Event moves to two days for professional bull riders in Arlington
Special to The Monitor
ARLINGTON–PBR (Professional Bull Riders) announced that the PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation international bull riding competition, will make its third stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Feb. 9 and 10 as the WinStar World Casino and Resort 2019 Global Cup USA.
The five-nation tournament with among the world’s best bull riders and rankest bulls debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in November 2017, followed by Sydney, Australia in June 2018.
As PBR continues to grow in popularity in the five countries in which it operates tours, the organization launched a global tournament featuring top athletes from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States riding for national pride, record purses and the very soil they compete upon. The $750,000 purse in Arlington makes the PBR Global Cup the sport’s second highest-paying event next to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
In Arlington, the PBR Global Cup will debut a new competitive element for the international competition. The home team, which in the past has received an advantage by fielding more riders whose qualified ride scores contributed to the overall team aggregate, will now be split into two teams of seven bull riders.
For the U.S. stop, the host country will add a team comprised exclusively of Native American riders, called the Wolves, competing against the other American team, the Eagles, and all visiting teams.
Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, will return to lead the Eagles, while Wiley Petersen will coach the Wolves. Both U.S. teams of seven riders and one alternate will be comprised exclusively of coaches’ picks. For each visiting nation, the first two riders will be coaches’ picks with the remainder of the roster selection process announced at a future date.
While the full USA rosters, along with those for Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, will be named later this season, each coach has already selected two competitors.
Team USA Eagles Coach McBride selected Cooper Davis and Cody Nance and Team USA Wolves Coach Petersen selected Stetson Lawrence and Ryan Dirteater.
PBR has competed in AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, since 2010, including the league’s largest single-day event with more than 46,000 fans in February of 2018.
For more information, go to PBR.com.