After a two month break that seemed to be far too long, both for the cowboys and their loyal fans, the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series season officially kicked off earlier tonight in New York City. Just a day after the bull riders from the PBR sat court side to watch the New York Knicks play Madison Square Gardens Arena turned into a prominent bull riding arena. Once again the PBR season would kick off inside of this legendary arena and cause a lot of chatter throughout the city as New York City turned into a western hideaway for this weekend’s Monster Energy Buck Off At The Garden, the PBR’s first major event of the 2017 season.
The 2016 season is now in the history books as one of the tightest world champion races in the history of the PBR and the focus is now squarely on the 2017 season and the top 35 bull riders in the world. That being said, most of the attention here this weekend has been on three men but the other 32 here this weekend might have something to say about that. Reigning World Champion Cooper Davis along with J.B. Mauney and Kaique Pacheco have been the focus but the current world number one Matt Triplett is coming back from a huge injury in 2016 to make a run at a world championship title for himself as well!
Matt Triplett Squares Off With Little Red Jacket In Round One
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Matt Triplett was on a hot streak in 2016 when all of a sudden a season-ending injury ended his dream of obtaining a world championship title. Taking that all in stride he managed to complete rehab in record time and came back strong at the end of the year but fell just short of earning a spot in the 2016 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals. Being fueled by that fire Triplett comes into this first BFTS event sitting in the number one spot in the world standings once again.
Tonight was a night to kick off the 2017 in grand style and Matt Triplett would literally do just that by being the first man out of the chutes inside of Madison Square Gardens. Not only would he kick things off but he would do it atop of Little Red Jacket that would be round one’s key match-up according to the PBR insiders. After all was said and done it would be Triplett who would manage to stay one step ahead of his adversary who was matched up against him earlier tonight. Little Red Jacket would earn a solid 42.50 point bull score while Triplett was able to put up some much-needed points while earning an 87 point score heading into round two tomorrow night!
Mason Lowe Splits Round One Here In NYC
Photo Credit: Andy Watson / Bull Stock Media
Tonight the top 35 bull riders in the world came to start off their 2017 Built Ford Tough Series seasons on a high note after taking some time off to get healthy. These cowboys proved that the two months off proved to be just what they needed as 16 of the top 35 bull riders managed to put up a score here in round one, setting themselves up nicely for the second round of competition tomorrow night. Although the focus was on the cowboys the bucking bulls were also vying to start out their seasons on a high note as the world champion bucking bull race rules give each and every animal athlete a chance to earn a world title.
That being said, there was intense action all night long down on the arena floor with a whole new feel for the sold out crowd inside of Madison Square Gardens. After all was said and done there were two men that would split the first go-round winning checks of the 2017 season. Those men would be Jess Lockwood and Mason Lowe who proved to be superior while earning 87.75 point scores. The dominant performances they put up tonight will carry their confidences high into tomorrow night’s round two!
Complete List Of Qualified Rides In Round One Posted Below:
Mason Lowe (87.75) Jess Lockwood (87.75)
Matt Triplett (87.00) Derek Kolbaba (86.50)
Silvano Alves (86.50) Mike Lee (86.25)
Luis Blanco (84.50) Fabiano Vieira (84.50)
Ryan Dirteater (84.50) Eduardo Aparecido (84.25)
Joao Ricardo Vieira (83.75) Dakota Buttar (83.50)
Gage Gay (83.25) J.W. Harris (82.35)
Chase Outlaw (81.25) Alex Cardozo (80.00)
Now that the 2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Season has kicked off all of us here at the Rodeo Round Up begin to prepare for another busy year. Along with all of the recaps and story lines from the bull riding world we will bring you weekly updates from the realms of the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association as well. Earlier this week one of the biggest winter rodeos kicked off that we will feature in another story to come in the following days as well!
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