PBR Canada’s Iron Cowboy Returns to Québec on May 4
By: Kacie Albert Thursday, September 6, 2018 @ 7:01 AM
QUÉBEC, Québec – For the third consecutive year, PBR (Professional Bull Riders) will hold an International Major event in Québec, Québec, returning to the Vidéotron Center with the Canadian Iron Cowboy, part of the elite Monster Energy Tour, on Saturday, May 4.
After debuting the exciting format at a Canadian event for the first time in 2018, the Iron Cowboy will once again feature a bracket-style competition with riders facing off in head-to-head showdowns.
The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s elite, alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from both Canada and the United States. Fans will witness exhilarating 8-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous riders face off against their 2,000-pound opponents bred to buck.
In addition to competing for points towards the world standings, whereby riders who crack the Top 35 can qualify for the elite PBR: Unleash The Beast, competitors will also have the opportunity to earn Canadian points in the race to be the top-ranked rider at season’s end and be named the PBR Canada Champion.
As an International Major riders will vie for both increased world points and prize money.
While Monster Energy Tour events normally award a total purse of $20,000 CAD and 120 points to the event winner, the Québec stop will award $75,000 CAD, with the event champion earning 300 world points.
At the most recent PBR event in Québec, Edmonton resident Marcos Gloria (Central de Minas, Brazil) battled his way through the bracket, eliminating the likes of reigning PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana), to be crowned the first-ever Canadian Iron Cowboy.
The victory, which marked his first at a PBR event, propelled the surging Brazilian from No. 98 to No. 31 in the world rankings. The accomplishment was the first of many for the 28-year-old this season, who went on to win the following weekend’s Monster Energy Tour event in Halifax and the 2018 Calgary Stampede.
Much like the past two events, fans will once again be captivated by a star-studded field, with the Iron Cowboy once again inviting 10 international contenders ranked within the PBR world standings at event time.
The 2018 Iron Cowboy’s roster of invitees was highlighted by three-time World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil), 2017 World Champion Lockwood, and Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington), winner of the 2017 International Major event in Québec.
Annually, the Québec has also featured a talent contingent of Canadians, including home province hopeful Zac Bourgeois (St. Tite, Québec) who made his PBR debut inside the Vidéotron Center in 2018.
At the event he was joined by current Canadian No. 1 Brock Radford (De Winton, Alberta), who finished second, two-time and reigning PBR Canada Champion Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alberta), in addition to Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan) and Tanner Byrne (Prince Albert, Saskatchewan), both currently ranked inside the world’s Top 20.
The bull riding action at the Vidéotron Center begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 4, 2019.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday, September 7 at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets range in price from $34 to $145.50, all taxes and fees included. For $50, ticketholders will have the opportunity to purchase a Corral Pass giving them the opportunity to meet several of the PBR’s fearless riders prior to the event while getting an up-close look at the event’s animal athletes from atop the bucking chutes.
Tickets can be purchased online through PBRCanada.com, Gestev.com or Ticketmaster.ca, or via phone at 1 (855) 790-1245.
The Québec event will mark the fourth stop of the 2019 Monster Energy Tour, following the season opener on January 26 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and subsequent stops in Lethbridge and Calgary, Alberta.