PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders on Tuesday
announced the judges and Dickies® DuraBullfighters for the 2011 PBR
Built Ford Tough World Finals as voted by the Top 40 riders on the
elite Built Ford Tough Series.
The Dickies® DuraBullfighters are Joe Baumgartner, Jesse Byrne, Shorty Gorham, and Frank Newsom. The judges will be Lane Foltyn of El Campo, Texas; Royd Doyal of Elk City, Okla.; Allan Jordan of Kingman, Ariz.; and Dean Randolph of Canyon, Texas. Jeff Shearer of Loma Rica, Calif., will be the replay judge.
It was also announced that the arena safety riders will be James DeBord of Yoakum, Texas, and former PBR rider Mike White of Lake Charles, La. The chute bosses will be PBR co-founders and Ring of Honor members Cody Custer of Elk City, Okla., and David Fournier of Weatherford, Texas.
It is the final event for Baumgartner, who has been chosen by the riders to work all 18 years since the Finals began in 1994. He was named bullfighter of the year each of the first four years that the PRCA presented the award, and worked the National Finals Rodeo for 13 years in a row from 1992-2004.
It is the ninth time overall, and the seventh year in a row that Newsom has been selected. He is in his 20th season as a bullfighter, including 13 years with the PBR, and has worked the National Finals Rodeo two times.
Gorham is making his sixth consecutive appearance, and has also worked the National Finals Rodeo twice. It is the fourth appearance for Byrne, who is the only Canadian ever selected to work the Finals. He has also been chosen to work the PBR Canada Finals each of the past five years.
The 2011 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals are Oct. 26-30 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Bull riding begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
The World Finals officially begin on Tuesday, Oct. 25 with the inaugural PBR Legends Reunion at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, which was the site of the first five PBR World Finals from 1994-98. The event begins at 4 p.m. with the Founders Forum, and continues until 9 p.m. with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party. Each Legends Reunion ticket package contains tickets to the Founders Forum, Alumni Meet & Greet, Heroes & Legends Ceremony, and the Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party, as well as a commemorative Legends Reunion ball cap and an autograph book. For more information please click here.
Tickets for the World Finals and the Legends Reunion are on sale at the Thomas & Mack Center box office, www.UNLVTickets.com, and by telephone at (866) PBR-SHOW. There is a special $150 ticket that includes the Legends Reunion and Rounds 1 and 2 of the World Finals, a savings of $170.
The 2011 PBR World Finals will be televised live in HD on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and on NBC at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. DIRECTV will have the first-ever 3D broadcast of bull riding at 4 p.m. ET on DIRECTV's 3D channel, n3D™ (channel 103).
For more information on the World Finals please visit www.pbr.com.
The Finals consist of six rounds of competition. The first five rounds feature all of the riders matched against the toughest bulls. The scores from the five rides will be combined, and the Top 15 riders will advance for an additional round of competition, following the completion of Round 5 on Sunday, Oct. 24.
The 2011 PBR World Champion will be the rider with the most Built Ford Tough Series points accumulated during the regular season and the World Finals. There are a potential 5,500 points available at the World Finals, so any one of the Top 6 riders heading into Las Vegas has the opportunity to win the title.
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