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Published 09/25/2023, 12:09 PM EDT

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The PBR Team Series is gaining momentum amongst rodeo enthusiasts as the matches intensify with nearing season end. Another one of the PBR’s famed events saw its beginning in the month of July. Now almost reaching the end with six more matches left, the organization has been as successful as ever in boosting young and aspiring bull riders.

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Performing its share at the Cowboys Days on the home ground of Carolina Cowboys, the Ridge Riders welcomed a rising star. On the 22nd the Arizona Ridge Riders went head-to-head with Austin Gamblers. Though the team wasn’t to end the night with expected results, a young champ was sure to steal the spotlight. Sharing the remarkable performance, the proud team took to Facebook to post the celebratory moment.

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The Brazilian-born 19-year-old announced his presence to the world last year with his stellar performance for the Ridge Riders. Coached under a fellow Brazilian and a renowned bull rider Paulo Crimber, Vitor Losnake soon became one of the most important members of the team. The youngster last year alone remained successful in scoring all his rides at 89 points or higher. Now coming back, Vitor ensured to make the make the most of the night.

Starting off the match against the Austin Gamblers, Vitor gave Ridge Riders an early lead. Riding atop Little Hornet, Vitor earned an 86-point ride that kept the team in the lead until the very end. His performance not only earned the team a strong lead but also earned Losnake an award for the night. Lasting 8 seconds on Little Hornet, Lonsake was awarded the Rayhons Financial Solutions Hard Working Ride of the Weekend. Proud of his performance, the Ridge Riders shared the moment on Facebook.

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Captioning the post, the Ridge Riders wrote, “Vitor Losnake puts the sting in Little Hornet… The Ridge Riders lose a tough one 90pts-86pts. Tomorrow, we rebound to finish strong.” Though the Ridge Riders ended with unexpected results, the team has a few more events to look forward to.

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Ridge Riders gear up for home turf

The weekend over the Carolina Cowboys’ home ground wasn’t a sweet one for the Ridge Riders. On the opening day of the Cowboy Days, the team went against the defenders. Though the Riders took an early lead in the match, the Cowboys came strong with the walk-off ride by Cooper Davis; narrowly ending the match at 178.25-173.75.

The team’s next match against the Austin Gamblers was their first loss against the table toppers. Ridge Riders through the season emerged successful in defeating the season champions. However, Jose Vitor Leme’s 90-point ride on day 2 of Cowboy Days, gave the team a setback. Following up, the Riders will play the Kansas City Outlaws on the 24th, the last day at Greensboro.

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Ridge Riders hoping for the streak to end at that will gear up for their next stop; Desert Diamond Arena in Glendale, Arizona. The team now standing 6th will be performing on home turf for the Ridge Rider Days in the hope of a turn of events. On the first day, the team will face the Kansas City Outlaws, followed by Oklahoma Freedom. While one cannot exactly predict the exact results of the days, the final day could be a hopeful one. To end the Ridge Rider days, the team will go against Mossurie Thunder who currently stand 8th on the table. In the hopes of Vitor Losnake continuing with his expectant performance alongside the rest of the teammates, the fans eagerly await.

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Shivatmika Manvi

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Shivatmika Manvi is a US Sports writer at Essentially Sports. Having recently attained her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Mass Communication, Shivatmika aims to tread her way forward into journalism. Further, the writer’s eager enthusiasm toward the world of track and field stems from her family’s loyal viewership of the Olympics, and years later, her passion continues/stands.
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