Two Saskatchewan riders are among a field of 40 from across the globe destined for Sin City to compete in the 2018 Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
Kindersley's Dakota Buttar will compete in Las Vegas from Nov. 7 to 11 alongside Prince Albert's Tanner Byrne.
Buttar enters the event ranked 14th in the world, 3,734.16 points behind Brazil's Kaique Pacheco on top. It is Buttar's third qualification in as many years.
The 25-year-old travels to Vegas on the heels of his most successful season on the elite 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast in his career.
With five top-five efforts, led by a runner-up finish in both Columbus and Milwaukee, and nine top-10 results on the Unleash The Beast, Buttar achieved two career milestones in 2018, recording his first 90-point ride on the premier series and setting a new season best for earnings, taking home over $106,000 in 2018.
He competed at select events on Canadian soil in 2018, including the annual three days of action from Calgary’s Ranchman’s. Buttar won the second day of action, adding 60 world points to his season total.
Each rider will hop the back of one bull per night during rounds one to five from Wednesday through Sunday. Scores from the five rides will be combined and the top-15 riders will advance to the championship round. The rider with the highest total score from the six rounds will earn the 25th PBR: Unleash the Beast World Finals event title and $250,000.
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