PBR planning session
Eldon Flynn, Red Doffin and Mike Lane gathered in July to plan the Professional Bullriders Association event taking place in Ada Sept. 1-2
Eldon Flynn, Lloyd Burk and Mike Lane gathered at an early planning session for the Professional Bullriders Association event taking place in Ada Sept. 1-2
Bryce Merritt performs at PBR event in Ada
Bryce Merritt, a freshman at Memorial High School in Edmond, has performed at a number of venues throughout the nation. He will provide pre-event entertainment Sept. 1 and 2 at the Professional Bull Riding Association event in Ada.
He continues to sing at the Oklahoma Opry where he first performed at the age of 10. Bryce also performs frequently at the new Oklahoma Centennial Rodeo Opry. He competed in last year’s Colgate Country Showdown, taking third place at Durant and second place at the Stillwater competition.
In the summer of 2005, Merritt was selected to represent Oklahoma at the National Youth Summit in Washington, DC. Merritt has sung the National Anthem at numerous athletic events including the OU/OSU bedlam baseball series, the Oklahoma City Blazers, and at Annapolis, Maryland for the United States Naval Academy Soccer Team. This spring, Merritt was in the musical play “Oklahoma!” at the historic Jewel Box Theatre in Oklahoma City. For the past two years, Merritt has performed for the Kingfisher Independence Day celebration.
In addition to singing, Merritt studies piano, picks at the guitar, is a competitive tennis player, plays club soccer, and is active in his church youth group. He has won numerous academic awards, is in the National Honor Society, and has served on the Student Council for his school.
Merritt can ride a horse but not a bull and says he is proud to be a part of the PBR festivities Sept. 1 and 2 in Ada.
PBR event comes to Ada Labor Day weekend
ADA — The Southern Oklahoma PBR Challenge Tour is presented by Outwest Productions and American Bucking Bull Inc. for the first time in Ada. The top 45 bulls and cowboys will be competing for a purse of more than $25,000 at the Pontotoc County Agri-plex Sept. 1-2, 2006.
The Professional Bull Riders Association is in it fourteenth year of operation, with a group of international athletes qualifying to compete for the $3.2 million in prize money in Las Vegas each year. The Southern Oklahoma Challenge Tour is one leg of their journey to the national finals.
The United States, Australia, Brazil and Mexico are all represented within the organization. In 2005, the PBR World Finals were watched by 320 million households, and in 2006 the PBR will be watched in Russia, Poland, China, Brazil, Germany, France and Norway. The PBR can be watched in the U.S. on OLN and NBC Sports.
Over 800 cowboys hold a Professional Bull Rider membership. They are a diverse group with different backgrounds, origins and personalities but all sharing the same goal. . .to ride a bull, but not just any bull. These cowboys strive to conquer the rankest bulls in the world, which can only be found at PBR — literally testing man versus beast.
Riders come from all over the world, and have grown up in areas ranging from inner cities to farms and ranches. Their determination and will to succeed set them apart from others. This sport is daring and dangerous and requires a true competitor and a driven athlete.
PBR athletes travel the globe to have the opportunity to ride the best bulls against the best bull riders for the biggest purses in the sport.
Local men competing in the PBR event include Cord McCoy, Tupelo, Cody Whitney, Asher, and Jody Newberry, Ada.
Tickets for the Southern Oklahoma PBR Enterprise Classic are available at Sharpe’s Department Store, 131 West Main and Steppin’ Out Western Wear, 430 East Main in Ada. In Davis, Stillwater Milling Company (800-522-8803) still has tickets for sale.
PBR planning session
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