For the second time in as many years, PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) elite Unleash The Beast will buck into Dickies Arena in Fort Worth to hold the fan-attended PBR Fort Worth Invitational Aug. 28-29.

The bull riding action begins with Round 1 at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, August 28, concluding with Round 2 and the championship round at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 29. All 30 bull riders will get on one bull each in Round 1 and 2. Following Round 2 on Sunday afternoon, the riders’ individual two-round scores will be totaled with the Top 12 advancing to the championship round for one more out and a chance at the event title.

Tickets for the two-day event go on sale Monday, June 14 at 10 a.m. at,, the Dickies Arena Box Office, or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-732-1727.

Last season, PBR’s elite Unleash The Beast debuted inside Dickies Arena, with Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) going a near perfect 2-for-3 to clinch his league-leading sixth premier series victory of 2020.

Leme rebounded from a close 7.32-second buckoff aboard Dixie Explosion (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) in Round 1, with a Round 2-winning, 89.75-point ride on Milk Man (TNT Bucking Bulls/Hart Cattle Co.) to advance to the championship round atop the event leaderboard.

As the last man to leave the chutes inside Dickies Arena, Leme clinched the victory when he covered Boogie Bomb (Blank Bucking Bulls/Cooper) for 88.25 points, the top score of the championship round.

Earning a critical 120 world points, Leme further his stronghold on the No. 1 ranking, expanding his lead No. 2 Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) to a then season-best 429.59 points. The Fort Worth win was Leme’s second consecutive event victory following a golden-finish the weekend prior in Salt Lake City, Utah.

As the season progressed, Leme punctuated his 2021 campaign by capturing his career-first PBR World Championship at the first-ever PBR World Finals held in Arlington, Texas, at AT&T Stadium. Going a torrid 22-for-34 (64%) in 2021, Leme won a league-best seven events and 16 rounds, while recording nine 90-point rides, en route to the gold buckle.

While he currently holds the world No. 2 rank, a slim 16 points behind No. 1 Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil), Leme is mounting a potentially record-setting season en route to what would be his historic second consecutive PBR World Championship.

Having logged 10 round wins and 12 90-point rides to date in 2021, Leme is on pace to break the season-record in both statistical categories. In 2013, two-time PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney (Statesville, North Carolina) registered a league-best 19 round wins, while in 1999 Cody Hart (Gainesville, Texas) registered a PBR best 16 90-point rides.

Further, should Leme repeat as the league’s World Champion, he would join Silvano Alves (Pilar do Sul, Brazil) as the only riders to win the coveted gold buckle in back-to-back seasons. Alves who won his first two titles in 2011 and 2012.

Part of Leme’s monumental season thus far, which has been highlighted by three event victories, included his first Unleash The Beast win of the season in late February when the league returned to the iconic Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.

His golden-finish included a rematch with Woopaa (Barker Bulls/Hookin’ W Ranch), the very bull he clinched the 2020 PBR World Championship aboard. Again teaming for a monstrous score, Leme covered the striking bull for 94.75 points in the championship round to clinch the event victory inside the legendary western sports venue.

Positioned in the second half of the 2021 season, the PBR Fort Worth Invitational is crucial in the championship race to the PBR World Finals in early November, awarding a gold buckle and million-dollar bonus to the world’s best bull rider.

With 14 Unleash The Beast events already complete, the race for the 2021 PBR World Championship is one of the most fiercely contested in league history. With No. 1 Pacheco and No. 2 Leme separated by a mere 16 world points, looking further down the standings, No. 3 Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) remains hot on their spurs, within 164.5 points of No. 2 Leme and 180.5 points of No. 1 Pacheco.

This season’s current top three riders – 2018 PBR World Champion Pacheco, 2020 World Champion Leme and 2016 World Champion Davis – are all attempting to become just the seventh rider in league history to have won the coveted gold buckle in multiple seasons.

In addition to Pacheco and Leme, who call Decatur home, and Jasper-native Davis, the draw for the Fort Worth event is also anticipated to be led by Texas’ own Cody Teel (College Station, Texas), Chase Dougherty (Stephenville, Texas), Boudreaux Campbell (Crockett, Texas), Taylor Toves (Stephenville, Texas), Jesse Petri (Palestine, Texas), Ezekiel Mitchell (Rockdale, Texas) and Mason Taylor (Maypearl, Texas).

PBR Elite Seats are available for avid fans who want an exclusive VIP experience while enjoying the world’s top bull riding circuit. These tickets offer premium seats, a question and answer presentation with some of the top bull riders and stock contractors in the world, behind-the-scenes look at the event from the back of the bucking chutes, and souvenir credential and lanyard.

For an enhanced PBR experience, fans can now purchase add-on PBR Premium Experiences which will include the Elite Experience on both Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, and Bull Housing Tour on Saturday, August 28 in Fort Worth.

The Elite Experience, available for $75, will include a Q&A session with a select group of the league’s top riders, bullfighters and stock contractors, exclusive merchandise item, arena concession voucher and commemorative lanyard.

The Bull Housing Tour, available for $60, will get experience-purchasers up-close-and-personal with the league’s top animal athletes, and include a commemorative lanyard and Bulls of the PBR book.

Fans will also have the opportunity to purchase a complete travel package for $1,300, including a two-day hotel stay, two event tickets, daily food and beverage voucher, behind the scenes tour, and more.

For more information on PBR Premium Experiences and to purchase the Elite Experience, Bull Housing Tour and travel package for the PBR Fort Worth Invitational in Fort Worth visit

About PBR (Professional Bull Riders):
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 500 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR’s digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at

About Dickies Arena
Dickies Arena is a 14,000 seat, spectacular multipurpose venue located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The facility is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the State of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The arena is owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity, Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC). The state-of-the-art arena hosts concerts, sporting events and family entertainment, and is home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances. For more information, visit




  Special Events 

APHA Events Happening in the Fort Worth Stockyards Cowtown Coliseum this Month

The Fort Worth Stockyards is pleased to share two free and open-to-the-public events hosted by the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) taking place inside the Cowtown Coliseum. The two events include Breakaway Roping on August 1st and Barrel Racing on August...

Mule Alley Welcomes Flea Style in Fall 2021

FORT WORTH, TEXAS  (July 26, 2021) – The historic Fort Worth Stockyards is pleased to announce retail emporium Flea Style will be expanding with a store opening in Mule Alley in fall 2021. Known for supporting unique style and small businesses, the Mule Alley location...

For KING & COUNTRY | A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour

4x Grammy Award Winning Duo for King & Country Bring Early Christmas Cheer to Fort Worth with A Drummer Boy Christmas Tour Tickets Go On Sale Friday, July 30 at 10 a.m. at Following the news of their first arena tour in two years, four-time GRAMMY...

Performing Arts Fort Worth Announces North Texas Regional Winner

PERFORMING ARTS FORT WORTH ANNOUNCES NORTH TEXAS REGIONAL WINNER IN DEAR EVAN HANSEN "YOU WILL BE FOUND" ESSAY CHALLENGE Joshua Rubel of Greenhill School to Receive $2,500 Prize Package FORT WORTH, Texas (July 23, 2021) - In partnership with Gotham Writers Workshop...

15th annual Riscky’s BBQ Rib-Eating Contest

RISCKY’S BBQ 15TH ANNUAL RIB-EATING CONTEST TO BE HELD IN FORT WORTH STOCKYARDS ON JULY 24, 2021 The famous rib-eating battle is part of the National Day of the American Cowboy festivities WHAT:   Riscky’s Barbeque is hosting its 15th annual rib-eating contest on...

Modern Kids — Summer Flicks

Take a break from the Texas heat for Modern Kids—Summer Flicks! Share the art of the screen with your children as they watch stories unfold and ideas form in delightful and innovative films, presented in partnership with the New York International Children’s Film...

Oktoberfest Fort Worth Returns to Panther Island Pavilion

Authentic German festival returns to The Shack at Panther Island Pavilion, September 23-25, 2021 FORT WORTH, TX— Achtung, y’all! Tickets are on sale now for Oktoberfest Fort Worth - a three-day Munich-style celebration at Panther Island Pavilion! Early online ticket...

Red, White, & Boots – 4th of July Celebration

From July 2 to July 4, come out to the Cowtown Coliseum Lawns and The Cowboy Channel Stage for three days of live music, lawn games, Boot Campaign activations, fun giveaways, and more at the Red, White, & Boots – 4th of July Celebration! Add to the weekend fun by...

What’s Up Fourth of July Fun & Fireworks

The most complete list of Fourth of July fireworks displays and festivals in North TexasJuly 4th:  Fort Worth’s Fourth at Panther Island Pavilion Fort Worth’s Fourth boasts the “Largest Fireworks Show in North Texas!”       Celebrate Independence Day with the largest...

Jubilee Theatre Helps Welcome Audiences Back to Bass Hall

THE "SOUTHERN BOYS" TRAIN IS COMING THROUGH NORTH TEXAS - GET ON BOARD! Soul-stirring Kathy D. Harrison musical to play Fort Worth's Bass Performance Hall by way of Jubilee Theatre July 29 - August 15 FORT WORTH, Texas (June 18, 2021) - You might be able to stop the...
Subscribe to What's Up Fort Worth!Fort Worth's favorite things to do, delivered to your inbox weekly.