The Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR) announced on Saturday the full rosters for the teams that will be heading to Las Vegas for the 2010 World Cup on April 16-18. Held on U.S. soil for the first time, this premier international event will take over the Thomas & Mack Center for three action packed days, to determine the best bull riding nation in the world!
Joining previously announced Team USA members Austin Meier (Kinta, Okla.) and McKennon Wimberly (Cool, Texas) will be the No. 1 ranked rider in the Built Ford Tough standings J.B. Mauney (Mooresville, N.C.), reigning World Champion Kody Lostroh (Longmont, Colo.), and rising star Jordan Hupp (Cheyenne, Wyo.).
Team Canada will add Devon Mezei (Scandia, Alberta, Canada), Tyler Thompson (Black Diamond, Alberta, Canada) and Tanner Girletz (Cereal, Alberta, Canada). The trio joins Aaron Roy (Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada) and Scott Schiffner (Strathmore, Alberta, Canada).
Team Brazil announced that Guilherme Marchi (Leme, SP, Brazil), Fabiano Vieira (Perola, PR, Brazil), Silvano Alves (Catanduva, SP, Brazil) and Edimunco Gomes (Brazil) will join Robson Palermo (Rio Branco, Acre, Brazil). Brazil was forced to replace Valdiron de Oliveira (Aparecida de Goiania, GO, Brazil) who is projected to miss the next few months with a shoulder injury.
Brothers Jared and Pete Farley (Kempsey, NSW, Australia) will be joined on Team Australia by Ben Jones (Sunset, Texas), David Kennedy (Kyogle, Australia), and Rhys Angland (Wagga Wagga, Australia).
Team Mexico has added Francisco Morales (Jrapunto, Gua, Mexico), Nile Lebaron (Chihuahua, Mexico) and Lorenozo Rios (Guanajuato, Mexico), who join Rocky McDonald (Colonia Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico) and Gustavo Pedrero (Jalisco, Mexico). Hugo Pedrero (Leon, Mexico) declined Team Mexico’s invitation to participate in the 2010 World Cup due to injuries.
Teams can make adjustments to their rosters until April 12, after which changes will only be allowed due to injury.
Over the course of three nights, fans will witness world-class rides during six rounds of action, with all 25 riders competing in each round. This means that fans will have the opportunity to watch at least 50 show-stopping rides each night! The top three scores for each country in each round will count toward the team total. The team accumulating the most points during the six rounds will be declared the winner and walk away as the best bull riders in the world!
Information on hotel rooms and packages can be reserved at Treasure Island, the official host hotel of the 2010 PBR World Cup. Not only will Treasure Island be home to the riders during the World Cup, but the hotel and casino will also play host to various World Cup after parties, and be “home base” for all PBR activity during the World Cup. For more information about prices and to reserve a room now, go to www.treasureisland.com or call (800) 288-7206.