By: Kacie Albert
CABOOLTURE, Queensland – For the first time in tour history, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Australia’s elite Monster Energy Tour will travel to Caboolture, Queensland, bucking into QSEC Arena for the double-header PBR Caboolture Invitational on Saturday, September 26.
The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Australia’s best bull riders squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 800 kilogram opponents.
Held amidst the evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the 2020 PBR Caboolture Invitational will abide by a series of health standards and protocols as approved by Moreton Bay City Council, including:
• Reduced seating capacity of arena seats to increase distancing amongst patrons and minimize fan crossover when entering and exiting.
• All PBR riders, staff and contractors will be required to download the COVIDsafe app, and be subject to CDC-informed screenings.
• Social distancing throughout the event, with all riders, stock contractors and staff maintaining 1.5 meter distance, except when crucial to the safe performance of bull riding.
• Social-distancing floor clings and barriers placed in high-traffic areas to prevent gatherings
• Increased sanitization of high-contact areas throughout the event.
• Emphasis on digital tickets, and options for cashless concessions and merchandise sales.
While the 2020 edition of the event will mark the first-ever Monster Energy Tour event in the city, Caboolture has welcomed the PBR twice prior.
The PBR debuted in the Queensland city in 2013 as four-time PBR Australia Champion David Kennedy (Kyogle, New South Wales) rode to the event victory.
The following season, three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) rode to the win at the Caboolture Invitational. Competing for the first time in Australia, the veteran Brazilian went a near perfect 2-for-3 to win the event. Fresh off his record-tying third world championship, Alves’ 8-second efforts were earned aboard Astro Boy for 87.5 points and Rock Star for 88 points.
The forthcoming double-header event in Caboolture will mark the sixth and seventh events, respectively, of the 2020 PBR Australia season.
After holding the first event of the season in Tamworth, New South Wales, where American rider Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri) rode supreme, the tour most recently visited Ballarat, Victoria prior to the shutdown in March. Seven-time PBR World Finals qualifier Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales) continued his dominant season and won the event as the only rider to go a perfect 2-for-2, capping his flawless effort with an event-high, 89.5-point effort aboard The D.O.C..
Ahead of the 2020 PBR Caboolture Invitational, Richardson is No. 1 in the PBR Australia national standings as he seeks his first-ever national championship, 27.5 points ahead of two-time, and reigning, PBR Australia Champion Aaron Kleier (Clermont, Queensland). In addition to Richardson’s Ballarat event win, he has logged two additional Top-10 efforts on home soil, finishing third in Melbourne, Victoria, and sixth in Marrabel, South Australia.
Kleier, who is looking to make history in 2020 as the first-ever rider in league history to win the Australian national title in three consecutive seasons, has competed three times in his home country thus far.
After beginning the year with a fourth-place finish in Tamworth, Kleier delivered a runner-up and third-place result in Melbourne and Rockhampton, Queensland, respectively.
Richardson and Kleier are both anticipated to compete at the Caboolture events, also joined by the likes of Brady Fielder (Clermont, Queensland), Kurt Shephard (Mareeba, North Queensland) and Troy Wilkinson (Upper Horton, New South Wales).
The bull riding action begins at 1:00 p.m. AEST and 6:00 p.m. AEST on Saturday, September 26 at QSEC Arena. For both events, all riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. The Top 8 will then advance to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title. In addition to competing for points towards the Australian national standings, riders will also vie for crucial points towards the World Finals.
Tickets for the PBR Caboolture Invitational are on sale now for $48.50, standard fees may apply, and can be purchased at QSEC.com.au.
All future PBR Australia events are subject to change, planned in accordance with directives issued by relevant government and health authorities given the evolving regulations during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
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