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2002/07/24


Custer Wins Challenge Tour Event At Miss. Horse Park by Tom Burriss, photo Starkville Daily Times The Mississippi Horse Park put a grand slam on its June Jam month of events by hosting the PBR's Challenge Tour. And what a show it was. The Horse Park maxed out its seating capacity by selling out the 4,000 available tickets. It was the first time the PBR has made an appearance at the venue or in Starkville. Because it was the only PBR event scheduled for that day some of the biggest names in the PBR were available to ride in the Challenge Tour Event. Adrian Moraes, Luke Snyder and Chris Shivers, the top three riders in the PBR were present. Only Shivers and Snyder finished in the short go, placing fourth and eighth respectively. Cody Custer, a founding member and on the PBR board of directors, won the event by riding two bulls for a total of 175 points. He took home a check for $4,824. A special feature of the competition was the challenge ride of HAMMER. HAMMER, owned by Columbus, Miss. native Tony Sharp, has not been ridden in 26 attempts. The winning of the event gets a chance to cover the bull for 8 seconds and win $10,000. HAMMER did not disappoint and increased his unridden total to 27 by shaking Custer at the Saturday night event. Mossey Oak, who played a major part in bringing the event to Starkville thanks to Mary Jane Orman, marketing director, also had their riders there: Justin McBride, J.W. Hart, and Bart Jackson. Also there were the likes of Jim Sharp an Michael Gaffney, Ross Coleman, and Adam and Gilbert Carillo. In addition, four time PBR champion and president Tuff Hedeman was at the event to the delight of all. The event was taped for a possible future showing on OLN

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