This week the Professional Bull Riders organization announced some major news that will not only affect the rest of the Built Ford Tough season but the World Finals that is just two short months away in Las Vegas inside the Thomas & Mack on the campus of the University of Nevada – Las Vegas. These changes include everything from a Fan Zone Marketplace location change to one of the greatest bucking bulls in recent history not making a much anticipated appearance inside the arena vying for the title of World Champion Bucking Bull.
Marlene Henry and Mick E Mouse
Last week the Rodeo Round Up informed fans that the bull Mick E Mouse was suddenly withdrawn from competition that he was scheduled to be in at the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series event in Biloxi, Mississippi due to a recurring injury sustained earlier in the year that resulted in a small fracture in the bovine’s back. All of us here at the Rodeo Round Up are very sad and devastated to make the announcement that this legendary bucking bull has since passed away while in the prime of his career and making a huge surge in the World Champion Bucking Bull race.
After noticing that her prized bull was not acting like himself last week Henry decided to take Mick E Mouse to Dr. Gary Warner. Once he looked him over it was determined that the injury was far worse than previously thought. “We suspect that Mick E had a lymphoma lesion within his lumbar spine that caused an inability to properly be able to use his rear limbs.” Dr. Warner explained. “We tried to treat him, but he wasn’t responding so it was time to make that decision. It was a great loss for the sport. I really loved that old bull.”
Marlene Henry, owner of Mick E Mouse, made this short but very powerful statement following the news that Mick E Mouse had passed, “Mick E is no longer in pain,” Henry said. “I will say it has not been all bad. It has been the greatest ride ever. I don’t care if he was No. 1 in the PBR books, but he was to me. He can go to the rainbow bridges and be fat and sassy.”
The PBR also announced earlier this week that the much anticipated Tyson Fan Zone that is held in conjunction with the PBR World Finals each and every year will make a venue change starting with this year’s event. This attraction that was always held in the outside parking lot of Mandalay Bay will head south to the South Point Hotel and Casino and will be housed in the new Priefert Pavilion.
The event will continue to be free of charge and will be held Tuesday October 20th – Saturday October 24th from 9 AM to 5 PM each day. Unlike years past, the event will be held indoors starting this year which is great for fans during the hot desert days and wet monsoons of Las Vegas. A very cool addition to this year’s Fan Zone is that each day from Wednesday through Saturday starting at 9:30 AM the PBR will bring 10 of the top bull riders in the world for a 90-minute meet and greet. Each day will be different riders so stay tuned for complete listings and entertainment schedules as they are released closer to the event start date!
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