Top Riders Return From Injury Lay Offs for the PBR Fritos Invitational


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When the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) storm Dallas for two-days of non-stop bull riding action at the American Airlines Center June 24-25, many of the sports' top names will be back in the spotlight. The 2006 PBR Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) resumes following a six week hiatus, and top PBR talent formerly sidelined with injury will be back in commission for the Fritos Invitational. Headlining the list of those returning to action in Dallas are two two-time PBR World Champions Adriano Moraes (Cachoeira Paulista, Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Chris Shivers (Jonesville, La.).

The Fritos Invitational takes place at 6:50 p.m. on Saturday evening and 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The event will air at 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, June 24-25, only on OLN. Please check local listings to verify air times.

Moraes has battled injuries all season, the most serious of which has been a strained right hip that he sustained in Detroit, Mich., April 14-15. Despite the set back, Moraes successfully competed in June at two U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour (USSTC) events where he finished among the top five and crossed the impressive $2 million dollar mark in PBR career earnings becoming the third highest money winning bull rider in PBR history. Moraes, 36, is in feverish pursuit of an unprecedented third PBR crown and lacks just 598 BFTS points in order to overtake the lead in the world standings from Guilherme Marchi (Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil).

2000 and 2003 PBR World Champion, Shivers, who is currently ranked fifth in the BFTS point standings and in hot pursuit of a third world championship, missed the Nampa, Idaho BFTS event due to a back injury. He has written his own chapter in PBR history by becoming the f
irst PBR athlete to earn $1 Million (2001), $2 Million (2003), and $3 million (2006).

Other athletes returning from injury include
Helton Barbosa (Douradina, PR, Brazil) who sustained a partial dislocation of the ball and socket joint of his left shoulder (free arm) in Detroit, April 14-15. Barbosa then tore the ulnar collateral ligament of the right thumb of his riding hand in Chicago, Ill. the following weekend. Barbosa is ranked 29th in the BFTS point standings.

Jason Bennett
(Honeygrove, Texas), currently ranked 25th in the BFTS point standings, has been out of commission due to a right shoulder dislocation sustained in Omaha, Neb. on March 25. Bennett tested his strength at the recent Woodward, Okla. Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour event held June 16-17 where he split first place honors earning $4,588.

Rookie sensation and number eight ranked Travis Briscoe (Edgewood, N.M.) injured the left wrist of his riding hand in Chicago, Ill., April 21-22, and will make his first competitive appearance since that time in Dallas.

11th in the series standings, Jared FarleyJason Bennett (Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia), suffered a strained groin in Billings, Mont. in April that sidelined him from tour action.

Dan Henricks Dan Henricks(Logan, Okla.) sits in the 21st position and has been out with a sprained elbow sustained in Omaha, Neb., which was held March 24-25.

Josh Koschel
Josh Koschel (Loveland, Colo.) suffered a broken thumb on his riding hand in Reno, Nev. during tour action which took place March 3-5. Koschel is 33rd in the BFTS point standings.

28th ranked Sevie TorturoSevi Torturo (Oklahoma City, Okla.) broke two ribs when he was hit by the bull after being thrown off in Albuquerque, N.M. on March 31.

Cody Whitney
Fabricio Alves (Asher, Okla.) has been out after spraining the left wrist of his riding hand in Detroit, Mich., April 14-15. Whitney is 18th in the current world standings.

Tickets for the Fritos Invitational start at just $20 and upgrade to $30, $50, and $100. They are available at the American Airlines Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at or by calling 214-373-8000 or 972-647-5700 to charge by phone.

Ancillary events such as the daily interactive Fan Zone attraction will be held, in addition to the exclusive Club PBR after event party that follows Saturday's performance. The PBR will host a special event on Friday, June 23 in honor of the late Greg Crabtree, former Dickies DuraBullfighter, who was killed in a tragic accident last November. The Greg Crabtree Benefit will be held at the Hyatt Regency in the Grand Hall at Union Station with cocktails beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $125 per seat or $1,000 for a table of 10. LeAnn Hart, Colby Yates, Sunny Ledfurd, and Jarrod Birmingham will provide live entertainment. All proceeds will benefit the Greg Crabtree Fund. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the PBR office at 719-471-3008.

For more information on the PBR Fritos Invitational or the PBR, please contact 719-471-3008 or visit for details.

About PBR:
More than 104 million viewers tune in each year to the PBR on NBC, OLN and on a host of foreign networks across the globe. With over 500 hours of prime time programming annually PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air, in addition to attracting over one million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure which includes the marquee Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler, the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Challenger Tour, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, and the Discovery Tour, designed specifically for entry level contestants. The PBR's governing board of directors is comprised of renowned bull riders who have developed the event into a stand alone sport which is experiencing unprecedented growth in global popularity. The PBR is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has over 600 athletes competing in more than 100 PBR sanctioned competitions.

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