Cowboys, Freedom and Gamblers Win on Opening Night of PBR Camping World Team Series in Cheyenne

CHEYENNE, Wy.  – Opening night of the 2023 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Camping World Team Series season featured two PBR World Champions leading their team to victory, a double-shut out, an MVP posting the first 90-point ride of the season and a rookie coming off the bench to secure a victory for his team.

In the first matchup of the season, the Carolina Cowboys bested the Texas Rattlers in the highest-scoring game of the day thanks to clutch performances from former 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen and 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis.

The powerful bovine competitors then bounced back, pitching the third double-shutout in Team Series history by keeping both the 2022 PBR Team Series World Champion Nashville Stampede and the Missouri Thunder off the board.

2022 PBR Teams MVP Jose Vitor Leme got off to a great start to give the Gamblers the edge over the Kansas City Outlaws in the third game, as he surged to an early lead in the 2023 MVP race with the only 90-point ride of the night.

In the final matchup, rookie Elizmar Jeremias came off the bench after the Oklahoma Freedom were awarded a re-ride and led his team to victory over the Arizona Ridge Riders.

The PBR Camping World Team Series event from Cheyenne continues tomorrow, Tuesday, July 25, at 7:45 p.m. MDT. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the box office or online at, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.

PBR RidePass on Pluto TV will offer replays of all the PBR Team Series action from Cheyenne. Fans can also tune in to CBS Sports network at 10 p.m. ET for the first three games of the event. On Sunday, July 30, fans can tune in to CBS Television network at noon ET (check your local listings) for the CBS Game of the Week, the Carolina Cowboys at the Arizona Ridge Riders. Click here for the latest programming schedule.




Former PBR World Champions Davis, Swearingen Lead Carolina to Victory Over Texas in Opening Game

Texas Rattlers: 173

Carolina Cowboys: 179.25

CHEYENNE, Wy. – In the opening game of the 2023 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Camping World Team Series at Cheyenne Frontier Days, the Carolina Cowboys (1-0) defeated the Texas Rattlers (0-1) 179.5 to 173. Veteran Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) and Josh Frost (Randlett, Utah) were both bucked off to begin the game, falling to Border Crisis (Hart Cattle Co/Hale) and Tijuana Two-Step (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd) respectively. After Texas Rattlers’ rider Braidy Randolph (Jonestown, Pennsylvania) broke through and got his team off to an early lead, dancing with Centerfold (Blake Sharp/Michael Floyd) for 87.75 points, the home team rallied back. Despite Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma), the first pick in the 2023 Protected Roster Draft, being unseated by Summertime Blues (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger) in 6.77 seconds in his first out of the season, 2022 PBR World Champion Daylon Swearingen (Piffard, New York) grabbed the lead back for the Cowboys, rocketing Carolina into first place with an 89.5-point ride atop Bubba G (Dakota Rodeo/Brian & Ashley Pintar/Clay Struve/Chad Berger). 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) then extended his team’s lead, posting a game-high 89.75-point ride on Mr. Right Now (Silent 7/Hilton Bull Co.) With his team trailing 179.25 to 87.75, the Rattlers’ final rider Daniel Keeping (Montague, Texas) knew he had to put up a monstrous score to give his team a chance. The Texan shot out of the chutes atop Ninja Cowboy (Universal Pro Rodeo/Rachel & Dustin Powell) and made the 8, but his 85.25 points were not enough to take back the lead. The Texas Rattlers look to bounce back tomorrow against the 2022 Champion Nashville Stampede (0-1), while the Cowboys try to keep it rolling against the 2022 runners-up, the Arizona Ridge Riders (0-1).

“This win feels really good, every guy on our team wishes that we would have gotten more rode,” said Carolina Cowboys Head Coach Jerome Davis. “But we still got a win out of it. We are just going to keep bearing down and if we do that every time and every day, we will be the champs.” 


Bulls Have Perfect Game, Shutout Both Nashville and Missouri

Nashville Stampede: 0

Missouri Thunder: 0

CHEYENNE, Wy. – The powerful bovine competitors had the upper hand in the first game of the season for the defending champion Nashville Stampede (0-1) and the Missouri Thunder (0-1). The game featured five riders making their PBR Camping World Team Series debut, including the Stampede’s Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Faria, Brazil), who was sidelined all of last year with a back injury. After the first six riders of the match were unseated, Barbosa locked in for the first time in a Team Series match against a familiar foe inChateau Montelena’s Montana Jacket (Vella/Coeman/Ogden/Hart), and for the third time, the animal athlete bested him, this time in 2.35 seconds. Marcelo Procopio Pereira (Rinopolis, Brazil) attempted to get the Thunder on the board, but the Brazilian was unseated by Stone Cold Gangster (Universal Pro Rodeo/Rachel & Dustin Powell) in just 4.14 seconds. With both teams down to their final riders without posting a score, three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) attempted to lock in against Skeeter Peter (Dakota Rodeo/Mark Baker/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) but failed to make the 8. Thunder closer Andrew Alvidrez (Seminole, Texas) had a chance to walk it off but was bested by Renegade (IB Rockin Cattle/Hilton Bull Co) in 3.89 seconds to conclude the bulls’ perfect game. It is the third double-shutout in PBR Teams’ history, and the second in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where both the Kansas City Outlaws and Oklahoma Freedom were shut out during Opening Day in 2022. The Stampede look to bounce back against the Texas Rattlers (0-1) on Tuesday, while the Thunder battle the Austin Gamblers (1-0).


2022 PBR Teams’ MVP Jose Vitor Leme Leads Gamblers to Victory Over Outlaws

Austin Gamblers: 177

Kansas City Outlaws: 88.25

CHEYENNE, Wy. – The Austin Gamblers (1-0) defeated the Kansas City Outlaws (0-1), 177 – 88.25, in the third game of the 2023 PBR Camping World Team Series. Lucas Divino (Nova Crixas, Brazil) looked to get the 2022 regular season champs off to a hot start but was unseated by Mike’s Motive (Blake Sharp/High Voltage/Wetzel/Knott) in 5.34 seconds. The buckoff gave the Outlaws a chance to take an early lead, and Wingson Henrique da Silva (Navirai, Brazil), who the team acquired from the Carolina Cowboys via trade in the offseason, delivered, topping I’m Legit Too (Hart Cattle Co/Hale) for 88.25 points. Austin immediately responded as Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) sat tall atop Whatever (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Ken Barnhart) for 86.5 points to close the deficit. Kansas City then turned to Marcus Mast (Middlebury, Indiana), who had a breakout year with the team in 2022, but he was unable to make the whistle atop Milk Mustache (Ty Rinaldo TZ Bucking Bulls). After the next three riders were also unseated, the door was open for 2022 PBR Team Series MVP Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) to give his team the lead with only one out remaining. The two-time PBR World Champion rocketed out of the chutes atop Red River (Ty Rinaldo TZ Bucking Bulls) amidst the raucous bull riding faithful, lasting the 8 for a monstrous 90.5 points to give his team an 88.75-point lead, the first 90-point ride of the 2023 Teams’ season. Outlaws’ closer Bob Mitchell (Steelville, Missouri) looked to respond on Commander (Universal Pro Rodeo), but he was unseated in 3.21 seconds, giving the Gamblers the victory. Austin faces off with the Missouri Thunder (0-1) on Tuesday, while Kansas City attempts to change their fortune against the Oklahoma Freedom (1-0).

“We are really excited to be starting off season two better than we did last year,” Head Coach Michael Gaffney said. “We have really set the sights high for the next Bulls tomorrow night and I think the guys are pleased, I know I am. It is hard when we have guys come down, but we win as a team, and we lose as a team. I am just really proud, there was not one guy who didn’t give 110% tonight and that’s what I want to see – focus and effort. Nothing is ever going to be handed to you in this sport and we are ready to work for it.” 


Rookie Elizmar Jeremias Leads Freedom to Victory Over Ridge Riders

Oklahoma Freedom: 89.25

Arizona Ridge Riders: 88

CHEYENNE, Wy. – The Oklahoma Freedom (1-0) bested the Arizona Ridge Riders (0-1), 89.25 – 88, in the final game of Opening Day of the 2023 PBR Camping World Team Series season. Thiago Salgado (Navirai, Brazil) was first up for the Freedom, but, after being awarded a re-ride, Oklahoma turned to rookie Elizmar Souza Jeremias (Anapu, Brazil), who rode tall atop Shameless (Silent 7/Hilton Bull Co) for 89.25 points to give his team the lead. His ride overtook fellow rookie Nick Tetz (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), who posted an 88-point ride on Crazy Times (Hart Cattle Co/Randy Wood).

The Ridge Riders were given a re-ride of their own after Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia. Brazil) failed to last the 8 against Exodus (Jane Clark/Gene Owen), but Jesse Petri (Dublin, Texas) was unseated by Wild Card (Blake Sharp) in 1.03 seconds. After Oklahoma closer Derek Kolbaba (Walla Walla, Washington) was unable to put the game away atop Nigel (Hale/Ogden/Hart Cattle Co), Luciano de Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) had an opportunity to steal the win for Arizona. He catapulted out of the chutes atop Rockville (Blake Sharp/Koe Wetzel/Giovanni/Morris) but was bucked off after a hard-fought 4.59 seconds. The Freedom duel the Kansas City Outlaws (0-1) on Tuesday, while the Arizona Ridge Riders attempt to bounce back against the Carolina Cowboys (1-0). 

“This feels great,” Head Coach Cord McCoy said. “Last year it felt like it took us half of the year to get in rhythm but we finished the year with a lot of confidence, we are just so anxious and ready to get the year started. To get a win right off the bat against Arizona is a huge deal for us, Arizona is a really tough team any time you can get by them it’s a boost of confidence.”




Here are the current Team standings for the Cheyenne PBR Camping World Team Series event after the opening day of competition:

  1. Carolina Cowboys, 1-0-0
  2. Austin Gamblers, 1-0-0
  3. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-0-0
  4. Texas Rattlers, 0-1-0
  5. Kansas City Outlaws, 0-1-0
  6. Arizona Ridge Riders, 0-1-0
  7. Nashville Stampede, 0-1-0
  8. Missouri Thunder, 0-1-0



Here are the current Team standings for the regular season after the opening day of competition in Cheyenne:

  1. Carolina Cowboys, 1-0-0
  2. Austin Gamblers, 1-0-0
  3. Oklahoma Freedom, 1-0-0
  4. Texas Rattlers, 0-1-0
  5. Kansas City Outlaws, 0-1-0
  6. Arizona Ridge Riders, 0-1-0
  7. Nashville Stampede, 0-1-0
  8. Missouri Thunder, 0-1-0



Here are the game matchups for the second day of action in Cheyenne:

Austin Gamblers @ Missouri Thunder

Oklahoma Freedom @ Kansas City Outlaws

Texas Rattlers @ Nashville Stampede

Carolina Cowboys @ Arizona Ridge Riders


About the PBR Camping World Team Series

The PBR Camping World Team Series is an elite league featuring the world’s top bull riders competing on teams in five-on-five bull riding games during an 11-event season beginning in July and culminating in a Team Championship at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas October 20-22. During the 2023 season, the league’s second, each of the eight teams – Austin Gamblers of Austin, TX; Arizona Ridge Riders of Glendale, AZ; Carolina Cowboys of Greensboro, NC; Kanas City Outlaws of Kansas City, MO; Nashville Stampede of Nashville, TN; Oklahoma Freedom of Oklahoma City, OK; Missouri Thunder of Ridgedale, MO; and Texas Rattlers of Fort Worth, TX – will host a three-day homestand. There are also neutral-site games in Cheyenne, WY and Anaheim, CA.

The new league, which launched in July 2022, builds on the existing structure of professional bull riding with the same basic rules for judging and scoring qualified 8-second bull rides. In events staged in a tournament-style format, all teams compete in head-to-head matchups against a different opponent each day. 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. The event winner is the team with the most game wins across an events.

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