The BFTS Returns to Nampa Oct. 7-8

By: Heather Croze
June 09, 2017

NAMPA, Idaho – The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will buck back into Nampa, Idaho, for the sixth consecutive year, and the 17th overall on Oct. 7-8, with its elite Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event, the Dewalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational, presented by Ariat, at the Ford Idaho Center.

The nationally-televised BFTS features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the rankest bucking bulls in the country. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous cowboys face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

Two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney was the winner in Nampa in 2016. The victory propelled Mauney into the Top 3 in the PBR world standings and put him in the running for the 2016 PBR World Championship just a few weeks later.

Past winners in Nampa include:

2015 – Guilherme Marchi
2014 – Eduardo Aparecido
2013 – Fabiano Vieira
2012 – Luke Snyder
2010 –Silvano Alves
2009 – Kody Lostroh
2008 – Luke Snyder
2007 – Sean Willingham
2006 – Wiley Petersen
2004 – Tater Porter & Michael Gaffney
2003 – Chad Lucas
2002 – Reuben Geleynse
2001 – Ty Murray
2000 – Tater Porter
1999 – Curt Lyons

The bull riding action begins at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7 and 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. All Top 35 bull riders will get on one bull each in Rounds 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday. After Round 2 on Saturday, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled, and the Top 15 riders on two bulls will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

Tickets for the two-day event go on sale Friday, June 9. They range in price from $17 to $107 and can be purchased through, through the Ford Idaho Center Box Office at 208-442-3232 or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.

The PBR Elite Seats, which will be offered for the second year, are for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s premier bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including early entry; a catered reception; 60-minute backstage tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and a visit with the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars.

After the event, PBR Elite Seat holders also will be given premium dirt access, where they can get their complimentary 8 Seconds PBR program, Elite Seat lanyard and other memorabilia autographed by the Top 35 bull riders in the world.

The PBR Elite Seats are available for $350 and can be purchased by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727.

The Dewalt Guaranteed Tough Invitational will be the 24th event on the 2017 PBR Built Ford Tough Series schedule. The season will consist of 26 stops, traveling to such cities as Chicago, New York, Anaheim, Calif., and Dallas. It will climax with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Nov. 2-6 when the 2016 PBR World Champion, the bull rider who earns the most world standings points during the season, will receive the coveted World Championship belt buckle and $1 million bonus.

The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer.

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