Cooper Davis has ridden bulls in some of the largest arenas throughout the United States.

Even with all of that experience, the 2016 PBR World Champion, said he's excited to come to the American Legion Arena this weekend in Vinta, for the Hometown Dodge Challenge.

"I actually like coming back to the smaller arenas to ride," said the Jasper Texas native. "It kind of takes me back to when I was younger and riding in local rodeos and other events close to home.

"It helps me to come to an event like this. It kind of takes me back to basics of bull riding."

Bull Contractor Gene Owen has masterminded this event. Last year - the first year for the event - he brought 2015 World Champion J.B. Mauney to Vinita to take his bull Wicked.

Wicked won that battle but the large crowd and success of that event had Owen wondering how to make it better in 2017.

"I talked to Cooper after he won the world title in October and ask him if he would want to be a part of the challenge this year and go head-to-head with former world champion," Owen said. "He agreed and so it was a done deal."

When Davis was approached there was no hesitation in accepting the offer.

"Gene ask me and I thought this would be a good opportunity," Davis said. "They don't come along like this very often. I just felt very good to be a part of the event."

The two riders could pick which Owen bull they will ride. Davis said he made his choice based on his competitor.

"I chose Seven Dust because he is one of the elite bulls out there," Davis said. "I knew riding against guy like J.B. I would have to have a good bull and ride him.

"Because he doesn't get bucked off very often. I call these type of bulls advantage bulls. He is a power bull and if you ride him it gives you an advantage over against your competition,."

Davis expects Seven Dust will be a challenge to ride.

The bull has only been ridden one time in his life, last September when Lachlan Richardson rode him for 92.5 points at the Built Ford Tough Event in Thackerville.

Mauney, who also won the world title in 2013, picked Cochise to ride in the event.

"These are two of my best," Owen said. "They have both been on the Built Ford Tough tour for three years or longer and both finished in the top eight in the PBR bull standings last year.

"Seven Dust has only been ridden once in his three year career while Cochise has only been covered three times in his five years of bucking."

After the event the PBR will pick back up in August with stops in Nashville and Tulsa.

Davis is currently 10th in the world standings, five spots above where he was this time last year. It was during the second half of the PBR season that he took and captured the world title.

"I have been resting most of the last month we have been on break since I rode in Las Vegas," Davis said. "I injured my groin just before break so I have been trying to get it healed for this event and to be ready for Nashville and Tulsa and make another run at a world championship.

"I am excited to be coming to Oklahoma and this event. Excited to start getting prepared to try and defend my title."

Owen believes this year's event will be better than ever.

"Not many people get to actually see a world champion compete in this part of the country very often," Owen said. "I think it is great that the people here in northeast Oklahoma can go watch two of the great bull riders of our time ride in person at a tiny arena in Vinita, Oklahoma.

"You usually have to go to larger arenas to do that. I think this is great to bring them here to compete and let the people in the communities come out and watch. I think it is good for all."

If You Go

The event takes place at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, June 17 at American Legion Arena in Vinita.

Adult general admission tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the gate. Children 2 to 12-years-old are $5 at the gate. Tickets may be purchased in advance at