Legend Larry Mahan is among the latest confirmed attendees for the PBR Legends Reunion in Las Vegas.
The Professional Bull Riders are excited to announce even more legendary bull riders, including six-time all-around champion Larry Mahan, have confirmed that they will be attending the first PBR Legends Reunion at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on Tuesday, Oct. 25, as part of the 2011 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas.
The special day gives bull riding fans an opportunity to meet their favorite riders. Every rider who has competed since the PBR began has been invited to Las Vegas to participate in the largest PBR Meet & Greet ever. Each of the competitors in the 2011 Built Ford Tough World Finals will also be at the unique event.
Confirmed attendees include PBR Founders and Ring of Honor members Clint Branger, Cody Custer, Jerome Davis, Bobby Delvecchio, David Fournier, Michael Gaffney, Cody Lambert, Daryl Mills, Ty Murray, Aaron Semas, and Jim Sharp. Other members of the Ring of Honor scheduled to attend are Randy Bernard, Wacey Cathey, J.W. Hart, Justin McBride, Carl Nafzger, Jerome Robinson, Mahan and Adriano Moraes. Moraes won the first of his three PBR World Championship titles at MGM Grand in 1994 while Gaffney captured his World Championship at the famous venue in 1997.
"This will be the first opportunity that fans will have to meet and interact with the top riders of today and the greatest riders in the history of the PBR," said PBR CEO Jim Haworth. "The activities we have scheduled for the kickoff of the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals are a definite must-attend for bull riding fans."
The men who envisioned and created the world's premier bull riding organization will gather to talk about how the PBR began, how it has grown, and where they envision it going in the future. Featuring first-hand accounts and humorous anecdotes, the Founders Forum, which will be moderated by PBR fan-favorite announcer Justin McKee, is guaranteed to entertain.
Only a limited number of PBR Legends Reunion packages are available. Each contains tickets to the Founders Forum, Alumni Meet & Greet, Heroes & Legends Ceremony, and the Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party, as well as a commemorative Legends Reunion ball cap and autograph book. For more information please click here.
PBR Fan Club members can purchase a Legends Reunion ticket for $75 by telephone at (800) 732-1727 or at www.TeamPBR.com. The general public can purchase a package that includes the Legends Reunion ticket and World Finals tickets for Round 1 on Wednesday and Round 2 on Thursday for only $150, a savings of $170, by telephone at (866) PBR-SHOW or at www.UNLVTickets.com.
The 2011 Ring of Honor inductees, Tater Porter and Brent Thurman, and the Sharon Shoulders Award recipient, Leanne Lambert, will be honored during the Heroes & Legends Celebration. The ceremony will also include the inaugural presentation of the Brand of Honor and the Jim Shoulders Award.
The Brand of Honor is presented to a bull for exemplary performance, this year, Little Yellow Jacket. The Jim Shoulders award, given to a non-bull rider who has made a significant contribution to the sport, will be awarded to Rob Smets. The PBR Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on bull riding, both in and out of the arena. Created in 2009, the Sharon Shoulders Award honors women who have made a difference in the sport of bull riding.
The special day will conclude with the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party.
The PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals are the richest bull riding event on the planet with the winner receiving the World Championship PBR Buckle and a $1 million bonus. The World Finals are the culmination of the PBR Built Ford Tough Series season that featured 29 stops in 23 states. The BFTS visits 20 of the largest television markets, including the top three with New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.
PBR Legends Reunion
7 a.m.-2 p.m. PBR Legends Reunion activities at
multiple locations (separate cost)
4-5 p.m. PBR Founders Forum at MGM Grand
5-6:30 p.m. PBR Alumni Meet & Greet at MGM Grand
7:30-9 p.m. PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration at MGM Grand
9 p.m. PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals Kickoff Party at MGM Grand
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc.
The PBR is the world's premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on VERSUS, NBC, CBS and networks around the world. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money, and 20 riders have earned over $1 million, including Justin McBride with $5.5 million - the most of any western-sports athlete in history. The PBR was nominated as 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Awards, alongside the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. 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/TeamPBR and http://twitter.com/TEAMPBR.