To gear up for the Las Vegas Helldorado Days and the Professional Bull Rider’s Last Cowboy Standing event, PBR is hosting its annual charity bull riding competition Thursday night on Fremont Street — the Last Media Standing.
Las Vegas will give its annual salute to the Wild West this weekend, as the annual cowboy-themed Helldorado Days marches back into the city.
Helldorado Days has been around since 1934, but this year it won’t be putting on the festivities alone. The Professional Bull Riders will team with the historic event to put on the three-day show starting Friday.
The PBR, the Professional Bull Riders, will produce and promote a rodeo and a headline bull riding event as part of Las Vegas Helldorado Days in May, joining forces with local groups to celebrate the city’s Western roots.
Well, that didn’t take long. A day after the Professional Bull Riders circuit held its final event at Thomas & Mack Center, a bucket of PBR World Finals dirt from that arena on the UNLV campus was ceremoniously dumped Monday afternoon in front of the new Las Vegas arena being built on the Strip.
After winning his second Professional Bull Riders world title in three years, J.B. Mauney didn’t hoist the championship trophy over his head when he was presented with the hardware following Sunday’s final round of the PBR World Finals before a crowd of 15,500 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Veteran bull rider J.B. Mauney has spent the past decade riding bucking bulls at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals at Thomas & Mack Center every fall. But this weekend will be the last time Mauney and his fellow PBR competitors climb aboard the powerful animals inside Thomas & Mack.
J.B. Mauney rode Wicked Stick to a winning score of 91.00 on Wednesday during the first go-round of the PBR World Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center.
With the Professional Bull Riders in town to decide their championship at the Thomas & Mack Center, I asked J.B. Mauney, one of the best, how his sport would be different if a guy was required to ride for seven seconds, or for nine, or for some other arbitrary length of time, instead of for eight seconds.
En route to becoming arguably the best bullfighter in Professional Bull Riders history, “Fearless” Frank Newsom overcame drug addiction, a fight that was as fierce as any of the 1,800-pound beasts he’s battled to protect riders.