The battle for the 2018 Professional Bull Riders title is set to reach fever pitch next month, when the next event in the series hits AELEC Arena – one week ahead of the grand finals in Townsville.
The final opportunity to secure rankings points and qualify for the grand finals, Iron Cowboy 2018 will take place on November 17 and will attract some of the best cowboys from Australia and abroad.
The action-packed, three-hour showdown will see 22 cowboys matched with 52 bulls, going hell for leather against superstar bovines in what the organiser describes as a “new and improved competition format”.
Aimed at testing rider endurance and agility, the Iron Cowboy title will be taken out by the rider who accumulates the most rides and the highest event aggregate score over three rounds of competition.
Heading into Tamworth, the race for this year’s PBR title is in overdrive, with four key riders in a neck-and-neck battle for supremacy.
Queensland young gun and 2017 PBR rookie of the year, Aaron Kleier has sat atop the national standings for most of the season, yet remains far from safe in his bid for a maiden Australian title.
Within striking distance are perennial title contender Cliff Richardson, 2015 champion Fraser Babbington and 2016 champion Cody Heffernan, who are collectively separated by a mere 176 points.
Iron Cowboy defending champion and former Brazilian No.2, Lucas Divino has also been confirmed for the event, as has fellow Brazilian Junio Quaresima.
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