McALESTER — The Professional Bull Riders “Buck’n Awesome Bull Extravaganza” will take place Nov. 16 at the Southeast Expo Center in McAlester. Tickets cost $20-$35 and can be purchased at Cavender’s Western Outfitters and Freedom Ford in McAlester or online at www.mcalester.org.
A recent press release said the event is part of the PBR Touring Pro Division, which allows riders to earn points towards qualifying for the Built Ford Tough Series, a nationally televised series composed of the top 35 bull riders in the world.
Several of the biggest names in bull-riding are scheduled to compete in McAlester, most notably world champion J.B. Mauney. A 26-year-old rider from North Carolina, Mauney currently ranks first in the PBR, having won his title at the 2013 BFTS World Finals that took place Oct. 23-27 in Las Vegas.
Mauney has scored on more than 55 percent of the 666 bulls he’s tried in his PBR career, according to stats available on the PBR website.
Mauney has competed in 222 PBR events since joining in 2006, winning 22. He averages 86.82 points per ride and has scored 90 points or better a whopping 53 times.
Cody Nance, another rider scheduled to compete in McAlester, placed fourth at the World Finals and is currently ranked fifth in the world. Nance is a 25-year-old rider from Tennessee who’s attempted 344 bulls in 121 PBR events.
Nance has successfully ridden 36.6 percent of those bulls and ranks fifth in the Touring Pro Division.
Matt Triplett, a Montana rider in his second year with the PBR, finished ninth at the World Finals and is ranked 14th in the TPD and 26th in the world. Triplett has stayed on 38.2 percent of the bulls he’s attempted in his 13 career events.
Markus Mariluch finished 14th at the World Finals, is ranked 35th in the world and 36th in the TPD. A 28-year-old rider from Nevada, Mariluch has attempted 51 bulls in 18 career PBR events, staying on 17 of them long enough to score.