Bat­tle of the na­tions

Five of Aus­tralia’s best head to Ed­mon­ton in Canada for rodeo

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

TROY Wilkin­son, Aaron Kleier, Lach­lan Richard­son, Kurt Shep­ard and Sonny Schaf­ferius have se­cured their po­si­tion to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the in­au­gu­ral Global Cup, which will take place in Ed­mon­ton, Canada, from Novem­ber 9–11.

PBRA gen­eral man­ager Glen Young said in bull rid­ing, the Global Cup was the ul­ti­mate ex­pres­sion of na­tional pride on the world stage.

“It’s trans­form­ing an in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance-based sport into a team-based bat­tle for na­tional pride,” he said.

At the cen­tre of PBR’s in­ter­na­tional growth strat­egy, the Global Cup will be the largest event staged in any one of the PBR’s in­ter­na­tional ter­ri­to­ries and the only event in each coun­try – Aus­tralia, Brazil, Canada, Mex­ico and the USA, to fea­ture the top rid­ers com­ing for a sin­gle event to claim the ti­tle of Tough­est Na­tion on Dirt.

The pres­ti­gious Global Cup tro­phy will be awarded to the team with the high­est ag­gre­gate score over the course of the event, based on each team’s best 14 qual­i­fied rides.

The Global Cup tro­phy em­pha­sises na­tive soil as the ob­ject of na­tional pride.

It con­sists of five in­di­vid­ual horns, fea­tur­ing each coun­try’s colours and serv­ing as a ves­sel for each na­tion’s dirt. In or­der to com­plete the tro­phy and pro­claim world dom­i­nance, one team must win and pos­sess each re­spec­tive coun­try’s horn.

“Be­ing able to com­pete for your coun­try is al­ways some­thing that will mean a lot to me, it’s where I’m from and it’s who I am. To be one of five cho­sen out of all Aus­tralian bull rid­ers is ac­tu­ally an hon­our. I can’t wait to com­pete for my coun­try and make every­one proud back home,” said newly crowned PBRA cham­pion Troy Wilkin­son, who is back in the USA com­pet­ing and on track for the PBR World Fi­nals.

2017 PBRA Rookie Cham­pion and bull rid­ing sen­sa­tion Aaron Kleier was also proud to have the op­por­tu­nity.

“I am very ex­cited to qual­ify for the Global Cup in my first sea­son of rid­ing with the PBR. It’s a great feel­ing to be given the op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my coun­try,” he said.

Rid­ers will earn money based on the team’s per­for­mance. In Canada the win­ning team will col­lect $400,000. This is scaled back in the plac­ings, with the fifth placed team tak­ing home $42,000.

On top of that, each rider will also have the op­por­tu­nity to win an ad­di­tional $100,000 with their in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances.

With five Aus­tralian team rid­ers con­firmed, two ad­di­tional rid­ers are yet to be an­nounced. One will be from ac­cu­mu­la­tive points last sea­son and this sea­son to Oc­to­ber 8. The other rider will be a coach’s pick so the bat­tle con­tin­ues.

Each coun­try will host a Global Cup event so Aussie fans will not miss out. An an­nounce­ment is soon to be re­leased with all the de­tails.

To keep up to date with all the lat­est PBRA news, re­sults and stand­ings go to www.pbraus­tralia.com.au.

The win­ning team will col­lect $400,000.

PHOTO: ANDY WAT­SON

Kurt Shep­hard at­tempts to ride Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Buck­ing Bulls’s BC Cir­cu­lar In­san­ity dur­ing the first round of the Chicago Built Ford Tough se­ries PBR.

PHOTO: PHILLIP WITTKE

Aaron Kleier at the PBR Aus­tralian Na­tional Fi­nals on July 22.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PBRA cham­pion Troy Wilkin­son looks for­ward to the Global Cup.

PHOTO: ANDY WAT­SON

Sonny Schaf­ferius at­tempts to ride Dozier Cat­tle Co’s Church Bells.

PHOTO: ANDY WAT­SON

Lach­lan Richard­son at­tempts to ride Jane Clark/Gene Owen’s Moto Moto dur­ing the Nash­ville Mu­sic City Knock­out, Built Ford Tough se­ries PBR.

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