Professional Bull Riders head to Lincoln this weekend

The event will feature the Top 35 bull riders in the world squaring off in epic 8-second confrontations all night long against some of the rankest bulls on the planet, often 10-times their size.

For the first time in league history, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) elite Unleash The Beast will buck into Lincoln, Nebraska, welcoming fans into Pinnacle Bank Arena Oct. 3-4 for the PBR Wrangler Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires.

Bringing the edge-of-the-seat action one can only experience at a PBR event, the event will feature the Top 35 bull riders in the world squaring off in epic 8-second confrontations all night long against some of the rankest bulls on the planet, often 10-times their size. For more on the event, click here.

In addition to marking the first-ever PBR premier series event in the city, the upcoming Unleash The Beast tour stop will also be the first ticketed-event at Pinnacle Bank Arena since the mid-March shutdown. In the months since, the venue has held seven graduation ceremonies for local high schools under the oversight of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department.

Among the many accomplished western sports athletes anticipated to compete are four World Champions who hold a collective eight gold buckles: Jess Lockwood (2019, 2018), Kaique Pacheco (2018); J.B. Mauney (2015, 2013); and Silvano Alves (2014, 2012, 2011). For Mauney, not only is he one of the sport’s living legends, but he is also on the precipice of making further league history. Should he emerge the event victor in Lincoln he would take sole possession of the PBR’s all-time wins record on the Unleash The Beast. He is currently tied for the record with fellow two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride with 32 career victories.

In addition to the aforementioned World Champions, numerous other world-class bull riders will compete at the PBR Wrangler Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, amidst hot streaks:

  • Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma): After competing consistently on the elite Unleash The Beast for more than three years, at the most recent premier series event held in Des Moines, Iowa, Brennon Eldred captured his career-first elite tour victory, dominating the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational. In addition to marking his first Unleash The Beast event victory, Eldred also delivered his first 90-point ride on the premier series inside Wells Fargo Arena, covering Crossover for a dominant, and event-high, 92.25 points. Collecting 110 world points, Eldred surged from No. 29 to No. 20 in the world as he looks to qualify for the fourth PBR World Finals of his career.
  • Dakota Louis (Browning, Montana): For 28-year-old Dakota Louis, he is chartering what may be his career-best season in 2020 compliments of a career-best finish at the final three-day, regular-season event of the year held in mid-September in Billings, Montana. With his whole family in attendance, Louis, who was competing as an alternate, then No. 38 in the world, went 2-for-4 to finish seventh and earn 20 world points. As a result, he surged to No. 33 in the world and cemented a more permanent place on the premier series. Still in the “bubble zone,” Louis will look to continue his winning ways in Nebraska as he looks to qualify for his career-first PBR World Finals featuring the Top 35 bull riders in the world.
  • Ezekiel Mitchell: After making history in Bismarck, North Dakota, in early August, recording his career-first 90-point ride on the premier series, Ezekiel Mitchell’s momentum continued the following weekend in Oklahoma. For the second consecutive weekend, Mitchell, who taught himself how to ride initially from YouTube, again delivered a 90-point ride in the championship round, marked a career-high 90.25 points on Zorro at the PBR Bullnanza. Riding to a 6th and 12th place finish at the subsequent two events, Mitchell is now ranked No. 11 in the world, 6.5 points outside of the Top 10.
  • Keyshawn Whitehorse: For 2018 PBR Rookie of the Year Keyshawn Whitehorse, he has been on a hot streak as of late, cracking back into the Top 35. After finishing 10th in Salt Lake City in mid-August, the Navajo-nation bull rider followed that with a fourth-place effort at tour stop the following weekend in Fort Worth, Texas. As a result he surged 13 spots in the standings, rising from No. 44 to No. 31. Courtesy of yet another fourth-place result last weekend in Des Moines, Iowa, Whitehorse’s climb continued, now ranked No. 26 in the world.

The PBR Unleash The Beast event at Pinnacle Bank Arena will abide by the health standards put in place for public gatherings as outlined in the State of Nebraska’s Directed Health Measures (DHM). The safety plan was reviewed and approved by the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department. Those protocols for the event include, but are not limited to: All PBR personnel will undergo CDC-informed screening and medical testing for COVID-19; Mandatory mask policy for fans, staff and competitors; POD seating with a maximum 50% arena capacity to increase social distancing and minimize crossover; and enhanced sanitization protocols.

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