Cowboy Lifestyle Network presents the 2015 PBR Touring Pro Division Event Calendar and Coverage. The PBR stands for the Professional Bull Riders.
The Touring Pro Division is the developmental tour of the PBR, where both established veterans and newcomers to the professional ranks compete against some of the most famous bucking bulls. The TPD gives riders the opportunity to compete in PBR-sanctioned events while earning money to qualify for the Built Ford Tough Series.
The PBR Touring Pro Division was founded in 2011. Once the 2015 season begins, the Top 40 bull riders will have five Built Ford Tough Series events to secure their positions. After the fifth event, and every fifth event thereafter, the Top 5 riders from the TPD, based on money earned, are allowed to move onto the BFTS. Riders who lose their spot on the BFTS compete at the TPD level with the hopes of moving back up.
More than 100 TPD events are sanctioned annually by the PBR, awarding almost $3 million in prize money.
The standard one-day TPD format is 35 contestants, who each ride one bull. The Top 12 riders advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.
Two-day TPD events will take up to 70 contestants with 40 riders competing each day. The Top 12 riders each day advance to the championship round to compete with one more bull. The overall event winner is the rider with the highest combined score on two bulls.
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The best way to explain PBR’s Touring Pro Division is to think of it as the “minor-league” tour of the (PBR) Professional Bull Riders, replacing the Challenger, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and Discovery Tours of the past. Along with previous minor-league tours, it offers up-and-coming bull riders to make a name for themselves. In addition, to the many ] riders not competing on the elite Built Ford Tough Series (PBR BFTS) the opportunity of a lifetime to compete in PBR-sanctioned events while earning money to qualify them for the BFTS and the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada.
2015 PBR Touring Pro Division Event Calendar