Louisiana Bull Rider Set to Compete at $1.6 Million PBR Bud Light Cup World Championships

Oct 23, 2000, 01:00 ET from Professional Bull Riders

    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

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