Bullfighters, Judges, Announcer Selected for 2017 PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Canadian Finals
By: Kacie Albert Tuesday, October 17, 2017 @ 8:44 AM
TORONTO – PBR Canada bullfighters Greg Loring Jr., Ty Prescott and Brett Monea have been selected via rider vote to work this season’s PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Finals on Oct. 20-21 at the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
For Calgary, Alberta’s Monea, this marks his sixth career and third consecutive appearance at the PBR Canada Finals, while it will be the first-ever trip for both Williams Lake, British Columbia’s Loring and Strathmore, Alberta’s Prescott.
While Loring and Monea will both be making their finals debut, the trio have teamed up on numerous PBR events, most recently at the final regular-season Monster Energy Tour event in Abbotsford, British Columbia.
This year’s judging contingent will consist of Ryan Byrne and Merle Freeman.
Byrne, patriarch of one of the most respected Canadian families in the sport, will be making his first trip back to the event since 2011. He judged each finals event from 2006-2011.
The judging panel will be rounded out by Freeman, making his second consecutive trip to Saskatoon.
Both bullfighters and judges were selected by the top riders in PBR Canada’s national standings, all of whom are anticipated to ride in the season-ending event.
After a year’s absence, Brett Gardiner will return as the in-arena announcer. Gardiner worked his first PBR Canadian Finals in 2012, and has since been the voice for three additional finals.
The PBR Canadian Finals is the sixth and final event of the 2017 Monster Energy Tour, the nation’s first-ever cross-nation, nationally televised PBR series. The event will feature 35 of the top riders from the national standings, all vying to be the 2017 PBR Canada Champion.
This season, riders have had the opportunity to compete at more than 30 Monster Energy Tour and Touring Pro Division events across Canada to earn points towards the Canadian national standings, all in an effort to be the No.1-ranked athlete at year’s end and crowned the PBR Canada Champion.
This year’s Championship event will decide one of the most fiercely contended national title races in history. With 2,000 points up for grabs at the two-day event, the Top 43 riders in the national standings having the chance to leave Saskatoon as this year’s Canadian champion.
The bull riding action begins at 7:30 p.m. CT on both Friday, Oct. 20 and Saturday, Oct. 21. All bull riders will get on one bull each in Round 1 on Friday night and Round 2 on Saturday night. The Top 15 will then advance to the championship round where the PBR Canada Champion and event winner will be named.
Tickets for the two-day event are on sale now. They range in price from $25 to $75 and can be purchased through PBRCanada.com or Ticketmaster.ca. Fans can purchase one day passes for Friday and Saturday, or a two-day, weekend pass.