Jan. 11-12: PBR brings best bull riders, top bulls to Columbus Civic Center

The Professional Bull Riders Touring Pro Division brings bull riders and top bucking bulls to the Columbus Civic Center Jan. 11-12.

Some big names come to the Civic Center this weekend. Current Built Ford Tough Series riders in Columbus on Friday night are Austin Meier, who finished 5th in the world last year, former World Champion Mike Lee, who finished 13th in the world standings last year, former Rookie of the Year Cody Nance, who finished 16th in the world standings last year, and Chase Outlaw, who finished 21st in his first year on the BFTS. These riders will be at Friday's show and then they head to the nationally televised Chicago Invitational that's on Saturday and Sunday.

Joining them will be veteran riders Sean Willingham, Skeeter Kingsolver, Ryan McConnel, Kasey Hayes and Reese Cates. They will be at both Friday and Saturday shows.

The Coppertown Clown, Bert Davis, brings his act Muttley Crew to town both nights. Dogs in the Muttley Crew were rescued from shelters across the nation and performed on "America's Got Talent" in 2010, making it the Vegas round before returning to PBR touring shows. Expect to be entertained by Davis' wacky sense of humor and his companions who bark, howl and make audiences laugh.

A Family & Faith night featuring a fellowship event and horse-breaking demonstration, with live music, will be immediately after the Friday show. Saturday is military appreciation night. A portions of the event proceeds will go to help support local organizations for autistic children and their families.

Bull riding begins at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 and 12. Tickets begin at $10 and are available now at the Columbus Civic Center box office, www.Ticketmaster.com and by telephone at 800-745-3000.

"Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR’s insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds," the news release stated.