Each and every year the top bull riders in the world travel across the United States on the hunt for a world championship title that is given out at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. The best 35 bull riders in the world compete on the elite Built Ford Tough Series tour with nearly 30 stops coast to coast. That being said there is always one event, or tour stop, that is the favorite for each of them and this weekend’s event in Albuquerque, New Mexico is one that many of these athletes look forward to.
For 21 straight years, the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series has made its way to the WisePies Arena, also being dubbed “The Pit”, for the annual Ty Muray Invitational. This arena is unlike any other since those cowboys competing must walk down the stairs of the arena amongst the sold-out crowd all night long. For this very reason, it is one of the most anticipated tour stops each and every year for the top 35 bull riders that compete here in Albuquerque, New Mexico!
Guilherme Marchi Continues Trip To Ride 600
Photo Credit: Denise Hetland Photography
Throughout this 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season many up and coming bull riding athletes have begun to make names for themselves after taking advantage of their opportunities to perform at this elite level. All eyes are on many of these new names but we can not forget about the numerous veterans that are mixed into the field of 35 as well. Many past world champions are fighting tooth and nail to earn a legacy of their own, including 2008 PBR World Champion Guilerme Marhi.
Definitely a fan favorite this Brazilian cowboy is trying to put his name in the record books as well. Guilherme Marchi is well on his way towards the documented 600th career qualified ride on the Built Ford Tough Series. He came into tonight’s round one of the Ty Murray Invitational sitting at 593 qualified rides while looking to gain another one tonight aboard Triplett Bucking Bulls’ Parachute. After all was said and done, Guilherme Marchi would put up a qualified ride of 86.25 points to bring his ride total to a whopping 594 rides!
Stormy Wing Wins Round One In Albuquerque
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
These elite bull riders came into tonight’s round one with a huge chip on their shoulders after a dismal performance just a week ago in Little Rock where there were only 20 qualified rides throughout the entire weekend. The bull power here in New Mexico would continue to give these 35 athletes problems as many of the best bulls traveling down the road today all converged in Albuquerque. That being said, the rides that would be made on this Friday night would raise the sold-out crowd from their seats in excitement, that would be carried into tomorrow night’s second round.
Tonight, the match-up’s that these bull riders, along with the fans, saw brought the energy to a whole new level. Throughout round one, there would be many near rides along with the 15 qualified rides that were made down on the arena floor. Although 14 other riders were able to make it to the eight-second buzzer only one, Stormy Wing, would leave with the round win and the 100 world championship points that went along with it. Wing would be able to cover Halpain/Martinelli’s Switch Hitter for 88.50 points leaving him full of confidence going into tomorrow night’s round two!
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round One Posted Below:
Stormy Wing (88.50) Claudio Montanha Jr. (87.75)
Troy Wilkinson (86.50) Stetson Lawrence (86.50)
J.W. Harris (86.25) Guilherme Marchi (86.25)
Cody Tyler (86.25) Emilio Resende (86.00)
Gage Gay (85.75) Cody Nance (85.75)
Chase Outlaw (83.50) Mike Lee (82.25)
Robson Aragao (81.00) Paulo Lima (79.25)
Marco Eguchi (74.50)
After a round one performance here earlier tonight the top 35 bull riders in the world are left thinking about tonight’s highlights, as well as the disappointments, as we look ahead to tomorrow night’s round two. This season we are seeing less three-day events and more two-day shoot-out style formats. That, in its self, makes this weekend’s event that much more exciting for the athletes as well as the thousands of fans that fill the WisePies Arena over the three-night period that the Built Ford Tough Series is in town!
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