THE Professional Bull Riders announced that Queenslanders will be able to watch the Top 22 bull riders consisting of both International and the top Australian riders who will compete against the best bucking bulls on the planet when the PBR Australian Cup Series returns to the Townsville Entertainment Centre for the Troy Dunn Invitational on Saturday, November 16.
Named after the most accomplished bull rider in Australian history, 1998 PBR World Champion and PBR President Troy Dunn, the Townsville event was the first PBR event staged in Australia, and is a much sought-after win among both the international and national riders.
Staged in June for the past 13 years, the event was moved to November last year to give Townsville a major event during that time of year while also fitting in the PBR Australian Cup November Series that also includes Wollongong and Tamworth in NSW.
Since the PBR began staging the event in Townsville in 1998 approximately $40 million has been pumped into the local economy.
Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 1,000 kg.
PBR Australia General Manager, Glen Young said the 2013 event will also see three highly recognized veterans of the sport make their final appearance in Townsville.
“It will be the last time fans will have the opportunity to witness Brendon Clark, Luke Snyder and Shane “Mad Dog” Simpson in action with these three great athletes retiring after this season,” Mr Young said.
“It will be an especially memorable night for Shane as Townsville is where he began his career as a professional bullfighter,” he said.
Even though the event has been established now for 14 years, it still to this day remains as one of the Professional Bull Riders premier Australian events and it is the combination of surrounding activities along with the level of production and atmosphere generated in the Townsville & Convention Centre that makes it a must see competition.
“This particular event allows us to deliver a very unique PBR experience,” PBR President and former World Champion, Troy Dunn said.
“Over the years we have created a very loyal fan base in Townsville so it is important for us to ensure we meet their expectations each and every year,” he said.
“In addition to this, with the support of Tourism and Events Queensland, Townsville City Council and Townsville Enterprise it has enabled us to take this event to another level and further secure its long-term future for Townsville as well as deliver a TV product that will see the event aired on Fox Sports, 99 Country and Sommett Networks in New Zealand along with CBS Sports Network in the USA.”
Tickets are available through www.tecc.net.au or by calling 0747 714 000.