CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Among the most dynamic athletes in the history of professional bull riding, it was Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) who stole center stage during the sold out Professional Bull Riders' (PBR) Charleston Classic, which made its debut in the city at the N. Charleston Coliseum on Jan. 13-14. Not only is the two-time PBR World Champion (2000 and 2003) in hot pursuit of an unprecedented third world title, but windfall earnings during the past two weeks of competition on the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) presented by Wrangler made him the first bull rider to accumulate over $3 million in career earnings with $3,032,396. Shivers is in command of early season tour action, having captured top honors at stop number three in Worcester before conquering the competition in Charleston. The elite top 45 athletes who compete on the BFTS tour will ride for the PBR brand each weekend consecutively as the series makes uninterrupted stops from now through the end of April, promising bull riding fans one of the most intense and action packed races in sports. The fastest growing sport in America airs each week on OLN bringing bull riding enthusiasts the most electrifying rides and high impact wrecks in the game. The PBR Charleston Classic airs on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 14-15 at 8 p.m. EST on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN). Visit http://www.pbrnow.com/media/tv/ to view the complete broadcast schedule. Of the back to back titles and records that continue to crumble in his wake, Shivers stated, "It's pretty unreal. Actually at this point the back to back titles mean more because it's the beginning of the year and this is what it takes to be in contention for the world title. I got excited about the $3 million record when I realized that I was so close, but you know in the future as the money continues to increase I think that guys will win a lot more in the PBR." Following the Worcester win last week, Shivers explained, "During my time off I have gotten on quite a few practice bulls and I am ready to perform. Of course my goal is a third world title, that's always the goal and sometimes things happen that get in the way but if the season goes as planned I'll be where Justin (McBride) was at the end of the year." Shivers, 27, owns many firsts in the PBR record books. For instance he became the first man to win the $1 million bonus paid to a PBR world champion, as well as first PBR bull rider to cross the $1 million earnings mark, which he achieved in 2001; the first PBR bull rider to register 13 90-point rides in one season (1998); and is tied for the highest marked ride in PBR history at 96.5 points. Following round two action, it was Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) who led the event aggregate with 172.5 points, pursued, however, by two wolves; 2005 PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) with 172 points and Shivers in third with 171.25. It was Renato Nunes Da Rosa (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) who managed to steal the show during final round action with an electrifying 91 point effort aboard D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Here's Your Sign. Da Rosa assumed an early lead in the aggregate with six men remaining. Shivers watched as fellow two time PBR World Champion Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) posted 88 points aboard D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Holy Moly to topple Da Rosa's lead. Shivers immediately followed Moraes in the bucking order and had to achieve 88 points in order to overtake him. A convincing 90.75 point effort aboard D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Best Shot secured the lead with two men left to challenge him. When McBride and Canter came up short on the eight second clock, Shivers' fate was sealed as the Charleston champion. The tour points accumulated with his Charleston title enabled Shivers to move from third to first in the race for the coveted Built Ford Tough million dollar world title. Shivers has covered nine of the past twelve bulls that he has attempted and his 2006 riding percentage is 75%. BEHIND THE CHUTES: Mossy Oak Shoot Out: As the first round victor Traweek was awarded the opportunity to compete for the Mossy Oak Shoot Out bonus money. Traweek did not claim the $5,000 Mossy Oak Shoot Out bonus when he came up short against Frontier Rodeo's Rocket Man. Rocket Man has been ridden just twice in 25 career BFTS attempts. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ride with the Best Bonus: Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) was eligible to compete for the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ride With The Best bonus money in Charleston as the winner of the most recent event, the Worcester Classic. Shivers was successful in his attempts and succeeded in earning the $5,000 bonuses awarded in each of the two preliminary go rounds. Beginning in 2006, Enterprise Rent-A-Car will not only award $5,000 to the cowboy if he rides, but the bulls also have a chance to cash in on the $5,000 bounty, which goes to the stock contractor if his bull launches the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ride With The Best bull rider. Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus: Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) led the Charleston Classic event going into the Built Ford Tough Championship Round but did not ultimately earn the overall event title. Consequently, the Ford Truck Moment of Truth Bonus will increase to $10,000. When the Built Ford Tough Moment of Truth Bonus is claimed the purse returns to $5,000. Bud Light Short Go Top Qualifiers Bonus: Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) was awarded the Bud Light Short Go Top Qualifier award of $2,500 since he was the highest advancing rider to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Championship Round that participates in the program by wearing the Bud Light patch. Ford Super Duty Challenge: As the event winner Shivers is qualified for a chance to compete at the World Finals, against all other 2006 Built Ford Tough Series event winners, for a 2006 Ford Super Duty Truck. The Ford Super Duty Challenge contestant that finishes the highest in the event aggregate during the 2006 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals will win a brand new Super Duty Truck courtesy of Ford. Salem National Lease Bull of the Event: D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Here's Your Sign took top bull honors of the event and as a part of Salem National Lease's exciting bonus programs the bull earned $750. The program awards $750 to the top bull of the event as determined by the PBR judges. Cabela's World's Foremost Ride: Cody Whitney (Asher, Okla.) and Matt Bohon (Cole Camp, Mo.) currently lead the race for the $25,000 Cabela's World's Foremost Ride bonus which will be awarded to the rider who earns the highest score during the 2006 Built Ford Tough Series season. Whitney posted a 91.25 point score in Minneapolis during round one aboard Joe Simon's Cooter, while Bohon covered Big Deal owned by D & H /Buck for the same score also in Minneapolis. INJURY REPORT: Cory Rasch -- (Clarksville, Tenn.) -- Concussion and broken collarbone, will not compete for 6-8 weeks. Bryan Richardson -- (Dallas, Texas) -- Broken jaw and concussion, doubtful to compete. Cody Whitney -- (Asher, Okla.) -- Transported to an area hospital to undergo tests, questionable to compete. PBR Charleston Classic Results: FIRST ROUND: 1) Trey Traweek (Bells, Texas) 89.25 points on Berger Bucking Bulls' Joe's Jacket, $2,730; 2) Gerardo Venegas (Jaurez, Mexico) 89 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls' Shane, $1,950; 3) Bryan Richardson (Dallas, Texas) 88.75 points on Frontier Rodeo Company's Andy Capp, $1,170; 4/5) Sean Willingham (Summerville, Ga.) 87.25 points on Frontier Rodeo Company's Heartache, $624; 4/5) Cory McFadden (Coleman, Texas) 87.25 points on Jerome Davis Bucking Bulls' Indian Outlaw, $624; SECOND ROUND: 1) Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) 88.5 points on Bucking Bulls' Joe's Jacket, $2,730; 2/3) Mike Collins (Adair, Okla.) 86.5 points on Hebert Bucking Bulls' Semi-Automatic, $1,560; 2/3) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 86.5 points on D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' French Fry, $1,560; 4/6) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 86.25 points on Frontier Rodeo Company's Silent Angel, $520; 4/6) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 86.25 points on Frontier Rodeo Company's Andy Capp, $520; 4/6) Jared Farley (Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia) 86.25 points on D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Mr. Brownstone, $520; BUILT FORD TOUGH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND: 1) Renato Nunes Da Rosa (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 91 points on D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Here's Your Sign, $2,730; 2) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 90.75 points on D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Best Shot, $1,950; 3) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 88 points on D & H and Teague Bucking Bulls' Holy Moly, $1,170; OVERALL EVENT STANDINGS: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.), 262 points, $38,620; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil), 259 points, $15,340; 3) Renato Nunes Da Rosa (Buritama, Sao Paulo, Brazil), 245.75 points, $12,880; 4) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 172.5 points, $7,155; BUILT FORD TOUGH SERIES POINT STANDINGS: 1) Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.) 1,981.75 points; 2) Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 1,815.25 points; 3) Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil) 1,708.25 points; 4) Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho) 1,324.75 points; 5) J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Okla.) 1,288.5 points; 6) Jared Farley (Kempsey, NSW, Australia) 1,243 points; 7) Jody Newberry (Ada, Okla.) 1,230.5 points; 8) Cory Rasch (Clarksville, Tenn.) 1,227 points; 9) Brian Canter (Randleman, N.C.) 1,111 points; 10) Ross Coleman (Redmond, Ore.) 1,079.25 points.
SOURCE Professional Bull Riders