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Arizona Ridge Riders Win PBR Team Series Event in Kansas City, Missouri

Ridge Riders overtake Missouri Thunder for No. 1 position in the race to be crowned first-ever PBR Team Series Champions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – At the first three-day, team-hosted homestand in PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition, the Arizona Ridge Riders went an undefeated 3-0 to win PBR Outlaw Days in Kansas City, Missouri.


During the opening day of competition of five-on-five bull riding games Friday night inside T-Mobile Center, the Ridge Riders defeated the host Kansas City Outlaws by one ride score, 170.5-80.25, to collect their first game win in the Show Me State.


The Ridge Riders earned their second win of the event by one qualified ride Saturday evening as they bested the Oklahoma Freedom 168.25-87.25.

As Sunday’s competition got underway, the Ridge Riders had the chance to clinch the event win early when they squared off against the Nashville Stampede. Going a torrid 4-for-5 (80%), the Ridge Riders dominated the Stampede, remaining perfect with a 311-87 victory.


Despite Alisson de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) bucking off in the Bonus Round in 4.84 seconds aboard Manaba (Joe & Nina Webb/Julian/D&H Cattle Co.), earning the squad just 3 bonus points, his team’s efforts in game play clinched the victory.


The Ridge Riders (4-1) also overtook the Missouri Thunder (4-1) for the No. 1 rank in the early 2022 PBR Team Series season standings. While each team holds a 4-1 record, the Ridge Riders surpassed the Thunder via their 9 collective bonus points, while the Thunder have just 8.

The PBR Team Series will next travel to the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, for the second of two neutral-site events scheduled during the 2022 regular season. The event will be on Friday, August 12 at 7:45 p.m. PT and Saturday, August 13 at 6:45 p.m. PT.


The game matchups for the opening night of competition in California on August 12 are:

  • Missouri Thunder @ Arizona Ridge Riders
  • Austin Gamblers @ Nashville Stampede
  • Carolina Cowboys @ Kansas City Outlaws
  • Ariat Texas Rattlers @ Oklahoma Freedom


PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Kansas City. Check for the latest programming schedule.


Carolina Cowboys Record Three Rides to Edge Oklahoma Freedom by One Ride Score in Back-and-Forth Shootout and Earn Second Game Win of PBR Outlaw Days

Carolina Cowboys: 255

Oklahoma Freedom: 171.75


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After being blanked on Saturday night, the floodgates opened for the Carolina Cowboys on Sunday’s final day of PBR Team Series competition in Kansas City. The Cowboys came out flying, logging three consecutive qualified rides to start the game and outlast the Oklahoma Freedom 255-171.75 in a thrilling shootout. While the game began with a Freedom buckoff from Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama), the Cowboys then triggered a five-out ride streak in the very next out. First up for the Cowboys in the bottom of the first frame was 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York), who covered Apper’s Mind Freak (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K-C Bucking Bulls/Spark-Lin Acres) to give his team an early 85.75-point lead. The Freedom responded compliments of a gritty 87.75-point effort by second-round draft pick Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) atop American Gangster (Jane Clark/Gene Owen). That two-point lead, however, quickly dissipated, as Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) put the Cowboys back on top in the very next out inside T-Mobile Center. Taylor dominated Surprise Package (Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 86 points, leading the game score to read 171.75-87.75 and giving the Richard Childress Racing-operated outfit an 84-point lead. The back-and-forth battle on the final day of the three-day event continued in the fourth frame. After Deklan Garland (Foster, Oklahoma) tied the game with an 84-point score aboard WSM’s Scary Larry (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger), Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) delivered what would prove to be the game-winning ride when he covered Lil Hott (Stinger/Brunner/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 83.25 points. Both teams were blanked in the fourth frame, and for the third consecutive event, the fate of the Freedom rested in the hands of captain and first-round draft pick Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina). Matched up with Pickle Moonshine (Shuler Bucking Bulls), Vastbinder needed to convert for the Freedom to remain in contention for the game win. Vastbinder, however, was unable to deliver under pressure, slammed down onto the dirt in a heart-breaking 5.47 seconds. Despite Leonardo Lima (Vale do Paraiso, Brazil) being bucked off in the final out of the game, the Cowboys (3-2) had already clinched their second game win of Outlaw Days, beating the Freedom (1-4) 255-171.75.


Mounting Late-Game Surge, Austin Gamblers Win First PBR Outlaw Days Game Against Lone Star State Rivals Ariat Texas Rattlers


Austin Gamblers: 261.75

Ariat Texas Rattlers: 86


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In the battle for Texas Sunday afternoon during PBR Outlaw Days, the Austin Gamblers mounted a late-game surge to capture the team’s first game win inside T-Mobile Center, beating their Lone Star State rival Ariat Texas Rattlers 261.75-86. In the opening frame, the Gamblers were awarded a re-ride after Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) couldn’t get out of the chutes against I’m No Angel (Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls). Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) then gave the Rattlers an early lead, converting in the team’s first out of the game when he covered Lone Survivor (Whitman Bucking Bulls/Jenkins Cattle Co.) for 86 points. With the second frame ending in a buckoff for the Gamblers’ Alex Marcilio (Macaubal, Brazil) and the Rattlers’ Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil), the game’s momentum shifted in favor of the Gamblers in the third frame. After Conner Halverson (Gordon, Nebraska) was awarded a re-ride for his trip with Nomad Max (Crooked Crown Bucking Bulls/Braswell Bucking Bulls), the Gamblers’ Louis reached the 8 on Safety Meeting (Hruby/Kainz/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 84.5 points to position the Gamblers within a mere 1.5 points of the lead. With three consecutive buckoffs registered in the bottom of the third and throughout the fourth, the game came down to the final round of riders, with the Gamblers having two attempts due to Halverson’s re-ride, which would be attempted by Austin Richardson (Dallas, Texas). First up in the frame was two-time PBR World Champion and No. 1 overall draft pick Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), who faced a rematch in Canadian-raised Norse God (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), the very bull he rode for 92.5 points to win Round 5 of the 2022 PBR World Finals. Leme put the Gamblers in the lead for the first time by covering Norse God for a game-best 89.25 points. Richardson then had the chance to clinch the game win as he faced Cold Shot (Jeb Fredericks/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger). Stepping up for his team, Richardson delivered the game-winning score as he converted for 88 points. With JC Mortensen (Chino Valley, Arizona) bucking off in a close 7.21 seconds in the final out, the Gamblers (2-3) won their first game of PBR Outlaw Days, 261.75-86, against their in-state rival Ariat Texas Rattlers (1-4).



Undefeated Arizona Ridge Riders Clinch PBR Outlaw Days Event Win with Commanding Victory Against Nashville Stampede


Arizona Ridge Riders: 311

Nashville Stampede: 87


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The Arizona Ridge Riders continued their red-hot momentum Sunday afternoon. Covering 80% of their bulls in their five outs to remain undefeated in Kansas City, the Ridge Riders defeatedthe Nashville Stampede to clinch the PBR Team Series Outlaw Days event win. After watching on as the Stampede’s Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) was bucked off by Show Me Homie (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K-C/Spark-lin Acres), Alisson De Souza (Taubate, Brazil) set the tone early for the Ridge Riders, covering his fifth consecutive bull in PBR Team Series competition when he desperately gutted out the 8 on Dark Fantasy (Paradigm Bull Co.) for 77.5 points. The lead, however, was quickly erased in the top of the second. First-round draft pick Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) was quick to give the Stampede the lead as he rode Tested’s Viper (Hookin’ W/Leflore Bucking Bulls) for 87 points. 2018 PBR World Finals event-winner Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) was bucked off by Falcon Eddie (Lari Crane/Gene Owen) in 5.62 seconds in what would be the first and only time a Ridge Rider would hit the ground before the 8 in the game against the Stampede. In the third round, it was Thiago Salgado (Navirai, Brazil) slated to ride for the Nashville contingent and Sandro Batista (Pedra Preta, Brazil) up for the Ridge Riders. Salgado was no match for Another Lunatic (Frihauf Cattle Co.), but on a herky-jerky turbulent ride, Batista covered Contusion (Sho-Me Rodeo) for 70.25 points. Despite being awarded a re-ride, Ridge Riders coaches Paulo Crimber and Colby Yates elected to keep the score and put the Ridge Riders up a bull, giving them back the lead, 147.75-87. The Ridge Riders’ streak continued, delivering two unanswered scores to clinch the victory. With Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Spring, Utah) riding I’m A Secret (K-C Bucking Bulls/Bull Creek Bucking Bulls) for 75.75 points and declining a re-ride, and Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) concluding the contest with a game-best 88.5-point ride aboard Cliff Hanger (Pioneer Bulls), the Ridge Riders (4-1) clinched the PBR Outlaw Days event win, 311-87, over the Stampede (2-3).


Missouri Thunder Narrowly Beat In-State Rival Kansas City Outlaws By a Mere 4.25 Points in Show-Me State Shootout


Missouri Thunder: 257.75

Kansas City Outlaws: 253.5


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In the final game of the first-ever PBR Team Series homestand in Kansas City, state rivals Missouri Thunder and Kansas City Outlaws went head-to-head in a thrilling shootout that was decided on the final out. With each team going 3-for-5, the Thunder narrowly edged the Outlaws by a mere 4.25 points to win the back-and-forth showdown. In the opening frame, Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) was unable to convert for the Thunder, opening the door for reigning PBR Rookie of the Year Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri) to put the Outlaws out front. Capitalizing under pressure, Mitchell stayed on the final two seconds by sheer will and rode Bottom’s Up (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls) for 77.5 points to take the lead. The score was the first of a four-out ride streak that would include as many lead changes. As quick as the Outlaws ascended to the top of the scoreboard, they were surpassed by the Thunder. In the top of the second, with Co-Head Coach Ross Coleman repeatedly shouting from the chutes, “stay square,” clutch rider Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) did just that in recording the Thunder’s first score on King Brute (Crooked Crown Bucking Bulls/Braswell Bucking Bulls) for 83.75 points. Rafael Henrique dos Santos (Sebastianopolis, Brazil), however, wouldn’t let the Outlaws trail for long. Next to leave the chutes, Santos dominated Skippy (Skippy & Linda Johnson/Jaynes Gang/Hookin’ W Ranch) for a commanding 87.25 points to put the Outlaws up a bull for an 81-point lead. The Thunder’s Cody Teel (College Station, Texas) then capped the exhilarating exchange of qualified rides with an 88.5-point ride atop Kid Knapper (Phillips/Cooper/Scruggs Bucking Bulls) to put the Thunder back ahead by 7.5 points. The third frame then came to a close as Tate Pollmeier (Fort Scott, Kansas) was unable to convert for the Outlaws, brought down before the 8 by Off Campus (Dakota Rodeo/Brian & Ashley Pintar/Clay Struve/Chad Berger). In the fourth round, the Thunder took the largest lead of the game, compliments of a go-ahead score by Clayton Sellars (Fruitland Park, Florida) and a buckoff from the Outlaws’ Koltin Hevalow (Smithville, Missouri). With Sellars riding Dagger (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 85.5 points, the Thunder entered the final frame with a 93-point lead. Despite Colten Fritzlan (Rifle, Colorado) having the chance to clinch the win in the bottom of the fifth, he was bucked off by Gold Chain Cowboy (Paradigm/Parker McCollum) in 5.68 seconds. As a result, for the second time during Outlaw Days, the fate of the home team rested in the hands of Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana). Matched up with HomeBru (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.), Mast remained in perfect time with the powerful animal athlete, reaching the requisite 8 and leading the home crowd to erupt in raucous cheer. However, the Outlaws’ celebration was quickly tempered, with Mast only marked 88.75 points, just short of a walk-off win. The old-fashioned barn burner ended with the Missouri Thunder (4-1) beating the Kansas City Outlaws (1-4) 257.75-253.5.


Here are the final Team standings for the Kansas City PBR Team Series event PBR Outlaw Days:


  1. Arizona Ridge Riders, 3-0-0-3
  2. Carolina Cowboys, 2-1-0-8
  3. Missouri Thunder, 2-1-0-7
  4. Nashville Stampede, 1-2-0-6
  5. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-2-0-5
  6. Austin Gamblers, 1-2-0-4
  7. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 1-2-0-2
  8. Kansas City Outlaws, 0-3-0-1



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the conclusion of competition for PBR Outlaw Days in Kansas City:


  1. Arizona Ridge Riders, 4-1-0-9
  2. Missouri Thunder, 4-1-0-8
  3. Carolina Cowboys, 3-2-0-16
  4. Austin Gamblers, 2-3-0-11
  5. Nashville Stampede, 2-3-0-9
  6. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-4-0-10
  7. Ariat Texas Rattlers, 1-4-0-6
  8. Kansas City Outlaws, 1-4-0-3

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series:

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that will feature the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a team championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas November 4-6.  During the 2022 season, each of the eight teams representing teams in Austin, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Glendale, AZ; Kansas City, MO; Nashville, TN; Oklahoma City, OK; Ridgedale, MO; and Winston-Salem, NC will host a three-day homestand.  There will also be neutral site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA. To determine team rosters, the league held a rider draft on May 23 prior to start of the 2022 season among any bull riders who have declared for the draft during a league eligibility window. The PBR Team Series builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. Events will be staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game will feature five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters will be comprised of seven riders on the core roster and three practice squad members. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders will be declared the winner of each game. The event winner will be the team with the most game wins across an event, with a special bonus round designed as a tie-breaker to determine final event standings. All PBR Team Series events will be carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on PlutoTV.