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Oklahoma Freedom and Carolina Cowboys Continue to Roll While Kansas City Outlaws and Texas Rattlers Register Big Upsets on Opening Night of PBR Team Series Thunder Days in Ridgedale, Missouri

Red-hot Oklahoma Freedom Win 8th Game in a Row 

RIDGEDALE, Mo. – For the first time in league history, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series debuted in Ridgedale, Missouri for Thunder Days. Riding the momentum of a 164.25-89.25 victory over the Kansas City Outlaws last weekend at Freedom Fest in Oklahoma City, the Missouri Thunder (10-10) headed home to perform in front of an outdoor crowd in the rolling hills of the Ozarks at Thunder Ridge Nature Arena.


Beginning their homestand against the No. 1 Carolina Cowboys (13-7), the Thunder were unable to use home field advantage to secure a win. Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) put up a big ride early in the game but that was the only qualified ride of the night for the Thunder, and they lost to the confident Carolina Cowboys 246.5-88.75.  


The Thunder slipped to 10-10 this season as they prepare to play the Nashville Stampede (5-14-1) when the PBR Team Series three-day event continues Saturday evening at the beautiful Thunder Ridge Nature Arena. 


The Kansas City Outlaws began the opening night PBR Thunder Days with a one-ride upset win against the Austin Gamblers, 177.25-88.5.  


In game two of Friday evening, the red-hot Oklahoma Freedom edged out the Nashville Stampede with a three-point victory, 178.5-175.5, the team’s eighth consecutive win. 


The Texas Rattlers made the best of one big ride to upset the Arizona Ridge Riders, 89-87.75 

PBR Thunder Days continue Saturday, Sept. 24 at 6:45 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at and, at the Thunder Ridge Nature Arena box office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727. 


PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Thunder Ridge Nature Arena. Check for the latest programming schedule. 


Kansas City Outlaws Upset Austin Gamblers by One Ride During Opening Night of PBR Team Series Thunder Days in Ridgedale, Missouri  

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Kansas City Outlaws: 177.25 

Austin Gamblers: 88.5 


RIDGEDALE, Mo. – Despite the return of Austin Gamblers No. 1 Draft pick Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil), the Kansas City Outlaws bested the Austin Gamblers by one ride score, 177.25-88.5 on the opening night of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Ridgedale. With both teams 0-3 last weekend in Oklahoma City, the pressure was high for one team to come out on top. As the Gamblers’ lead-off man Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) and opponent Savage (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Cattle) burst out of the chute, the bull tripped out the gate, causing a red flag to be thrown and a re-ride granted. The Kansas City Outlaws then looked to Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) to grasp the early momentum in night one of Thunder Days, but Kasel came down in a surprising exit off Lone Survivor (Whitman Bucking Bulls/Jenkins Cattle Co) in 4 seconds. Head Coach J.W. Hart challenged the ride, and after careful inspection, it was deemed no score and no re-ride, costing the Outlaws the opportunity for another challenge the remainder of the game. As the game progressed, Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas, Brazil) attempted to put the first numbers on the scoreboard for the Gamblers, but bovine opponent Juice (Jenkins Cattle/L&M Bucking Bulls) brought him down in a hard-fought 5.52 seconds. In the bottom of the second, Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) faced familiar opponent Spotted Demon (Universal Pro Rodeo/Rachel & Dustin Powell). Riding five of his last seven bulls, Mast made the right moves atop the bull, putting the Outlaws on the board for 89 points. Conner Halverson (Gordon, Nebraska) was the next out for the Gamblers, but was no match for Red River (Ty Rinaldo TZ Bucking Bulls), bucked off at 6.64 seconds. The Gamblers, unable to get a score on the board, were then given their re-ride opportunity but Mitchell bucked off Mike’s Effect (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Cattle) in 4.49 seconds. In the bottom of the third frame, the Outlaws added to their lead to go up two bulls and a score of 177.25-0 when Dalton Rudman (Wellington, Utah) covered Trump Train (H-H Bucking Bulls/Hadley Cattle Co) for 88.25 points. In a must-ride situation in the Gamblers’ fourth frame, the pressure was on for Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) as he climbed aboard Day Late (Universal Pro Rodeo). Unable to step up for his team, Lima was brought down in a quick 1.66 seconds. With the Outlaws’ victory already clinched, two-time PBR World Champion Leme returned without missing a beat, earning the Gamblers 88.5 points aboard Schott In The Dark (Broken Arrow S Ranch/Sutton Ranch) and taking over the number-one position in the 2022 MVP race. The last out of the game was Outlaws’ Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri), who hung on for dear life on Kong (Coleman/Ogden Ranch) for 73.5 points. After being challenged, official review allowed for a re-ride opportunity. The Outlaws Head Coach J.W. Hart, looking to stack additional points, selected Clancy Hart (Valley View, Texas) for the re-ride aboard Dr. X (Universal Pro Rodeo/Pepper/Freeman Cattle Co.). Hart could not add to the team’s score, bucked off at 2.16 seconds. With the victory against the Austin Gamblers, the Outlaws improved to 8-12, and they will look to continue their winning streak on Saturday against the Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat (8-12). The Austin Gamblers (10-10) will look to rebound during their second game this weekend when they play Oklahoma Freedom (12-8).  



Oklahoma Freedom Edge Nashville Stampede in Three-Point Victory, Winning Eighth Consecutive Game 

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Oklahoma Freedom: 178.5 

Nashville Stampede: 175.5 


RIDGEDALE, Mo. – The Oklahoma Freedom made the most of two qualified rides to narrowly edge the Nashville Stampede 178.5-175.5 during the opening night of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition in Ridgedale, Missouri, earning their eighth consecutive win. Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), first out for the Nashville Stampede, went jump-for-jump aboard Black Friday (H-H Bucking Bulls/Hadley Cattle Co) for 87 points. Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) then looked to start the night off strong for the Freedom but failed to reach the 8, bested by Roll Tide (Blake Sharp/Henry Wilson) in a quick 4.75 seconds. In the beginning of the second frame, the Stampede’s Joao Henrique Lucas (Bastos, Brazil) conquered Happy Gambler (Sho-Me Rodeo/Austin) for 88.5 points, putting his team two bulls ahead of the Freedom. Aboard Midnight Flyer (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), who is 9 for 9, Briggs Madsen (Tremonton, Utah) was unable to deliver the first qualified ride for the Freedom, bucked off by the bull in 5.27 seconds. Next to nod, Thiago Salgado (Navirai, Brazil) looked to add to the Stampede’s lead but was knocked off Norse God (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in 4.22 seconds. Needing to step up for the Freedom, Casey Roberts (Minford, Alabama) rose to the occasion aboard familiar opponent Falcon Eddie (Lari Crane/Gene Owen), but his ride was quickly put under official review. After careful inspection, judges gave the thumbs up and a monstrous score of 89.5 points. As the game hit midway, the Stampede found themselves with opportunity to move two bulls ahead of the Freedom when Matt Triplett (Canton, South Dakota) came out of the chute aboard Hawkeye (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), but he was brought down in 5.55 seconds. In the Freedom’s fourth frame, down a bull, Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) dominated Chanler’s Dream (Universal Pro Rodeo) for 89 points, giving the Freedom a 3-point lead, 178.5-175.5. In a must-ride situation, the Stampede looked to unretired Ryan Dirteater (Hurlbert, Oklahoma) to put his team back in the lead. Dirteater, however, was brought down in 6.4 seconds, an outcome challenged by Head Coach McBride due to an equipment malfunction, earning a re-ride opportunity. Coming into the weekend with three walk-off rides in Oklahoma City, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) was unable to convert for the Freedom as his bull stumbled. Head Coach Cord McCoy initially considered pressing the challenge button but opted to hold off in anticipation of the final out of the game. With one boot broken, Dirteater took the re-ride aboard Uncle Gangster (Pick-It Hammers) in hopes of upsetting the Freedom and ending their winning streak. Unable to hold on, Dirteater could not rise to the occasion and the Freedom won their eighth game in a row.  The Freedom are now 12-8 this season. As competition continues on Saturday night, the Oklahoma Freedom will look to continue their torrid streak when they take on the Austin Gamblers (10-10), while the Nashville Stampede are now 5-14 this season and will play the Missouri Thunder (10-10). 


Texas Rattlers Upset Arizona Ridge Riders During Opening Night of PBR Team Series’ Thunder Days in Ridgedale 

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Texas Rattlers: 89 

Arizona Ridge Riders: 87.75 


RIDGEDALE, Mo. – The Texas Rattlers made the best of one strong qualified ride to upset the Arizona Ridge Riders 89-87.75 during the opening night of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series’ Thunder Days in Ridgedale, Missouri. For the second time this season, Daniel Keeping (Gorman, Texas) remained in the lead-off spot for the Texas Rattlers. However, bovine opponent Wasted Nights (Hale Cattle Co) took a quick turn and Keeping was brought down in 6.7 seconds. As the first out for the Arizona Ridge Riders, Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) faced Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb), who he had ridden successfully twice before. Castro remained perfect on the bull, but with a free arm in question, Texas Rattlers Head Coach Cody Lambert challenged the ride. After review, it was ruled a qualified ride for 87.75 points. Meanwhile, the Rattlers looked to 47-year-old Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil), who was matched with Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage/Wetzel/Knott) but was bucked off in 1.71 seconds. With Head Coach Paulo Crimber offering supportive words to Chase Dougherty (Decatur, Texas), the previously injured rider was unable to add to the Rattlers’ early lead, bucked off Lips (Jenkins Cattle Co.) in 4.8 seconds. With both teams blanked in the second frame, veteran Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) was ready to score first for the Rattlers, while Vitor Losnake (Bauru, Brazil) was the fourth out for the Ridge Riders. Vieira was unable to reach the 8, bucked off Problem Child (TCB Ranch/K-C Bucking Bulls) in 4.24 seconds. From veteran to young gun, Losnake settled aboard Do Dat Eddie (Universal Pro Rodeo/Rachel & Dustin Powell) but was also brought down in 2.63 seconds. The scoreboard remained unchanged with the Ridge Riders up one bull as the game reached midway. Needing their first score, the Rattlers’ Braidy Randolph (Jonestown, Pennsylvania) rode wildly spinning Baptism By Fire (BMC Bucking Bulls/Jenkins Cattle Co.) for the whistle, putting the Rattlers on the board and into the lead with 89 points. With the pressure on in the fourth frame, Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) came out of the chutes atop Rockville (Blake Sharp/Koe Wetzel/Giovanni/Morris) but a red flag was immediately thrown as the bull hit the chutes, offering a re-ride. As the last out for the Rattlers, Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil) had the opportunity to put his team two bulls ahead, but was unable to improve the lead, bucked off Back Yard Boogie (OG Cattle Co/D-W Productions) at 2.95 seconds. Two outs remained for the Ridge Riders — Mauricio Gulla Moreira (Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil) and Aparecido’s re-ride — but both riders failed to make the 8, and the Rattlers squeezed by 89-87.75. The Texas Rattlers are now 8-12 and will look to continue their momentum Saturday night when they play the Kansas City Outlaws (8-12). The Arizona Ridge Riders, who slipped to 11-8 in the season, will look to earn their first win of the weekend when they play the Carolina Cowboys (13-7).  



No. 1 Carolina Cowboys Remain Red-Hot, Claiming Victory Over Hometown Missouri Thunder 


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Carolina Cowboys: 264.5 

Missouri Thunder: 88.75 


RIDGEDALE – As the opening night of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series’ Thunder Days in Ridgedale, Missouri came to a close, the No. 1 Carolina Cowboys rode three bulls to beat the hometown Missouri Thunder 264.5-88.75. The Carolina Cowboys led off the game with Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) first out of the chutes. As 1 of the 2 riders of the league with outs in all games, Taylor did not disappoint, putting up 88.5 points on Theodore (Lari Crane/Gene Owen) to give the Cowboys an early lead. With first-round draft pick Colten Fritzlan (Rifle, Colorado) injured in Oklahoma City, the Thunder looked to Adriano Salgado (Batatais, Brazil) to help lead the team. Salgado, who had covered seven of his past nine bulls, knocked down a big ride on the Willis (OG Cattle Co) for 88.75 points, putting his team in the lead. In the beginning of the second frame, Cowboys’ Wingson Henrique da Silva (Navirai, Brazil) faced War Dress (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) but was quickly bucked off at 5.46 seconds. With Head Coach Jerome Davis’ approval, the challenger button was hit for an official review, but it was ruled no foul and no score for Silva. Lined up and looking for his first qualified ride this season, Leandro Machado (Nova Esperanca, Brazil) came out of the chutes aboard Chief (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd) but was no match to the bull, brought down in 4.68 seconds. A quarter of a point behind, the Cowboys entered the third frame with Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas), covering Big Sugar (OG Cattle Co) for 88.75 points. With pressure building for the hometown team, the Thunder put Alvaro Alvarez Aguilar (La Punta Lagos Moreno Jal, Mexico) in an important position to put his team back in the lead. Aguilar was no match to War Cry (Broken Arrow S Ranch/Sutton Ranch), who sent the cowboy to the ground in a quick 6.48 seconds. After the cowboys of both teams were blanked in the fourth frame, Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) settled aboard Big Deal (Universal Pro Rodeo) to seal the deal for the Cowboys with an additional 87.25 points, clinching the win. With the game decided, the Thunder’s final effort was made by Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas), but he was bucked off God Bless America (Hoefer/Berryman/Ogden) in 1.95 seconds. The Carolina Cowboys remain No. 1 this season at 13-7 and will seek to earn their second win of the weekend when they take on the Arizona Ridge Riders (11-8). The Missouri Thunder are now 10-10 and will play the Nashville Stampede (5-14) on the second night of PBR Team Series Thunder Days. 


Here are the current Team standings for the Ridgedale PBR Team Series event after the opening day of competition for PBR Thunder Days: 


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



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the opening day of competition for PBR Thunder Days in Ridgedale, Missouri. 


  1. Carolina Cowboys, 13-7-0-53
  2. Oklahoma Freedom, 12-8-0-30
  3. Arizona Ridge Riders, 11-8-1-25
  4. Austin Gamblers, 10-10-0-41.5
  5. Missouri Thunder, 10-10-0-29
  6. Texas Rattlers, 8-12-0-26
  7. Kansas City Outlaws, 8-12-0-24.5
  8. Nashville Stampede, 5-14-1-23



Here are the game matchups for the second day of action for PBR Thunder Days on Saturday, September 24: 

      Nashville Stampede @ Missouri Thunder 

      Oklahoma Freedom @ Austin Gamblers 

      Texas Rattlers @ Kansas City Outlaws 

      Carolina Cowboys @ Arizona Ridge Riders 

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 tiebreaker 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 Pluto TV.