By BUTCH THURMAN
For the Capital Press
Guilhereme Marchi would just as soon forget about the 2009 season and after winning the Professional Bull Rider's Challenger Series Championship and $210,000, he has all but forgot about last season.
The Challenger Series, a part of the Built Ford Tough Series, features various levels of winners, all getting some very large payoffs.
Brazil's Marchi earned top honors Sunday, Nov. 22, in Atlanta as the Built Ford Tough Series event winner, while J.B. Mauney of Mooresville, N.C., cashed in for $78,750 and was named the Challenger Tour Championship winner.
Marchi was thrilled with his earnings and the win.
"I just won $210,000 man. I'm a rich cowboy now." He joked. "I put everything together and my confidence is back and it feels good. It's a good start to 2010."
The Built Ford Tough Series kicked off the 2010 season in familiar fashion as Marchi and Mauney butted heads for the event title. Even with Mauney's 92.25 point ride in Round 4, Marchi sealed the win with 87 points on Cool Spot, from Hebert/Strickland/Whit bucking bulls.
"Nobody had ridden that bull yet and that is real gratifying, you know,"
Ned Cross from Midland, Ore., came in a close second in the Challenger Tour standings, riding the bull Wow, from Homestead Genetics/Something Special Deli & Lubex, in Round Three and taking home $10,000 for the round.
Cross also became the first person to ride Major Payne, from Robinson/Katich/Pinnacle Bull Group for a 91 points.
Closing out the Challenger Finals standings was Ross Coleman of Molalla, Ore., who stayed on Hot Stuff, from D&H Cattle Company, for 87.5 points and took home $7,750.
The win puts Marchi at the early lead in the PBR World Standings for 2010.
"I think this is a good start for me," he said. "It gives me the confidence and there's no pressure on anybody."
The PBR's Built Ford Tough Series will ride into Baltimore for its second stop of 2010 season, Jan. 2-4. The tour will then move to the Big Apple at New York City's Madison Square Garden for the fourth year in a row the following weekend, Jan. 8-10.
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Bobby Mote is all tuned up and ready ride at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo next week.
The two-time world champion bareback rider of Culver, Ore., topped the field Sunday at the Columbia River Circuit Finals Rodeo in Redmond.
Mote won two rounds and the average with 258 total points.
Mote is currently in second place in the final regular season PRCA World Standings.
Brad Goodrich of Hermiston, Ore., qualified for the year-end Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo by winning the average in calf roping, while Tyson Durfey takes year-end honors.
The other CRC Finals Rodeo champions include: Erik Johnson, steer wrestling, (12.0 seconds on three head), team ropers Riley Minor and Brady Minor (17.0 seconds on three head), Roy Johnson, saddle bronc riding, (240 points on three head), Brenda Mays, women's barrel racing, (47.15 seconds on three runs) and Allen Helmuth, bull riding, (160 points on two head).
Butch Thurman of Pendleton, Ore., has covered professional rodeo for 29 years. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org