As reported here, Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) kicked off the 2011 Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) tour with its fifth annual Madison Square Garden Invitational Friday evening.
And on the second night of competition, Brazilian riding sensation Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, BZ) brought the crowd to its feet with a performance for the ages.
Coming into Round 2 in 20th place, de Oliveira placed a definitive stamp on the Invitational by covering Flashpoint (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC) to the tune of 89.75 points in the long round and registering an event-high score of 92.25 atop Super Duty (Robinson/Kaitch/Pinnacle Bull Group) in the short round.
The Brazilian strongman’s electrifying second ride was one of three 90-point rides in the newly introduced short round, which featured the top ten riders who had the highest combined scores at the conclusion of the first two long rounds.
Douglas Duncan (Alvin, TX), the winner of Round 1, registered the first 90-point ride (91.00) of the short round by lasting the full eight seconds on Carrillo Cartel (4C’s/Sills/HD Bucking Bulls).
Meanwhile, Australian Ben Jones (Boyd, TX) matched de Oliveira’s 3-for-3 ride tally by covering Mr. Slim (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) for a 90-point ride (90.25) of his own.
Thus, de Oliveira, Jones and Duncan reside in the first three slots on the leaderboard heading into Sunday afternoon’s action, with J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, NC), two-time winner of the MSG Invitational, and Cody Campbell (Summerville, OR) rounding out the top five.
Mauney, the most popular rider on the tour, got on the scoreboard and quickly became a force to be reckoned with by riding Clam Digger (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/John & Lacey Struve) for 88.75 points in the long round and earning a score of 88.50 points for his cover of Highway 12 (Robinson/Mesa) in the short round.
The MSG Invitational’s topsy-turvy action continues Sunday afternoon as the riders attempt to reverse the fortunes of Saturday’s long round, where only 13 of 40 bulls (32.5%) were covered compared to 21 of 40 (52.5%) in Round 1.
The final day of action will be televised nationally on NBC. Check local listings for times in your area.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on CBS, NBC, VERSUS and various networks around the world.
PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 20 riders have earned over $1 million including Justin McBride with $5.5 million, the most of any western-sports athlete in history.
PBR was nominated as the 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports BusinessJournal Sports Business Awards alongside Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association and the National Football League.
Nearly two million fans attend elite Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year.
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