PUEBLO, Colo. – Last week, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) invited four former Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) Champions to compete in the World Champions Challenge. Two of the four riders have accepted the invite, including four-time PRCA Champion J.W. Harris and 2011 PRCA Champion Shane Proctor.
Harris and Proctor will compete alongside former PBR World Champions J.B. Mauney (2013), Renato Nunes (2010), Guilherme Marchi (2008) and Mike Lee (2004), who have already accepted.
The invitation was also extended to 2012 PRCA Champion Cody Teel and reigning PRCA Champion Sage Kimzey, but because of prior commitments, both bull riders declined to compete in the World Champions Challenge.
During the World Champions Challenge, each champion will ride one bull with the highest-scoring rider claiming a $26,000 prize. The Challenge Champion will then face PBR bounty bull Sweet Pro’s Long John (D&H Cattle Co.). If he makes a qualified 8-second ride on Long John, he will receive an additional $20,000 bonus.
The PPV event will be comprised of three different competitions overall. Beginning with the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge BlueDEF Velocity Tour event, featuring the best up-and-coming riders and some of the elite stars from the BFTS.
The second portion of the broadcast will be the Built Ford Tough Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business competition. This event is a $160,000 winner-take-all challenge that will include eight PBR Ring of Honor members coming out of retirement — PBR co-founder and 1992 PRCA Champion bull rider Cody Custer, former PRCA bull rider and 2000 PBR World Finals event winner Tater Porter, 1994 PBR Rookie of the Year and 2002 PBR World Finals event winner J.W. Hart, former PRCA bull rider and 1997 PBR World Champion Michael Gaffney, 1999 PBR Rookie of the Year and 1999 PRCA Champion bull rider Mike White, 12-time PBR World Finals qualifier Ross Coleman, as well as two-time PBR World Champions Chris Shivers and Justin McBride.
Fans can catch the World Champion’s Challenge, along with the Ring of Honor: Unfinished Business on PPV on May 30. Details about how to order and all of the cable, satellite and mobile providers of the PPV broadcast will be released soon on PBR.com.
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