The NBC affiliate KOB 4 evening news in Albuquerque, N.M. reported Wednesday Mar. 20, 2013 that “The Pit” was finishing up on preparations for this year’s “Ty Murray Invitational” rodeo. Commercial ads have been running for the last two months promoting the popular ‘bull riding’ sport. The ‘Sandia Resort & Casino’ (Sandia Pueblo Tribe) - Presents the Invitational on Friday, Mar. 22-24, 2013, at Albuquerque. Here are the exact start times / Friday, Mar. 22 at 8 p.m. / Saturday, Mar. 23 at 7:50 p.m. / Sunday, Mar. 24 at 2 p.m. You can buy tickets at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) website (www.pbr.com) or at the University of New Mexico website (www.unmtickets.com) or call 1- 877-664-8661.
According to the official website for Ty Murray here is a statement from his biography - “Basketball has Michael Jordan. Hockey’s got Wayne Gretzky. The world of soccer holds a high place of honor for Brazilian footballer Pelé - while few cycling aficionados dispute the dominance of Lance Armstrong. On that same rarified plateau - Ty Murray stands among these peers as the most accomplished rodeo athlete in the century-long history of the sport. A record-setting seven All-Around World Championship titles under his belt - Murray has truly earned his nickname as “King of the Cowboys.”
Here is the Ty Murray stats / Birthday 10-11-1969 / Age 43 / Weight 160 lbs. / Height 5' 8 / Years Pro 19 / He is now retired from the sport.
The PBR originated back in 1992 at Colorado when 20 of the top bull riders in the U.S. decided to put their own money in the sport of Bull Riding. Each rider put up $1,000 & created the PBR sport that is now one of the top selling rodeo events in the country & around the world. ‘Bull Riding’ is called the “Toughest sport on dirt.”
‘Spiral Capital’ partners acquired the rights from the retired founding Bull Riders back in 2007. The PBR is now owned by 44 cowboys - management - plus ‘Spiral Capitol.’ There are now more than 1,200 bull riders in the PBR reaching in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Mexico & Brazil. There are at least 300 PBR rodeo events each year & that includes the ‘Ty Murray Invitational’ at Albuquerque. The sport of ‘bull riding’ in the U.S. alone has garnered over 500,000 fans.