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Derek Kolbaba in the locker room during the Arlington Last Cowboy Standing PBR 25th Anniversary Unleash the Beast


Aug 072018

It seems like whenever Derek Kolbaba needs an event win, he’s matched up with Bruiser.

In his most recent match up with the World Champion Bull, Kolbaba rode him for 89.5 points and won this year’s Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo.

“That’s the one you want to pick and that’s the one you want to draw,” Kolbaba said of Bruiser. “He’s damn-sure ridable, but if you do something wrong he’s going to make you pay for it.”

Instead Bruiser paid off.

The Monster Energy bull rider pocketed $50,000.

“It’s funny how you can ride a bull like that, who has the accolades he does, but two days before you fall off a jump-kicker,” said Kolbaba, scratching his head. “It’s like, ‘What the hell is going on?"


“That’s just the sport of bull riding. I don’t know what it is.”


Kolbaba has been on the rodeo for much of the past couple months.


However, he and the rest of the top 35 bull riders in the PBR world standings are eyeing up a return to the elite televised level of competition when the stretch run resumes August 11 and 12 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


A week later, the PBR will be in Nashville, Tennessee.


Kolbaba is currently ranked 15th in the world. He’s coming off the best season of his young career when he finished second a year ago and was the top-ranked rider going into the Finals. 


Kolbaba sees the win in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a foundation for a strong finish in 2018.


“In this sport it’s all about momentum,” Kolbaba said. “If a guy can get a good win or a couple good wins going into that elite tour coming up here in the next couple weeks, that’s where you want to be hot and that’s where you want to be riding the rank bulls.”




Chase Outlaw is at home in Arkansas recovering from serious injuries sustained in Cheyenne, Wyoming, when his unprotected face collided with the back of War Cloud’s head during a PBR event held in conjunction with the historic Cheyenne Frontier Days.


The Arkansas cowboy sustained more than a dozen facial fractures, broke both eye sockets and his nose. The PBR reported that Dr. William Wyatt said "the surgery involved 68 screws, 11 plates and four pieces of surgical mesh" during a 12-hour procedure to reconstruct Outlaw’s face.


Outlaw, who had just returned to competition a couple weeks earlier after missing much of the 2018 season while he recovered from his third-reconstructive shoulder surgery in two years, could possibly return to competition again in two or three months.


It’s a tough sport. And not for the faint of heart.


Outlaw once said, "We're not showing sheep at the county fair."