The PBR and BlueDEF Bucking Madness Search for the Next Bull Riding Star Continues; Riders Have Been Selected and the Competition Begins

PUEBLO, Colo. — The search is over! The winners of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) BlueDEF Bucking Madness: Bull Rider Reality Series have been determined.

On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, after more than a three-month search for the next PBR bull riding star, the Top 2 finalists will put their skills and talent to the test against the best up-and-coming bull riders in the world and the stars of the PBR’s elite Built Ford Tough Series during the BlueDEF Finals presented by Pneu-Dart and brought to you by Bill Collins Ford at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Their journey, from the contest entry process and semifinalist selection, through the Bucking Madness Boot Camp, their initial PBR competition at the BlueDEF Velocity Tour event in Cleveland, Ohio, and ultimately to the BlueDEF Finals in Louisville, has been documented and will air as a series of webisodes on A one-hour special recounting their adventure, “Cowboy Madness,” will also air on CBS Sports Network.

Below is the PBR BlueDEF Bucking Madness: Bull Rider Reality Series schedule:

Bucking Madness Webisode 1 – Monday, Sept. 28

Bucking Madness Webisode 2 – Thursday, Oct. 1

Bucking Madness Webisode 3 – Monday, Oct. 5

Bucking Madness Webisode 4 – Wednesday, Oct. 7

Bucking Madness Webisode 5 – Friday, Oct. 9

Bucking Madness Webisode 6 – Monday, Oct. 12

Bucking Madness Webisode 7 – Wednesday, Oct. 14 

Bucking Madness Webisode 8 – Friday, Oct. 16

Cowboy Madness – CBS Sports Network – Monday, Oct. 19 – 9 p.m. ET

Meet Cody Brewer (Cookeville, Tennessee); Patrick Chee (Pinedale, New Mexico); Danny Joe Fowler (Bakersfield, California); Jake Gowdy (Bristol, Oklahoma); Ricky Hallum (Norco, California); Justin McCall (Hamilton, New Jersey); Ryan Miller (Waterloo, Indiana); Dustin Ratchford (Wynnewood, Oklahoma); Braden Richardson (Jasper, Texas);  andTravis Smith (Marshall, Missouri), as they learn from the best – BlueDEF Built Ford Tough Series riders Matt Triplett, J.W. Harris, Nathan Schaper,Douglas Duncan and three-time and reigning PBR World Champion Silvano Alves. Then, see them display their skills to a panel of judges that includes two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride, PBR co-founder and livestock director Cody Lambert and PBR Event Manager Jerome Robinson. Their reward: a chance to compete and win their share of the $150,000 PBR BlueDEF Finals total purse.

Tickets for the two-day BlueDEF Finals start at only $18 and are available now at and the KFC Yum! Center Box Office. See the Top 10 stars from the elite Built Ford Tough Series, the Top 30 riders from the BlueDEF Velocity Tour, the champions from PBR’s international tours in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico, and the Bucking Madness winners.

Fans can win as well. Bucking Madness is also sending a pair of lucky fans to Las Vegas to watch the Top 40 bull riders in the world compete for the $1 million 2015 PBR World Championship title at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center on Oct. 21-25. Enter at for a chance to win airfare, hotel accommodations and tickets for two (2) to the five-day event.  The sweepstakes ends Sept. 30.

October will mark the 22nd time the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals takes place in Las Vegas where the best bull riders in the sport and the best bulls will be showcased. With a $1 million bonus on the line for the season’s greatest bull rider, and a $50,000 check for the season’s best bovine athlete, the competition will be tight, the battles fierce and the non-stop action unprecedented. Tickets are available now and can be ordered at or by calling 1-866-PBR-SHOW (866-727-7469).

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