For the second straight year, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) will buck into Jacksonville, Florida and VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena for the Jacksonville Invitational on January 4.
The event, which opens the new season for PBR’s fastest-growing tour, will mark one of two season-launch events for the PWVT with the tour holding an event simultaneously in Oakland, California.
For one night only, some of the best bull riders in the world will battle the sport’s rankest bovine athletes in the ultimate showdown of man vs. beast. As one of the most exciting live sporting events to witness, the fearless riders of the PBR are eager to bring the only sport that pits a lightweight against a heavyweight in epic 8-second confrontations back to Huntington.
In 2019, Taylor Toves (Stephenville, Texas) captured the first Velocity Tour event win of his career in the Sunshine State, going a flawless 2-for-2 in mid-February. The victory was backed by an 86-point trip aboard Sharky (Cantankerous/Major League Bucking Bulls), and a championship round-winning, 89-point ride on Joker from Florida’s own Deer Prairie Creek Bucking Bulls from Port Charlotte.
Toves’ win in Jacksonville illuminated the importance of the Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour to a rider’s career trajectory.
Through the victory, Toves earned an invite the compete on the elite Unleash The Beast in early March in Duluth, Georgia, a catalyst for the Texas cowboyqualifying for what has become a near-consistent seeded position on the premier series, firmly ranked inside the world’s Top 35. He is also now a top-contender for the year’s Rookie of the Year honor.
The bull riding action begins at 7:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena.