PBR Global Cup

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The PBR Global Cup is a bull riding team competition that was created in 2017 by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) organization, which intends to give the winning country the ability to say they have the best bull riders. Previously, there was a similar team event called the PBR World Cup that the PBR ran from 2007 to 2010, but this new event is not a continuation of the previous one. The PBR Global Cup consists of teams from five countries. It includes these countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Bull riding rodeo sport

Bull riding is a rodeo sport that involves a rider getting on a bucking bull and attempting to stay mounted while the animal tries to buck off the rider.

Professional Bull Riders an international professional bull riding organization

Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) is an international professional bull riding organization based in Pueblo, Colorado, United States. In the United States, Professional Bull Riders (PBR) events have been televised on CBS and CBS Sports Network since 2013. More than 600 cowboys from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia and other countries hold PBR memberships.

The PBR World Cup was a team competition in which professional bull riders from 5 countries competed for their share of a $100,000 prize. Each team consisted of 5 riders from their respective countries, each with their own team captain.


A different country holds the team event each year as this is an annual event. The host country does retain a competitive advantage. The best riders in each team are matched against the best riders from other teams. The contest is a series that continues until one country holds all five pieces of the Global Cup, which includes the horn and the native soil of each nation. Only one country will claim the "Toughest Nation on Dirt." [1]


Competition description

The PBR Global Cup is an annual event. The hosting country each year is granted an advantage. For the events in Edmonton and Sydney, that advantage was twice the number of competitors as the visiting teams. When the date for the first-ever edition of the event in the U.S. was announced PBR debuted a new format. In place of an increased roster, Team USA would field two teams, Eagles and Wolves. Making modern sports history, the Wolves team was announced to be comprised exclusively of Native American bull riders. [2]

At stake for the home team is their piece of the five-part Global Cup trophy which is a horn and their national soil. The home team must win the event to successfully keep their trophy piece and native soil. Otherwise, the visiting team who wins the event is awarded these items. The competition continues until one nation captures all five horns for the trophy−including the native soil−of each country. That country lays claim to the title, "The Toughest Nation on Dirt." [3]

Trophy and native soil

The trophy is composed of five individual bull horns that represent each country. Taken as a whole, the trophy represents the collective spirit of this worldwide competition. Each country's bull horn piece of the trophy also includes a vessel that holds its native soil. At each event's opening ceremonies, is a presentation where all share in viewing the host's riders depositing their dirt into their trophy piece. Following the presentation, the battle for the horn piece commences. Each team protects their native soil as a matter of pride and honor for their country. [3] [4]

Competition format

Each participating country hosts a three-day event each year. The host country can create a unique team competition for their event. Each team event showcases 24 of the top bull riders, wherein a national team qualifying event is staged to select the host team's 14 national team bull riders. Then each team selects their coach. The event is a two-day international competition which features 14 riders from the host country against 7 riders from each of the visiting countries. The home country is intentionally given a home town advantage with twice as many bull riders. [3]

Riders in this annual event earn money based on their team’s performance. The first place team splits $400,000 (Canadian dollars) while the last place team shares $42,000. Each rider also has an opportunity to win an additional $100,000 from their individual performances each day. [5]

Annual events

2017 inaugural event

The competition format for the inaugural event is very different from a traditional bull riding event. There were two days of competition. Each team attempted to score up to 14 qualified rides. The winning team was decided by the highest combined score. Coaches made all the riding decisions.The winning team was determined by points. Each qualified ride was judged up to 100 points. The total of all qualified ride points was combined for the total points earned. The team with the highest amount of points became the winner, in this case, Team USA had the most points with 1,026.75 points. Team USA's riders rode 12 bulls out of 18 total outs (trips out of the bucking chute) and had one disqualification for a bulls ridden ratio of 12-18-1 (qualified rides-outs-disqualified). For first place they earned the top prize money of $400,000 and, of course, the Canadian horn piece of the Global Cup Trophy. [6]

In 2017, the inaugural event was hosted from November 9 through 11 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event paid out the second largest prize amount in North America, with only the PBR World Finals paying out more. By the end of the event, Team USA had become the winner. Team USA consisted of 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis, Derek Kolbaba, Brennon Eldred, Cole Melancon, Stormy Wing, 2009 PBR Rookie of the Year Cody Nance, 2012 PRCA Champion Cody Teel and was coached by two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride. [7]

Winning statistics

2017 Event Statistics
YearPlace EarnedCountryTeam LeaderBulls Ridden RatioBulls Ridden Point TotalMoney EarnedTrophy Piece Earned
2017FirstUnited StatesCooper Davis12-18-11,026.75$400,000Canadian Horn
2017SecondBrazilRubens Barbosa11-18927.50$87,500N/A
2017ThirdCanadaLonnie West10-32838.50$70,000N/A
2017FourthAustraliaCliff Richardson7-18599.25$599.25N/A
2017FifthMexicoMichael Gaffney3-18253.75$42,000N/A

Source: [8]

2018 event

In 2018, the next event was hosted in the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia, from June 9 though 10. Fourteen of Australia's top cowboys will compete to win the event on their home turf. [7] [9]

The prizes that the PBR paid out in Australian are a record $750,000 for that country. Qudos Bank Arena is first-rate facility is situated in Sydney Olympic Park, and is formerly known as the Sydney Super Dome, which completed construction in 1999. It formerly hosted the PBR Australia World Finals since 2010. The general manager of PBR Australia said that this venue has also hosted the Olympic Games, and that it is very fitting to host this event in the largest city in the Australia. [10]

For Australia, they have chosen their competition format, and they announced it in February 2018. Each team features three competitors. Those competitors are based on the final 2017 world standings for the series that started in Canada last November. [3]

Source: [3]

Each visiting team is composed of 7 bull riders in Sydney. Coaches chose the riders. Team Australia, same as the home team inaugural event, benefited from the host team advantage, and had14 bull riders. Australia's additional 11 bull riders were chosen by 1998 PBR World Champion Troy Dunn, their coach. The PBR chose the coaches for this event and they are as follows: [3]

McBride defended his team's possession of the Canadian horn and native soil they won in the Canadian event in 2017. Roy is returned to helm the Canadian team again. Dunn, Nunes, and Venegas were new to coaching their teams in their respective countries. All three bull riders have exceptionally notable backgrounds that qualifies them for this position. [3]

Lastly, the competition is based on the best 12 qualified rides. The team with the highest aggregate score when the event is over won the trophy with the Canadian horn and also receives the Australian horn. This event, the Brazil team won the trophy. [3]

Winning statistics

2018 Event Statistics
YearPlace EarnedCountryTeam LeaderBulls Ridden RatioBulls Ridden Point TotalMoney EarnedTrophy Piece Earned
2018FourthUnited StatesJustin McBride924$52,500N/A
2018FirstBrazilRenato Nunes1,006.5$400,000Australian
2018ThirdCanadaAaron Roy986.75$64,500N/A
2018SecondAustraliaTroy Dunn1005.75$75,000N/A
2018FifthMexicoGerado Venegas501.25$40,750N/A

Source: [11] [12]

2019 event

The third leg of the PBR Global Cup took place on February 9 and 10, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. [13] For this event, the United States was split into two teams: the Eagles and the Wolves (an all-Native American squad). Team Brazil won their second straight Global Cup at the Arlington stop. [14]


Annual placements

YearHostChampionsRunners-up3rd place4th place
2017 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edmonton Flag of the United States.svg United States Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia
2018 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Sydney Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Canada Flag of the United States.svg United States
2019 Flag of the United States.svg Arlington Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Flag of the United States.svg USA Eagles Flag of the United States.svg USA Wolves Flag of Australia (converted).svg Australia

Source: [8]

Medal table

1Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)2103
2Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)1113
3Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)0112
4Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada  (CAN)0011
5Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)0000
Totals (5 nations)3339

Source: [8]

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