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Carolina Cowboys Earn Commanding Game Win in Hometown Debut During Opening Night of PBR Team Series Competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Arizona Ridge Riders defeat Texas Rattlers to overtake No. 1 rank in PBR Team Series standings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Carolina Cowboys made their hometown debut with a bang Friday evening, registering a commanding game win as the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series’ Cowboy Days got underway in Winston-Salem, North Carolina inside LJVM Coliseum.


Going head-to-head against the Missouri Thunder, the Cowboys won their fifth consecutive game, riding three of their five bulls to hand the Thunder a scoreless 261.5-0 defeat. Improving to 9-5 on the season, the Cowboys also rose to No. 2 in the current league standings.


Following Friday evening’s games, there is a new No. 1-ranked team in the PBR Team Series. The Arizona Ridge Riders defeated the Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat, by one ride score, 258.25-169, and rose from No. 2 to No. 1 in the league rankings. Now 10-4 on the season, they overtook the Austin Gamblers, who backslid to No. 3.


The Gamblers’ fall down the standings came on the spurs of an 86.25-235.5 loss to the Kansas City Outlaws during the opening game of PBR Cowboy Days.


In a game headlined by the fifth 90-point ride in PBR Team Series history, the Oklahoma Freedom defeated the Nashville Stampede 261-0. The monstrous 90.25-point score was delivered by third-round draft pick Chase Outlaw as the team’s lead-off rider.

PBR Cowboy Days continues Saturday, September 10 at 6:45 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at and, at the LJVM Coliseum Box Office or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.


The Carolina Cowboys will also hold a daily, free-to-attend, family-friendly fan festival at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, featuring racing activations, musical performances, cowboy church, local vendors and more. 


On Saturday, August 10, the festival will open at 2:00 p.m. The marquee programming will feature a classic car show as curated by American stock car racing personality and long-time Richard Childress Racing staffer Chocolate Myers, and the musical stylings of Elvie Shane.


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


Kansas City Outlaws Upset Then League No. 1 Austin Gamblers on Opening Night of PBR Team Series Competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina


Kansas City Outlaws: 235.5

Austin Gamblers: 86.25


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – As the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina got underway, the Kansas City Outlaws went an impressive 3-for-5, covering 60% of their bovine athlete opponents in their 235.5-86.25 upset victory against the then league No. 1 Austin Gamblers. In the opening frame of the game, the Outlaws failed to make the 8, while the Gamblers’ Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) was awarded a re-ride. The Outlaws, however, began to build their momentum as the second got underway. Next up for the J.W. Hart-led outfit was Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) matched up with Night Train (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls). Matching the powerful bull jump-for-jump, Mast reached the requisite 8 for a crucial 83.25 points. Hoping to be quick to answer, the Gamblers’ Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas. Brazil) was bested in 4.72 seconds by Voodoo (Cowtown Rodeo). Head Coach Michael Gaffney, however, elected to use his one challenge, sending the out into review. Despite a second look, the buckoff remained, and the Outlaws carried an 83.25-point lead into the third frame. With neither team converting in the third, Mitchell was next out, drawing Sugar Boom Boom (Cornwell Bucking Bulls/Circle G) for his re-ride. Mitchell’s re-ride attempt was unsuccessful, bucked off in 3.63 seconds. Regaining their winning form from the opening of the game, the Outlaws added to their total in the top of the fourth, as reigning PBR Rookie of the Year Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri) clung to the side of High Tide Blues (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd) until the clock reached 8, earning 78.75 points. The Outlaws pulled ahead by 162 points, putting the Gamblers in a must-ride position in the bottom of the fourth to keep their hopes of victory alive. In the pressure position, surging Canadian Blake Smith (Abbey, Saskatchewan, Canada) was unable to rise to the occasion for the Gamblers, bested in 4.85 seconds by Rocky Malcoma (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls). With the win in hand, the Outlaws added to their lead in the top of the fifth, as first-round draft pick Dalton Kasel put the cherry on the sundae as he rode Black Bart (Cowtown Rodeo) for 73.5 points. In the final out of the game, the Gamblers skirted a scoreless defeat as the team’s newest member Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) converted atop Patches (Sho-Me Rodeo) for a game-high 86.25 points. When the dust settled, the Outlaws defeated the Gamblers 235.5-86.25. Compliments of the win, the Outlaws improved to 6-8, while the Gamblers fell to 9-5. When PBR Cowboy Days continue Saturday, September 10, the Outlaws will look to remain perfect when they play the Texas Rattlers, while the Gamblers will look to rebound in their contest with the Oklahoma Freedom as they look to reclaim the No. 1 rank in the league standings.


Oklahoma Freedom Defeat Nashville Stampede Backed by Lead-Off 90-Point Ride from Chase Outlaw


Oklahoma Freedom: 261

Nashville Stampede: 0.00


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Oklahoma Freedom began the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a bang, propelled to a 261-0 defeat of the Nashville Stampede, backed by a lead-off 90-point ride from Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas). In the opening round of the game, the Nashville Stampede began the contest with a buckoff as three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) was brought down in a hard-fought 6.03 seconds by Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage/Wetzel/Knott). In just his second event, fan-favorite Outlaw was first out for the Freedom facing a familiar opponent in Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). Having met five times prior, Outlaw entered the slugfest with a perfect record, marked 90 points or more in each out. Keeping the streak alive, Outlaw logged just the fifth 90-point ride in PBR Team Series history, dominating the powerful animal athlete for 90.25 points. The score is now tied for third-best in the league and ties the Freedom with the Carolina Cowboys for most 90-point scores by one team, each with two. In the second frame, the Stampede were again upended prior to the 8; however, the Freedom remained red hot, as Briggs Madsen (Tremonton, Utah) put the team ahead by 177 points as he covered Cooter Brown (Lucas Manning/Waller Brothers Cattle Co.) for 86.75 points. As the game approached the mid-point, Manoelito de Souza Junior (Itamira, Brazil) was unable to right the tide for the Stampede, bucked off in 6.34 seconds by Dark Hunt (Martinez Bucking Bulls LLC). While Casey Roberts (Munford, Alabama) also failed to reach the whistle, after the call was challenged, he was awarded a re-ride. At the top of the fourth, newly inked Stampede rider Matt Triplett (Canton, South Dakota) was in a must-ride position as he climbed aboard Preachers Kid (K-C Bucking Bulls/RD Cattle). Triplett, however, was tossed in a decisive 1.92 seconds, clinching the win for the Freedom. With the victory already in hand, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) added to his team’s total as he rode Sippin Sauce (Cowtown Rodeo) for 84 points in the bottom of the fourth. With neither team scoring in the fifth, and the Freedom failing to convert in both of their re-rides, the final scoreboard read a 261-0 Oklahoma victory. The performance improved the Freedom to 6-8, while the Stampede fell to 3-11. When PBR Team Series competition continues on Saturday, September 10, the Freedom will look to ride to their second-straight victory in North Carolina when they play the Austin Gamblers, while the Stampede will look to snap their five-game losing streak when they take on the Missouri Thunder.



Arizona Ridge Riders Narrowly Edge Texas Rattlers to Overtake No. 1 Rank in PBR Team Series Standings


Arizona Ridge Riders: 258.25

Texas Rattlers: 169


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In a game that came down to the final out, the Arizona Ridge Riders narrowly defeated the Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat, by one ride score on the opening night of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, overtaking the No. 1 rank in the league standings. Riding at the top of the frame, Alisson de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) was first up for the Ridge Riders. Setting an early tone for his team, Souza conquered Oreo (Dustin Denning) for 85.25 points to give Arizona an early lead. The Rattlers were unable to respond as Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) was brought down in a swift 1.88 seconds by Napoleon (Sho-Me Rodeo). The Ridge Riders remained electric in the top of the second as Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia. Brazil) expanded his team’s lead to 171 points courtesy of his 85.75-point ride aboard Sundance (Tex Brothers Ranch/5S Bucking Bulls). The Rattlers again failed to make the 8, remaining scoreless as 2002 PBR World Champion Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil) bucked off Chief Wahoo (Mike Miller Bucking Bulls) in 4.7 seconds. The third frame of the game, however, featured a shift in momentum. Ridge Riders’ Sandro Batista (Pedra Preta, Brazil) was ruled to have bucked off Bottom’s Up (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls) in a heart-breaking 7.78 seconds, while the Rattlers put their first points on the board when Braidy Randolph (Jonestown, Pennsylvania) rode Tator (Sho-Me Rodeo) for 84.25 points. Compliments of the ride, the scoreboard read a 171-84.25 Ridge Riders lead as the fourth got underway. Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Spring, Utah) began the frame with a bang, delivering a game-best 87.25-point ride atop The Sauce Too (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson) to give the Ridge Riders an augmented 174-point lead. In a must-ride position, Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) was next up for the Rattlers. Answering the call, Jesus rode War Child (Tex Brothers Ranch) for 84.75 points to keep his team in the hunt for the win. The game then came down to the fifth, with Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) out first for the Ridge Riders, and Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland, Australia) in the closing position for the Rattlers. Despite being put on the clock, Castro erupted from the chutes atop Mule Train (Martinez/Porter Cattle Co.) with a mere seven seconds remaining before he’d be disqualified. Castro, however, fell short of the whistle, unable to clinch the win for his team. With the chance to complete the team’s come-from-behind march to victory, Fielder climbed aboard the unridden Buffalo Heifer (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls). With the crowd brought to the edge of its seat, Fielder hit the dirt in a swift 1.52 seconds, delivering the 258.25-169 victory to the Ridge Riders. The Arizona Ridge Riders, who are now 10-4 in game play, overtook the No. 1 position in the league courtesy of the victory. When PBR Team Series competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, continues Saturday, September 10, they will look to remain perfect when they take on the host Carolina Cowboys. The Texas Rattlers, who slipped to 4-10, will try to right their momentum when they play the Kansas City Outlaws.


Carolina Cowboys Defeat Missouri Thunder in Commanding Form to Win During PBR Team Series Hometown Debut


Carolina Cowboys: 261.5

Missouri Thunder: 0.00


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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – In their hometown debut, the Carolina Cowboys brought the opening day of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to an electric conclusion, registering a commanding 261.5-0 victory against the Missouri Thunder. The win marked the fifth consecutive for the red-hot Carolina Cowboys. As the game got underway in the first, Cody Teel (College Station, Texas) was bested for the Thunder, while Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) earned a re-ride for the Cowboys after the team successfully challenged the trip, which was initially ruled a buckoff. In the second, after the Thunder’s Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) bucked off, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) made his highly anticipated PBR Team Series debut for the Cowboys and attempted his first bull since January as he recovered from two shoulder surgeries. Matched up with Happy Gambler (Sho-Me Rodeo), Davis was a near picture of perfection, as he reached the requisite 8 for 88.25 points. After a scoreless third, Taylor attempted his re-ride draw Mike’s Effect (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Cattle) ahead of the fourth. Bringing the spirited crowd to a roar, Taylor rode the bull for 86.5 points to propel his team to a 174.75-0 lead. In the top of the fourth, Jesse Petri (Dublin, Texas) found himself in a must-ride position as he readied to climb aboard ZZ Top (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls). While Petri was initially ruled to have made the 8, the trip was sent into an official’s review, and Petri was ruled to have hit the ground in a heart-breaking 7.87 seconds, delivering the victory to the Cowboys. With two riders left to compete, Wingson Henrique da Silva (Navirai, Brazil) added to the Cowboys’ margin of victory in the bottom of the fourth, converting aboard High Country Hitman (High Country Solutions/JR Phillips) for 86.75 points. While the final round of outs ended in buckoffs for both contingents, the final scoreboard read a 261.5-0 victory for the Carolina Cowboys. Compliments of the victory, the Carolina Cowboys, who improved to 9-5, rose to No. 2 in the PBR Team Series Standings, while the Missouri Thunder, now 7-7, remained No. 4. When the Carolina Cowboys’ inaugural homestand continues Saturday, September 10, the Cowboys will take on the new league No. 1 Arizona Ridge Riders, while the Missouri Thunder will attempt to rebound when they play the Nashville Stampede.


Here are the current Team standings for the Winston-Salem PBR Team Series event after the opening day of competition for PBR Cowboy Days:


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



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the opening day of competition for PBR Cowboy Days in Winston-Salem, North Carolina:


  1. Arizona Ridge Riders, 10-4-0-18
  2. Carolina Cowboys, 9-5-0-38
  3. Austin Gamblers, 9-5-0-32.5
  4. Missouri Thunder, 7-7-0-22
  5. Kansas City Outlaws, 6-8-0-17.5
  6. Oklahoma Freedom, 6-8-0-15
  7. Texas Rattlers, 4-10-0-19
  8. Nashville Stampede, 3-11-0-18



Here are the game matchups for the second day of action for PBR Cowboys Days on Saturday, September 10:


Austin Gamblers @ Oklahoma Freedom

Missouri Thunder @ Nashville Stampede

Texas Rattlers @ Kansas City Outlaws

Arizona Ridge Riders @ Carolina Cowboys

About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series:

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league that features 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.