The PBR Bucks into Billings for 18th Year
As the Professional Bull Rides celebrates 20 years, the NILE welcomes the PBR back to Billings for the oldest consecutive event of the Built Ford Tough Series. It’s the top 35 bull riders in the world facing the rankest bucking bulls in competition today. They’ll be risking it all to win the event title and valuable points needed to become the overall 2013 PBR World Champion and win the $1 million world champion’s bonus.
The bull riding action begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 5; 7:50 p.m. on Saturday, April 6; and 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7. Tickets for the Stanley Make Something Great Invitational start at $17.50 and are available now at metrapark.com , the Metra Box Office, Rimrock Mall & Cellular Plus. (Ticket prices go up $2 day of show)
Here’s How It’s Gonna Go!
All Top 35 bull riders will get on one bull each in Rounds 1, 2 and 3 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. After Round 3 on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual three-round scores will be totaled and the top 10-15 riders will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title. Throughout the event’s 18-year history, the PBR has awarded more than $2.2 million in prize money in Billings.
Following Round 2 on Saturday evening, the event will feature the sport’s best bovine athletes in the 15/15 Bucking Battle. The series’ Top 15 bull riders will be randomly matched against the 15 highest-ranked bulls in Billings for a special round of action. Airing on CBS Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. ET, the 15/15 Bucking Battle offers a total purse of $21,000. BFTS points earned will be doubled in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and count toward the overall PBR World Champion’s title. This is the fourth 15/15 Bucking Battle this season.
The 15/15 Bucking Battle also will feature the Monster Energy Money Bull, which carries a bonus purse for a qualified ride by the cowboy matched with him. All season, riders have been randomly paired with the designated Monster Energy Money Bull, hoping to win the increasing bonus. To date, no rider has successfully lasted 8 seconds aboard the Monster Energy Money Bull. In Billings the bonus could be $78,000.
Thrilling Billings fans with edge-of-your-seat excitement will be defending PBR Billings event champion Austin Meier, current No. 1 PBR rider Shane Proctor, and fan favorite J.B. Mauney. The current lineup also includes five former PBR World Champions: Silvano Alves (2012, 2011), Renato Nunes (2010), Kody Lostroh(2009), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2005).
Rounds 1 and 2 on Friday and Saturday night will be streamed live via the PBR Live Center at www.pbr.com. The 15/15 Bucking Battle will air on CBS network television on Sunday, April 7, at 1 p.m. ET.
Billings is the 13th of 26 stops across 18 states for the Built Ford Tough Series this season. The series culminates at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, October 23-27, at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center. The season’s best bull riders will compete to claim the ultimate prize, the PBR World Champion’s title, a $1 million bonus, a new Ford truck from the series’ title sponsor and the coveted PBR World Champion buckle.