By Phillip Kitts
‘Tis the season—the all too familiar words that are connected with this festive time of year. But in the rodeo world “‘Tis the season” has a much larger gold influence. While the rest of the world is focused on celebrating and shopping, the hard-core competitors of the rodeo world gear up for two months of opportunity.
In the last few days of October and the first few days of November, the city of Las Vegas hosted the first of two major championship events. On Oct. 28 things kicked off with the Chris Shivers Miniature Bull Riders presented by the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) then followed by the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals, all being at The South Point Arena. In between these action-packed events the South Point hosted action-packed days of futurity bucking stock as well as many other western sports-based activities. Fans had the opportunity not only to see all types of great action but could also shop the hundreds of vendors that filled the venue with anything from western fashion to farm, ranch or rodeo supplies.
The first three days of competition for the Chris Shivers Miniature Bull Riders was their last-chance qualifier for their World Finals also at South Point Arena from Nov. 1 through Nov. 4. Over these three days youngsters from age six to 14 matched up with miniature bulls in a one-on-one competition. Only the top 10 in each age group had the opportunity to advance to their finals and compete for World Championship Buckles and the big paydays.
Each night after the Miniature Bull Riders competed, the stage was set for the up-and-comers for the PBR. The Real Time Pain Relief Velocity tour brought in the top names from their year-end standings as well as provided invitations to a select group of other well-known bull riders.
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