The Tuff Hedeman Championship ( www.pbrnow.com
) Challenge title moved Collins to twelfth place in the current BFTS point standings and added a healthy $34,704 to his bank account. While neither Adriano Moraes (Sao Paulo, Brazil) or Justin McBride (Elk City, Okla.) advanced to the championship go-round, the two maintain their chokehold on the top two positions in BFTS point standings. Moraes added a mere two points to his lead over worthy adversary McBride in Fort Worth. 1,394 currently separates the two.
As selected by the event judges, the top bull honors were awarded to Page and Teague Bucking Bulls' Hotel California who tossed Andre' Moraes during final go-round action. Second place went to Klein and Sons' Smokeless Wardance.
During a special ceremony held during the Saturday evening performance Keuka College president Joe Burke accompanied by athletic director David Sweet, and athletic trainer Jeff Bray, presented cowboy lifesaver and five-time world champion bullfighter Rob Smets (Merkel, Texas) with an honorary degree. Located in upstate New York, Keuka College bestowed its highest honor upon Smets in recognition of his civic and professional achievements. On behalf of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and the trustees of Keuka College, Smets received the Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree and diploma.
PBR commentary during OLN's broadcast of the Tuff Hedeman Championship Challenge is brought to fans by the capable team of Leah Garcia, Brett Haber, Tuff Hedeman, and Justin McKee. Leah Garcia handles the sideline interviews. Since 1998 Garcia has covered professional mountain bike racing, cycling, freestyle skiing, snowboarding, rodeo, and now bull riding. Her work has been seen on NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, TNN, The Oxygen Network, Syndicated TV, and OLN. Nine-time Emmy award winner Brett Haber, has been a commentator for OLN since March of 2003 and became the play-by-play voice of the PBR in October of that same year. Haber's witty writing style and on-air approach have made him one of the most innovative sportscasters in the country. Tuff Hedeman needs no introduction in bull riding circles. The current PBR President and four-time world champion bull rider brings to the broadcast his vast knowledge of bull riding, as well as tremendous experience behind the microphone as a guest commentator on both OLN and NBC. Justin McKee formerly served as a live event announcer at nearly every tour event virtually since the PBR's inception and has consequently been dubbed "the voice of the PBR."
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