $1,170; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 90 points on All IN (Dakota Rodeo/Naccarato/Struve).

OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 350 points, $34,746.50; 2) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil) 348 points, $16,412.50; 3) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 347.25 points, $14,096.50; 4) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 347 points, $7,452.50; 5) Nick Landreneau (Sulphur, La.) 253.25 points, $4,818.

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) 7,537.25 points, $159,080; 3) J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.) 6,847 points, $155,098; 4) Zack Brown (Santa Fe, Texas) 5,604.75 points, $132,512; 5) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 5,343.75 points, $81,325; 6) Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) 5,170.75 points, $70,247; 7) Ryan McConnel (Colgate, Okla.) 5,018 points, $78,238; 8 ) Renato Nunes (Buritama, SP, Brazil) 4,965.25 points, $84,800; 9) Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil) 4,833.75 points, $73,385; 10) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 4,755.25 points, $92,668.

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