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Texas Rattlers Remain Perfect at Inaugural PBR Team Series Homestand in Fort Worth, Upsetting the League No. 1 Carolina Cowboys with Walk-Off Score from Lone Star State Rider Daniel Keeping

Austin Gamblers and Kansas City Outlaws also win on second night of PBR Rattler Days to advance to Championship Sunday undefeated

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat, continued their white-hot momentum Saturday evening at their inaugural homestand inside Dickies Arena, earning their sixth straight game win by upsetting the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series No. 1 Carolina Cowboys via a walk-off score from Lone Star State rider Daniel Keeping.


After the teams exchanged scores in the first and second frames, with Cooper Davis covering for the Cowboys and Joao Ricardo Vieira for the Rattlers, a scoreless third set up a high stakes end to the game.


In the fourth, Sandro Batista put the Cowboys ahead by 84 points via his first qualified ride for Carolina. Despite a Texas buckoff to conclude the frame, Mason Taylor was unable to cement the win early for Carolina in the top of the fifth when he hit the dirt short of the 8.


Keeping then found himself in a must-ride position as he climbed aboard Theodore. Matching the powerful animal athlete jump-for-jump, Keeping logged his fourth consecutive ride in Team Series competition, marked 89.75 points, winning the game for Texas by 5.75 points, 177.25-171.5.

The Texas Rattlers advance to Championship Sunday as one of three undefeated, 2-0 teams.


The Austin Gamblers continued their winning ways on Saturday, defeating the Missouri Thunder in the opening game of the night, 175.75-0. The victory was earned from crucial rides by Ramon de Lima and Jose Vitor Leme.


In a battle for Texas, the Texas Rattlers and Austin Gamblers will square off on Sunday, October 9 in their final game during PBR Rattler Days to determine which team will be 3-0 in their home state.


The Kansas City Outlaws remained electric, going a torrid 4-for-5, riding 80% of their bulls, to defeat the Nashville Stampede 345-172.5.


The Oklahoma Freedom rebounded in resilient fashion Saturday night. Following a scoreless defeat on Friday in Fort Worth, the Freedom thrashed the Arizona Ridge Riders 351-90.75. The 4-for-5 performance featured rides from Captain Eli Vastbinder, team newcomer Trevor Reiste, closer Derek Kolbaba and Briggs Madsen.


No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 1 Carolina are now both 14-10 this season. The two titans will go head-to-head in their final game in Fort Worth in a battle to determine who will leave PBR Rattler Days No. 1 in the league.

Fans can relive all the action of the showdown between the Texas Rattlers and Carolina Cowboys on CBS Television Network on Sunday, October 9 as the Game of the Week. Coverage will begin at 3:00 p.m. ET, check your local listings.


PBR Rattler Days concludes Sunday, October 9 at 1:45 p.m. CT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online at and, at the Dickies 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 Fort Worth. Check for the latest programming schedule.



Austin Gamblers Defeat a Scoreless Missouri Thunder at Second Night of PBR Rattlers Days Backed by Jose Vitor Leme’s Fourth 90-Point Ride of the 2022 Team Series Season


Austin Gamblers: 175.75

Missouri Thunder: 0.00


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FORT WORTH, Texas – The Austin Gamblers earned their second game win at the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series event in Fort Worth, Texas, Saturday evening, defeating the scoreless Missouri Thunder as Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) recorded his fourth 90-point ride of the 2022 team season. Following a scoreless first, Leandro Machado (Nova Esperanca, Brazil) was awarded a re-ride for the Thunder in the top of the second after Shake & Bake (Blake Sharp/Floyd/Utz/Farris) fell just short of the whistle. Clutching his hand, Machado indicated to coaches Ross Coleman and Luke Snyder he would be unable to attempt a second bull. As a result, the re-ride was assigned to Alvaro Alvarez Aguilar (La Punta Lagos Moreno, Mexico)The frame came to a close when newly inked Gambler and 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) was brought down in 2.25 seconds by Tulsa Time (Kelly & Cami Heath). In the third, the Thunder were unable to turn their momentum as Marcelo Procopio Pereira (Rinopolis, Brazil) bucked off Rodeo Thug (Platinum Bull Company/Garcia Rodeo Bulls) in a close 6.54 seconds. The Gamblers were first to strike in the bottom of the round. Matched with WSM’s Trail of Tears (WSM Auctioneers/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger), Ramon de Lima (Rio Branco, Brazil) reached the requisite 8 for 84 points to give Austin an early lead. Cody Teel (College Station, Texas) again struck out for Missouri in the top of the fourth. Following Teel’s buckoff Alvarez climbed atop re-ride draw Chiseled (Flinn/D&H Cattle Co.). The Mexican sensation, however, was no match for the YETI World Champion Bull contender, tossed to the ground in 3.12 seconds. Via the buckoffs, in the bottom of the fourth, Austin Richardson (Dallas, Texas) had the chance to clinch the win early for the Gamblers. Squaring off with Black Cherry (Hookin W/ProVantage Animal Health), Richardson was unable to rise to the occasion, bested in 2.29 seconds. As the fifth began, Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) was in a must-ride position for the second consecutive night. After leading the Thunder to victory against the Ridge Riders on Friday, Alvidrez was unable to win another game, bucked off by HomeBru (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) in 5.59 seconds to deliver Austin the victory. In what was the cherry on top of the win, two-time PBR World Champion Leme added to the Gamblers margin of victory when he dominated Montana Jacket (Berg/Coleman/Ogden) for a monstrous 91.75 points, extending his lead in the 2022 MVP race. The win improved the Austin Gamblers to 13-11 throughout the 2022 season and to 2-0 at PBR Rattler Days. They will look to remain perfect in their final game when they play the host Texas Rattlers (12-12 | 2-0) when Championship Sunday gets underway. The Missouri Thunder slipped to 12-12 this season and 1-1 at PBR Rattlers Days. They will be keen to conclude the seventh team-hosted homestand with a winning record when they play the Kansas City Outlaws (11-13 | 2-0) on Sunday, October 9.


Kansas City Outlaws Remain Electric During Second Night of PBR Team Series Competition Covering 80% of Their Bulls to Defeat the Nashville Stampede


Kansas City Outlaws: 345

Nashville Stampede: 172.5


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FORT WORTH, Texas – Just one day after upsetting the No. 1 team in the league, the Kansas City Outlaws remained electric as PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition continued Saturday in Fort Worth, Texas, going a torrid 4-for-5 to defeat the Nashville Stampede in commanding form. Riding in the leadoff position for the Stampede was 2018 PBR World Champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil). The “Ice Man,” however was melted by Nature Boy (D&H Cattle Company), tossed to the dirt in 4.69 seconds. Quick to capitalize on Nashville’s stumble, Koltin Hevalow (Smithville, Missouri) converted in the bottom of the frame, riding God Bless America (Hoefer/Berryman/Ogden) to give the Outlaws an early 86.25-point lead. Nashville wouldn’t remain quiet for long. In the very next out, Matt Triplett (Canton, South Dakota) outlasted Hawkeye (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) for 83.25 points to put the Stampede within 3 points of the lead. The Kansas City Outlaws quickly extended their lead, as Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana) covered Hurts So Good (David Wolfe) for a crucial 88 points to extend the J.W. Hart-led outfit’s lead to 91 points. In the top of the third, Joao Henrique Lucas (Bastos, Brazil) was keen to give Nashville the team’s first lead as he climbed aboard Happy Gambler (Sho-Me Rodeo). Matching the powerful animal athlete jump-for-jump, Lucas was marked a game-best 89.25 points, decimating Kansas City’s lead to a mere 1.75 points. In the bottom of the frame, the Outlaws sustained their first buckoff as Dalton Rudman (Wellington, Utah) was sent airborne by Falcon Eddie (Lari Crane/Gene Owen) in a close 6.77 seconds. Nashville then looked to 12-time PBR World Finals qualifier Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma) to deliver the team’s go-ahead score. Dirteater, however, couldn’t seize the moment, upended by Twisted Feather (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/Cain Kobert) in a heart-breaking 6.75 seconds. In the bottom of the penultimate round of outs, Rafael Henrique dos Santos (Sebastianopolis, Brazil) reclaimed Kansas City’s early momentum, dominating Pookie Holler (Dakota Rodeo/Brian & Ashley Pintar/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) en route to an 89-point score. With the scoreboard reading 263.25-172.5 as the fifth got underway, three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) was in a must-ride position for Nashville, needing a score of 91 points or more to keep the team’s hopes of victory alive. Alves was unable to keep pace with Yellowknife (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd), bucked off in 6.13 seconds to deliver the victory to Kansas City. In what was the icing on the victory cake, reigning PBR Rookie of the Year Bob Mitchell clung to Uncle Gangster (Pick-It Hammers) as the clock ticked 8, awarded 81.75 points to increase the team’s margin of victory to 172.5 points, doubling Nashville’s score. The Kansas City Outlaws are now a perfect 2-0 at PBR Rattler Days and 11-13 this season. They will play the Missouri Thunder (1-1 | 12-12) on Championship Sunday inside Dickies Arena. The Nashville Stampede, scheduled to play the Arizona Ridge Riders (0-2 | 12-11-1) on Sunday, are now 0-2 in Fort Worth and 5-18-1 this season.



Oklahoma Freedom Rebound in Dominant Form on Second Night of PBR Team Series Competition in Fort Worth, Crushing the Arizona Ridge Riders by Three Ride Scores


Oklahoma Freedom: 351

Arizona Ridge Riders: 90.75


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FORT WORTH, Texas – After suffering a scoreless defeat on the opening night of PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series competition in Fort Worth, Texas, the league No. 2 Oklahoma Freedom rebounded in commanding form Saturday evening, crushing the Arizona Ridge Riders by three ride scores, 351-90.75. In the opening frame, Alisson de Souza (Taubate, Brazil) was in the lead off for the Ridge Riders while Captain Eli Vastbinder (Statesville, North Carolina) was out first for the Freedom. Souza, stubbed his toe against Crossover (Shuler Bucking Bulls), bested in a close 7.66 seconds. Vastbinder triumphed, covering First Down (Platinum Bull Company) for 87.5 points to give the Freedom an early lead. Following a scoreless second for both teams, Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Spring, Utah) suffered Arizona’s third straight buckoff when he was upended by Lil 2 Train (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in 4.44 seconds. In the bottom of the frame, the Freedom tapped newly inked free agent Trevor Reiste (Linden, Iowa). In just his second out for the team, Reiste earned his first qualified ride as a member of the Freedom, besting The Punisher (Jeb Fredericks/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 84.75 points to put Oklahoma ahead by 172.25 ahead of the fourth. With just two attempts remaining, Vitor Losnake (Bauru, Brazil) was in a must-ride position as he readied to attempt The Right Stuff (Diamond Willow/Clay Struve/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger). Losnake delivered a gritty ride, reaching the requisite 8, however the trip went into an immediate official’s review. After careful scrutiny, Losnake was confirmed to have earned a ride, marked a mammoth 90.75 points. With Oklahoma’s lead shrunk to 81.5 points, Briggs Madsen (Temonton, Utah) was unable to add to the lead in the bottom of the fourth; however, he was awarded a re-ride due to a chute foul by Hostage (Hale/Wood/Ogden). In the fifth, the Arizona Ridge Riders had one attempt remaining, while Oklahoma had two. After skirting defeat the frame prior, Ridge Riders’ closer Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) needed to score to keep the team’s hopes of victory alive. Castro, however, was no match for Brusta (Joe & Nina Webb/Julian/D&H Cattle Co.), sent to the dirt in 5.7 seconds. With the victory clinched, Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) logged the team’s third ride in four attempts, snapping Soul Train’s (Shuler Bucking Bulls/5S Ranch) 11-0 unridden streak, reaching the whistle for a monstrous 91 points. The Freedom  weren’t done, concluding the game by going an impressive 4-for-5, covering 80% of their bovine athlete opponents, when Madsen rode re-ride opponent Mike’s Effect (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd/High Voltage Cattle) for 86.75 points. When the dust settled, the Freedom won by 260.25 points, walloping the Arizona Ridge Riders 351-90.75. The Oklahoma Freedom are now 14-10 in 2022 competition and 1-1 at PBR Rattler Days. They will face the league No. 1 Carolina Cowboys (14-10 | 0-1) in a showdown of titans on Championship Sunday. The Arizona Ridge Riders backslid to 12-11-1 this season and are 0-2 in Fort Worth. They will look to avoid a shutout on Sunday, October 9 when they face the Nashville Stampede (5-18-1 | 0-2).



Texas Rattlers Upset League No. 1 Carolina Cowboys Via Walk-Off Score from Lone Star State Cowboy to Remain Undefeated at Inaugural PBR Team Series Homestand in Fort Worth, Texas


Texas Rattlers: 177.25

Carolina Cowboys: 171.5


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FORT WORTH, Texas – The white-hot Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat, continued their second-half surge during the second night of competition in their debut PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series homestand, upsetting the league No. 1 Carolina Cowboys courtesy of a walk-off score from Lone Star State cowboy Daniel Keeping (Gorman, Texas). The Texas Rattlers have now won six consecutive games. Riding at the top of the first frame, 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) gave the Cowboys an early lead, covering Born To Sin (Logan Clancey/Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 88.25 points. With the crowd eagerly cheering for their home team, the Rattlers stumbled in the bottom of the first as first-round draft pick Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona) bucked off Casper (Crescent City Bucking Bulls/Lari Crane/Gene Owen) in 4.81 seconds. In the second, when the Cowboys failed to grow their lead, as 2020 PBR Rookie of the Year Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas) bucked off 7-Up (Ogden Ranch) in 3.34 seconds, the Rattlers quickly rebounded with their first points. Veteran rider Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) brought the electric crowd inside Dickies Arena to a roar when he outlasted Napoleon (Sho-Me Rodeo/Austin) for 87.5 points, and the Rattlers pulled within 0.75 points as the third began. Following a scoreless third, the game intensity reached new heights in the fourth. In just his second out for the Cowboys, newly inked Sandro Batista (Pedra Preta, Brazil) rode Dagger (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) for 83.25 points to pad Carolina’s lead to 84 points. Setting up a dramatic fifth, 2002 PBR World Champion and 47-year-old Ednei Caminhas (Indaiatuba, Brazil) bucked off Prime Tested (Blake Sharp/Travis Austin/Koe Wetzel), architecting a high-pressure, must-ride fifth. With the chance to clinch the win early for his team, Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas) failed to rise to the occasion, thrusted to the dirt in 2.88 seconds by Alakazam (D&H Cattle/Buck Cattle/Tommy Julian). The fate of the Rattlers came down to Texas’ own Keeping as the last rider to leave the chutes. Amid a three-out ride streak in Team Series competition, Keeping was matched with Theodore (Lari Crane/Gene Owen) by Head Coach Cody Lambert. Needing a score of 84.25 points or more to win the game, Keeping erupted from the chutes remaining centered atop the powerful animal athlete en route to the whistle. As celebration ensued, Keeping was marked a game-best 89.75 points to clinch the Rattlers’ victory against the league No. 1 Carolina Cowboys, 177.25-171.5. Compliments of the win, the Texas Rattlers are now 12-12 throughout the 2022 season, with a perfect 2-0 record at their inaugural PBR Rattler Days homestand. The Carolina Cowboys slipped to 14-10 this season and 0-2 in Fort Worth. The Rattlers will look to complete their sweep inside Dickies Arena when they play the rival Austin Gamblers (13-11) on Championship Sunday, who will also enter the game with a 2-0 record in Fort Worth. The Cowboys will attempt to prevent being shut out in Texas when they go head-to-head with the No. 2 Oklahoma Freedom (14-10 | 1-1) in a showdown of titans which will determine who will conclude the event atop the league standings.


Here are the current Team standings for the Fort Worth PBR Team Series event after the second day of competition for PBR Rattler Days:


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



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the second day of competition for PBR Rattler Days in Fort Worth, Texas:


  1. Carolina Cowboys, 14-10-0-59
  2. Oklahoma Freedom, 14-10-0-35
  3. Austin Gamblers, 13-11-0-49.5
  4. Arizona Ridge Riders, 12-11-1-26
  5. Missouri Thunder, 12-12-0-33
  6. Texas Rattlers, 12-12-0-33
  7. Kansas City Outlaws, 11-13-0-26.5
  8. Nashville Stampede, 5-18-1-26



Here are the game matchups for the final day of action for PBR Rattler Days on Sunday, October 9:


Kansas City Outlaws @ Missouri Thunder

Carolina Cowboys @ Oklahoma Freedom

Nashville Stampede @ Arizona Ridge Riders

Austin Gamblers @ Texas Rattlers

About the Texas Rattlers, presented by Ariat:

Under the leadership of General Manager, Mark George, the Texas Rattlers, coached by PBR co-founder Cody Lambert, are owned by the Fisher Family, founders of Gap Inc., one of the founding team owners for the launch of the PBR Team Series. Their team is based in Fort Worth, Texas, competing at Dickies Arena for their inaugural Rattlers Days homestand on October 7-9, the 9th event of the league’s 10-event 2022 PBR Team Series regular season. For decades, the Fisher Family have made investments in footwear and apparel, real estate, and timberland and forest products, and education and sports, including ownership of the Oakland Athletics and San Jose Earthquakes. Through its Ariat brand, the official boot of PBR, the Fisher family have been longtime supporters of PBR. The family is actively involved with a number of philanthropic causes, including SFMOMA, The KIPP Foundation, and UCSF.

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.