PUEBLO, Colo. - The Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro
Division continues its busy schedule this weekend with events in
Alabama, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Texas.
The Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla., will host the TPD on Friday
and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. It will also host the American Bucking
Bull, Inc., American Heritage on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
The iconic arena has been home for events since the PBR began 20
The TPD will again be a part of the 51st Annual Stonewall Peach
Jamboree in Stonewall, Texas. Bull riding begins at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday. Tickets are available at www.stonewalltexas.com,
and by telephone at (830) 644-2735. Riders entered include
Harve Stewart, who is currently ranked No. 13 in
the world standings, and Caleb Sanderson, ranked
No. 23, as well as 2011 Indian National Finals Rodeo World Champion
Shawn Best, Jr., Colby Yates,
Clayton Baethge, Elliott Jacoby,
Jarrod Craig, Matt Bohon and
The second stop of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Big Bull
Tour will take place Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Von Braun Center in
Huntsville, Ala. Tickets are available at the Von Braun Center, by
telephone at (800) 745-3000, and at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Hosted by the PBR and two-time PBR Stock Contractor of the Year
Jeff Robinson, the RMEF Big Bull Tour consists of five events in
June and July. Rooster McKeeman, who won the first
RMEF Big Bull Tour event in Asheville, N.C., is entered in
Huntsville, along with 2009 PBR Rookie of the Year Cody
Nance, Billy Robinson, Chance
Roberts, Best, Faircloth and Yates.
The rider who accumulates the most winnings for the five RMEF
Big Bull Tour events will be given the opportunity to compete in
three Built Ford Tough Series events. The winner will also receive
an RMEF signature rifle, a hunt courtesy of RMEF, a full set of
Cooper Tires, and a New Holland Rustler utility vehicle. Riders
must compete in four of the five events to win the overall title.
The final three events are July 14 at Tupelo, Miss., July 19 at
Grand Junction, Colo., and July 20-21 at Fort Myers, Fla.
The TPD returns to the Bismarck Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. on
Friday and Saturday. Tickets are available at the Bismarck Civic
Center ticket office, by telephone at (800) 745-3000, and at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Riders entered in Bismarck include PBR World Champions Kody
Lostroh (2009), Mike Lee (2004), and
Ednei Caminhas (2002), and current Top 20 riders
Austin Meier, Ryan Dirteater, and
Robson Palermo. The field also includes fan
favorites Ben Jones, who has climbed back into the
Top 25 in the BFTS standings after a pair of Top 4 finishes, and
Cord McCoy, as well as BFTS regulars
Dakota Beck, Cody Campbell,
Reese Cates, Dusty Ephrom,
Kasey Hayes, Skeeter Kingsolver,
and Josh Koschel.
The Touring Pro Division gives riders the opportunity to compete
in PBR-sanctioned events while earning money to qualify for the
nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series, which is comprised of
the Top 35 bull riders in the world. Every five events on the BFTS,
the Top 5 riders (based on money earned) from the TPD are allowed
to move into the BFTS.
The BFTS features the world's best and highest-paid bull riders
competing against the fiercest bucking bulls on the planet. The TPD
allows established veterans and newcomers alike the opportunity to
compete against some of the world's best bucking bulls.
The BFTS is televised every week on CBS, CBS Sports Network,
NBC, NBC Sports Network and YouTube. 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.
Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division Event
14th Annual Brent Thurman Memorial
June 9 at San Antonio
1. Cody Johnson,
2. Hernald John,
3. Hugo Pederero,
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc.
The PBR is the world's premier bull riding organization. This year
marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the PBR. In just two
decades, the dream of 20 bull riders has become a global sports
phenomenon that is televised worldwide. More than 100 million
viewers annually watch primetime PBR programming on networks around
the world including CBS, CBS Sports Network, NBC, and NBC Sports
Network. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and
25 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride
with $5.5 million - the most of any Western-sports athlete in
history. Nearly 2 million fans attend Built Ford Tough Series and
Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the
PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/PBR,
Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBR, and
YouTube at http://www.YouTube.com/PBR.