2023 Rodeo Championship Signings Reshape Bull Riding’s Competitive Landscape 

Published 09/20/2023, 4:34 PM EDT

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The 2023 PBR Teams Championship is on the horizon, and the world of bull riding is witnessing a whirlwind of changes. Trades, signings, and strategic maneuvers are shaping the landscape as teams prepare for the showdown in Las Vegas from October 19 to 22. 

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With the trade deadline looming, established stars are finding new homes, rookies are getting their chance to shine, and teams are making bold moves to secure their competitive edge. Among the teams, Oklahoma Freedom is making the bold moves, sending shockwaves through the league by trading established star Eli Vasbinder and signing promising youngster Dawson Gleaves.

Oklahoma Freedom’s bold moves for the upcoming championship

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The Oklahoma Freedom, currently sporting a 10-9 record, has taken center stage with their bold roster changes. They made waves by trading veteran Eli Vastbinder to the Texas Rattlers and bringing in young talent Dawson Gleaves. Vastbinder, with a slow start to the season, is expected to start his career freshly in Texas while also providing leadership for the Rattlers.

Gleaves, on the other hand, has shown potential but faces the challenge of adapting to prominence in bull-riding. As reported by PBR under the guidance of Head Coach Cord McCoy and Assistant Coach Kody Lostroh, his development is closely watched. However, Oklahoma Freedom’s transformative journey does not stop there.

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They lost Chase Outlaw to the defending champion Nashville Stampede, further reshaping their roster. Outlaw, though recovering from injuries, adds dynamic talent to the Stampede’s heavy squad, making them a formidable force for the championship.

Roster depths and rising stars of the 2023 PBR Teams Championship

As injuries continue to impact teams, the importance of rostering depth riders becomes evident. Riders like Mason Moody, Alisson de Souza, and Leandro Machado are back in action, providing renewed hope to their respective teams. Machado, signed by the Arizona Ridge Riders, made an impressive debut with an 86.75-point ride, solidifying a win over the Austin Gamblers.

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Moody’s addition to the Stampede brought an 89-point ride, showcasing his potential. Looking ahead to the 2024 season, teams are preparing for expansion, which will leave others vulnerable to selection by new teams. This strategic planning adds another layer of complexity to the league’s evolving landscape.

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As the PBR Teams Championship draws near, the bull-riding world is witnessing a transformation. The Oklahoma Freedom’s bold moves, the rise of young talent, and the emphasis on roster depth are redefining the competitive landscape. The championship in Las Vegas promises to be a thrilling showcase of both talent and strategy.

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Joy Gure

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Joy Gure is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A Post-Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication, Joy delved into the sports arena after a stint as a content contributor. A follower of several Olympics events, Joy quickly fell in love writing for these sports in ES.
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Brandon Gabriel

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