PBR World Finals – 23 Years and Counting

It all started in April of 1992 when 20 bull riders met at a Scottsdale, Ariz., motel room. Each man threw in $1,000 to form an organization that would establish professional bull riding as a standalone sport. That was the beginning of what is today “The Toughest Sport on Dirt”. The PBR!

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals have always been held in Las Vegas and this week they are celebrating their 23rd edition in the all new T-Mobile Arena.  It’s official title is: PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals and The Vegas Tourist is there.

After a year of hard riding and competing, the top 35 bull riders plus 5 international invites come to las Vegas for 5 nights of back to back riding on the top bulls int he business.  For those not in the know, the bulls are considered to be athletes just as much as the men who ride on top of them.  They get scored right along with the riders.  Some of the best bulls have their own fan clubs and facebook pages. Retired champion bull Bushwacker has a facebook page with 42,000 likes!

PBR George Thorogood

Round One is in The Books

So last night, the safety seal was broke and the PBR brought the big show to the new T-Mobile Arena.  Kicking off the festivities was George Thorogood and the Destroyers.  Check Here to see who else will be opening each night.  From there, the cowboys came out to ride and the bulls were ready to prove them otherwise.  Only 12 of the 40 riders made the full 8 seconds.

The fun will continue through Sunday with the final round being called “the short round” where the top 15 of the weekend will compete to see who takes home the title of Champion Bull Rider and over $1 million in prize money.

Chase Outlaw, the 24-year-old from Arkansas who took the championship title at the BlueDef Finals held earlier this week at the South Point, made the best ride last night with a score of 89.5 .  Taking back to his hotel room a check for $30,000 for the night.   Fan favorite, J. B. Mauney is hanging onto 3rd place with a 85.75 point ride. (JB’s intro music is always George Thorogood’s Bad to The Bone)

FYI:  With athletes from 4 different nations, everyone in that arena knows how dangerous this sport is and how lucky they are to be there.  When they fly Old Glory and do the National Anthem at the start, every one of them will be standing with their hand / hat over their heart.  It’s real and you can feel it in the air!


Photos: Tom Donoghue

PBR – Chase Outlaw Claims BlueDef Top Spot and Champion

The first ever BlueDef Finals to be held in las Vegas came down to the wire.  Monday night ended three days of some great Bull Riding, some tough bulls and even tougher cowboys trying to ride them.  Not only were they rising for the title of top BleDef Cowboy, but also a chance to move over to the T-Mobile Arena for the PBR World Finals later this week.  We were there and we will be at the T-Mobile for more action.  Follow us on Social Media for updates and other entertainment!

LAS VEGAS – Chase Outlaw (Hamberg, Arkansas), the hottest rider in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) became both the BlueDEF Tour champion and the BlueDEF Finals event winner on Monday night at South Point Arena in front of a boisterous crowd.

The Arkansas cowboy won Round 3 with 87.5 points aboard Tom Horn (Double Bar J Cattle Co.), he then finished in third place in the championship round when he covered Gas Pedal (Humpz and Hornz/KMH Wes Ibrahimi) for 85 points. Outlaw jumped six places in the PBR world standings after earning 360 total points and crucial confidence going into the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Outlaw also won a total of $79,133.33 along with two belt buckles.

Chase Outlaw PBR BlueDef Champ


Nathan Schaper (Grassy Butte, North Dakota) finished in second place after riding JJ’s Pride (Joy Flowers/Wilson) for 77.5 points in Round 3. He won the championship round with the second highest score of the night, 87 points aboard King Buck (BMC Bucking Bulls). Schaper earned 205 points towards the world standings along with $18,133.33

Finishing in third was Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas) who scored 86.5 points on Blues Man (Davis Rodeo Ranch/Jerome Davis) during Round 3. He earned a total of 188.3 points along with $13,800.

Zane Cook (Fort Gibson, Oklahoma) was the fourth place finisher, picking up 150 points. He also took home $11,733.33 after riding War Party (BMC Bucking Bulls) during the championship round.

Juliano da Silva (Eloi Mendes, Brazil) earned 120 points towards the world standings when he covered Locomotive Exhaust (Lane & Austin Leffew/Lorenzo Pasillas) for 82 points during Round 3.

Five qualifiers from this weekend have advanced to the Built Ford Tough World Finals that start on Wednesday. Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria), Emilio Resende (Santa Helenado Goias, Brazil), Holmes, Cook and da Silva will all compete at the brand new T-Mobile Arena later this week.

American Bucking Bull Inc. also crowned a champion on Monday with their Maturity Champion being named. Slinger Jr. (Rockin I Rodeo Co.) won first with 88 points. Splitting second was Margy Time (D&H Cattle Co.) and Gangster Can Do (01 Cattle Co./Robbie Schroeder) each with scores of 87.33. ABBI paid out a total of $15,000 in the Maturity class.

The PBR’s grand finale will begin at Las Vegas’ brand-new T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. PT and will culminate on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. PT with the crowning of the 2016 world champion.

About the BlueDEF Tour

The PBR’s BlueDEF Tour Presented by Real Time Pain Relief (BDT) began in 2014 as the premier expansion tour for the PBR, featuring the young, emerging bull riding talent alongside the some of the Superstars of the sport. The BlueDEF Tour brings the excitement and talent of the PBR that fans have come to expect from the leader in bull riding to cities across the U.S.  The tour is 100 percent produced and operated by PBR, providing fans the highest quality experience available. The BlueDEF Tour is proudly supported by Old World Industries BlueDEF and Peak Antifreeze Brands, Real Time Pain Relief, Pendleton Whisky, South Point Hotel and Casino, and the U.S. Border Patrol.

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PBR Hosts theBlueDef Finals at The South Point

PUEBLO, Colo. – The PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) BlueDEF Tour (BDT), presented by Real Time Pain Relief, will wrap up its 2016 25-city tour at South Point Arena & Equestrian Center in Las Vegas on Oct. 29-31 with the BlueDEF Finals.

“South Point has always been an advocate of promoting the growth of bull riding events,” said Ryan Growney, General Manager of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa. “This partnership between South Point, PBR and the BlueDEF Tour will help drive the bull riding industry to new heights, and we look forward to being part of PBR’s expansion as the sport offers new opportunities for competitors, fans and its many dedicated industry stakeholders.”

The BDT is the premier expansion tour of the PBR and primary qualifying events for the Built Ford Tough Series. The BlueDEF Finals will feature the Top 35 riders from the BDT standings along with five champion qualifiers from the PBR’s international tours. This event also represents the season’s last opportunity for riders to qualify for the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. The final five positions will be awarded to the winner of the BlueDEF Finals, the second and third-place finishers, the highest finishing international athlete, and the 2016 BlueDEF Tour Champion.

The BDT Finals competition will begin at 7 p.m. each day, Friday, Oct. 29, through Monday, Oct. 31. Tickets start at $25 for general admission, $40 for reserved seating, and $100 for a three-day reserved seating package. Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. PT at the South Point Arena box office, www.Ticketmaster.com, and by telephone at 800-745-3000. For more information visit www.pbr.com.

Fans will also have the opportunity to enhance their BDT Finals experience by purchasing exclusive PBR Elite Seats. Priced at just $125 each day, PBR Elite Seats will feature the best seats in the house plus a unique pre-show VIP experience. Contact the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727 for more information.

All BDT Finals tickets also include daily admission to all of the events taking place inside South Point Arena, including the Chris Shivers Mini Bull Riding Finals, Bullfighters Only – American Freestyle Bull Fighting Finals, ABBI (American Bucking Bull Inc.) Finals and other activities throughout each day.

Throughout the weekend, South Point Hotel will also be the home of the PBR Fan Experience and Western Gift Expo. This free event is open to the public and will feature interactive displays, rider meet-and-greets, entertainment, shopping and more. The hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31 and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Nov. 1-5.

“South Point is the perfect partner to host our BlueDEF Finals,” said Dave Cordovano, head of the PBR BlueDEF Tour.“Their continued support has been key in the development of the greatest Western sports week to come to Las Vegas.”

About the PBR BlueDEF Tour

The PBR’s BlueDEF Tour Presented by Real Time Pain Relief (BDT) began in 2014 as the premier expansion tour for the PBR, featuring young, emerging bull riding talent alongside some of the Superstars of the sport.

The BlueDEF Tour brings the excitement and talent of the PBR that fans have come to expect from the leader in the sport of bull riding.  The tour is 100 percent produced and operated by the PBR, providing fans the highest quality experience available.

The BlueDEF Tour is proudly supported by Old World Industries BlueDEF and Peak Antifreeze Brands, Real Time Pain Relief, Pendleton Whisky, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa, American Legacy Firearms and the U.S. Border Patrol.

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders)

The worlds premier bull riding organization began as a dream of 20 bull riders 23 years ago and is now a global sports phenomenon. PBR broadcasts reach more than half a billion households in 40 nations and territories around the world, and more than 3 million fans attend live events each year. On its elite Built Ford Tough Series, the PBR features the Top 35 bull riders in the world and the top bulls in the business. The televised Built Ford Tough Series, the BlueDEF Tour, the Touring Pro Division and the PBRs international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico have paid more than $150 million in earnings to its athletes. Twenty-eight men have earned more than $1 million, including two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney who, with his 2015 PBR World Championship, became bull riding’s first $6 million man and the richest athlete in Western sports history at $6.7 million in career earnings. In May 2015, PBR was acquired by WME | IMG, the global leader in sports, entertainment, media and fashion. For more information on the PBR, go to PBR.com, or follow on Facebook atFacebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.


About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; 11 restaurants featuring a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room; the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; Bingo room; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center for friends and family to enjoy; and a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the South Point Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. The 90,000-square-foot professional bowling facility includes 60 lanes with two parallel rows of 30 lanes, a 360-seat viewing area and a 720-unit locker room. In addition, South Point holds one of the finest event facilities in the country with the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and Priefert Pavilion. The 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events.  South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.

Bushwacker, The Legend, to be Honored

PUEBLO, Colo. (June 22, 2016) — This year, the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Heroes & Legends Celebration will honor the bucking bull widely considered to be the greatest in the history of the sport, three-time PBR World Champion Bull Bushwacker

A part of PBR Finals Week in Las Vegas (Oct. 29-Nov. 6), the PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration will take place at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa on Tuesday, Nov. 1.  This year’s ceremony will induct the 2016 class of honorees: Bushwacker will be bestowed with the Brand of Honor; 1996 PBR World Champion Owen Washburn will be enshrined in the Ring of Honor; Dr. Tandy Freeman will receive the Jim Shoulders Lifetime Achievement Award; and LeAnn Hart will be honored with the Sharon Shoulders Award.

 The Brand of Honor is awarded to a bull for his exemplary performance throughout his career.

Bushwacker bucked onto the PBR scene in 2009 as the ABBI (American Bucking Bull, Inc.) Reserve Wild Card Champion, then picked up $250,000 the following year as the 2010 ABBI World Champion Classic Bull. After allowing one Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) qualified ride in 2009 by Markus Mariluch, the 1,700-pound champion competed for four years on the BFTS, consecutively bucking off 42 cowboys, setting a new PBR record that holds to this day. After Mariluch, only long-time rival, J.B. Mauney was able to cover him, bringing the highly publicized streak to an end in 2013 for 95.25 points.  It is the highest-marked ride of the two-time and reigning PBR World Champion’s career to date.

Bushwacker, the most popular PBR athlete during his reign, was lauded by numerous media outlets, including an appearance in ESPN the Magazine’s The Body issue in 2013 as “Unridable.” Newsweek likened him to Michael Jordan; he was also covered by USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and featured on CBS This Morning and ESPN’s E:60.

The champion bovine recorded 64 buck offs in 66 BFTS outs, ranking him eighth all-time in buck offs to date.  His career BFTS buck off percentage was 96.969 percent. He also earned an average bull score of 46.162 points. Bushwacker retired in 2014 after collecting his second consecutive, and third overall, PBR World Champion Bull title. 

“This is very exciting,” said Julio Moreno, PBR stock contractor and owner of Bushwacker. “It’s very flattering to be able to say I have a bull that is receiving the Brand of Honor, especially since it’s Bushwacker.”

The PBR Ring of Honor was created in 1996 to recognize those who have had the most profound impact on the sport of bull riding, both inside and outside of the arena. Its 42 members share a common bond of courage, strength, and victory and have played a significant role in helping professional bull riding grow to become one of the ten most popular sports in the U.S. while now competing in five countries globally. 


Fans can enhance their PBR Finals Week experience by buying tickets for the 2016 Heroes & Legends Celebration starting Wednesday, June 29th.  For $75, fans will receive tickets to the PBR Heroes & Legends Reception offering complimentary beverages and admission to the PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration and Induction ceremony, followed by live entertainment. The package also includes passes to the VIP pre-parties of the 2016 PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 3. Tickets can be purchased at the South Point Showroom Box Office or by calling the PBR Customer Service department at (800) 732-1727.


South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is the Official Host Hotel of the PBR Heroes & Legends Celebration. Special room rates and packages, starting at $65 and $115 (plus taxes and resorts fees), respectively, are available to fans at South Point by using the code PRO1102.  For reservations and information call 866-791-7626.


PBR Finals Week begins with the PBR BlueDEF Finals Saturday, Oct. 29 – Monday, Oct.31 at South Point Arena & Equestrian Center.  The week also will include Ultimate Freestyle Bullfighting, concerts, VIP parties, ABBI World Finals, charity outings, PBR Finals Week Fan Zone, and the PBR World Finals taking place at T-Mobile Arena, Wednesday, Nov. 2- Sunday, Nov. 6, culminating with the crowning of the 2016 PBR World Champion.

Helldorado Days Makes The PBR’s Day


The Professional Bull Riders (PBR), Las Vegas, and the MGM  have all had a long history together.  When the first PBR World Finals happened in 1995, it happened right here in Las Vegas.  As they grew, MGM Mirage (now MGM Resorts International) stepped up to help be the premiere sponsor, keeping the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.   As the PBR grew in popularity, they never forgot the hospitality MGM and the city of Las Vegas showed to this up and coming sport.

We found the sport and the World Finals about ten years ago and have been super fans ever since.  Through the years, we met and became friends with another big fan of the PBR, Jason Hetland. Jason teamed up with The Vegas Tourist several times to be one of our reporters before striking out on his own by starting TheRodeoRoundup.com    Jason and his website have become the go-to source for breaking news and coverage of both the PBR and the world of rodeo.

This year, the PBR has a new CEO, not a new face, just a new title for a man who has been around the sport a long time.  Sean Gleason has been a busy man since taking over the organization.  But like everything else PBR/Vegas related, he never forgot what the city has done for the sport and wanted to pay the city back.  So his organization stepped up to the plate and offered to take over the rodeo for the historic Las Vegas event known as Helldorado Days.  An event that has been on shaky grounds the last few years and needed some serious professional management and branding.  The PBR is just the organization to do that.

The PBR will not only bring their newest signature events, The Last Cowboy Standing, but they are upholding and expanding the historical importance of the event to the city of Las Vegas. Most rodeo fans know, bull riding is linked to a long line of rodeos vitally important to the west, which the PBR has strived to honor and respect.  Both events will be held at the MGM Village grounds across from the Luxor – May 13-15.

While covering the BFT PBR event in Sioux Falls last week, Jason got an unusual spare moment alone with PBR CEO Sean Gleason, to talk about his love for the PBR in Las Vegas and the importance of Helldorado Days.  Plus they talk a little about the new home to the PBR World Finals (T-Mobile Arena) and the moving of the PBR BlueDef World Finals to South Point Casino in Las Vegas as well.  (told you they love Las Vegas!)

What is The Last Cowboy Standing?

Last Cowboy Standing will feature the world’s Top 35 bull riding stars from Brazil, Mexico, Canada, Australia and the U.S. in a single elimination format event. To advance to the next round, they must ride their bull till they make the 8-second buzzer.  Don’t make the 8 seconds? You go home.  The cowboys will ride in round after round of competition until only one rider remains as the Last Cowboy Standing.  He gets the points, the money and the buckle. In Vegas, it’s always about the bling!!

We Hope To See You There as we will be reporting to you live on all the usual social media channels!!