PUEBLO, Colo. (April 30, 2008 ) – The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) has added four “bull draft” events to the 2008 Built Ford Tough Series presented by Wrangler (BFTS) schedule.
Previously, the bull draft—where the bull riders get to select their bulls—was only held at three-day events. Due to its popularity, the PBR will be featuring a draft at the following one- and two-day events: San Antonio, Texas on May 17, 2008; Dallas, Texas on June 21-22, 2008; Nashville, Tenn. on August 29-30, 2008; and Columbus, Ohio on October 10-11, 2008.
For the added draft events, riders will only choose their bulls for the Championship Round. The bull rider who is in the lead will get to pick his bull first. Then, the remaining 14 contestants will pick their bulls, with the rider in 15th position choosing last. This selection process will happen during intermission.
“We have seen how popular these drafts are with our fans. It has been standing-room only at the past several drafts, so we wanted to bring this excitement to more events across the country,” stated PBR CEO Randy Bernard.
Livestock Director Cody Lambert believes the draft system offers a new advantage to the fans. “It allows the fans to see the personalities of the cowboys and see which new riders want the chance to stick it on bulls like Reindeer [Dippin’], and become a hero for riding him.”
The 2008 BFTS season marks the first time in PBR history that a rider can choose his bull in competition.