"Tokyo Drift" and many other big, bad bucking bulls arrived this morning at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Arena for the upcoming Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Pro Challenge, presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino & Resort. The event featuring some of the best bulls, bull riders and bullfighters (as in rodeo clowns without the baggy pants and grease paint) in the country is being held this Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:30 p.m. nightly.
Staff Photo By Jessica Worth

Running of the Bulls

With $30,000 purse, Sulphur Springs will be a home to big-money bull riding this weekend

August 14, 2008 - SULPHUR SPRINGS, Texas - Money drives the world, and that's especially true of the bull riding universe.

In bull riding, money means a lot. While the world champion is crowned on points earned through the premier tour, the Built Ford Tough Series, it's money won through all levels of Professional Bull Riders competition that earns contestants a spot at the PBR World Finals.

That's where the big money comes out on the tables of Las Vegas, home of the championship where contestants not only have a chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the year-end champion is guaranteed a $1 million payday.

With a purse of nearly $30,000, the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino is firing the big guns in the world of bull riding. About 20 cowboys who are part of - or have been part of - the sport's premier tour will be in Sulphur Springs this weekend.

Why?

Much of it falls on the bull riders' respect for Yates, but it also has to do with the purse, which includes $15,000 in "added money," which is sponsorship money that is added to the entry fees to make up the total purse. This time of year, all the players in the game are scrambling to find their place among the top 45 at season's end in hopes of qualifying for the championship.

Clayton Williams of Carthage leads the PBR's qualifier standings, having secured his No. 1 spot into the World Finals with a tremendous showing in Oklahoma City earlier this year. He has won nearly $575,000 this season, with just $34,000 coming in Built Ford Tough Series events.

Prior to last weekend, Enterprise Rent-A-Car bull rider Billy Robinson of Galax, Va., was in the No. 45 hole, having earned $40,821 this season. Included in the mix under that 45th spot is two-time world champ Justin McBride, who has missed much of the season with injury. That's why many of the guys that are coming to Sulphur Springs are hoping for a magical weekend

The Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino & Resort will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Stars like Colby Yates, who now lives near Pickton, along with Matt Austin, Cord McCoy and a host of other top competitors have signed on for the PBR Enterprise Tour event.

Tickets for the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenger are $16 in advance and may be purchased at Circle E Western Wear or the Civic Center box office, or by calling the Civic Center at 903-885-8071. Tickets at the gate are $21.

Sponsors of the event include Lone Star Dodge of Mineola and Sulphur Springs; Priefert Ranch Equipment; Choctaw Casino; Alliance Bank; Fullers Towing; CNB Bank; Grocery Supply; Daisy Outdoor Products; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Big Smith's Barbecue; Oaks Construction; Sulphur Springs Livestock; Farm Country Inc.; Circle E Western Store; Superior Genetics; TwoBulls Pro Sports Rub; CiboVino Restaurant, Winnsboro; Champion Genetics; Hall Oil Co.; TwoBulls Pro-Formance Supplements; Double C Steakhouse and Saloon, Winnsboro; KSST 1230 AM; Star Country 95.9 and 96.9, KOYN 93.9 and KBUS 101.9; and Best Western Trail Dust Inn.

From Staff Reports

Money drives the world, and that's especially true of the bull riding universe.

In bull riding, money means a lot. While the world champion is crowned on points earned through the premier tour, the Built Ford Tough Series, it's money won through all levels of Professional Bull Riders competition that earns contestants a spot at the PBR World Finals.

That's where the big money comes out on the tables of Las Vegas, home of the championship where contestants not only have a chance to win hundreds of thousands of dollars, but the year-end champion is guaranteed a $1 million payday.

With a purse of nearly $30,000, the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino is firing the big guns in the world of bull riding. About 20 cowboys who are part of - or have been part of - the sport's premier tour will be in Sulphur Springs this weekend.

Why?

Much of it falls on the bull riders' respect for Yates, but it also has to do with the purse, which includes $15,000 in "added money," which is sponsorship money that is added to the entry fees to make up the total purse. This time of year, all the players in the game are scrambling to find their place among the top 45 at season's end in hopes of qualifying for the championship.

Clayton Williams of Carthage leads the PBR's qualifier standings, having secured his No. 1 spot into the World Finals with a tremendous showing in Oklahoma City earlier this year. He has won nearly $575,000 this season, with just $34,000 coming in Built Ford Tough Series events.

Prior to last weekend, Enterprise Rent-A-Car bull rider Billy Robinson of Galax, Va., was in the No. 45 hole, having earned $40,821 this season. Included in the mix under that 45th spot is two-time world champ Justin McBride, who has missed much of the season with injury. That's why many of the guys that are coming to Sulphur Springs are hoping for a magical weekend

The Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenge presented by Priefert Ranch Equipment and Choctaw Casino & Resort will be held at 7:30 p.m. nightly Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center. Stars like Colby Yates, who now lives near Pickton, along with Matt Austin, Cord McCoy and a host of other top competitors have signed on for the PBR Enterprise Tour event.

Tickets for the Lone Star Dodge Colby Yates Challenger are $16 in advance and may be purchased at Circle E Western Wear or the Civic Center box office, or by calling the Civic Center at 903-885-8071. Tickets at the gate are $21.

Sponsors of the event include Lone Star Dodge of Mineola and Sulphur Springs; Priefert Ranch Equipment; Choctaw Casino; Alliance Bank; Fullers Towing; CNB Bank; Grocery Supply; Daisy Outdoor Products; Enterprise Rent-A-Car; Big Smith's Barbecue; Oaks Construction; Sulphur Springs Livestock; Farm Country Inc.; Circle E Western Store; Superior Genetics; TwoBulls Pro Sports Rub; CiboVino Restaurant, Winnsboro; Champion Genetics; Hall Oil Co.; TwoBulls Pro-Formance Supplements; Double C Steakhouse and Saloon, Winnsboro; KSST 1230 AM; Star Country 95.9 and 96.9, KOYN 93.9 and KBUS 101.9; and Best Western Trail Dust Inn.

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