Del Mar CA– Professional Bull Riding (PBR) returns to the Del Mar Arena Saturday, August 16, 2014, during the 9th Annual Del Mar Invitational, a Touring Pro Division event. Come early and spend the day at the races FREE!
Present your PBR ticket at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club race track’s Stretch Run Gate and receive FREE admission to the live meet on August 16th. Box Seats for PBR are $66.00 and Grandstand: $26.00. The event starts at 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m.) Military discounts available. Tickets for the Del Mar Invitational Professional Bull Riding event are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Del Mar Fairgrounds Administration Box Office. For more information: www.sandiegopbr.com.
Returning this year is the crowd-pleasing Bull Poker and Cowboy Teeter-Totter. During Bull Poker, four cowboys sit at a poker table in the middle of the Arena with a bull on the loose. Knowing when to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em, knowing when to walk away, and knowing when to run are vital to staying alive and/or winning the prize! In Teeter Totter, the cowboys bob up and down on the teeter-totter, trying to stay out of the bull’s way. Who will be brave enough and remain seated long enough to avoid becoming mincemeat? Can the four cowboys on the teeter-totter outsmart the snorting, angry bull and avoid spilling blood?
The PBR’s Touring Pro Division offers the best bull riders the opportunity to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Competitions and Finals. This event features the world’s toughest riders and the industry’s most notoriously mean and nasty bulls, to create non-stop, edge-of-your-seat action. A diverse group from different backgrounds and personalities, more than 800 cowboys hold a PBR membership, and they all share the same goal — to conquer the rankest bulls in the world.
Professional Bull Riders, Inc. was founded in 1992 by 20 accomplished bull riders who joined together and took a business risk to make bull riding, the most popular event in traditional rodeo, into a stand-alone sport. Each rider chipped in $1,000 to help launch his dream of someday seeing bull riders recognized as mainstream professional athletes. Since that time, the PBR, unlike any other rodeo or bull riding organization in North America, has been owned and operated by its athletes.
About the Touring Pro Division
The Touring Pro Division is the developmental tour of the PBR where both established veterans and newcomers to the professional ranks compete against some of the most famous bucking bulls in the sport. The TPD gives riders the opportunity to compete in PBR-sanctioned events while earning points to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Series.
More than 100 TPD events are sanctioned annually by the PBR, awarding almost $3 million in prize money. The standard one-day TPD format has 35 contestants, who each ride one bull in each round. The Top 10 riders advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls. Two-day TPD events will take up to 70 contestants with 35 riders competing each day. The Top 10 riders each day advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.
About the Del Mar Fairgrounds
The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces four events each year: The San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information on the Del Mar Fairgrounds, visit www.delmarfairgrounds.com.