Big Sky PBR: 3 Nights of Professional Bull Riding in Montana
History of PBR
Headquartered in Colorado, the PBR tour was founded in 1992 by 20 elite bull riders hoping to make this intimidating sport more accessible and mainstream to the public. Just as important, it also gave professional riders space to compete and showcase their skills. Now, with more than 300 annual events across 4 continents, this sport has maintained its status as ‘one of the most intense sports on dirt’ and is one of the fastest-growing sports in America.
Professional events typically consist of three rounds of competition where each rider has the opportunity to ride up to three bulls. Riders must wear a protective vest and a helmet, and they can only use one hand to hold onto the rope. Each round lasts about eight seconds, and riders are judged on their ability to stay on the bull, as well as their overall performance. The average PBR event lasts about two hours, from start to finish.
Former Riders & 2022 Events
Professional bull riding is a dangerous sport that attracts brave riders from all over the world. Big Sky PBR, in particular, is home to some of the best bull riders in the sport due to their natural ability and athleticism. Not to mention, their mental toughness to handle the fear and potential risk of this sport. The official list of professional bull riders hasn’t been released for 2022 yet; however, here are some of the top riders from past Big Sky PBR events and what makes them stand out:
- Junior Patrik Souza: In 2021, he endured an intense championship round at the Big Sky PBR event where he rode WSM’s Foghorn Leghorn for a whopping 91 points, a career-best for him. This earned him the overall event win and a collective take-home of $33,606 as well as the No. 7-ranked rider in the world.
- Dalton Kasel: This 2019 Rookie of the Year first made it to the PBR’s highest level during the second half of the 2019 season and quickly ascended the world rankings to finish his first year eighth in the world standings.
- Daylon Swearingen: In 2022, Swearingen won the PBR TicketSmarter Invitational compliments of a championship round 90-point ride, surging to No. 2 in the world and inching within 61.34 points of the No. 1 rank in the race for the 2022 PBR World Championship.
Big Sky PBR provides a variety of different events for riders to participate in, such as the Big Sky Championship, the Big Sky Invitational, and the Big Sky Futurity. In addition to these events, Big Sky PBR also offers a variety of other activities, such as clinics and seminars, that allow riders to improve their skills. This is an excellent opportunity for riders to compete with the best of the best and prove that bull riding is a worthwhile sport unmatched by any other.
Other Activities & Things to Do
Not interested in bull riding? When it comes to big events, there's no shortage of things to do in Montana. While PBR is the main attraction, there are plenty of other events going on in and around town that visitors might want to check out. Have fun while attending the Big Sky Art Auction, golf tournament supporting Western Sports Foundation, bingo night, street dancing, live music after-parties, fundraisers, vendor village basecamp, petting zoo, and more. And if you’re feeling lucky, don’t forget to enter the raffle—you could win a trip to next year’s event!
For Kids: Kids love being the star of the show—and during the Mutton Bustin competition, they truly are! Mutton busting is an event held at rodeos, similar to bull riding, where kids ride sheep and attempt to stay on for as long as they can. Big smiles can be seen from the little buckaroos participating each year as it gives them a thrill of a lifetime. Start planning your summer vacation early and have your little ones participate in this spirited race for kids.
For Charity: Big Sky PBR is more than just a competition, it’s a charitable event too! Proud to support local and regional charities, proceeds from the auction, 50/50 raffle ticket sales, donations, and more all go to a great cause. Over the past 10 years, over $1,500,000 has been raised to support nonprofits, directly and indirectly, involved with this event.
Learn more about Big Sky’s Biggest Week at bigskypbr.com.
Places to Stay
With this incredible event and so many family-friendly activities, you know what you’ll be doing, but where will you be staying? Natural Retreats offers Big Sky vacation rentals to suit every vacation style, from mountain chic slopeside homes to grand hilltop chalets with amenities like private theaters and wine cellars. Modern condos at the Mountain and Meadow Villages feature accommodations for those who want to be steps from restaurants, bars, and shops with free shuttle access to Big Sky Resort. Here are a few of our favorite places to stay in Big Sky:
- Montana Mountain View Luxury Suite: Centrally located in the Moonlight Basin area of Big Sky, the Montana Mountain View Luxury Suite is unmatched in its spectacular panoramic views of the Gallatin Range, Andesite ski runs, and Spanish Peaks. With four bedrooms—each with its own en-suite bathroom—a private hot tub, and an outdoor patio for dining and grilling, this luxury suite with elegant upgraded furnishings, offers year-round fun and relaxation.
- White Bark Chalet: A modern mountain home in the heart of Big Sky, White Bark Chalet lies in a quiet neighborhood with a short 5-minute walk to Town Center. This home’s convenient location allows you and your family easy access to restaurants, shops, and parks as well as seasonal concerts and the local farmer’s market. However you choose to explore Big Sky, this vacation rental offers a relaxing homebase with modern comforts, a family-friendly layout, and close proximity to year-round events, culture, and recreation.
- Cowboy Heaven Luxury Suites:The Cowboy Heaven Luxury Suites enjoy incredible alpine views from a private deck and luxury accommodations that will surely make you feel at home. An ideal choice for family and friends, there are five bedrooms, a cozy living room, a hot tub, and a separate family room with a home theater and a pool table—perfect for fun days at home. For an outdoor adventure, head to the popular Beehive Basin trailhead for some of the area’s most scenic hiking and biking.
- Spanish Peaks Cabins Lakeside Vista: Lakeside Vista is a stunning 5-bedroom, 7-bath luxury home located at the Spanish Peaks Mountain Club. The cabin boasts spectacular mountain views, exceptional outdoor space, and a private hot tub. Impeccably decorated, this three-level home is ideal for large groups and families. The main level of the home features an open-plan living area with plenty of windows, which reveal high alpine views like the mountain and lake. Should guests prefer to spend time outdoors, access to the expansive deck—with gas grill, outdoor dining table, and wood-burning fireplace—can be found via the living room.
- The View: Located in the Cascade neighborhood with panoramic mountain views, this newly constructed Big Sky retreat screams luxury. Thoughtfully designed, custom details like the aspen staircase were installed to create a relaxing mountain vacation. This 4-bedroom contemporary estate features multi-level decks overlooking Lone Peak and a hot tub. The sweeping, open floor plan with high ceilings and picture windows allows for unobstructed mountain views from nearly every room. Peaceful and perfect for the whole family!
The 2022 Big Sky Professional Bull Riders event is coming up soon and if you want to be a part of the action, you need to book your stay now. This three-night event is going to be one for the books, with some of the best bull riders in the business showing off their skills. Make sure you don’t miss out—book your stay today with Natural Retreats today!
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