Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Lee Wins in Anaheim, Shivers Tops Phoenix

Two former World Champions dominated this weekend as the PBR roared through California and Arizona. Toping the first event of the weekend in Anaheim was 2004 World Champion Mike Lee. Lee covered all of his bulls for a total of 254.00 on three. His short go round bull was Kaycee Simpson's Sheep Dip who has been ridden a career total of 8 times in 30 outs. Lee rode Sheep Dip for a score of 88.00 points, pushing himself into the top spot for the agregate. Following Lee in the standings were Chris Shivers (who would come back on Sunday night in Phoenix to win), Jared Farley, Corey Navarre, and Josh Koschel. Just missing the top five were Ross Coleman, who covered Diamond K Bucking Bulls Tequilla Splash, and the injured Travis Briscoe, who received a concussion courtesy of Can't Wait (Salt River Rodeo), which caused him to miss the short go completely.

Sunday night saw a change of venue, taking the PBR's BFTS to Phoenix, Arizona for a one night event. Two time World Champion Chris Shivers managed to pull a tie for second in the first go round with an 87.75 point ride on Slim Slam (JCB Buck N Bulls/ Don Brown) and then came back in the short go to dominate Taylor Made Bucking Bull's Smokeless Wardance. Previous to Shiver's 93.75 point ride, Smokeless Wardance had been unridden in more than 20 appearances. In all, only 14 men rode their bulls in the first go round, causing there to be a random draw for who would cover the fifteenth bull in teh short go round. That honor went to Andre Moraes, the brother of another two time World Champion, Adriano Moraes. Adriano came off Coyote (Berger/Teague Bucking Bulls) in the short go round to finish ninth overall. Out of the fifteen men to attempt bulls in the short go, only two covered their opponents. Shivers, and 19 year old Oklahoma rookie Austin Meier. Meier covered Here's Your Sign (D&H and Teague Bucking Bulls) in the short go and Elkhorn Rodeo Bulls Pro Shop in the long round.

Next weekend the riders will be in Portland, Oregon for the PBR Express Personnel Invitational.

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