Valdiron de Oliveira cleaned house at the Built Ford Tough Series 2011 Madison Square Garden Invitational, covering all five bulls of the weekend and taking home the event win. After three rounds, Oliveira continued to dominate on the final day of the event, staying on Deja Blu (Jeff Robinson/Cappello) for 89.5 points then receiving one of two 90-point rides in Round 5 – 91.5 points on Mellow Yellow Jacket (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve). Oliveira walked away with a total of $41,860.
Aussie favorite Ben Jones also had a strong weekend in New York, finishing second overall as well as making the buzzer on all five bulls. In Round 4, Jones rode Buffalo Hump (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points, then scored his second 90-point ride of the weekend with 91 points on Voodoo Child (Robinson/Beutler/McNeely) in Round 5. J.B. Mauney finished third overall after an 88.5 point ride on Big Tex (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in Round 4 and bucking off of I’m a Gangster (Jeff Robinson/Cappello) in Round 5.
Finishing fourth overall with a final 88.5 ride on RFD-TV (Teague Bucking Bulls, LLC/RFDTV, LLC) in Round 4 was Cody Campbell, followed by L.J. Jenkins, who finished fifth in the event average with a final ride on Mr. Slim (Jeff Robinson Bucking Bulls) for 87.5 points.
The PBR Built Ford Tough Series will head to the west coast next weekend for stop No. 2 in Sacramento, Cali. The Sacramento Invitational will be at Arco Arena, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. and January 15 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now, starting at $10, and can be purchased by going to www.ticketmaster.com, at the Arco Arena box office or by calling (800) 745-3000. For more information go to www.pbr.com
The Sacramento Invitational will be broadcast on Versus on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m. ET and again on Sunday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. Check local listings for details.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on VERSUS, NBC, CBS and networks around the world. The 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. The PBR was nominated as 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Awards, alongside the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Nearly two million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamPBR and http://twitter.com/TEAMPBR.