Parsonage Added to Team Canada for First-Ever PBR Global Cup USA
By: Kacie Albert Friday, November 9, 2018 @ 9:45 PM
LAS VEGAS, Nevada – Ahead of the 2019 WinStar World Casino and Resort Global Cup USA, Team Canada Coach Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan) has named Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan) to the contingent set to represent the Maple Leaf at the first-ever edition of the international bull riding spectacle to be held on American soil.
Previously stopping in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Sydney, Australia, the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation bull riding competition, will make its U.S. debut, and third stop, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on February 9-10, 2019.
With the goal of improving upon third place results earned in both Edmonton and Sydney, Parsonage joins the already announced Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan), Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan) and Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta) as the first four riders on Team Canada.
As three-time Canada Champion Roy’s penultimate pick, Parsonage brings a stellar Global Cup record to the team, having gone 3-for-3 in Sydney, which was also his debut selection to the Canuck contingent.
His qualified rides inside Qudos Bank Arena came aboard Jack Rabbit (Peter Wallace) for 68.5 points, Bring The Action (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) for 82.5 points and 5th Battalion (Dunne Bulls) for 80.5 points.
Competing nearly exclusively on Canadian soil in 2018, Parsonage is currently No. 4 in the national standings, just 560 points behind No. 1 Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales, Australia).
Notably, the 25-year-old has won five events, including his career-first Monster Energy Tour event in Abbotsford, British Columbia, in addition to logging 11 Top-10 efforts.
Coaches from the United States-Eagles, Australia, Brazil and Mexico also announced their next selections.
Two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride (Elk City, Oklahoma), who as part of his home-team advantage gets to hand pick his entire roster, announced Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) as the fourth competitor for the Team USA-Eagles contingent.
Teel brings past Global Cup experience to the contingent as a member of Team USA, which won at the inaugural stop in Edmonton.
Inside Rogers Place, the 26-year-old added an 83.25-point ride aboard Springer Mountain (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) to his nation’s total on the final night of competition, helping the American squad make a come-from-behind surge to win the first leg of the Global Cup.
Teel joins already selected Cooper Davis (Buna, Texas), Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) on Team USA-Eagles.
For the visiting nations, Cody Heffernan (Singleton, New South Wales) has been added to Team Australia, while Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, São Paulo) joins Team Brazil, and Alvaro Aguilar Alvarez (La Punta, Jalisco) is welcomed to Team Mexico.
The Australian team, led by coach, and 1998 PBR World Champion, Troy Dunn (Bloomsbury, Queensland) will be looking for vengeance after suffering a narrow, 0.75-point defeat to Team Brazil on home soil at the most recent Global Cup in Sydney Australia.
After he was not selected to the Aussie contingent for the Edmonton stop, 2016 PBR Australia Champion Heffernan made his Global Cup debut in Sydney, going 1-for-3. He will join already announced teammates Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales), Nathan Burtenshaw (Coonamble, New South Wales) and Cliff Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales) as they seek to capture the nation’s first Global Cup event victory inside AT&T Stadium.
Much like Australia’s latest addition, Team Brazil’s Montanha Jr. also brings past Global Cup experience to the contingent from the Sydney stop.
The 29-year-old went a flawless 2-for-2 inside Qudos Bank Arena, making the 8 aboard Big Bucks (Stuart Timm) for 82.25 points and Bee Sting (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) for 85.5 points, to help propel the South American nation to its first Global Cup win.
The Brazilian contingent, helmed by 2010 PBR World Champion Renato Nunes (Buritama, São Paulo), already includes Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelândia, Goiás), Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, São Paulo) and Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Mato Grosso do Sul).
In selecting Parsonage, three-time PBR Canada Champion Aaron Roy (Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan) also used his penultimate coach’s pick for Team Canada to choose a rider from his Sydney contingent who delivered a perfect performance.
Making his Global Cup debut in Sydney, Parsonage was 3-for-3 Down Under, riding Jack Rabbit (Peter Wallace) for 68.5 points, Bring The Action (Throsby & Russell Bucking Bulls) for 82.5 points and 5th Battalion (Dunne Bulls) for 80.5 points.
Rounding out the international contingents is Coach Gerardo Venegas’ (Juárez, Chihuahua) addition of Alvarez to Team Mexico, who attempted one bull at the Sydney leg of the Global Cup. He joins teammates Juan Carlos Contreras (Huichapan, Hidalgo), Jorge Valdiviezo (La Misión, Baja California) and Edgar Durazo (Moctezuma, Sonora).
In Arlington, the PBR Global Cup will debut a new competitive element for the international competition. The home team, which in the past has received an advantage by fielding more riders whose qualified ride scores contributed to the overall team aggregate, will now be split into two teams of seven bull riders.
For the U.S. stop, the host country will add a team comprised exclusively of Native American riders, Team USA-Wolves, competing against the other American team, the Eagles, and all visiting teams.
That team will be led by coach Wiley Petersen (Fort Hall, Idaho; Shoshone Bannock), and already named riders Ryan Dirteater (Hulbert, Oklahoma; Cherokee), Stetson Lawrence (Williston, North Dakota; Chippewa and Sioux), Keyshawn Whitehorse (McCracken Springs, Utah; Navajo) and Cody Jesus (Window Rock, Arizona; Navajo).
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