PBR Canada Bucks Back to Winnipeg

By: Kacie Albert  Friday, July 28, 2017 @ 9:00 AM

PBR Canada photo by Covy Moore.

WINNIPEG, Manitoba – The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will buck back into Winnipeg, Manitoba, for the second consecutive year on October 6, with its cross-Canada, nationally televised Monster Energy Tour event at Bell MTS Place. 

The Monster Energy Tour features Canada’s elite, alongside riders from up to five other countries, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from both Canada and the United States. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous cowboys face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

Illinois rider Matt Werries claimed the buckle at the Monster Energy Tour’s inaugural stop in Manitoba’s capital and largest city, as the only athlete to deliver a perfect, 2-for-2 performance. The 34-year-old has been active in Canadian competition this season, finishing sixth at the tour’s season-opener and PBR’s first-ever international Major event in Quebec City, Quebec.

Cody Coverchuk, the current No.1 ranked rider in the Canadian national standings, tied for third at the event. In 2017, Coverchuk has already earned two wins at the Touring Pro Division (TPD) level and seven Top-5 finishes. Also expected to return for the Winnipeg stop is Brock Radford, who finished sixth in 2016. Radford is currently ranked No.5 in the PBR Canada standings, with two wins and eight Top-10 finishes.

The bull riding action begins at 8:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Oct. 6. All bull riders will get on one bull each in Round 1. The Top 10 will then advance to the championship round for one more ride and a chance at the $20,000 available in prize money. In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also have the opportunity to earn world points in an effort to earn a berth onto the elite Built Ford Tough Series.

Tickets for the one-day event are on sale now. They range in price from $25 to $119 plus fees, and can be purchased through PBRCanada.com or Ticketmaster.ca.

Fans that purchase the $119 ticket will have access to the Corral Party, an experience for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at Canada’s premier bull riding circuit. This VIP experience of a lifetime includes early entry; 60-minute backstage tour by a PBR Host, featuring a PBR 101 presentation and a visit with some of the sport’s fiercest bulls; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars.

The 2017 slate of events marks the second season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series traveling across the country. The Winnipeg event will be the fifth event on the 2017 Monster Energy Tour schedule. The season will consist of seven stops, visiting six provinces and traveling to cities including Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Abbotsford. It will climax with the PBR Canada Finals in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Oct. 20-21 when the 2017 PBR Canada Champion will be crowned.

The Monster Energy Tour will be showcased on TSN/RDS, including a post-season highlights show. Fans should check local listings for broadcast event dates and times.