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Game Notes: Nampa

GREAT 18 – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series will make its 18th visit to Idaho for the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational presented by Express Employment Professionals this weekend. Until 2011, the BFTS made a stop in Idaho 14 consecutive times from 1997-2010. Competition will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, at the Ford Idaho Center.  

ON DECK – The PBR will celebrate 20 years in Billings, Montana, next weekend as the BFTS makes its annual stop at Rimrock Auto Arena on April 17-19 with the Stanley Performance in Action Invitational presented by Cooper Tires.

PAST IDAHO EVENT WINNERS

2014 Eduardo Aparecido

2013 Fabiano Vieira

2012 Luke Snyder

2010 Silvano Alves

2009 Kody Lostroh

2008 Luke Snyder

2007 Sean Willingham

2006 Wiley Petersen

2005 Tater Porter

2004 Michael Gaffney

2003 Chad Lucas

2002 Reuben Geleynse

2001 Ty Murray

2000 Tater Porter

1999 Curt Lyons

1998 Donald Owens at Boise

1997 Josh O’Byrne at Boise

FORMAT – The Top 35 bull riders on the one bull in each round. The riders with the Top 15 total scores after both rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round on Sunday for an additional ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

BFTS will compete in Round 1 on Saturday and Round 2 on Sunday facing

15/15 BUCKING BATTLE – On Saturday, there will also be a special round of competition when the fourth PBR 15/15 Bucking Battle of the 2015 season takes place immediately following Round 1. The 15/15 Bucking Battles feature the Top 15 riders in the world competing against the 15 highest-ranked bulls at the event for an additional purse of $21,000 and valuable bonus points toward the PBR world standings. The bulls are randomly assigned a position from 1-15 and the riders are then matched with their bulls based upon their own current rankings in the BFTS standings.

NOTE: Points earned during the 15/15 Bucking Battle will count toward the BFTS standings, but WILL NOT count toward determining the winner of the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational presented by Express Employment Professionals. If a rider fails to make a qualified ride, he does not receive any points or money.

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