Saturday, October 14, 2006

Rocky Boots Invitational

Round one of the Rocky Boots Invitational in Columbus, OH, saw former world champion Mike Lee (Texas) sitting in the top spot with an 89.25 aboard Rattler from Page & Teague Bucking Bulls. Lee is also sitting in third place as the cowboys of the PBR race towards Vegas for the World Finals Rodeo, Oct 27- Nov 5. Lee is only 2,228.3 points behind the man who has led the race for the title for the majority of the year, Guilherme Marchi (Brazil). Last night, Marchi stayed up for the eight on Minimus from Boyd/Floyd & Paradise Farms for 84.75 and a tie for 5/7 with Tennesse's Cory Rasch and Colby Yates (Texas). Rasch covered Red Rat from Rickey West, while Yates topped Mojo out of Powder River Rodeo Co. pens. This year's rookie of the year leader, J. B. Mauney (North Carolina), who is also sitting 27th in the point standings, put together an even 87 point ride on Gold Bell Wine from Chad Berger & Winston Loe. This will help to further extend his lead over the other rookies and give him a better chance of capturing this covetted title. Following Mauney in the go round was reigning world champion Justin McBride (Oklahoma). Despite missing several events this spring to attend the birth of his daughter, McBride has managed to jump up to SIXTH in the world standings and is a mere 3,615.8 points behind Marchi. This weekend he worked on closing that gap by putting together an 86 on Shock the Monkey from Frontier and Teague Bucking Bulls. Rounding out the top five was Brian Canter (North Carolina). He scored 85 points on Freedom from Frontier Rodeo Company. Canter is currently sitting in 7th in the overall standings. In all sixteen men covered their bulls with the low score for the night being Paulo Crimber's (Brazil) 55.5 aboard another Rattler, this one out of K&K Bucking Bulls.

Tonight will kick off the final night of action for the bullriders of the PBR. The next stop for them is the WORLD FINALS in Las Vegas, Nevada, where they will battle it out with the greatest bulls the PBR's stock contractors have to offer. Over two weekends they will hope that their bodies can hold up to the bone crushing action and eight go rounds that are designed to test the greatest cowboys in the world. Be sure to check out the action and cheer your favorite riders and bulls on.

Point Standings

Qualifier Standings

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