PBR News Roundup: August 23rd


By: Mandi McCary August 23, 2017@ 08:30:00 AM



By: Andrew GiangolaMonday, August 21, 2017 @ 3:06 PM

Troy Wilkinson, Dakota Buttar, Edgar Durazo, Jess Lockwood and Kaique Pacheco will all ride for their countries in Edmonton. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

PUEBLO, Colo. – Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has announced select riders who have qualified to compete in the inaugural PBR Global Cup – a five-country bull riding tournament – that is set to take place Nov. 9-11 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the state-of-the-art Rogers Place.

The PBR Global Cup teams were set according to the PBR world standings following this past weekend’s Music City Knockout:

  • Australia: Troy Wilkinson, Kurt Shephard, Aaron Kleier, Lachlan Richardson and Sonny Schafferius
  • Brazil: Kaique Pacheco, Eduardo Aparecido, Fabiano Vieira, Joao Ricardo Vieira and Rubens Barbosa
  • Canada: Dakota Buttar, Brock Radford, Jordan Hansen, Justin Lloyd and Cody Coverchuk
  • Mexico: Edgar Durazo, Francisco Morales, Juan Carlos Contreras, Ricardo Orozco and Alejandro Gamboa Calvo
  • United States: Jess Lockwood, Derek Kolbaba, Chase Outlaw, 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis and Matt Triplett* 

* Note: Triplett is a replacement for two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney, who is unable to compete in Edmonton because of season-ending shoulder surgery.

The Global Cup offers host countries “home-field advantage,” and Team Canada will compete with 14 riders on their team versus the seven riders competing for the visiting teams.

In addition to the riders named, teams will add two additional riders – a national qualifier from each country’s PBR tour and a coach’s pick.

The dates and venues for PBR Global Cup competition in four additional countries will be announced in the future.

The national qualifiers and coaches’ picks for each country will be announced at a date to be determined.

“In bull riding, the PBR Global Cup is the ultimate expression of national pride on a world stage, transforming an individual performance-based sport into a team-based battle for national pride,” said Sean Gleason, PBR CEO. “At the center of our international growth strategy, the PBR Global Cup will be the largest event staged in any one of our international territories and the only event in each country to feature the top riders coming for a single event to claim bragging rights for the title of Toughest Nation on Dirt.”

The prestigious Global Cup Trophy will be awarded to the team with the highest aggregate score over the course of the event based off each team's best 14 qualified rides.

The Global Cup Trophy emphasizes native soil as the object of national pride.  The trophy consists of five individual horns featuring each country’s national colors and serving as a vessel for each nation’s dirt. In order to complete the trophy and proclaim world dominance, one team must win and possess each respective country’s horn.

Riders in this annual event will earn money based on their team’s performance. The first place team will split $400,000 (Canadian dollars) while the last place team will share $42,000. Each rider will also have an opportunity to win an additional $100,000 from their individual performances each day.

The 2017 Global Cup coaches, as voted on by the bull riders in each country, were also announced this past weekend:

  • Australia Adriano Moraes         
  • Brazil Robson Palermo
  • Canada Aaron Roy
  • Mexico Michael Gaffney
  • United States Justin McBride           

RELATED: PBR announces Global Cup coaches.   

PBR is finalizing primary broadcast partnerships to televise the Global Cup in each country. Additionally, the events will be distributed to more than 450 million homes in 45 territories through PBR’s existing international broadcast partners outside of its operating territories.


By: Andrew GiangolaSunday, August 20, 2017 @ 11:33 AM


Five PBR legends will helm the five bull riding nations. Photos: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has announced the coaches who will lead the five teams competing in the inaugural PBR Global Cup – an international bull riding tournament – that is set to debut Nov. 9-11 in Edmonton, Alberta, at the state-of-the-art Rogers Place.

The 2017 Global Cup coaches are:

- Australia: Adriano Moraes
- Brazil: Robson Palermo
- Canada: Aaron Roy
- Mexico: Michael Gaffney
- United States: Justin McBride

The PBR Global Cup team members will qualify for their teams based on the PBR world standings following this weekend’s Music City Knockout in Nashville.

The dates and venues for PBR Global Cup competition in four additional countries will be announced in the future.

About the PBR Global Cup Coaches

Australia – Adriano Moraes

A statue of Adriano Moraes on Little Yellow Jacket stands at the entrance of PBR’s headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado, recognizing his larger-than-life role in the development and expansion of the sport of professional bull riding. The Brazilian started riding bulls when he was 15 years old. After winning Brazilian national titles in 1992 and 1993, he moved to the United States in 1994, where he won the World Championship in the PBR’s inaugural season. Moraes would become the first athlete in the PBR to win three World Championships. His overall PBR career earnings would total over $3 million. In 2011, he received the ultimate honor – the PBR the Ring of Honor. Moraes qualified for the PBR World Finals a total of 14 times (1994-98 and 2000-08.)

Brazil – Robson Palermo

Like his fellow countryman Adriano Moraes, Robson Palermo began riding bulls at 15, after watching VCR bull riding tapes over and over growing up. After winning the Brazilian Bull Riding title in 2005, he moved to the U.S. for bigger opportunities in the sport the following year. Palermo has won 13 events at PBR’s elite level, and is the only rider to win the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals event three times (2008, 2011, 2012), including becoming the first rider two win the prestigious event in consecutive years. Palermo ranks 10th in PBR career earnings with $2,585,916.11, including $1,173,591.60 at the Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Canada – Aaron Roy

Aaron Roy is one of the most accomplished Canadian bull riders as the first three-time Canadian National Champion, the all-time Canadian money leader ($974,737.50) and a five-time Glen Keeley Award winner, an award given to the Canadian rider who accumulates the most points in a season. After fracturing vertebrae and breaking his jaw at the 2013 Calgary Stampede, the Saskatchewan native returned to bull riding action after having a rod and eight screws surgically inserted into his back and qualified for the PBR World Finals again in 2015 and 2016.

Mexico – Michael Gaffney

Michael Gaffney, the 1997 World Champion, ranks as one of the sport’s most popular and accomplished riders.  The native of New Mexico had been riding in the PRCA when he and 19 other riders founded the PBR in 1992, scraping together $1,000 to invest in the new league. During his career, Gaffney amassed thirteen 90-point rides and successfully rode the legendary Little Yellow Jacket twice in 2004, for 93.75 and 96.5 points. That 2004 ride in Nampa, Idaho, was the last time a rider reached the 96.5-point mark, which is the highest numerical score in PBR history. He joined Bubba Dunn and Chris Shivers, who did it twice, as the only riders to record the score. A year later, Gaffney was inducted into the PBR Ring of Honor.

United States – Justin McBride

Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride won $5.1 million during his PBR career, the fourth-most in PBR history. McBride was inducted into the PBR Ring of Honor in 2008, and holds the PBR record for event wins in a season with eight (2007) and all-time event wins (32). The native of Belton, Texas, has worked as a color commentator for the past eight seasons, providing clear insights and analysis drawing on his experience as one of the greatest bull riders of all time. 


By: Kacie AlbertTuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

Matt Triplett is introduced in the opening of the Calgary stop on the Monster Energy Tour in 2016. PBR Canada photo by Covy Moore.

CALGARY, Alberta – In response to fan demand, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will now storm into Calgary, Alberta on November 24-25, expanding to a two-day event and offering local bull riding enthusiasts an increased opportunity to see some of the world’s best riders and bucking bulls.

Set to take place at the Agrium Western Event Centre at Stampede Park for the second consecutive year, action for the nationally-televised Monster Energy Tour event will begin at 7:30 p.m. MT on both Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25. The event had been initially scheduled as a one-day stop in Calgary in late September.

In addition to adding an extra night of bull riding, the event will also now include an official after party following the championship round on Saturday at the Big Four Building at Stampede Park.

All ticket holders from both days of the event will be admitted free of charge.

“As a city that is synonymous with bull riding and western sports, Calgary is a vital stop on the Monster Energy Tour,” said Chris Bell, General Manager, PBR Canada. “We are excited to double the fun and thrills for our fans in one of the most passionate places for our sport.”

The Monster Energy Tour features Canada’s elite, alongside riders from up to five other countries, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from both Canada and the United States. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous cowboys face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri) won the inaugural event in 2016, delivering an 86.5-point ride on Shot of Whiskey (Two Bit Bucking Bulls) in Round 1 and an 89-point trip aboard Heaven’s Basement (Vold Rodeo Co.) in Round 2. Cody Coverchuk (Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan), the current No.2 rider in the Canadian national standings, finished fifth, while No.15 Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) was sixth.

Also anticipated to compete are 2013 PBR Canada Champion, and Alberta-native, Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta), in addition to fellow home-province riders Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta), who currently sits atop the Canadian national standings, and Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alberta).

Each rider will get on one bull in Round 1 on Friday and Round 2 on Saturday. The 10 bull riders with the top combined ride scores will advance to the championship round on Saturday for one more ride and a chance at the $20,000 available in prize money. In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also have the opportunity to earn world points in an effort to earn a berth onto the elite Built Ford Tough Series. The event will mark the first opportunity riders have to earn points towards the 2018 rankings.

The Monster Energy Tour will be showcased on TSN/RDS, including a post-season highlights show. Fans should check local listings for broadcast event dates and times.