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The Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) is the "major league" tour of the PBR competitions. It is a 30-city event series culminating in the PBR World Finals every year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The top 45 riders of the PBR compete in the BFTS with the rankings determined by points and money won. Only the top 45 riders in the points standings can achieve seeded positions on the tour, while riders below that standard may need to ride on one of the PBR's minor league tours in order to earn his way back onto the BFTS tour. However, the PBR's World Finals will only invite the top 45 riders based on the money they earned. In terms of the top 45 riders (in points), only the top 35 can actually stay on tour, while positions 36-45 can get cut from the tour after every 5 events, making way for any new entries or alternates.

There is a special rule called the World Champion's Exemption, where any former PBR World Champion can compete in any 5 events he chooses (and they don't have to be consecutive), except for the PBR Finals (he still has to earn his way there). He can then stay on tour if he accrues enough points; if not, he'll have to earn his way back on via the lower tours. Before 2007, this rule allowed former champs to compete in as many or few events they chose, with the only stipulation being that they still had to qualify for the PBR finals like everyone else. (The old rule was implemented in 2000.)

This tour was called the Bud Light Cup (BLC) tour until 2003. It started off with 8 events in its inaugural season of 1994, increasing the number of cities visited over the years, with 28 starting in 1999, and increased to 30 in 2005. There will reportedly be 34 BFTS events in 2009, including the World Finals in Las Vegas.

Top 50 PBR riders

  • In order, based on points. Current as of October 18, 2009.

This list is courtesy of the PBR Official Website [1].

  1. Kody Lostroh
  2. Guilherme Marchi
  3. J.B. Mauney
  4. Valdiron de Oliveira
  5. Zack Brown
  6. Ryan McConnel
  7. Renato Nunes
  8. Robson Palermo
  9. Wiley Petersen
  10. Sean Willingham
  11. Chris Shivers
  12. Austin Meier
  13. L.J. Jenkins
  14. Dustin Elliott
  15. Brian Canter
  16. Cody Ford
  17. Travis Briscoe
  18. Shane Proctor
  19. Josh Koschel
  20. McKennon Wimberly
  21. Luke Snyder
  22. Ross Coleman
  23. Ryan Dirteater
  24. Cody Campbell
  25. Aaron Roy
  26. Mike White
  27. Kasey Hayes
  28. Cody Nance
  29. Skeeter Kingsolver
  30. Brendon Clark
  31. Matt Bohon
  32. Mike Lee
  33. Caleb Sanderson
  34. Nick Landreneau
  35. Pete Farley
  36. Brian Herman
  37. Ednei Caminhas
  38. Cord McCoy
  39. Beau Hill
  40. Rocky McDonald
  41. Michael Manes
  42. Billy Robinson
  43. Leonil Santos
  44. Reese Cates
  45. Ben Jones
  46. Dusty Ephrom
  47. Elliott Jacoby
  48. Travis Sellers
  49. Clayton Williams
  50. Dusty LaBeth
  51. Clay Westbrook

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