Making a Historic Comeback, Renowned Bull Riding Tour Returns to Pennsylvania for the Second Time

Published 10/03/2023, 5:00 PM EDT

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Bull riding evidently demands a great deal of resistance and passion, as the beast tries to buck the rider off its back. Whereas, to earn a score, the rider ought to maintain their grip on the bull for eight seconds, using only one hand. The initial seconds on the animal are the most dangerous because they decide the game. If the first few seconds go well then there’s no turning back, however, if it doesn’t, the rider is in for a tough ride. Even though it is a dangerous game, it has a huge fan base that is waiting for the new season to come.

Fans behold, as a historic bull riding tour makes its way back for the second time in the sport’s history. The good news for PBR fans, the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour makes its way back to the Santander Arena, only for two nights though, to Reading, Pennsylvania.

Pro Bull Riding Tour returns


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The PBR’s Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour is set to kickstart from February 9th to 10th, next year. Over the span of two heart-pounding nights, spectators will bear witness to the world’s elite bull riders locking horns with the most formidable bovine athletes, creating an adrenaline-charged spectacle that showcases the timeless battle of man versus beast.


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Reading’s anticipation for the PBR event has been fueled by the Velocity Tour’s outstanding 2023 season, where it not only surpassed previous attendance and competition records but also cemented its status as the most triumphant season in PBR history, per PBR. The forthcoming PBR Reading extravaganza will be the twelfth event in the new individual season, where riders will engage in fierce competition to accumulate vital points in their quest to claim the coveted title of the 2024 PBR Velocity Tour Champion.

The action will spark off with Round 1 on Friday, February 9, followed by Round 2 and the championship round on Saturday, February 10. In Round 1, all 40 bull riders will challenge a single bull each, with the top 36 advancing to Round 2 on Saturday evening. The riders’ combined scores from the first two rounds will determine the Top 10, who will then have one final opportunity to seize the event title in the championship round. The exciting announcement takes the community back to the overview of the PBR Tour in its first year.

Overview of 2023 PBR 


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The 2023 PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, presented by Coastal Bend Chevy Dealers, concluded its record-setting bull riding season with resounding success. Josh Frost, hailing from Randlett, Utah, emerged as the triumphant champion of this thrilling season, securing his well-deserved title along with a generous $50,000 bonus.

Despite facing a moment of setback on the opening night when he was swiftly bucked off by Sugar Smack in just 3.57 seconds, Frost showcased remarkable resilience and determination. He clawed his way back into contention by taming Simp for an impressive 86.75 points. Montanha secured a Top 10 spot but was thrown off by Ah Hell in just 3.31 seconds during the final round. Frost, starting as the reigning champion, couldn’t complete a qualified ride and hit the ground in 7.34 seconds, resulting in a sixth-place tie overall. However, he maintained a substantial 113.5-point lead over Montanha in Velocity points.


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The pro bull riding company highly awaits the popular tour to set foot on the land of PBR enthusiasts and mark another year of successful competition for professional rodeos.

Watch this story: 39-Year-Old Bull-Riding Champ Creates Rodeo History Notching 100 Qualified Rides


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Maleehah Shakeel


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Maleehah Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports.She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Maleehah has created a penchant for all things and delved into the world of sports.
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Tiyasa Biswas