The First Dickies National Championship Bullfighting Qualifier Kicks Off In Cheyenne

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Professional Bull Riders (PBR) will bring the world's top bullfighters to Cheyenne, Wyo. on July 25 and 26 to compete in the first qualifier for the Dickies National Championship Bullfighting. The bullfighting competition will be held in conjunction with the Cheyenne Frontier Days PBR U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company Tour which begins at 8 p.m. on July 25 and 26. The competition format will feature athletes engaging in a 70-second display of American freestyle bullfighting and will take place before the short-go round each night during the bull riding competition.

Each bullfighter will be evaluated based upon the aptitude he displays in controlling and maneuvering his 2,000-pound opponent. Precision in jumping the bull, contact with the bull, and handling of the barrel are additional criteria used in critiquing each contestant's performance and awarding the $10,000 in prize money up for grabs. Topping the list of competitors will be reigning PBR World Bullfighting champion Mike Matt (Stuart, Okla.), 2004 PBR Reserve World Bullfighting Champion Donny Sparks (DeKalb, TX), Lance Brittan (Winsor, Colo.), Bill Bass (Andalusia, Ala), and Shane Dunnam (Stephenville, TX).

The world's top six bullfighters who are qualified to compete in the Dickies National Championship Bullfighting in Las Vegas will be gunning for a piece of the $20,000 in added prize money. The Dickies National Championship Bullfighting will take place during the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, October 28-30 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The next Dickies National Championship Bullfighting qualifying event will be in Tulsa, Okla., July 29-31 during the PBR's Tulsa Express Classic brought to you by Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino. For more information on the Tulsa event, visit the PBR's website at www.pbrnow.com

About the Dickies DuraBullfighters:
The professional risks associated with the job of Dickies DuraBullfighter are akin to life as a human shield; a person who sacrifices life and limb in the line of duty in order to protect PBR bull riders. The Dickies DuraBullfighters are a team of athletes who put forth the ultimate effort each night in order to protect the top 45 bull riders at every tour stop on the 31-city Built Ford Tough Series. The Dickies DuraBullfighter team consists of Joe Baumgartner, Dennis Johnson, Rob Smets, Greg Crabtree, and Frank Newsom. While professional bullfighters distract the bull, and when necessary "take the hit" upon the conclusion of a successful eight-second ride or after a buck off, Dickies National Championship Bullfighting is an extension of protection bullfighting and provides a showcase for the amazing athleticism of these arena warriors.

About the PBR:
Over 100 million viewers tune in each year to the PBR on NBC, OLN and in Spanish on Telemundo. With over 450 hours of prime time programming annually PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air, in addition to attracting over one million live event attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure. The PBR's founding members and governing board of directors is comprised of celebrated bull riders of the past and present who have developed bull riding into a stand alone sport which is experiencing unprecedented growth in global popularity. The PBR is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., and has over 600 athletes competing in more than 100 PBR sanctioned competitions.

For more information please contact the Professional Bull Riders at 719.471.3008, ext. 3118 or visit www.pbrnow.com.

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