Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend

Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend

September 24, 2009 17:20 ET

The Toughest of the Tough Are Coming to Ottawa

The best bull riders in Canada take on the rankest bulls at the Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada is set to invade Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 2 at 7:00pm for the sixth stop on the elite PBR Canadian Cup Series presented by Wrangler. The best bull riders in Canada and the world will enter Scotiabank Place to take on the rankest bulls the PBR has to offer.

Three top ten Canadian riders are set to compete including 2008 PBR Canadian National Champion Aaron Roy. From Asquith, Saskatchewan, Roy is currently ranked 2nd in the PBR Canada standings. With only three stops left in Series before the prestigious 2009 PBR Canadian Cup National Finals, Roy could be the first Canadian rider ever to win back to back championships.

Hot on Roy's trail is Dusty Ephrom (Arcola, Saskatchewan), who is currently 3rd in the rankings and fan favorite Zane Lambert (Westbourne, Manitoba) in 7th.

The bull riders looking to score high will have to work hard to impress the judges; one of whom is a professional bull rider with local connections, Reuben Geleynse from Winchester, Ontario.

Ticket Information:

Oct. 2, 7 p.m.Professional Bull Riders Canadian Cup Series

Tickets: $68.25 and $47.25

VIP "Tough Enough to Wear Pink" includes Exclusive Backstage Pass and Party

Pass: $195

Individual and multi-event packages for the Agri-Sport All Star Weekend (all events: $141.75 and $105 or Saturday only: $78.75 and $57.75) are available now and can be purchased by calling 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d'Orleans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location and at the Scotiabank Place box office. Children age 12 years or younger will receive $5 off of individually priced event tickets. Prices include all taxes but exclude CRF fee and convenience charges.

About Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada:

Dollars earned at Canadian events counts towards qualifying for the elite 2009 PBR Global 8 Canadian Cup National Finals presented by Wrangler. The bull rider with the most money won at the end of year - combining regular season and Finals earnings will be crowned the ultimate PBR Canadian National Champion. Upon the conclusion of the Canadian regular season, the top ranked rider will go on to compete and represent Canada at the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals. Money won at all Canadian events also counts toward qualifying on the PBR Built Ford Tough Series tour. Visit www.pbrcanada.com to catch all the extreme bull riding action 24 hours a day exclusively on PBR TV.

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR):

PBR attracts over 1.7 million live attendees each year with its multi-tiered event structure which includes the prestigious Built Ford Tough Series, the Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour, the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Tour, and the Discovery Tour, designed specifically for entry level contestants. With over 450 hours of prime time programming annually and a viewership of 100 million, PBR ranks among the most prolific sports on air and broadcasts on FOX, NBC, VERSUS, and on a host of foreign networks across the globe. The PBR is headquartered in Pueblo, Colo., with additional offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, and Mexico, and prides itself in its 1,000 plus stock contractor relationships and over 1,200 PBR bull riders competing in more than 300 PBR sanctioned competitions across the five countries.

For more on the PBR, please visit www.pbrnow.com, www.teampbr.com, myspace.com/pbr_bfts, twitter/teampbr, facebook/professionalbullriders or www.pbrnow.com/worldfinals/.

About Agri-sport All-Star Weekend:

Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend, produced by Grand Prix Productions brings together two major sport events in the agri-sports industry - Professional Bull Riding (PBR) and Equestrian Grand Prix Show Jumping indoors to Scotiabank Place. Canada's best athletes including Olympic champions will compete in an action-packed, two day family sports entertainment event Oct. 2- 3. Also included is a special matinee performance of the popular President Choice Superdogs. Proceeds from event VIP packages and other fundraising initiatives will benefit local charities, including the Canadian Cancer Society the Ottawa Hospital Foundation and the RCMP Foundation.

Grand Prix Productions is a premiere promoter and producer of Equestrian Events in Canada. Founded by Sandra Fraser, creator/producer of the highly successful Kubota Cup Canadian show jumping series, an eight-city Canadian Tour that ran for four years and received significant attention and accolades. In bringing PBR Canada, SuperDogs and Equestrian Grand Prix Show Jumping to a shared audience of Agri-Sports enthusiasts and the general public, Grand Prix Productions aims to enhance and showcase Grand Prix show jumping competitions, along with the promotion of the Olympic sport and its athletes to a broader audience base.

Professional Bull Rider Bios

Aaron Roy (Asquith, SK)

Spurred by sibling rivalry, Aaron Roy has been competing in bull riding since his early teens. "My brothers, Matt and Nathan, rode - and I always wanted to outdo them especially Nathan. Riding against them definitely created my competitive spirit." Roy's worst injury, a broken arm, has had a lingering effect on his riding. "I was getting off a bull and broke both bones in my left arm which was my riding arm at the time. So, I sat out a week and decided to switch to my right arm so I could keep riding. My right hand has been my riding arm ever since."The Canadian cowboy says one of the proudest moments of his career was getting the highest marked ride at the inaugural Jupiters Casino PBR World Cup in Australia. Roy cemented his country's second-place finish, scoring 92.5 points, on Frank Biddle's Rocky Road. He also walked away with the night's highest individual scoring ride bonus of $5,000. In 2008, Roy logged even more accomplishments when he made his first-ever appearance under the lights of Las Vegas at the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals; he was named the winner of the 2008 Glen Keeley Award which is awarded annually to the top money-earning Canadian on the PBR tour; and earned the title of 2008 PBR Canadian National Champion, a title he has been chasing for the last three years.

Dusty Ephrom (Arcola, SK)

Dusty Ephrom didn't get on his first bull until he was 19-years-old, but it didn't take him long to become one of the top bull riders in the world. "I worked on big cattle ranches and trained horses when I was younger so I got a late start compared to other bull riders," Ephrom stated. "My buddy got me on a few bulls and I just got hooked and have been climbing the ladder ever since." After attempting his first few bulls, Ephrom went to a Lyle Sankey bull riding school where he developed his riding skills. During the winters, he would head south of the Canadian border to Arizona where he and some friends would get on practice bulls to further their technique. Ephrom looked up to a couple greats of the bull riding world. "Troy Dunn (1998 PBR World Champion) was one of my favorite riders because of his style of riding and aggressiveness. He didn't take long in the chutes and I really try to do the same. I also looked up to Glen Keeley." This Canadian cowboy's proudest moment in his career came when he won the CPRA (Canada Pro Rodeo Association) Rookie of the Year title.

Zane Lambert (Westbourne, MB)

Originally from Manitoba, Canada, three-time PBR Canadian National Finals qualifier Zane Lambert began his bull riding career at age of 10 when he attended his first bull riding school.Lambert attributes his success to several great people who helped him with his technique, but can't pinpoint just one person. His worst injury came at 18 years old when broke his jaw and he was out of competition for two weeks, but came back with his jaw wired up and took on some of the top bulls that Canada had to offer. One of his proudest moments came when he won the PBR Canada Winnipeg event title in 2006. "That was probably the biggest PBR title I have ever won and it was one of my top memories as it is my hometown event," Lambert commented. The 22 year old also had his most memorable ride at this event when he rode his Championship round bull for 89.5 points to take the title.

Contact Information

  • Agri-Sport All-Star Weekend Contact:
    Knock on Wood Communications + Events
    Crystal Parsons
    613-236-8452 ext 502
    cell 613-612-9397
    Crystal@kowpr.com
    or
    PBR Canada Contact:
    PBR Canada
    Joanna French
    403-241-4531
    joanna@pbrcanada.com