Sunday, May 20, 2007

Ford Country Classic

Last night, May 19th, was the first Built Ford Tough Series event for the cowboys of the PBR in two long weeks. The single night event down in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome, was packed with awesome rides. In all, 22 of the top 45 riders in the world covered one bull, with three of the 22 mastering both of their draws for the weekend. First place was taken by young Colorado cowboy Tyler Smith, with a combined two bull total of 176.75. Smith made it to the whistle on Mud Flap (Bonsall Bucking Bulls)in the first go round, making it back to the championship round with a 86.75, sitting in 13th. He then came back to put up the only 90.00 point score of the weekend, aboard Chumley Cattle Company's Re-Vamp. Following Smith in the weekend's standings was Texas's own Mike Lee, the 2004 World Champion, with a two bull total of 176.5 Lee posted a 87.25 aboard Prime Time from Davis/Wilson in the long go, and came back to ride my favorite bull in the PBR, McCoy Ranches Bells Blue with a score of 89.25. That is the first successful ride they have put on Blue since the World Finals last year when Cody Whitney topped him for 92.00. With a combined score of 174.75, which was good enough for third, was Georgia cowboy Sean Willingham. Willingham had a successful trip aboard the Mossy Oak Mudslinger son Lil' Slinger from Page & Teague Bucking Bulls. He came back to top another Page & Teague bull, Sunshine, in the short go for a third place finish in the round. Rounding out the top five were Brazil's Ednei Caminhas and Guilherme Marchi. The next event will be the Jack Daniels Invitational down in Nashville, Tenn. on June 16th and 17th.

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