Saddle Up


Twenty-five riders from five nations come to town to compete for $200,000 in prize money and the honor of best bull-riding country in the world at the Professional Bull Riders World Cup.

The bull bustin’ gets under way April 16 at the Thomas & Mack Center and involves cowboys from Australia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil in addition to the home team, USA.

This year marks the first time the event has come to the United States in its short history: The PBR World Cup, initiated in 2007, previously visited Mexico, Australia and Brazil.

All five riders from each team compete in two rounds every day, but only the top three scores from each team count toward the respective nation’s score. The team with the highest score at the end of the three-day competition wins the cash and international bragging rights. (For a full preview, see page 102.) 8 p.m. April 16; 6 p.m. April 17; and 11:30 a.m. April 18. Tickets from $22, 739-3267.