The PBR Global Cup was a bull riding team competition that was developed in 2017 by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) organization and ran through 2022. It was intended to give the winning country the ability to say they had the best bull riders. Previously, there was a similar team event called the PBR World Cup that the PBR ran from 2007 to 2010, but this new event was not a continuation of the previous one. The PBR Global Cup consisted of teams from five countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

A different country held the team event each year as this was an annual event. The host country retained a competitive advantage. The best riders in each team were matched against the best riders from other teams. The contest was a series that continued until one country held all five pieces of the Global Cup, which included the horn and the native soil of each nation. Only one country could claim the "Toughest Nation on Dirt."[1]


Competition description

The PBR Global Cup was an annual event. Each team rode with a uniform that represented their respective country. The hosting country each year was granted an advantage. For the events in Edmonton and Sydney, that advantage was twice the number of competitors as the visiting teams. When the date for the first-ever edition of the event in the U.S. was announced, the PBR debuted a new format. In place of an increased roster, Team USA would field two teams, Eagles and Wolves. Making modern sports history, the Wolves team was announced to be composed exclusively of Native American bull riders.[2]

At stake for the home team was their piece of the five-part Global Cup trophy which was a horn and their national soil. The home team had to win the event to successfully keep their trophy piece and native soil. Otherwise, the visiting team who won the event was awarded these items. The competition continued until one nation captured all five horns for the trophy−including the native soil−of each country. That country laid claim to the title, "The Toughest Nation on Dirt."[3]

Trophy and native soil

The trophy was composed of five individual bull horns that represented each country. Taken as a whole, the trophy represented the collective spirit of this worldwide competition. Each country's bull horn piece of the trophy also included a vessel that held its native soil. At each event's opening ceremonies, was a presentation where all shared in viewing the host's riders depositing their dirt into their trophy piece. Following the presentation, the battle for the horn piece commenced. Each team protected their native soil as a matter of pride and honor for their country.[3][4]

Competition format

The event was a two-day international competition which featured 14 riders from the host country against seven riders from each of the visiting countries. The home country was intentionally given a home town advantage with twice as many bull riders. Each team also had head coaches and assistant coaches.[3]

Competitors earned money based on their team's performance. First place split $400,000 among themselves while the last place team earned $42,000. The individual rider who scored the most points combining his multiple rides received a bonus, while the rider with the highest-scored individual ride also received a bonus.[5]

Annual events

2017 inaugural event

The competition format for the inaugural event was very different from a traditional bull riding event. There were two days of competition. Each team attempted to score up to 14 qualified rides. The winning team was decided by the highest combined score. Coaches made all the riding decisions. The winning team was determined by points. Each qualified ride was judged up to 100 points. The total of all qualified ride points was combined for the total points earned. The team with the highest number of points became the winner, in this case, Team USA had the most points with 1,026.75 points. Team USA's riders rode 12 bulls out of 18 total outs (trips out of the bucking chute) and had one disqualification for a bulls ridden ratio of 12-18-1 (qualified rides-outs-disqualified). For first place they earned the top prize money of $400,000 and, of course, the Canadian horn piece of the Global Cup Trophy.[6]

In 2017, the inaugural event was hosted from November 9 through 11 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The event paid out the second largest prize amount in North America, with only the PBR World Finals paying out more. By the end of the event, Team USA had become the winner. Team USA consisted of 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis, Derek Kolbaba, Brennon Eldred, Cole Melancon, Stormy Wing, 2009 PBR Rookie of the Year Cody Nance, 2012 PRCA Champion Bull Rider Cody Teel and was coached by two-time PBR World Champion Justin McBride.[7]

Winning statistics

2017 Event Statistics
Year Place Earned Country Team Leader Bulls Ridden Ratio Bulls Ridden Point Total Money Earned Trophy Piece Earned
2017 First United States Cooper Davis 12-18-1 1,026.75 $400,000 Canadian Horn
2017 Second Brazil Rubens Barbosa 11-18 927.50 $87,500 N/A
2017 Third Canada Lonnie West 10-32 838.50 $70,000 N/A
2017 Fourth Australia Cliff Richardson 7-18 599.25 $599.25 N/A
2017 Fifth Mexico Michael Gaffney 3-18 253.75 $42,000 N/A

Source: [8]

2018 event

In 2018, the next event was hosted in the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, from June 9 though 10. Fourteen of Australia's top cowboys will compete to win the event on their home turf.[9][10]

The prizes that the PBR paid out in Australian are a record $750,000 for that country. Qudos Bank Arena is first-rate facility is situated in Sydney Olympic Park, and is formerly known as the Sydney Super Dome, which completed construction in 1999. It formerly hosted the PBR Australia Finals since 2010. The general manager of PBR Australia said that this venue has also hosted the Olympic Games, and that it is very fitting to host this event in the largest city in Australia.[11]

For Australia, they chose their competition format, and they announced it in February 2018. Each team featured three competitors. Those competitors were based on the final 2017 world standings for the series that started in Canada the previous November.[3]

Source: [3]

Each visiting team was composed of 7 bull riders in Sydney. Coaches chose the riders. Team Australia, same as the home team inaugural event, benefited from the host team advantage, and had 14 bull riders. Australia's additional 11 bull riders were chosen by 1998 PBR World Champion Troy Dunn, their coach. The PBR chose the coaches for this event and they were as follows:[3]

McBride defended his team's possession of the Canadian horn and native soil they won in the Canadian event in 2017. Roy was returned to helm the Canadian team again. Dunn, Nunes, and Venegas were new to coaching their teams in their respective countries. All three bull riders have exceptionally notable backgrounds that qualified them for this position.[3]

Lastly, the competition was based on the best 12 qualified rides. The team with the highest aggregate score when the event concluded won the trophy with the Canadian horn and also received the Australian horn. In this event, the Brazil team won the trophy.[3]

Winning statistics

2018 Event Statistics
Year Place Earned Country Team Leader Bulls Ridden Ratio Bulls Ridden Point Total Money Earned Trophy Piece Earned
2018 Fourth United States Justin McBride 924 $52,500 N/A
2018 First Brazil Renato Nunes 1,006.5 $400,000 Australian
2018 Third Canada Aaron Roy 986.75 $64,500 N/A
2018 Second Australia Troy Dunn 1005.75 $75,000 N/A
2018 Fifth Mexico Gerado Venegas 501.25 $40,750 N/A




2019 event

The third leg of the PBR Global Cup took place on February 9 and 10, 2019 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, United States.[13] For this event, the United States was split into two teams: the Eagles and the Wolves (an all-Native American squad). Team Brazil won their second straight Global Cup at the Arlington stop.[15]

2020 event

On February 15 and 16, 2020, the PBR Global Cup again visited AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, marking the first time a global PBR competition had visited the same venue in consecutive years. The United States was again split into two teams, the Eagles and the Wolves. The competition was won by the USA Eagles.[16]

2022 event

There was no PBR Global Cup event in 2021 due to each of the PBR countries having inconsistent COVID-19 protocols, but the event returned to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas for a third, non-consecutive year. Unlike previous Global Cups where the event spanned two days, the 2022 edition of the Global Cup was a one-day event and instead of 7 riders for each visiting country and 14 for the home country, the number of riders was shortened to 5 for each visiting country and 10 for the home country (5 riders each for USA Eagles and USA Wolves). It was once again won by Team USA Eagles.[17]

The PBR Global Cup has since been discontinued.


Annual placements

Year Host Champions Runners-up 3rd place 4th place 5th place 6th place
2017 Canada Edmonton United States United States Brazil Brazil Canada Canada Australia Australia Mexico Mexico
2018 Australia Sydney Brazil Brazil Australia Australia Canada Canada United States United States Mexico Mexico
2019 United States Arlington Brazil Brazil United States USA Eagles United States USA Wolves Australia Australia Mexico Mexico Canada Canada
2020 United States Arlington United States USA Eagles Australia Australia Brazil Brazil Canada Canada Mexico Mexico United States USA Wolves
2022 United States Arlington United States USA Eagles Brazil Brazil Mexico Mexico Australia Australia Canada Canada United States USA Wolves

Source: [8]

Medal table

1 United States (USA)3115
2 Brazil (BRA)2215
3 Australia (AUS)0202
4 Canada (CAN)0022
5 Mexico (MEX)0011
Totals (5 entries)55515

Source: [8]


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