For the third-year in a row, Saskatoon will be hosting the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) National Finals and organizers say the event has continued to grow since it was moved to the prairies.
Vice President of PBR Canada, Jason Davidson, said having the PBR national finals relocated from Calgary to Saskatoon was the right decision.
“It’s been a tremendous move for us,” said Davidson. “I think the province of Alberta has the Calgary Stampede and I think Saskatchewan would be proud we have the PBR Canada finals.”
Running Nov. 16 and 17 at Credit Union Centre, Davidson who’s from Saskatoon said he’s thrilled to be hosting the event in his own backyard.
“This is home, so to be able to show off, so to speak, in my own backyard is a huge honor,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in bringing the best product I can, If I let myself down, I’ve let the audience down—so I’ve definitely put a little extra elbow grease into making this a very successful event.”
He also wanted to stress that PBR is not a rodeo as there is no calf roping, or timed animal events, saying out of the two, the bull-rider is the only one in danger.
“These guys are challenging themselves and making a living, tying their hands to animals that weigh 1,300 to 1,500 pounds and literally, every time that gate opens, they’re putting everything on the line,” said Davidson.
He continued, “We advise them to come and have a look around and see how the animals are looked after.”
Tickets go on sale Sept. 14 at 10 a.m.