Riding to glory

PBR World Finals kicks off in Fort Worth with glamorous awards gala

PBR World Finals kicks off in Fort Worth with glamorous awards gala

PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason and wife Candis Gleason
PBR CEO and commissioner Sean Gleason and wife Candis Gleason Photo courtesy of PBR
Rider Daylon Swearingen and Guest
Rider Daylon Swearingen and guest Photo courtesy of PBR
Stock Contractors Katie Perschbacher and Laramie Wilson
Stock contractors Katie Perschbacher and Laramie Wilson Photo courtesy of PBR
Two-Time PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme and Wife Amanda Rodrigues Leme
Two-Time PBR world champion Jose Vitor Leme and wife Amanda Rodrigues Leme Photo courtesy of PBR
Rider Dakota Louis and Family
Rider Dakota Louis and family Photo courtesy of PBR
 Three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves and Family
 Three-time PBR world champion Silvano Alves and family Photo courtesy of PBR
Riders Mason Taylor, Austin Richardson and Ezekiel Mitchell
Riders Mason Taylor, Austin Richardson, and Ezekiel Mitchell Photo courtesy of PBR
Frank Newsom
Frank Newsom receives his award. Photo courtesy of PBR
Rider Daylon Swearingen
Rider Daylon Swearingen Photo courtesy of PBR
: PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Silvano Alves
PBR CEO and commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Silvano Alves Photo courtesy of PBR
 Jerome Robinson Cup
The Jerome Robinson Cup Photo courtesy of PBR
PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Ezekiel Mitchell
PBR CEO and commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Ezekiel Mitchell Photo courtesy of PBR
Daylon Swearingen
Daylon Swearingen receives his award. Photo courtesy of PBR
PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason and wife Candis Gleason
Rider Daylon Swearingen and Guest
Stock Contractors Katie Perschbacher and Laramie Wilson
Two-Time PBR World Champion Jose Vitor Leme and Wife Amanda Rodrigues Leme
Rider Dakota Louis and Family
 Three-time PBR World Champion Silvano Alves and Family
Riders Mason Taylor, Austin Richardson and Ezekiel Mitchell
Frank Newsom
Rider Daylon Swearingen
: PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Silvano Alves
 Jerome Robinson Cup
PBR CEO and Commissioner Sean Gleason with rider Ezekiel Mitchell
Daylon Swearingen

What: 2022 PBR World Finals Opening Night Gala and Golden Barrel Awards

Where: Simmons Bank Pavilion – Dickies Arena

The 411: The 2022 PBR World Finals kicked off its Fort Worth run with a glittering gala on Thursday, May 12. The organization welcomed local officials, as well as all of the competing riders and stock contractors for the 100+ bulls selected to buck at the event, to walk the black carpet and then enjoy a night of live music, awards presentations, and more.

PBR CEO and commissioner Sean Gleason welcomed the glamorous crowd. After the 40 competing riders were introduced and received their coveted PBR World Finals jackets, the 2022 Golden Barrel Awards were handed out; winners were Frank Newsom (Best Save of the 2022 season), Stetson Lawrence (Best Celebration), Joao Ricardo Vieira (Best Winning Ride), and new world No. 1 Daylon Swearingen (Breakthrough Performance and Seven Seconds of Agony).

The 2022 PBR Mason Lowe Award was given to the bull rider who earns the highest-scored ride at the PBR World Finals, Jose Vitor Leme.

Fort Worth is hosting the PBR World Finals for the first time, May 13-22. Over two weekends, the top bull riders in the world are comping for the championship, the coveted gold buckle, and accompanying $1 million bonus. An accompanying concert series is featuring big-name acts. More information is here.

Who: PBR leadership and Fort Worth dignitaries (including Visit Fort Worth president and CEO Bob Jameson and Fort Worth Sports Commission executive director Jason Sands), and event participants and their guests and families, including Candis Gleason, Katie Perschbacher, Laramie Wilson, Amanda Rodrigues Leme, Dakota Louis, Silvano, Mason Taylor, Austin Richardson, and Ezekiel Mitchell Alves.