After a huge weekend that shook up many of the spots within the world standings in Sioux Falls that set records for attendance it was time to look forward to a celebration of sorts this weekend. The Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series and the top 35 bull riders in the world began the trek to make their way to the Big Sky Country of Montana. Along with a much-anticipated homecoming for PBR superstars Jess Lockwood and Matt Triplett, there was also one more mainstay that we could not forget about.
Everyone involved with the PBR right down to each and every fan could tell what this weekend was and to always expect the unexpected as the return to Billings, Montana began to come into light. This weekend’s Stanley Performance In Action Invitational is also very special for Flint Rassmussen, the PBR’s exclusive entertainer, since he gets to travel “home” once each year. That being said, he always makes the best out of the stop and always brings a new level of antics and energy each time we make a stop in his home state of Montana!
The Triplett Family Is In Full Force This Weekend
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Tonight began a very special weekend for one Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series family in particular after a domination performance one week ago along with a tearful reunion this weekend here in Billings. PBR superstar Matt Triplett has been down on his luck with his performances and injuries throughout the first half of the 2017 season but that all changed for him at the perfect time. Triplett comes into tonight’s event sitting within the top ten in the world standings after a huge win in Sioux Falls last weekend, a spot he has been striving to get to all season long after coming back from injury.
To say that Matt Triplett has hit his hot streak at the absolute best time is an understatement as his confidence is soaring as he begins his journey upwards here in his home state this weekend. He will not be the only Triplett on display however as his dad brings some of his bucking bulls to showcase their talents as part of the Triplett Bucking Bull family. Matt would match up with Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve’s More Big Bucks tonight and would be bested by the bovine athlete with a nice 43.5 point bull score as he heads into round two tomorrow night!
Stetson Lawrence Wins Round One Here In Billings
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
When the round began earlier tonight the bovine athletes of Chad Berger and clan along with a few other fantastic buckers from other contractors, including Triplett, were on full display. The bulls were supposed to treat the riders kindly according to history but that was left to be seen as we all know by how the 2017 season has played out thus far. With that said, the riders were taking full advantage of the opportunity that was placed in front of them as the qualified rides came in at a steady pace throughout the performance.
Once things were all said and done and the top 35 bull riders each had their chance to tame the wild beasts set underneath of them those fans in attendance were left in awe of what they witnessed throughout the two hours of action. When the dust settled and the scores were tabulated there would be a combined 11 qualified rides that would carry the as many riders into round two tomorrow night feeling confident. Although the rides were great tonight, Stetson Lawrence would steal the show and the round one win with a flashy 88 point ride aboard Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger’s American Sniper that would leave him as the one to beat tomorrow night!
Complete Break-Down Of Qualified Rides In Round One Posted Below:
Stetson Lawrence (88.00) Cody Teel (87.00)
J.B. Mauney (86.75) Silvano Alves (86.50)
Gage Gay (86.50) Derek Kolbaba (86.25)
Claudio Montanha Jr. (85.25) Alex Marcillio (83.50)
Guilherme Marchi (83.50) Shane Proctor (83.25)
Brennon Eldred (82.50)
If tonight gave any indication as to how the rest of the weekend was going to play out, the fans here inside of the Rimrock Arena have a lot to look forward to. This is always a fun event to be a part of because it is, in essence, a homecoming for many of the PBR superstars which leads to that much more energy that is carried throughout the weekend by each and every one of the to 35 bull riders in the locker room as well as on the arena floor by our bull fighters and PBR entertainer Flint Rassmussen. I really look forward to seeing how tomorrow night’s round two will be able to top what we all witnessed here in round one!
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