LAS VEGAS, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The countdown has begun for Louisiana bull rider Chris Shivers. The Jonesville resident is less than one week away from battling the world's toughest bulls and most talented bull riders at the $1.6 million Professional Bull Riders Bud Light Cup World Championships, Oct. 26-29 in Las Vegas's Thomas and Mack Center. Shivers, 21, enters the World Championships ranked No. 1 with 9,138.5 Bud Light Cup points accumulated on the 2000 Bud Light Cup Series presented by Las Vegas. The 5'3", 130-pound bull rider earned $252,120 in the PBR's regular season and has a chance to double that figure with a solid performance at the four-day World Championships. Shivers needs to earn $117,031 at the World Championships to become the first PBR athlete to eclipse the $1 million mark in PBR career earnings. More importantly, Shivers is the top contender for the title of 2000 Bud Light Cup World Champion and 14-karat gold buckle that signifies the tremendous feat. It won't be an easy mission, though. Superstar Ty Murray of Stephenville, Texas, is ranked second behind Shivers in the PBR Bud Light Cup point standings and is undoubtedly one of the world's best bull riders under pressure. At the 1999 PBR Bud Light Cup World Championships, Murray put together one of the most impressive performances in PBR history to win the Bud Light Cup World Championship event title and $263,283 in just four days of competition. Murray, 31, enters the 2000 Bud Light Cup World Championships with 7,808 Bud Light Cup points. Other top contenders looking to upset Shivers' chances at a world title are Tater Porter of Kenansville, Fla.; Ross Coleman of Molalla, Ore.; Adriano Moraes of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Michael Gaffney of Albuquerque, N.M.; and Owen Washburn of Lordsburg, N.M. Moraes, Gaffney and Washburn each has claimed one PBR world championship title and is looking to become the first athlete in PBR history to win a second world title. The PBR Bud Light Cup World Championships will be broadcast live nightly on The National Network (TNN) Oct. 26-28 at 10 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. (all times are Eastern). A preview of the World Championships airs on TNN Oct. 25 at 10 p.m. (Eastern time). More information on Shivers and the entire roster of PBR Bud Light Cup World Championship bull riders is available on http://www.pbrnow.com.
SOURCE Professional Bull Riders