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World Champion Cooper Davis to Make PBR Team Series Debut for Carolina Cowboys During Cowboy Days Sept. 9-11 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Cowboys trade Ramon de Lima to Austin Gamblers for second-round pick in the 2024 draft and cash considerations

WELCOME, N.C. (September 7, 2022) – Drafted as the No. 2 pick overall in the Supplemental Draft, 2016 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Cooper Davis will make his Team Series debut for the No. 3 Carolina Cowboys (8-5) this weekend in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when the team makes their hometown debut Sept. 9-11 inside LJVM Coliseum.


Davis, who was removed from Injured Reserve on Sept. 2, has been sidelined since Jan. 2022 when he sustained a torn labrum and rotator cuff, while also breaking his shoulder capsule, during the Unleash The Beast tour stop in Sacramento, California.


The 28-year-old will ride in the second position for the Carolina Cowboys when they take on the No. 4 Missouri Thunder (7-6) on Friday, September 9 at the start of the three-day PBR Cowboy Days homestand.


“The leadership and grit Cooper Davis brings to the Carolina Cowboys really takes us to another level,” said Carolina Cowboys General Manager Austin Dillon. “It’s been exciting watching him help coach, but I know how bad he’s wanting to ride. Captain America is back — get your popcorn ready.”


In addition to winning the coveted World Champion buckle in 2016 and the prestigious PBR World Finals in 2015, Davis’ long list of accolades includes 10 additional premier series event wins and 15/15 Bucking Battle victories. Of those event victories, Davis notably won the 2019 premier series event in nearby Greensboro, North Carolina, capping his golden finish with a monstrous 92.75-point ride aboard Chiseled.


Known as “Captain America,” Davis has also excelled for Team USA in the PBR Global Cup, including leading the contingent to victory at the inaugural edition of the country vs. country event in 2017 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Davis is 14th all-time on the 90-point rides list, having logged 33 thus far in his career. He is 10th in all-time earnings, having netted more than $3.27 million to date in his PBR career.

The complete starting lineup for the Cowboys (CAR) vs. Thunder (MO), the final game on the opening day of competition for PBR Cowboy Days, is:


Cody Teel (MO) vs. Shakira (JR Phillips)

Mason Taylor (CAR) vs. Jeremiah (Martinez Bucking Bulls, LLC)

Andrew Alvidrez (MO) vs. Hunter (Dozier Cattle Co./Martinez Bucking Bulls)

Davis (CAR) vs. Happy Gambler (Sho-Me Rodeo)

Callum Miller (MO) vs. Contusion (Sho-Me Rodeo)

Boudreaux Campbell (CAR) vs. Show Me Homie (Jo-Z Bucking Bulls/K-C/Spark-lin Acres)

Adriano Salgado (MO) vs. ZZ Top (Lucas Manning Bucking Bulls)

Wingson Henrique da Silva (CAR) vs. High Country Hitman (High Country Solutions/JR Phillips)

Colten Fritzlan (MO) vs. The Undertaker (Cornwell Bucking Bulls/Riley Bucking Bulls/PCP Bucking Bulls)

Daylon Swearingen (CAR) vs. Smooth Kat (Cornwell Bucking Bulls)


For a complete breakdown of all the starting lineup for the opening round of games at PBR Cowboy Days, click here.


Davis was one of two transactions made by the Carolina Cowboys since winning the most recent regular season event, PBR Gambler Days in Austin, Texas, where they went a perfect 3-0 in game play and dominated the Bonus Round to earn a maximum 8 bonus points.


The Cowboys also traded Ramon de Lima to the Austin Gamblers for a second-round pick in the 2024 PBR Team Series Draft and cash considerations.


Lima was signed to the Gamblers protected roster, and consequentially, Conner Halverson was placed on the team’s practice squad. Lima will join the starting lineup for the Gamblers on the opening day of PBR Cowboy Days when they play the Kansas City Outlaws. He will ride as the team’s closer, matched up with Patches (Sho-Me Rodeo).


“Ramon is an absolute beast,” said Gamblers Head Coach Michael Gaffney.  “He’s a dependable veteran rider who will help add depth to our roster. We’ve had our eye on him since the draft and believe he’s going to be a great addition to the team.”


“We want to thank Ramon for his time with the Carolina Cowboys,” added Cowboys General Manager Dillon. “He gave us maximum effort in all categories. We wish him the best with his new team.”


Lima is a five-time PBR World Finals qualifier who has twice finished inside the world’s Top 20, including a career best No. 8-rank in 2018. No stranger to the team-format, Lima has twice been selected to ride for Team Brazil at the PBR Global Cup, including the 2018 team that won in Sydney, Australia.


After concluding the 2022 individual season ranked No. 18 in the world, Lima was initially drafted in the fourth round by the Carolina Cowboys. Prior to being traded, Lima went 3-for-11 for the Cowboys.


Additionally, the Cowboys moved Cannon Cravens to the practice squad from the protected roster, and Ednelio Almeida was removed from Injured Reserve on Sept. 6 and placed on Carolina’s protected roster.

Elsewhere in the league, five additional teams also made transactions following the conclusion of PBR Gambler Days in Austin, Texas. Those roster changes are:


  • Arizona Ridge Riders dropped Tyce Willis and Josh Steele making them unconditional free agents.
  • Missouri Thunder removed Marcelo Procopio Pereira from Injured Reserve and listed him on the team’s protected roster. Thunder rider Leandro Machado was moved from the protected roster to the practice squad. Clayton Sellars was placed on Injured Reserve as of Aug. 28 and is unable to compete in at minimum Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Alvaro Alvarez Aguilar was signed as a free agent to the team’s protected roster on Sept. 1.
  • Nashville Stampede signed Cladson Rodolfo as a free agent to the practice squad on Aug. 29. The team also elevated Matt Triplett from the practice squad to the protected roster, and moved Lucas Fideles Souza from the protected roster to practice squad.
  • Oklahoma Freedom placed Jess Lockwood on Injured Reserve on Aug. 29, and he is unable to compete in at minimum Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Texas Rattlers promoted Ednei Caminhas from the practice squad to the protected roster. Brady Oleson was placed on Injured Reserve as of Aug. 30 and is unable to compete in at minimum Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 


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About the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series:

The PBR Team Series is an elite new league featuring 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 is hosting a three-day homestand.  There were also 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 are staged in a tournament-style format with all teams competing in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. Each game features five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters are 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 is declared the winner of each game. The event winneris 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 are carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on PlutoTV.