The Professional Bull Riders announced that Kaylynn Pellam will become the first woman to compete in a Touring Pro Division event when she rides at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Saturday, Jan. 8.
The Murrieta, Calif., native is only the second woman to compete in a PBR-sanctioned event. Sarah Bradley competed in three Challenger Tour events in 2006. Bradley attempted five bulls, but did not reach 8 seconds. Her longest ride was 4.5 seconds on Water Name Changer on July 15, 2006, at Vallejo, Calif.
“Melissa and George Marshall asked me if I would be interested in entering a PBR event. It was something that I had thought about before, but it never fit into my schedule,” said Pellam. “This time it worked out and I said, ‘Why not?’”
Bull riding begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $10 and are on sale at D & W Stores and select Family Fare locations, online at www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at (800) 745-3000.
Pellam won the Open Bull Riding Championship at Vinita (Okla.) County Fair in 2009. She qualified for National Junior Bull Riders Association Finals eight years in a row from 2002-09, finishing fourth in 2005 and seventh in 2007. She won the California state bull riding title in 2003 and 2005 and finished second in 2004 and 2006. The 21-year-old won the Southern California section championship in 2004 and 2005, and the Northern California section title in 2005 and 2006.
She is a senior at Oklahoma State University where she competes in team roping, breakaway roping and goat tying for the OSU Rodeo Team. Pellam will receive her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology with a minor in microbiology in May, and has applied to veterinary schools, including OSU, Washington State University, and Western University in Pomona, Calif.
Pellam lettered four years in track and volleyball at Paloma Valley High School. She competed in the long jump and triple jump and reached the California Interscholastic Federation Finals four straight years in high jump and 4x400 relay. Pellam helped her team win the Southern California Sunbelt League track title in 2003 and 2007 and to runner-up finish in volleyball in 2003.
The developmental tour for the nationally-televised Built Ford Tough Series, the TPD features established veterans and newcomers competing against some of the most famous bucking bulls.
The TPD gives riders the opportunity to compete in PBR-sanctioned events while earning money to qualify for the BFTS, which is comprised of the Top 40 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 2011 BFTS season begins Friday at world-famous Madison Square Garden in New York. Round 2 will be Saturday and Round 3 will be on Sunday. The Madison Square Garden Invitational will be televised on VERSUS at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, and on NBC at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday.
The BFTS season concludes Oct. 26-30 in Las Vegas with the PBR World Finals, where the 2011 PBR World Champion will be crowned and awarded a $1 million bonus.
The BFTS is televised every week on VERSUS with select events being shown on NBC and CBS. Beginning in 2011, all Built Ford Tough Series telecasts will be produced for the PBR by David Neal Productions, a Los Angeles-based production company led by 30-time Emmy® Award winner and Peabody Award winner David Neal, who will serve as executive producer and creative lead.
About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR)
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.
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