Pro bull riders return to the Sprint Center for weekend event

The Professional Bull Riders tour returns to Kansas City for the 12th consecutive year with this weekend’s Caterpillar Classic at the Sprint Center.

Some of the riders will be feeling the pressure. Those who leave on Sunday ranked around 30th in points are in danger of losing their spot on the tour’s top series.

Cody Nance won’t be feeling that pressure. He will, however, likely be feeling some pain.

Nance has two top-five finishes this season, including last weekend in St. Louis. That was particularly impressive considering Nance broke the forearm of his non-riding arm when he was kicked by a bull the previous week in Anaheim.

“I don’t feel like my job is any more difficult,” Nance said. “There are just some things I have to address to make it work and fortunately so far it’s been working pretty good.”

There will be plenty of riders worth keeping an eye on this weekend.

Matt Triplett is 780 points clear of the field in the points race, and already has two victories to his credit this season.

Brazilian rookie Kaique Pacheco is third in the points standings after picking up his first career victory last week in St. Louis.

Pacheco’s countryman, Silvano Alves, the three-time and defending world champion, is second in the points race.

Reese Cates, the tour’s only other two-time winner so far this season, is fourth in points.

The event begins on Saturday at 7 p.m., and continues on Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Sprint Center box office, online at or by phone at 888-929-7849.