The PBR Monster Energy Tour returns to Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 13. (Abbotsford News file photo) The PBR Monster Energy Tour returns to Abbotsford Centre on Oct. 13. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

PBR Monster Energy Tour returns to Abbotsford

Professional Bull Riders event announced for Saturday, Oct. 13

The PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Monster Energy Tour has been announced for its third visit to Abbotsford.

The tour hits Abbotsford Centre on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m., with tickets now on sale.

The Monster Energy Tour regularly features Canada’s elite, alongside some of the league’s top international athletes, squaring off against the rankest bucking bulls from the nation.

Fans will witness exhilarating eight-second rides and wrecks throughout the action-packed event as the PBR’s courageous riders face off against their 2,000-pound opponents.

In 2017, young-gun Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alta.) went a perfect two-for-two in the Fraser Valley to capture his first PBR event win.

The victory propelled West from No. 10 to No. 5 in the national standings, where he concluded the year ranked No. 4 in one of the tightest races for the PBR Canada title in recent history.

Top contenders for the 2018 national title, Zane Lambert (Ponoka, Alta.) and Jared Parsonage (Maple Creek, Sask.), tied for second.

Currently ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, both riders went a flawless two-for-two at the event, which once again will mark the tour’s last regular-season stop prior to the PBR’s Monster Energy Canadian Finals.

Presently ranked No. 1 in the nation, Brock Radford (De Winton, Alta.), who made history in 2017 and finished just short of capturing his first national title, was ninth last season in Abbotsford.

While this year’s event will be the Monster Energy Tour’s third trip to the city, the stop will be marked with added significance as the league that brings fans the toughest sport on dirt celebrates its 25th anniversary.

As part of the Monster Energy Tour, riders have the opportunity to earn added prize money, with the stop collectively awarding $20,000 and increased points, with the event winner netting 120 world points.

All riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. The top 10 will then advance to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.

In addition to competing for points towards the Canadian national standings, riders will also have the opportunity to earn world points in an effort to earn a berth onto the elite 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast.

The Abbotsford stop will be the seventh and final regular-season event on the 2018 Monster Energy Tour schedule.

Other stops on the tour include: Ottawa (May 12), Quebec City (May 19), Halifax (May 26), Moncton (June 2) and Kelowna (July 7).

The 2018 finals take place Nov. 23 and 24 in Saskatoon, Sask.

The rider who finishes with the most points after the Abbotsford stop, which is the final regular-season event, also qualifies to go to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas in early November.

Last year’s event in Abbotsford, which also took place in October, saw Alberta’s Lonnie West edge Saskatchewan native Jared Parsonage and Alberta’s Zane Lambert to take home first place and over $4,500.

West had a top ride score of 173 to best Parsonage and Lambert, who both scored a 169.5.

The PBR’s 2016 stop in Abbotsford, which was the tour’s first-ever local visit, saw the late Ty Pozzobon from Merritt earn top spot.

Tickets for the Abbotsford event range from $25 to $80 and are available online at ticketmaster.ca, at the venue box office or by phone at 1-855-985-5000.

For more information on the tour, visit pbrcanada.com.

Just Posted

Pilots fly into first place

Abbotsford crushes Surrey 8-0 on Friday

Abbotsford Indigenous students show off their skills with music videos

The students had near full creative control of the songs and videos produced with non-profit N’we Jinan

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

Your daily commute and weather forecast: Nov. 13, 2018

Chance of showers in Abbotsford today and congestion in Langley and at the Port Mann

UPDATE: Man, 19, dies in shooting on Ross Road in Abbotsford

Victim was airlifted to hospital Monday afternoon, but died shortly afterwards

VIDEOS & SLIDESHOW: Abbotsford Remembrance Day 2018

Local highlights from Nov. 11 ceremonies

Hockey legends come to B.C.

Greats including Bossy, Dionne, Hawerchuk, Howe, Lafleur and Parent at Langley Events Centre

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university Pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

B.C. to invest $492 million in affordable homes

72 new projects are part of a 10-year, $1.9-billion strategy

Around the BCHL: Surrey Eagles sliding and Cassidy Bowes flows

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

Pit bull cross, chihuahua owners must split costs for dogfight damage, judge rules

Eac side responsible for $577.43 towards injuries in Comox Valley incident

Most Read