Six PBR World Champions Headline Teams for 2021 PBR Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause

Team Bad Boy Mowers wins PBR Air Force Reseve Cowboys for a Cause 2020 Team Bad Boy Mowers wins PBR Air Force Reseve Cowboys for a Cause 2020 Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media | PBR
August 25, 2021

Leme, Pacheco, Davis, Alves and World Top 30 Take to USS Lexington, September 4
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Teams for PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) second-annual Cowboys for a Cause on September 4 will feature the Top 30 bull riders in the world and six previous PBR World Champions.

Bucking above the waves on the deck of the historic USS Lexington for the second-straight season, the 2021 PBR Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause showcases world No. 1 and reigning world champion Jose Vitor Leme (Ribas do Rio Pardo, Brazil) – fresh off of his record-breaking performance in Nashville, Tennessee – leading Team South Point.  His countryman and 2018 world champion Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) heads up Team Boot Barn, while current world No. 3 Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) captains Team Pendleton Whisky.
Constructing a bull riding arena on the 910-foot-long flight deck of the famed “Blue Ghost” more than five stories above the waves, the floating museum will turn into the home of a two-hour VIP team-based competition with an accompanying two-hour CBS network television broadcast.
A complete breakdown of teams for the 2021 PBR Air Force Reserve Cowboys for a Cause can be found below, barring injuries or unforeseen circumstances (team captains denoted in bold).

Team South Point
Jose Vitor Leme
Cole Melancon
Eduardo Aparecido
Team Boot Barn
Kaique Pacheco
Joao Henrique Lucas
Alex Cerqueira
Team Pendleton Whisky
Cooper Davis
Jesse Petri
Mason Taylor
Team Wrangler
Cody Jesus
Silvano Alves
Thiago Salgado
Team ZipRecruiter
Joao Ricardo Vieira
Dalton Kasel
Austin Richardson
Team Bad Boy Mowers
Claudio Montanha Jr.
Mauricio Moreira
Eli Vastbinder
Team Kubota
Ezekiel Mitchell
Junior Patrik Souza
Taylor Toves
Team Lucas Oil
Cody Teel
Marcelo Procopio Pereira
Andrew Alvidrez

PBR will be offering exclusive VIP packages for a limited number of guests, ranging from event tickets with a pre-event brunch, merchandise and more, to full weekend travel packages including a day of service, concert, dining, tours of the USS Lexington and more. Packages can be purchased by calling 800-732-1727 or online at
PBR is also offering a new general admission ticket for the one-day event on Saturday, September 4. More information can be found at
About PBR:
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 700 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR’s digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. For more information, visit, or follow on Facebook at, Twitter at, and YouTube at
About the USS Lexington Museum:
The USS Lexington, nicknamed “The Blue Ghost,” is an Essex-class aircraft carrier built during World War II for the United States Navy. Commissioned in 1943, she set more records than any other Essex Class carrier in the history of naval aviation. The ship was the Navy’s longest-serving working carrier when decommissioned in 1991. During World War II, as part of the Fifth Fleet, the carrier participated in nearly every major operation in the Pacific Theater, spending 21 months in combat. Her planes destroyed 372 enemy aircraft in the air, and 475 more on the ground. She sank or destroyed 300,000 tons of enemy cargo and damaged an additional 600,000 tons. The ship’s guns shot down 15 planes and assisted in downing five more. The Japanese had reported LEXINGTON sunk no less than four times. Yet, each time she returned to fight again, leading the propagandist Tokyo Rose to nickname her “The Blue Ghost.” The name is a tribute to the ship and the crew and air groups serving aboard her. After the war, LEXINGTON was briefly decommissioned (1947-1955). When reactivated, she operated primarily with the Seventh Fleet out of San Diego, California. Although not involved in actual combat, LEXINGTON kept an offshore vigil during tensions in Formosa, Laos, and Cuba. In 1962, she sailed into Pensacola, Florida, and began training operations, eventually being officially designated CVT-16, Navy Training Carrier. Corpus Christi is now the permanent home to this national treasure.
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