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Sunday, May 25, 2014
On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with bull riding champions J.B. Mauney and J.W. Harris, and retired bull rider and current TV personality J.W. Hart, who is putting on the J.W. Hart PBR Challenge.
In this event, Mauney, the defending PBR champion, will go head to head with Harris, the defending PRCA champion.
The J.W. Hart PBR Challenge will take place Saturday, May 31, at the Wise County Fairgrounds in Decatur, Texas. It will be webcast live on PBR Live.
Mauney, from Mooresville, North Carolina, will be riding Asteroid, the number two ranked bull in the PBR world standings. Harris, from Brownwood, Texas, will be riding Shepherd Hills Tested, the number three ranked bull in the PBR world standings. The winner will earn $25,000.
Because this event involves the reigning champions from rival organizations, although this event is just sanctioned by PBR, it is being billed as "'Bout Time - PRCA vs. PBR - J.W. Harris vs. J.B. Mauney".
We spoke with J.B. Mauney, J.W. Harris, and J.W. Hart as part of a PBR media teleconference Friday. The media conference call is presented here in its entirety, along with an introduction.
"J.W. [Hart] called me, and he's offered $25,000 for the winner," said J.B. Mauney. "So one bull, $25,000, I'm in."
"It's not me going against J.B.," said J.W. Harris. "I can't control anything that he does. He's got to go out there and control his own destiny, and I control mine. And hopefully we ride both of them."
"It's really not between them. It's between them and their animal," said J.W. Hart. The fans "just want to see those two guys go at it."
He added, they will "see two champs go against two champion bulls, and let the cards fall where they want to. If that's historical, then we'll ride that wave a little bit. But at the end of the day, it's just guys getting on bulls. And I just want to see the best guy and the best bull win, and let the fans have fun and see what they want to see."
Much more was discussed on the teleconference about the historical importance of this matchup, since the originators of the PBR broke off from the PRCA over 20 years ago. Also discussed was how each rider views this matchup and each other, how it was put together, how they are preparing for their bulls, comparisons between the PBR and PRCA, and much more.
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