Fantastic Billings PBR Event Concludes For The 21st Straight Year

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This weekend’s Stanley Performance In Action Presented By Cooper Tires Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series 2016 tour stop was literally one for the record books.  Along with the much anticipated history making round that everyone witnessed came some of the best bull riding rounds that we have seen thus far in 2016.  Over the first two rounds there were 21 qualified rids with 11 on Friday in round one and 10 Saturday in round two.  That being said, the question remained if that success would continue in the two rounds here on Championship Sunday.

The sold out crowds inside of the Rimrock Auto Arena showed exactly what the fans in Montana think of the PBR as it made its 21st straight stop in Flint Rassmussen’s home state.  This weekend saw Mike Lee obtain his 500th career ride and a 15/15 Bucking Battle that made history as well after the bovine athletes bucked off every rider they faced and left a blank on the cowboy side of the board last night.  Today’s Championship Sunday rounds were packed full of action and excitement as the past two nights have been as well.

during the third round of the Billings Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Jess Lockwood Wins Round Three Win In Billings

Photo Credit:  Bull Stock Media / Andy Watson

This afternoon the top 35 bull riders in the world came with their guns blazing and ready to continue the success that they have seen in the previous two days.  Today the bovine power would be ramped up a few notches as round three began that featured some of the very best stock contractors and bucking bulls in the business today.  After seeing a good number of qualified rides in the first two rounds it was the bulls that took center stage this afternoon and gained the upper hand for the third round.

As the action began down on the arena floor inside of the Rimrock Auto Arena the fans in attendance were on the edge of their seats as the opening ceremonies began and did not sit back until the very last buck out of the afternoon.  In round three there were a total of 8 riders that would be able to stay atop of their match-up to earn a qualified score.  No one could put up the effort and points that hometown bull rider Jess Lockwood would have as he wins round three with a huge 89.50 point bull ride aboard Jeff Robinson / TNT Bucking Bulls’ Alligator Arms!


Complete Round Three Qualified Ride Breakdown:

                                        Jess Lockwood (89.50)                                         Cooper Davis (88.00)

                                        Jorge Valdiviezo (88.00)                                      Rubens Barbosa (87.5o)

                                        Eduardo Aparecido (87.50)                                 Aaron Roy (85.50)

                                        Derek Kolbaba (84.00)                                        Tyler Harr (83.00) 

during the third round of the Billings Built Ford Tough Series PBR. Photo by Andy Watson/Bull Stock Media. Photo credit must be given on all use.

Jess Lockwood Takes Home The Championship Round Win In Billings

Photo Credit:  Bull Stock Media / Andy Watson

Once the three rounds of competition were concluded and the Championship Round was set the attention of everyone watching turned to the extreme match-ups that were about to take place.  Some of the bucking athletes with the highest marked bull scores of the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series season were set to give the top 15 cowboys of the weekend’s event here in Billings all that they could handle.  Once the action began it was a championship round that was filled with excitement and huge rides as we determined who would take home the event championship title!

When the cameras turned on and went live for CBS Sports Network the energy level inside of the arena rose to a whole new level as the championship round began.  Although the rides in this round were few and far between after a long three day event there were 4 of the top 15 bull riders that would be able to fair better than their competitors and earn a qualified ride on their way to and eventual event win.  That being said it was Jess Lockwood who would take home the round win aboard Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Ken Barnhard ‘s Modified Clyde with an 90.50 point score!

Jess Lockwood Celebrates

Jess Lockwood Celebrates His Event Win With Flint

Photo Credit:  Bull Stock Media / Andy Watson

Once the action concluded on the arena floor and the final buck out of the Stanley Performance In Action Presented By Cooper Tires was over it was time to celebrate with all the fans in attendance.  The weekend started with the up and coming young guns making themselves known while making a statement and that is exactly how the weekend ended as well.  A few amazing rides made the world standings leader boards look a little different was some new faces and names join the ranks inside of the top 35 heading into the last two events before the summer break that starts with the Des Moines Invitational next weekend.

Today it would be one man that had a weekend that he will want to remember for a very long time that would take home the Stanley Performance In Action event title presented by Cooper Tires.  Jess Lockwood would go a staggering 3 for 4 for a total of 266.75 points to take home his first BFTS event win of his career.  Once the bull riding finished it was time for the customary event champion interview and celebration atop of the shark cage in the center of the arena and this weekend we felt the party would go on forever as Lockwood celebrated his win with the thousands of home state fans in attendance!

keep in touch

As we look ahead to the summer break there are still two huge events remaining until we take a break to recharge our motors and get ready for the run towards the 2016 PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.  Next weekend we head back to the Midwest as we go to the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa for the Des Moines Invitational.  Once we conclude there we take a week off and then finish out the first part of the season in Las Vegas as the Last Cowboy Standing and Helldorado Days Rodeo takes place May 13-15!

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