Louisiana bull riding hero to host Professional Bull Riders event

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Monday, August 12, 2013 - 11:00am

The Gerry Lane Professional Bull Riders Chris Shivers Invitational returns to the Baton Rouge River Center on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24, 2013.

The Professional Bull Riders come to Baton Rouge seeking valuable qualifying points for the 2013 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals - and nothing will stop these cowboys from realizing their dream - nothing but the will of a ferocious 2,000 lb raging bull! The Professional Bull Riders Chris Shivers Invitational is part of the PBR’s Touring Pro Series. Money earned by the riders at PBR Chris Shivers Invitational will count toward the PBR qualifier standings that determine which cowboys will compete at the 2013 Professional Bull Riders Tour Finals in Las Vegas NV.

The home town favorite Chris Shivers is back to host his own PBR Invitational. Shivers retired from PBR after the 2012 Finals. Chris Shivers had twenty-two career Professional Bull Rider’s Cup series wins. He recorded the following history-making firsts: the first PBR bull rider to win more than $300,000 in prize money in one year (1998); the first PBR bull rider to reach the $1 million mark (2001), the $2 million mark (2003) and the $3 million mark (2006); the first PBR bull rider to register 13 90-point rides in one season (1998); the highest marked ride in PBR history (96.5 points - twice); and the first bull rider to win three consecutive Bud Light Cup events (2000). He is the second man to win multiple PBR world titles.

New this year, PBR is donating $2 from every ticket that is purchased using a special code to Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge. You can find the code on River Center’s website and Facebook page. This offer is valid at www.ticketmaster.com or at the River Center Box Office and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Professional Bull Riders fans will get a chance to rub shoulders with Chris Shivers and the riders of PBR by purchasing VIP tickets. VIP tickets allow patrons to experience PBR like never before! VIP tickets get you on the floor next to the dirt, early meet and greet with the cowboys, BBQ provided by Cou-yon's, drinks, cash bar, and free rides on Bocephus- 225 Inflatable's Famous Mechanical Bull.

As an added bonus, the PBR Chris Shivers Invitational will feature the Future Rodeo Stars Mutton Bustin’ Competition. This event will answer the question “How do these professional athletes get started in bull riding?” This year in an effort to help raise awareness for breast cancer the young competitors will climb on the back of PINK rodeo sheep, which will be let loose in the arena. As with other rodeo events, the challenge that will face the aspiring cowboys or cowgirls will be to hold on for as long as they can! Every child that participates will have $100 donated to Susan G. Komen Baton Rouge in their name.

The PBR Chris Shivers Invitational begins at 7:30 p.m. each night. Ticket prices are $62-$22 for adults – ALL KIDS TICKETS ARE ONLY $11 in advance. A brand new ticket price is available for college students. Anyone currently enrolled in college who purchases tickets using their college ID will pay only $11. Service and facility fees may apply to ticket prices. All ticket prices increase by $2 on the day of the event. Tickets are currently available at the River Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets.

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