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New PBR Challenger Series to bring more than 60 events in the year’s second half

by Chris Dize
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Following the first PBR World Finals to be held in Fort Worth, Texas, the second half of 2022 is shaping up to bring fans even more excitement while giving riders new opportunities.

PBR today announced the PBR Challenger Series, a new competition series that will launch in May 2022 following 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 the 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; the longest continuously 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 June 3-5 bucking bulls on the beach; and the annual event bull riders have voted eight times to be their favorite on the schedule in Big Sky, MT, July 21-23.

Fans will be able to watch many events in the new series on RidePass on Pluto TV (Channel 720).

(Pluto TV continues to expand its PBR programming in carrying live Unleash The Beast exclusives this weekend on Friday and Saturday night from Sioux Falls).

The tentative 2022 inaugural PBR Challenger Series schedule is as follows:

Date             City                          Venue_____________________

May 27-28  Evansville, IN               Ford Center

June 1        Erick, OK                      Nothin’ But Try Ranch

June 3         Kalispell, MT                Flathead County Fairgrounds

June 3-5      Ocean City, MD            Hugh T. Cropper Inlet Lot

June 4         Great 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 1-2      Archdale, NC                Davis Rodeo Ranch

July 1-2       Paris, TN                    Henry County Fairgrounds

July 1-3       Stamford, TX              Texas Cowboy Reunion

July 3           Fort Worth, TX            Cowtown Coliseum

July 8-9        Shipshewana, IN        Michiana Event Center

July 9            Amarillo, TX              Amarillo National Center

July 9           Monte Vista, CO         Ski Hi Park Complex

July 10          Fort Worth, TX           Cowtown Coliseum

July 13          Erick, OK                   Nothin’ But Try Ranch

July 15-16     Thief River Falls, MN   Pennington County Fairgrounds

July 15-16     Springdale, AR           Parsons Stadium

July 16          Livingston, MT            Park County Fairgrounds

July 17          Fort Worth, TX          Cowtown Coliseum

July 20          Erick, OK                 Nothin’ But Try Ranch

July 21-23     Big Sky, MT              Big Sky Arena

July 24          Fort Worth, TX           Cowtown Coliseum

July 29-30     St.  Michaels, ND      Spirit Lake Casino & Hotel

July 30          Wichita Falls, TX        Kay Yeager Coliseum

July 31          Fort Worth, TX          Cowtown Coliseum

Aug. 4           Brighton, CO             Adams County Fairgrounds

Aug. 5,7       Woodstown, NJ          Cowtown Rodeo

Aug. 7           Fort Worth, TX          Cowtown Coliseum

Aug. 13          Goliad, TX               La Bahia Fairgrounds

Aug. 14          Fort Worth, TX         Cowtown Coliseum

Aug. 17          Erick, OK                Nothin’ But Try Ranch

Aug. 19, 20     Lamar, MO             Freeman Outdoor Center

Aug. 20          Redmond, OR          O’Neil Arena

Aug. 21         Fort Worth, TX         Cowtown Coliseum

Aug. 24         Erick, OK               Nothin’ But Try Ranch

Aug. 26-27     Sioux City, IA         Tyson Events Center

Aug. 27          Eureka, MT             Lincoln County Fairgrounds

Sept. 2-3        Dickinson, ND         Stark County Fairgrounds

Sept. 3-4        Belton, TX              Bell County Expo Center

Sept. 6           Window Rock, AZ     Jackson Memorial Rodeo Arena

Sept. 9-10      Kennewick, WA       Toyota Center

Sept. 17         Stockton, CA          Stockton Arena

Sept. 17        Lewisville, TX           Lewisville Rodeo Arena

Sept. 23-24    Minot, ND               Minot Municipal Auditorium

Sept. 24-25   Fairfax, VA                EagleBank Arena

Oct. 1          Ruidoso, NM               Ruidoso Downs Race track

Oct. 1         Yakima, WA                Yakima Valley Sundome

Oct. 8          Lincoln, NE               Pinnacle Bank Arena

Oct. 8          Columbus, OH          Ohio Expo Center Coliseum

Oct. 15        Llano, TX                  John L. Kuykendall Event Center

Oct. 22         Tyler, TX                 Cross Bend Cowboy Church

Nov. 3          Las Vegas, NV         South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Article Courtesy of the PBR

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