By Matt Goisman
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.
Brant Atwood finished 18th at the World Finals and is currently ranked 33rd in the world and 73rd in the TPD. The 26-year-old rider from Texas has participated in 24 career PBR events, riding 17 of 68 attempted bulls.
Austin Meier finished 21st at the World Finals. A 26-year-old rider from nearby Kinta, Meier ranks 36th in the world and 46th in the TPD.
Meier has attempted 606 bulls in 214 career events, riding an impressive 47 percent. He’s earned scores of 90 points or better 18 times and averages almost 85 points per ride.
Chase Outlaw, a 21-year-old rider from Arkansas ranked 13th in the BFTS but first in the TPD, will also compete. Outlaw has ridden 31 percent of his attempted bulls and finished 24th at the World Finals.
Four other TPD riders will come to McAlester having ridden in the World Finals in previous years, though none of them competed at the 2013 event. Paulo Lima, a 28-year-old rider from Brazil, currently ranks 48th in the world and 15th in the TPD, having ridden 52 of 143 attempted bulls in 53 career events.
Skeeter Kingsolver ranks 64th in the world and 33rd in the TPD. Kingsolver is a 24-year-old rider from Kansas who’s participated in 76 events, riding 75 of 208 attempted bulls.
Pistol Robinson ranks 75th in the world and 48th in the TPD. The 29-year-old rider from Texas has participated in 81 PBR events, riding 73 of 223 attempted bulls.
Matt Bohon comes to McAlester as the 134th-ranked rider in the TPD. The 30-year-old rider from Missouri has competed in 180 career events, successfully riding 164 of 476 bulls and 12 times scoring 90 points or more.
Though these are the 10 biggest names coming to McAlester, the night will feature 40 total riders, each of who will get one attempt. The top 10 scores will qualify for the finals, and the rider with the highest score in the finals will win the event.
All bulls have been provided by American Bucking Bull Inc. and will be delivered Nov. 15 to the McAlester Union Stockyards. The bulls’ owners have put teams of bulls together to compete for prize money as well.
Doors open at 5 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Justin McBride, a former PBR rider and current PBR commentator and country music singer, will perform at the event.
Contact Matt Goisman at firstname.lastname@example.org.