Dirt. The most common element on Earth after air and water. For a cowboy, Native Soil is a birthright to cherish and protect. Teamwork is a core value; a commitment to better one another. National Pride. A privilege that inspires and emboldens us all.
The ultimate expression of national pride on an international stage, the PBR Global Cup will establish a new world order in rider and fan bragging rights for The Toughest Nation on Dirt.
With a new nation vs. nation team format, Global Cup will settle the score on which country lays claim to the best bull riders in the world. Staged annually across the five competing territories – Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and United States – Global Cup will pit qualifying national team riders against the best of the best in a battle for honor, riches and perhaps most significantly, home dirt.
At each event, the home country will be granted a competitive advantage – twice the number of competitors as the four visiting national teams. On the line will be their piece of the five-part Global Cup trophy, as well as their native soil. Successfully defend from the foreign invaders, and the home country will protect its dirt. Lose, and to the winner will go the spoils.
An ongoing series that will ultimately visit each nation every year, the competition will continue until one nation holds all five pieces of the Global Cup – including the native soil of each competing territory. Thus in the end, only ONE country will lay claim to The Toughest Nation on Dirt.
The PBR Global Cup is an international team-formatted bull riding event featuring riders from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States.
The prestigious Global Cup Trophy will be awarded to the team with the highest aggregate score over the course of the two-day event (Nov. 10-11) based off each team's best 14 qualified rides.
Australia, Brazil, Mexico and the United States will deploy seven bull riders each night, while Canada will have “home-field advantage” with 14 riders. Five riders for Team Canada will be determined by a national qualifying event in Edmonton on Nov. 9.
Canada may have 14 riders at their disposal, but they still will only be able to count 14 individual ride scores to their final overall event total like the other four countries competing.
Following the long round of competition on Nov. 10 & 11, each country will participate in a bonus round where the head coaches will select two riders from their rosters to attempt an additional bull.
The bonus rounds can count toward each team’s 14-ride score overall total.
Any teams that post more than 14 qualified rides during the two-day competition will drop their lowest individual ride scores and only count their 14-best scores.
*These rules are solely for the PBR Global Cup event in Edmonton
Team Selection for Global Cup Edmonton (Nov 9-11, 2017)
Host Country Roster:
Five bull riders will automatically qualify to ride for their nation based on the PBR World Standings as of August 19th. The No. 6 spot will be determined by the host country’s national standings, while the seventh pick will be chosen by the team’s coach.
The host country will also have a built-in advantage as they will be able to add seven more riders to their roster, based on a national team qualifier event on the first night of the PBR Global Cup.
Visiting Country Roster:
Five bull riders will automatically qualify to ride for their nation based on the PBR World Standings as of August 21st. The No. 6 spot will be determined by the host country’s national standings, while the seventh pick will be chosen by the team’s coach.
*Each country will have the opportunity to add an alternate rider to their roster in case of injury.
The Global Cup trophy will be the centerpiece of the tournament, reflecting the tenacity of human will and determination. Comprising five individual bull horns representing the participating countries, the collective trophy symbolizes the unified spirit of this global competition.
Each nation’s piece of the trophy will also include a vessel that holds its native soil. Each event’s opening ceremonies will see the host’s riders depositing the dirt into their piece of the trophy, after which the battle will ensue to determine who claims the dirt and host’s bull horn.
The protection of native soil will become a representation of national pride and honor for the teams and fans who enter competition bearing the colors of their country.
The inaugural Global Cup event will be hosted Nov. 9-11 by Team Canada at the state-of-the-art Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The three-day event, produced in partnership with Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), will feature the second-largest bull riding prize payout in North America, second only to the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.
November 9th – Canadian National Team Qualifier
November 10th-11th – Global Cup Edmonton International Competition
In 2018, the best bull riders on the planet will journey down under where the Australians will look to defend home soil as the PBR Global Cup heads to Sydney, Australia’s, Qudos Bank Arena June 9-10, 2018.
Led by fourteen of Australia's top cowboys, the Australians will set their sights on world domination as they battle against Brazil, Mexico, Canada and the United States for bragging rights and the honor of being named the world's best. The two-day event becomes the second stop on PBR's Global Cup international tour.
Scoring and Competition details coming soon.