PBR The Last Cowboy Standing at Mandalay Bay - April 16, 2011
On April 16, 2011 forty of the best bull riders arrived at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, to prove who was the best of the best. The Vegas Tourist was there to capture the rides; the buck offs, and witness history in the making. The Last Cowboy Standing was sold out, with 6,011 fans in attendance.
Ty Murray said it best ‘That’s why they play the game.’ This event was the first of its kind for the PBR, and it highlighted the qualities of a good bull rider - ride for the love of the game, grit, determination, try, drive, and the heart it takes to ride the best bulls and walk away with the knowledge that they are the best of the best. There was no room for mistakes; if a bull rider was not top of his game, he wouldn’t move on to another bull. Go big or go home… there would be no second chances.
As for the format of the event, Ty Murray had this to say ‘It’s still about the essence of this sport. Guts and determination and being tougher than the next guy.’ Cody Lambert had this to say ‘This is old-school bull riding; the guy that makes the whistle the most is going to win $200,000.’
Luke Snyder did what he had to do, riding all three of his bulls, with focus, determination, and the knowledge that he could be at the top of his game if he wanted it. Luke was the 2001 PBR World Champion at nineteen, and tonight’s was his three hundredth career Built Ford Tough Series event, which Luke has competed in. Congratulations to Luke on his historic event win.
And remember two things ‘Ride 8 seconds, Move on. Come up short. GO HOME,’ and ‘PBR The Toughest Sport on Dirt.’
The Vegas Tourist would like to thank the fans, the bull riders, the bull fighters for protecting the fallen, and the PBR for allowing us to attend this special event.