along for the ride
Austin bull riding team rounds up roles in new Prime Video series
A professional bull riding team from Austin will be one of eight featured teams in a new Prime Video show, dubbed The Ride. The eight-episode documentary series includes footage of riders on different teams, including the Austin Gamblers, as it follows them through a recent championship: the 2022 Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Team Series. The series premieres on May 30.
The Ride captures the full picture of what it takes for bull riders to perform at the highest level in one the world's toughest sports. But it's not all about the victories; rivalries between riders, balancing their passion for the sport with their personal lives, and the mental and physical tolls of the sport also pose difficult challenges.
Four Austin Gamblers members will be heavily featured in the show: riders Ezekiel “Blue” Mitchell, José Vitor Leme, Dakota Louis, and head coach Michael Gaffney. Mitchell is a 25-year-old Rockdale, Texas native who initially learned bull riding on YouTube, and is described as a promising star with a "colorfully engaging personality" to match. 26-year-old Leme is a two-time World Championship winner and multi-PBR record breaker. Louis, 30, is a world-class Native American rider and single father raising a young son that accompanies him to several events.
“As the 2023 PBR Team Series kicks off this summer, we are really excited for the docuseries to showcase not only the great athleticism our riders display, but also highlight the riders’ individual histories, hurdles, triumphs and more,” said Austin Gamblers CEO J.J. Gottsch. “We want viewers to feel connected to our riders and learn more about what it takes to become the best bull riders in the world.”
Following the release of The Ride, old and new fans alike can watch the Gamblers in action at the Moody Center from August 25-27. More information about The Ride can be found on Prime Video.