Arizona’s first professional bull riding team, the Ridge Riders, whose home arena is in Glendale, will return to the West Valley this weekend.
The annual homestand event, Ridge Riders Days, goes from Friday, Sept. 29 through Sunday, Oct. 1 at Desert Diamond Arena, 9400 W Maryland Ave., in the Westgate Entertainment District.
The Ridge Riders are part of the Professional Bull Riders Tour.
With a 10-12 record, the Riders are tied for fourth place in the eight-team standings. Ahead of the pack are the Austin Gamblers, who have won 17 of 22 events this season.
Individually, Vitor Losnake and Nick Tetz, of the Ridge Riders, are ranked ninth and 10th, respectively, in the league’s Team Series MVP standings.
After wins over the Austin Gambers in their previous three meetings, the Gambers finally got over on the Ridge Riders this past Saturday in Greensboro. The Gamblers concluded the 2023 series with a win, 90-86.
While Losnake gave Arizona an early 86-point lead that remained for nearly the entire game, Jose Vitor Leme delivered a mammoth 90-point ride in the bottom of the fifth. The 90-point score was the 76th of Leme’s career, now positioning him second all-time for most 90-point rides logged by one competitor in premier PBR competition.
Tickets for the event this weekend in Glendale are available by clicking here.