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Ridge Riders, Thunder, Rattlers and Freedom Earn Game Wins on Opening Night of Competition at PBR Team Series Preseason Event in Tryon, North Carolina

Carolina Cowboys suffer heartbreaking defeat to Oklahoma Freedom at first-ever game on home soil

TRYON, N.C. (June 25, 2022) – As the inaugural preseason for the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series continued in Tryon, North Carolina, at the Tryon Chute Out, the world’s best bull riders showed up and showed out in fiercely contended games all evening long. With the night’s competition headlined by a much-anticipated home-state debut for the Carolina Cowboys, the North Carolina-based outfit was unable to prevail, dealt the franchise’s first lost when they were shut out by the Oklahoma Freedom.

Elsewhere in the league, the Arizona Ridge Riders rebounded from a dismal showing in Bismarck, North Dakota, logging their first win in beating the Nashville Stampede. The Austin Gamblers remain on the hunt for their first victory, bested by the Missouri Thunder Friday night inside the Tryon International Equestrian Center. In the third game of the event, the Texas Rattlers beat the Kansas City Outlaws to earn the team’s second consecutive preseason win. 

The PBR Tryon Chute Out Team Series Preseason Event continues Saturday, June 25 at 7 p.m. ET. Tickets are still available and can purchased at or or at the Tryon International Equestrian Center Box Office.

PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer re-airs and on-demand replays of all the action. PBR RidePass is available on desktops, laptops, and mobile devices via Tune to channel 720 for the latest programming schedule.


Arizona Ridge Riders Defeat Nashville Stampede by One Ride Score in Opening Game of PBR Team Series Preseason Event in Tryon, North Carolina

Arizona Ridge Riders: 170.00

Nashville Stampede: 86.00


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TRYON, N.C. – Compliments of back-to-back scores in their opening outs of the game, the Arizona Ridge Riders earned the franchise’s first win, defeating the Nashville Stampede at the PBR Teams Preseason Event in Tryon, North Carolina. After being shut out at the inaugural preseason event last weekend in Bismarck, North Dakota, the Ridge Riders roared back to life in North Carolina. As the first man to leave the chutes inside the Tryon International Equestrian Center, Alisson de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) was quick to put the Ridge Riders on the board, dominating Crossover (Shuler Bucking Bulls) for an 86.5-point score. The Nashville Stampede, however, were quick to respond. Tasked with Yippee High Cowboy (Clark View Farms/Phillips), Aaron Williams (Pismo Beach, California) converted for Nashville’s first-ever professional bull riding team, marked 86 points. Holding on to a 0.5-point lead, Josh Steele (Stephenville, Texas) delivered the ride that would clinch the victory for the Ridge Riders, covering Brutal Player (Mason Bucking Bulls) for a crucial 83.5 points. In Nashville’s next out, young gun Jaxton Mortensen (Coolidge, Arizona) was unable to convert, bested by Money Maker (Mason Bucking Bulls) in a quick 4.16 seconds. As the next five riders bucked off, the fate of the game was in the hands of Thiago Salgado (Navirai, Brazil). Despite a hard-fought effort, Salgado was brought down in 3.68 seconds by Contusion (Team Wyatt), clinching the victory for the Ridge Riders. When the dust settled, the Arizona Ridge Riders defeated the Nashville Stampede 170-86. As the action continues Saturday, June 25, the Ridge Riders will look to continue their momentum against the Oklahoma Freedom, while the Nashville Stampede will look to rebound when they face the Carolina Cowboys.


“Today, to win the first game for the Ridge Riders is really special for the whole team, and the younger guys we have on the practice squad,” said Arizona Ridge Riders Technical Coach Paulo Crimber. “Having Alisson back to help the team get the win is something amazing. I lost my voice screaming for those guys, and I think that is going to make us very strong coming in for tomorrow’s game.”

Missouri Thunder Narrowly Defeat Austin Gamblers with Crucial Ride From Jesse Petri


Missouri Thunder: 85.75

Austin Gamblers: 85.00


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TRYON, N.C. –  With the game decided by less than one point in the aggregate, the Missouri Thunder narrowly bested the Austin Gamblers 85.75-85. After each team logged a buckoff in its opening out, Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana) was first to strike, giving the Austin Gamblers an early 85-point lead as he reached the requisite 8 atop Hard Labor (Addi Drury/Nothin’ But Try Ranch/Diggers). Eager to rebound, the Missouri Thunder were unable to deliver an immediate response as Leandro Machado (Nova Espercana, Brazil) was bucked off by Hey Bartender (JQH Bucking Bulls-Skip & Elaine Jones) in a swift 1.72 seconds. While neither Conner Halverson (Gordon, Nebraska) or Callum Miller (Warwick, Queensland, Australia) were successful against their draws, the game was decided in the next set of outs. Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) was bested by Side Street Stepper (Blake Sharp/Floyd Lowery), but Jesse Petri (Dublin, Texas) reignited the Missouri Thunder’s fuel to win. Matching Major Nelson (UTC/Sellers Bucking Bulls) jump-for-jump, fifth-round draft pick Petri was scored a crucial 85.75 points. As the Missouri Thunder pulled ahead by a mere 0.75 points, the Austin Gamblers’ chances of winning were left in the hands of Elijah Mora (Wiggins, Colorado). Despite appearing in control, Mora was ultimately bested by Keep ‘em Guessin (UTC/Sellers Bucking Bulls) in 5.79 seconds, cementing the win for the Missouri Thunder. With Nate Hoey (Montrose, Colorado) unable to convert, the final scoreboard read 85.75-85, earning the Missouri Thunder the team’s second preseason win. When competition for the PBR Team Series preseason event in North Carolina continues, the Missouri Thunder will seek their second win when they play the Kansas City Outlaws, and the Austin Gamblers will attempt to rebound versus the Texas Rattlers.


“Well, we won today,” said Missouri Thunder Head Coach Ross Coleman. “We’ll take it any way we can get it. I’ll tell you what, our guys had a little bit of hell today in the riding department, but Petri pulled through and he made a good ride. Happy to have a win.”

Texas Rattlers Hand Kansas City Outlaws Team’s First Loss at PBR Team Series Preseason Event in North Carolina


Texas Rattlers: 174.5

Kansas City Outlaws: 84.75


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TRYON, N.C. – With back-to-back qualified rides in their opening outs, the Texas Rattlers dealt the Kansas City Outlaws the contingent’s first loss, besting the Missouri outfit 174.5-84.75. Ednelio Almeida (Cacoal, Brazil) set an early tone, electric in his 88.25-point ride on Prayer Warrior (Halpain Bucking Bulls). Continuing the momentum, Rafael Jose de Brito (Potirendaba, Brazil) put the Texas Rattlers two scores ahead when he covered Betcha Boots (Halpain Bucking Bulls) for 86.25 points. With three riders left to compete for each team, buckoffs from both the Rattlers’ Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil) and Kansas City’s Tate Pollmeier (Ft. Scott, Kansas) brought the game down to the Outlaws’ Marcus Mast’s (Middlebury, Indiana) showdown with 7 Up (Team Alaska). The Outlaws were unable to capitalize when Mast was bucked off in a swift 2.57 seconds, and the Texas Rattlers clinched the victory with outs remaining. Pollmeier, who competed twice for the Outlaws with Cole Melancon (Sour Lake, Texas) unable to compete due to travel delays, prevented a shutout when he covered Mic Drop (UTC/Sellers Bucking Bulls) for 84.75 points. But it was not enough, and the Rattlers earned the team’s second consecutive preseason win, 174.5-84.75. On the final day of competition in the preseason for the inaugural PBR Team Series, the Rattlers will ride against the Austin Gamblers, while the Kansas City Outlaws will look to right the ship against the Missouri Thunder.


Joao Ricardo Vieira has always been the guy I wanted first, and he gets the victory tonight because he told me to draft those two guys that made the whistle,” said Texas Rattlers Head Coach Cody Lambert.

Oklahoma Freedom Deliver Carolina Cowboys a Heartbreaking Shutout Defeat at Home-State PBR Team Series Preseason Event


Carolina Cowboys: 0.00

Oklahoma Freedom: 173.00


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TRYON, N.C. – As the PBR Tryon Chute Out Preseason Event wound to a close, fans were treated to the game the whole night built towards. The Carolina Cowboys were competing on home soil for the first time, squaring off against the Oklahoma Freedom. However, despite a valiant effort, the Cowboys suffered a heartbreaking shutout defeat, 173-0, against their visiting opponents. After the first three riders competed for each team, the Oklahoma Freedom had surged to a commanding lead. Dawson Branton (Jefferson, Oregon) delivered in the team’s first out of the night, riding Axel Surgeon (Halpain Bucking Bulls) for 86.75 points, while North Carolina resident Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) added 86.25 points when he covered Blessed (Nothin’ But Try Ranch/Diggers Bucking Bulls). Needing a score, Lane Nobles (West, Texas) readied to climb atop Yukon Jack (Triple C/Barrett Bucking Stock). While Nobles eclipsed the 8-second mark, the clock was stopped a mere 0.87 seconds into the trip. With the out then under review, Nobles was determined to have slapped the bull, triggering the early clock stoppage. As a result, the Carolina Cowboys were dealt the team’s first loss. When action continues Saturday night, the Carolina Cowboys will look to reverse their fortunes against the Nashville Stampede, while the Oklahoma Freedom will look for their second victory of the event against the Arizona Ridge Riders.


“I felt like we had the best five riders in Bismarck, and they kind of switched the team up a little bit this week, and to get a win on night one, it’s pretty exciting,” said Oklahoma Freedom Head Coach Cord McCoy. “We’re ready to get the season started, about to get some more guys healthy, and our crew is doing good. They’re swinging, and if we can stay healthy, we’re ready to start the season.”


Here are the current Team standings for the weekend after the opening day of competition for the PBR Tryon Chute Out Team Series Preseason Event:


  1. Texas Rattlers, 1-0-0-174.50 points
  2. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-0-0-173 points
  3. Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-0-0-170 points
  4. Missouri Thunder, 1-0-0-85.75 points
  5. Nashville Stampede, 0-1-0-86 points
  6. Austin Gamblers, 0-1-0-85 points
  7. Kansas City Outlaws, 0-1-0-84.75 points
  8. Carolina Cowboys, 0-1-0-0.00 points




Here are the current Team standings for the entire preseason after the opening day of competition for the PBR Tryon Chute Out Team Series Preseason Event:


  1. Kansas City Outlaws, 2-1-0-8-435.50 points
  2. Missouri Thunder, 2-1-0-7-608.25 points
  3. Oklahoma Freedom, 2-1-0-6-520.75 points
  4. Texas Rattlers, 2-1-0-5-432.00 points
  5. Carolina Cowboys, 2-1-0-4-606.75 points
  6. Arizona Ridge Riders, 1-2-0-3-235.75 points
  7. Nashville Stampede, 1-2-0-2-166.00 points
  8. Austin Gamblers, 0-3-0-1-257.00 points




Here are the game matchups for the second day of action for the PBR Tryon Chute Out Team Series Preseason Event on Saturday, June 25:


Missouri Thunder vs. Kansas City Outlaws

Oklahoma Freedom vs. Arizona Ridge Riders

Texas Rattlers vs. Austin Gamblers

Nashville Stampede vs. Carolina Cowboys

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 Pluto TV.