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LAS VEGAS  Some need it and some wish they didn't have it, but like it or not, the riders at the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals will be taking a three-day break from competition, Monday through Wednesday.

"I'd rather just keep rolling right on," said J.B. Mauney, the Mooresville, N.C., cowboy who won the first two rounds on his way to riding all three of his bulls thus far. "But it will be all right. I'm just going to hang out and maybe gamble a little bit."

That is the case too for two-time PBR world champion Chris Shivers, who has also ridden all three of his bulls heading into the break.

"I don't really like the break," the Jonesboro, La., cowboy said. "I'd prefer to keep going and stay in a rhythm, but if they want to stop and give us a break then we'll come back next week ready to go."

Shivers, who is coming off neck surgery in July, said he just plans to relax.

"I'm just going to do whatever I want to do," he said. "We get to sit out here and take it easy, which I haven't done a whole lot since I've been here. We're just going to let loose and have a little fun."

World standings leader Guilherme Marchi of Leme, Sao Paulo, Brazil, is planning to leave Las Vegas for a short trip to the coast.

"I'm just going to relax with my family and go visit Los Angeles," said Marchi. "I'll go with my kids, go to the beach and go swimming. Then I'll try to come back next week relaxed and ride good."

Summerville, Ga., cowboy Sean Willingham also plans to cross state lines. He and his girlfriend will be doing some sight-seeing in Arizona.

"I've got my girl here, so I think we're going to go visit the Grand Canyon one day, take the helicopter ride," he said. "Other than that, we're going to visit (Las Vegas) and show her around. We'll just take it easy and probably do some gambling."

At least one competitor, Mike White of DeKalb, Texas, plans to be around bulls even if he isn't riding them.

"I'm just going to go out to the ABBI and watch the bull sale and watch the young bulls buck," White said. "I've got some autograph (sessions) lined up for the week. But I just want to take it easy and hang out with the family."

Veteran Ross Coleman of Molalla, Ore., said he'll try to work out a little soreness after three days of riding and spend time with his wife and year-old son, Cooper.

"I'm going to hit the gym a little bit and try to work a couple of the kinks out of the sore muscles, take it easy, heal up, get a couple days of rest and come back strong for the following weekend," he said. "I've got the family here, got the little boy here. We'll probably go to the pool and let him swim around a little bit and just play with him."

Australian rider Brendon Clark, who had surgery in the summer, said he's looking forward to the rest to give himself time to heal. He also has family coming into town.

"Tuesday, my mom and dad get here about lunchtime, so that's going to be good that I'm going to have them here with me next week," he said. "So I'm going to hang out with them for a couple of days.

"They live in Australia. They've been to the finals a couple times before, but this will be their first time here since 2004 so they're pretty excited to come."

Clark's countryman, Ben Seeds, will be heading back to Australia after bucking off his final two bulls and not qualifying for the final weekend. As the PBR's Australia champion, he needed to either ride all three of his bulls or win enough money to get into the top 45 in the standings. He didn't quite make it.

"I've got the Queensland finals coming up at home," he said. "So I'll ride there. I'd rather be here for the next week, but that's the way it goes."

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