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PBR Cooper Tires Invitational from Columbus Ohio
Did you get a chance to attend the live event of the PBR Built Ford Tough Cooper Tire Invitational in Columbus Ohio, October 14 and 15, 2011? Maybe you caught it on the Versus television channel Saturday night and CBS Sunday afternoon. If not, you missed some of the best action of the year as the riders and bulls battled it out one last time to secure a spot in the finals.
Silvano Alves takes the Win
Silvano Alves, who is the current leader in points this year, was the only rider to ride all four bulls at the event. This worked out great for him as it increased his point lead going into the World Finals.
Alves has a riding percentage of 68.09 and has placed in the top ten 18 times. He has only had 3 event wins, but continually placing well has earned him the status of entering the World Finals in the number one spot. Winning the event in Columbus Ohio earned him another 827.75 points and $35,970.00.
Silvano Alves started riding pro in 2008 and, as with many of the Brazilian riders, he has climbed through the ranks of the PBR with a determination of strength and will power. Alves shares the top five ranking with fellow Brazilians Valdiron de Oliveira, Robson Palermo and Guilherme Marchi. Austin Meier of Kinta Ok separates them by holding the number four spot.
World Finals on the Line for Riders and Bulls
Only the top 40 money earners get a chance to ride in the World Finals event at the end of October. While those in the top spots are guaranteed entry, those at the bottom of the top 40 list can be bumped out by those who are just a few spots below them. A few of the bottom 40 riders managed to inch up the line a bit this weekend, while others got bucked off and lost their top 40 spot.
Cody Campbell didn't score any points in Ohio, but just by earning his show up fee of $400.00, he managed to step up into the number 40 spot to earn him a chance at the finals. The guys wavering anywhere near spot number 40 had to work the hardest at this final event in the hopes of climbing higher or holding on to the spot they had.
Cody Lambert is a former bull rider and is now the livestock director for the PBR. Lambert decides which bulls compete at the finals and keeps a careful eye on their performance all year long. He planned to have 120 bulls at the World Finals, and was looking for the best of the best. He was still watching a few bulls at this event that he wasn't quite sure of.
Lambert expects the bulls at the World Finals to perform well enough that the rider could get a score of 89 or higher. Several of the bulls he was watching in Ohio failed to impress and were cut from the list. You can bet that the bulls Lambert has carefully selected will be the rankest the PBR has to offer. For more on The World Finals and the PBR you can go to the PBR Website.
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