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PBR Launches PBR Challenger Series

More than 60 Events Across 27 States in the U.S., Complementing New PBR Team Series

PUEBLO, Colo. (March 30, 2022) – PBR (Professional Bull Riders) today announced the PBR Challenger Series, a new competition series that will launch in May 2022 following PBR World Finals, competing from May to November when its Championship is held in Las Vegas.

The PBR Challenger Series, consisting of more than 60 events traveling to 27 states across the United States, will run in conjunction with the soon-to-launch PBR Team Series – an eight-team league competing in five-on-five bull riding games from July to November 2022.

The PBR Challenger Series will serve as a proving ground in providing additional competitive opportunities for bull riders who are both affiliated and unaffiliated with a PBR Team Series Team.

Each PBR Team Series Team will hold three entry positions for each Challenger Series event throughout the season – with 24 total positions held for Teams at each event – for which Teams may designate protected roster or practice roster riders to compete. In addition, affiliated Team riders who are not designated by their team to compete may enter PBR Challenger Series events, along with unaffiliated PBR riders.

At the conclusion of the PBR Challenger Series regular season, the Top 40 riders in the Series standings will qualify for the Challenger Championship, which will be held on November 3, 2022, in Las Vegas at South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in conjunction with the PBR Team Finals at T-Mobile Arena (November 4-6). A select number of top-finishing riders in the final Challenger Series standings will earn spots in 2023 Unleash The Beast season events.

“As PBR continues to expand, we are very excited to bring fans more than 60 events in the second half of the year under the umbrella of one exciting series that will be the ultimate proving ground for riders looking to get the attention of teams and secure entry into 2023 Unleash The Beast season,” said PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason. “For those riders not involved with a team, the Challenger Series is PBR’s only standalone series from June to November. For individual bull riders on a team as alternates, it provides a competitive opportunity to earn points and money.”

Among the schedule highlights for the new Series: 11 consecutive Sunday events from June 12 to August 21 at the iconic Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, TX; the longest continuous running outdoor event in PBR history, July 1-2 at the Davis Rodeo Ranch in Archdale, NC; a brand new Challenger Series event in Ocean City, MD on June 3-5; and the annual event bull riders have voted eight times to be their favorite on the schedule in Big Sky, MT, July 21-23.

Select Challenger Series events will be carried on RidePass on Pluto TV (Channel 720).
The tentative 2022 inaugural PBR Challenger Series schedule is as follows:

May 27-28 Evansville, IN Ford Center
June 1 Erick, OK Nothin’ But Try Ranch
June 3 Kallispell, MT Flathead County Fairgrounds
June 3-5Ocean City, MD Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Lot
June 4Great Falls, MT Montana State Expo Park
June 10-11 Deadwood, SD Deadwood Event Complex
June 11 Twin Falls, ID Twin Falls Co. Fairgrounds
June 12 Fort Worth, TX Cowtown Coliseum
June 15 Erick, OK Nothin’ But Try Ranch
June 18 Marion, IL Rent One Park
June 19 Fort Worth, TX Cowtown Coliseum
June 24, 25 Rock Spring, TX Edwards County Fairgrounds
June 25 Binford, ND Binford Rodeo Grounds
June 26 Fort Worth, TX Cowtown Coliseum
July 1-2Archdale, NCDavis Rodeo Ranch
July 1-2Paris, TNHenry County Fairgrounds
July 1-3Stamford, TXTexas Cowboy Reunion
July 3Fort Worth, TX Cowtown Coliseum
July 8-9 Shipshewana, INMichiana Event Center
July 9Amarillo, TXAmarillo National Center
July 9Monte Vista, COSki Hi Park Complex
July 10Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
July 13Erick, OKNothin’ But Try Ranch
July 15-16Thief River Falls, MNPennington County Fairgrounds
July 15-16Springdale, AR Parsons Stadium
July 16Livingston, MTPark County Fairgrounds
July 17 Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
July 20Erick, OKNothin’ But Try Ranch
July 21-23Big Sky, MTBig Sky Arena
July 24Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
July 29-30St.  Michaels, NDSpirit Lake Casino & Hotel 
July 30 Wichita Falls, TX Kay Yeager Coliseum
July 31Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
August 4Brighton, COAdams County Fairgrounds
August 5,7Woodstown, NJ Cowtown Rodeo
August 7Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
August 13Goliad, TXLa Bahia Fairgrounds
August 14Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
August 17Erick, OKNothin’ But Try Ranch
August 19, 20Lamar, MOFreeman Outdoor Center
August 20Redmond, OR O’Neil Arena
August 21Fort Worth, TXCowtown Coliseum
August 24Erick, OKNothin’ But Try Ranch
August 26-27Sioux City, IATyson Events Center
August 27Eureka, MTLincoln County Fairgrounds
September 2-3 Dickinson, NDStark County Fairgrounds
September 3-4Belton, TXBell County Expo Center
September 6Window Rock, AZJackson Memorial Rodeo Arena
September 9-10Kennewick, WAToyota Center
September 17Stockton, CAStockton Arena
September 17Lewisville, TXLewisville Rodeo Arena
September 23-24Minot, NDMinot Municipal Auditorium
September 24-25Fairfax, VAEagleBank Arena
October 1Ruidoso, NMRuidoso Downs Race Track
October 1Yakima, WAYakima Valley Sundome
October 8Lincoln, NE Pinnacle Bank Arena
October 8Columbus, OHOhio Expo Center Coliseum
October 15Llano, TXJohn L. Kuykendall Event Center
October 22Tyler, TXCross Bend Cowboy Church
November 3Las Vegas, NVSouth Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

About PBR (Professional Bull Riders):

PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 500 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico. In July 2022, PBR will launch the regular season of the PBR Team Series – eight teams of the world’s best bull riders competing for a new championship, as well as the new PBR Challenger Series. The organization’s digital assets include PBR RidePass on Pluto TV, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events, and media. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at