July 21-30, 2023
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – When the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) bucks back into Cheyenne, Wyoming for Last Cowboy Standing July 20-21, fans will see one of the marquee stops on the elite series tour as the world’s top bull riding athletes take on the rankest bucking bulls in the business at the premier celebration of cowboy life and Western entertainment.
The 2020 summer season Major, a higher-profile regular-season event offering more world standings points and prize money, is the second year of partnership between the leading bull riding league and world’s largest outdoor rodeo.
For two nights, the Top-40 bull riders in the world will attempt to conquer the sport’s rankest bulls on the historic Wyoming dirt in Cheyenne, strapping in for their shot to make the buzzer and gain crucial world points.
The 10-day iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days festival features the world’s largest outdoor rodeo, concerts by top name entertainers, dining, shopping, educational exhibits, Native American Indian performances, a Western Art show, U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds performance, pancake breakfasts, parades that feature antique carriages and Western pageantry galore.
In 2019, fans attending the inaugural PBR Last Cowboy Standing stop in Cheyenne saw some of the season’s best bull riding capped by an epic win for a fiery athlete from Arkansas with an incredible comeback story. Just one-year prior Chase Outlaw suffered what some considered a career-ending blow when he was pulled down on a bull named War Cloud in the very same arena.
Breaking 30 bones in his face, requiring emergency surgery to insert 11 plates and 68 screws, Outlaw was advised by some to find another profession. Determined to prove them wrong and continue his quest for his first world title he turned in a monster performance in 2019’s Round 2 – a remarkable 93.5-point ride aboard Smooth Wreck – earning him the high marked ride of the year and helping carry him into the final three rounds. Outlaw’s other qualified ride came in Round 4 when he rode Rising Sun for 90.5 points. The 27-year-old came off before the 8 in Round 3 on Budakon and in Round 5 atop Cochise.
As the two nights of passionate bull riding under the lights came to a close, he stood in the historic arena with tears streaming down his face claiming the title of 2019 Last Cowboy Standing.
Riders just like Outlaw from around the world will descend upon the “Daddy of ‘em all” to vie for the 2020 title.
The bull riding action begins at 7:45 p.m. on Monday, July 20 and 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21. Tickets for the two-day event go on sale Saturday, Nov. 9. They range in price from $22 to $102 and can be purchased through www.cfdrodeo.com, at PBR.com or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.
PBR Elite Seats are available for avid bull riding fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the world’s top bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats and the VIP experience of a lifetime, including a reception; pre-show backstage and chute tour by a PBR Stock Contractor, a question and answer presentation with some of the top bull riders in the world, special meet and greets and a visit with the sport’s bovine athletes; a 2020 PBR program; and the opportunity for photos and autographs from top PBR stars and the coveted trophy.
The PBR Elite Seats are available for $300 both nights and can be purchased through www.cfdrodeo.com or by contacting the PBR Customer Service Department at 800-732-1727.
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 700 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast Tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR’s digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company. For more information, visit PBR.com, or follow on Facebook at Facebook.com/PBR, Twitter at Twitter.com/PBR, and YouTube at YouTube.com/PBR.
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Six-time PBR World Finals qualifier Chase Outlaw, from Hamburg, Arkansas, is recovering at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center following facial reconstructive surgery after getting injured during the PBR at Cheyenne Frontier Days event on Monday evening.
In a statement on behalf of the family, Chase’s sister, Brittany, said that Chase is doing well after undergoing a 12-hour surgery on Tuesday.
“He is doing good,” Brittany said. “They gave him some pretty good pain medicine earlier that knocked him out. The doctor said the surgery went well. Everything is coming back together. It was the worst facial reconstruction he has ever seen. He has been awake and he is talking.”
Dr. William Wyatt performed the surgery.
“The hospital has been phenomenal and everyone is so nice,” Brittany added. “We love the doctor. He has been really, really nice.”
Chase was injured Monday night when his head collided with War Cloud while he was attempting to ride the bull during the PBR Touring Pro Division event. Outlaw was transported to Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and rushed into surgery after X-rays revealed a series of major bilateral fractures on both sides of his face.
According to Rick Foster, program director for the Justin Sports Medicine Team, Outlaw’s injuries are not considered life-threatening.
“He has all of those facial fractures, but nothing life-threatening or serious for his future right now,” Foster said on Tuesday afternoon.
Dr. Wyatt was in attendance at the bull riding on Tuesday night and confirmed Outlaw’s injuries were some of the worst he had ever seen. Wyatt said Outlaw had 15 fractures on each side of his face and that the surgery involved 68 screws, 11 plates and four pieces of surgical mesh.
Brittany and Chase’s wife, Nicole, extend their deepest gratitude for all of the thoughts, prayers and messages they have received since the injury.
The GoFundMe page was arranged by Gage Gay’s girlfriend, Peyton Rose Martin, and it had already been shared on social media by multiple PBR riders such as 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis and personnel such as reigning PBR Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger.
“We have been overwhelmed with the amount of messages and texts we have received,” Brittany said. “We can’t even get back to everyone.”
Chase will remain at the hospital for likely a week. There is hope that Outlaw will potentially make a return to competition in 2 to 3 months.
The 26-year-old had recently returned to competition on June 8 after missing six months recovering from his third reconstructive shoulder surgery since 2015 after he was injured on his final ride at the 2017 PBR World Finals – a 90.5-point ride on Indian Medicine.
Outlaw, who finished 2017 a career-best sixth in the world standings, had begun to heat up in the arena as well recently. He had arrived in Cheyenne with a five consecutive rides streak and had two-runner up finishes and a third-place showing in his last three events.