For the first time since 2018, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada’s elite Monster Energy Tour will buck into Ottawa with the “Toughest Sport on Dirt” set to buck into Richcraft Live at Canadian Tire Centre on June 6 for the Ottawa Classic.
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The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s best riders alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from across the nation. Fans will witness exhilarating eight-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous bull-riding athletes face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.
When PBR Canada’s elite tour last visited the nation’s capital, young gun Austin Richardson (Wilmer, Texas) went a perfect two for two to capture the victory inside the home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. The event also featured a dominant performance by Alberta sensation Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alta.) who finished second and two-time PBR Canada champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alta.) who was fourth.
In the bull pen, Happy Camper delivered a massive 44.5-point trip to earn his second Monster Energy Tour Bull of the Event honours. The score was a key stepping stone in his path to being crowned the season’s Bull of the Year.
Other past Ottawa Classic event winners include Cody Casper (2017 – Pacific, Wash.) and Brant Atwood (2016 – Pampa, Texas).
The Monster Energy Tour’s return to Ottawa comes on the heels of one of the most intense national title races in league history as the world’s best battled it out to be crowned the 2019 PBR Canada champion.
While Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Sask.) and Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Sask.) entered the season-culminating PBR Canada Finals ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, within a slim 32.49 points of one another, a dominant performance by young gun Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, N.Y.) allowed him to complete one of the most riveting come from behind surges in history.
Swearingen had entered the event No. 4. He went a perfect four for four to win the Canadian Finals and erase a 689.57-point gap to emerge the 2019 PBR Canada champion by 450.42 points over runner-up Buttar.
In the bull pen, the sport’s bovine athletes were also embattled in a feverish race to be crowned the 2019 PBR Canada Bull of the Year.
Entering the event No. 1 in the nation with a 0.4-point lead, Homegrown from Coronation, Alta.’s Eno Bucking Bulls was able to hold off a hard-bucking Happy Camper from Magarth, Alta.’s Two Bit Bucking Bulls to capture the season’s end honour by a slim 0.083 points.
The bull riding action begins at 7 p.m. All riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. The Top 10 will then advance to the championship round later in the evening for one more out and a chance at the event title. In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also vie for crucial points towards the World Finals.
The 2020 slate of events marks the fifth season for the Monster Energy Tour as a unified competitive series travelling across the country. After visiting the likes of Calgary, Ottawa and Abbotsford, B.C., the season will culminate in Saskatoon for the 2020 PBR Canada Finals.
About PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Canada
PBR (Professional Bull Riders), which has events in five countries, has competed in Canada since 1996 where it operates two tours. Joining the Touring Pro Division (TPD), the Monster Energy Tour (MET) debuted in 2016 as the nation’s first cross-country, nationally televised series. At PBR Canada events riders have the opportunity to earn points towards both the Canadian and world standings. For more information on PBR Canada, go to pbrcanada.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.
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