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Luke Snyder Talks About his Career in Bull Riding

SPRINGFIELD, Mo -- Champion bull rider Luke Snyder comes home to Springfield to end his long, honor-filled career this weekend. He talks to KOLR10 News about ending things before a hometown crowd at the PBR.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It's that time of year again, the Professional Bull Riders are back in town for the PBR Bull Ride PFIWestern.com Invitational.  Competitions are scheduled at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13; 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14; and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15.

This is the fifth consecutive year for the PBR to bring the nations' top riders and bulls to JQH Arena.  Last night, more than 700 tons of dirt were brought into the arena to transform it for the competition.

KOLR10's Justin Dougherty talks with riding champion Luke Snyder, an Ozarks native, about his record-setting career.  Snyder plans to retire after this weekend's competition.

Watch the video above to see Justin's chat with Luke. 

More About the Event

The bull riding action begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 13; 6:50 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14; and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 15. Tickets, starting as low as $15, can be purchased at missouristatetix.com or by calling (417) 836-7678 or 1-888-476-7649.

Some of Missouri's favorite sons will be competing in this event, including No. 18 L.J. Jenkins who was born in Springfield and grew up in Highlandville and Luke Snyder of Raymore who now makes Springfield his full-time home.

Snyder recently announced his retirement from bull riding after 13 years of competition on the BFTS.  He was the 2001 PBR Rookie of the Year and earned the title when he won the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas his rookie year. Snyder has earned more than $1.7 million throughout this career.

The Cal Ripken of the PBR, Snyder is also known as "Titanium Tough" for competing in 275 consecutive BFTS events. The previous record, held by J.W. Hart, was 198 consecutive events.  Snyder also holds the record for competing in more events than any other PBR cowboy in history - 363- a record that will extend until his last event, the Built Ford Tough World Finals Oct. 23-27 in Las Vegas.

It also will be the last chance for fans to watch one of Snyder's best friends, Brendon Clark in action. The 32-year-old Australian announced earlier this season that the 2013 BFTS season would be his last. He'll officially retire after the Built Ford Tough World Finals this year. Clark began riding on the BFTS in 2003 and has won more than $1,000,000 in his career.

Five former PBR World Champions are also expected to be in attendance in Springfield: Silvano Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes, (2010), Kody Lostroh (2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004).

Fan favorites J.B. Mauney, the man who recently conquered Bushwacker, Shane Proctor and Douglas Duncan - along with young guns Chase Outlaw and Jory Markiss - are in the lineup, as well.

Fans will also have the opportunity to witness 2011 PBR World Champion bull Bushwacker during the Built Ford Tough Championship round on Sunday.  While Bushwacker's buckoff streak was recently ended by Mauney in Tulsa, His 42 consecutive buckoffs shatteredthe previous record of 34 and he is still the frontrunner for 2013 World Champion Bull.

Each of the Top 35 bull riders in the world will ride one bull on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Following Round 3 on Sunday, the 10-15 riders with the 10 highest cumulative scores on two bulls will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round, where they will compete with one more bull. The overall event winner will be the rider with the highest combined score from all four rounds.

With more than $140,000 on the line in Springfield, as well as valuable points to gain towards the overall PBR World Championship, each man will be fighting with a determination unmatched and unseen in any other sport against their bovine foes, who are more than 10 times their weight.

The PFIWestern.com Invitational is the 22 of 27 events on the 2013 PBR Built Ford Tough Series. The season culminates with the Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas on Oct. 23-27.

The finals will crown the 2013 PBR World Champion, who will receive the coveted championship buckle, a $1 million bonus and a new pickup truck from Ford.  Tickets sales and additional information about the World Finals can be found at www.worldfinals.pbr.com.

The PBR is celebrating 20 years of competition in 2013. Its Built Ford Tough Series is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network and networks around the world. BFTS telecasts are produced for the PBR under a multi-year agreement with David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 34-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who serves as executive producer

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