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AUSTIN GAMBLERS: “Born In The Lone Star State”

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AUSTIN GAMBLERS: “Born In The Lone Star State”

Powerful hoofbeats pound the arena floor as dirt flies and fans cheer. Music blasts in the stadium but the tension remains thick as audience members watch the action from the edge of their seats. The only sound loud enough to cut through the music, bellowing bulls, and the clang of metal bucking chutes, is the echo of the buzzer marking eight seconds. The cowboy made the ride! A cacophony of cheering fans erupts as the announcer congratulates the cowboy and announces his score. The energy is palpable as it bounces back and forth across the stadium walls. Our cowboy wipes the sweat from his brow and stands proudly as he lifts his cowboy hat high. This is Professional Bull Riding. 

Photo Credit: Austin Gamblers

Since its inception in 1992, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) has made its mark on the sports world, proving a great success standalone from rodeo. Now one of the most highly televised sporting events, PBR has transformed from humble beginnings as a shared vision of 20 bull riders who wished to expand from the traditional rodeo scene to a mainstream sports experience that has taken America and beyond by storm. 


While bull riding in its traditional form is an individual sport, PBR has broken free from the status quo and has employed teams. But how could teams possibly work in bull riding? 

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The PBR Camping World Team Series is in a league of its own. With the world’s top bull riders competing in five-on-five games, teams are judged by the traditional 8-second scoring matrix with a tournament-style approach. With ten teams competing in the 2024 series, only one can take the prize at the 2024 championship in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada on October 18th -20th. 

“Each game features five riders per team squaring off against another team. Full team rosters are comprised of seven riders on the Protected Roster and five Reserve riders. The team with the highest aggregate score of qualified rides among its riders is declared the winner of each game. All PBR Teams events are carried on either the CBS Television Network, streaming live on Paramount+, CBS Sports Network, or RidePass on Pluto TV.”

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One team sure to catch your attention is the Austin Gamblers. Putting their name to the test, this Austin, Texas-based group of hard-hitting cowboys are ready to gamble their way to the winners stage at the 2024 PBR Championship. As the back-to-back 2022 and 2023 PBR Team Series Regular Season champions, the Austin Gamblers are no strangers to a big win. 

Austin Richardson during the 3rd day of Austin PBR Teams event. Photo by Josh Homer/Bull Stock Media.

Composed of 8 athletes, whose backgrounds are rich with bull riding history and successes, will the Austin Gamblers garner another momentous win in 2024!?

Gamblers, Ezekiel Mitchell, Ramon de Lima, Dalton Kasel, Lucas Divino, Jose Vitor Leme, in the opening during the first day of the PBR Teams event in Kansas City. Photo by Todd Brewer/Bull Stock Media


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At the front of the helm, leading the way for the Austin Gamblers is legendary head coach, Michael Gaffney and Director of Brazil Operations, Adriano Moraes.

Austin Gamblers Head Coach, Michael Gaffney and Director of Brazil Operations, Adriano Moraes

With thirteen 90-point rides, a 1997 PBR World Championship win, and taming of the legendary bull Yellow Jacket with two iconic 93.75 and 96.5 point rides, Michael Gaffney is no stranger to the hard work, dedication, and drive it takes to achieve PBR greatness. Today, Gaffney takes the lessons he learned throughout his illustrious career and passes them on to the Austin Gamblers through his experienced coaching and deep understanding of the sport. 

Director of Brazil Operations for the Austin Gamblers, Adriano Moraes has also had his fair share of PBR stardom and influence on the sport. As the PBR’s first World Champion in 1994 and three-time titleholder, Moraes is transcending boundaries as he inspires, mentors, and encourages young athletes to give it their all in the arena. Through his commitment to the sport, his trainees, and extensive know-how of what it takes to be a PBR professional, Moraes is revolutionizing bull riding in Brazil and beyond. 


The Austin Gamblers are bringing the action to Texas! August 23rd – 25th, the PBR is setting the Moody Center Arena on fire with the hottest, action-packed bull riding brought on by the world’s best athletes and toughest bulls. As part of the PBR Camping World Team Series, the 2024 Gambler Days gives the Austin Gamblers a home-field advantage as the city cheers them on in their pursuit of the 2024 PBR Camping World Team Series championship win!

Dalton Kasel during the second day of the Fort Worth Teams PBR. Photo by Leo Loera / Bull Stock Media

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Taryn Cantrell is an Arizona native who has spent many hours in the rodeo arena. Having grown up barrel racing, serving as the 2017 Gilbert Days Rodeo Queen and as a member of the Cowgirls Historical Foundation, Taryn is passionate about her western heritage and all things rodeo. When she’s not on horseback, Taryn can be found playing her bass guitar, painting, and performing around Phoenix with her band. Taryn is a graduate of Arizona State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Vocal Performance. Taryn is proud to combine her love of the arts with her love of rodeo and has been honored to sing The National Anthem at various rodeos across the beautiful state of Arizona. Alongside her love for art and music, preserving her western heritage and promoting the sport of rodeo are just two of Taryn’s many passions. Taryn is so honored to share her love of rodeo with Cowboy Lifestyle Network’s wonderful audience.

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