Team Wolves placed third in PBR Global Cup

USA's Team Wolves placed third in the 2019 PBR Global Cup. (PBR | Facebook)

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye

The first All-Native American had quite the ride over the weekend.

Team Brazil slid past USA’s Team Eagles and Team Wolves, and took home their second Global Cup.

Coming in fourth was Australia followed by Mexico and Canada.

Cody Jesus took on Black Rose while still battling a sickness and an injury. It was the championship round.

The Navajo cowboy spent all last week trying to rest and get over the flu and a possibly broken ankle, according to PBR. But despite these setbacks, he still fought to ride in Round 1.

This year the first time since the NFL’s Oorang Indians when an intertribal team competed at the professional level. The PBR integrated Native American culture into prime time.

USA's Team Wolves placed third in the 2019 PBR Global Cup. (PBR | Facebook)

A fancy dancing contest started Friday and lasted through Sunday. Powwow Times captured a lot of the dancing on Facebook.

On Friday, fancy dancers led the team into the arena for the opening of the Global Cup. PBR caught the first video up close and Team Wolves Assistant Coach Bo Vocu capture the bird’s eye view.

The dancers also performed before Team Wolves competed on Sunday in the championship round.

One of the highlights of the weekend was Vocu celebrating his birthday during the intense bull-riding weekend.

He caught part of the team’s introduction to the competition on Sunday.

Even though Team Wolves came in third, Ryan Dirteater, Cherokee, hopes they have another chance to fight for a Global Cup.

USA tried their best to defend the home soil.

“I hope we get to go to more Global Cups,” Dirteater said to PBR. “I am not looking that far ahead, but I’m pushing for it. I’m happy for our team, our coaches, Wiley Petersen and Bo (Mike Vocu), and there are a lot of Native Americans here that are really supporting us, and I’m just happy for them being here. Our support team’s there and we’re very strong.”

Jourdan Bennett-Begaye, Diné, is a reporter/producer for Indian Country Today in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter - @jourdanbb. Email