Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour Bucks Back to Jacksonville, Florida on January 29

By: Kacie Albert

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the fourth time in league history, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour will buck into Jacksonville, Florida, returning to VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on January 29, 2022 with the PBR Jacksonville Invitational.

For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate showdown of man vs. beast in one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness.

The league’s expansion series was last in Jacksonville in 2020, holding the season-launch event for the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour in the Sunshine State.

Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil) dominated the Jacksonville Invitational with a perfect 2-for-2 showing to capture the third Velocity Tour victory of his career.

Barbosa began the event with an 85.5-point ride aboard Midnight Mystery, entering the championship round tied for second. The Brazilian again made the 8 in the championship round, this time for an 84-point score atop Slick Willy to surge to the top of the standings.

For his efforts, Barbosa collected 36 world points, rising to No. 14 in the world. He concluded the year with his fourth career berth to the prestigious PBR World Finals ranked No. 17 in the world.

The Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour also traveled to Jacksonville in 2015 and 2019, with Jorge Valdiviezo (La Mision, Mexico) and Mason Lowe (Exeter, Missouri) splitting the inaugural win, and Taylor Toves (Stephenville, Texas) topping the field in 2019.

Jacksonville last welcomed the PBR in 2021, with the elite Unleash The Beast storming into VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for the seventh time in league history.

Red hot 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) went a perfect 3-for-3, including a 90-point championship round ride, to win the tour stop and remain in the hunt for the second PBR World Championship of his career.

The Jacksonville tour stop will tentatively mark the eighth Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour event of the 2022 season, with PBR’s fastest-growing tour first stopping in cities including Portland, Oregon; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Greenville, South Carolina.

The bull riding action for the 2022 PBR Jacksonville Invitational begins at 7:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 29 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.

On Saturday evening, all 40 competing riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. Following the opening round, the Top 15 will then advance to the championship round where they will attempt one final bull, all in an effort to be crowned the event champion.

Tickets for the one-day event go on sale Friday, October 29 at 10:00 a.m. EDT, and start at $15, taxes and fees not included. Tickets can be purchased online at and, at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.

PBR Elite Seats are available for $175 for avid fans who want an exclusive VIP experience while enjoying the world’s top bull riding circuit. These tickets offer the best seats in the venue, a question-and-answer presentation with some of the top bull riders and stock contractors in the world, $10 concession voucher, souvenir credential and lanyard, and post-event photo opportunity from the dirt.

For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can purchase add-on PBR Premium Experiences which will include the Elite Experience on Saturday, January 29.

The Elite Experience, available for $50, will include a Q&A session with a select group of the league’s top riders, bullfighters and stock contractors, photo opportunity, and commemorative credential and lanyard.

For more information on PBR Premium Experiences, or to purchase the Elite Experience for the PBR Jacksonville Invitational in Florida visit

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