Jess Lockwood inches closer to lead in the PBR world standings

Star Staff
Monday, July 8, 2019

Jess Lockwood of Volborg is almost on top of the bull riding world again.

The 21-year-old phenom and 2017 Professional Bull Riding World Champion edged closer to the lead in the world standings with a convincing win last week at the Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Lockwood delivered a pair of matching 89-point efforts on Thursday night, the final night of competition at the three-day event.

According to a PBR.com news release, Lockwood rode Blow Me Away of Vold Rodeo in his first ride of the night, then brought the crowd to its feet by covering Catch My Drift of Two Bit Bucking Bulls as the last man out of the chute on the night to score the win.

Lockwood picked up 170 points in the World Standings with his victory in the Canadian Touring Pro Division event to solidify his hold on second place in the world standings, and inch within 179 points of current PBR points leader Jose Vitor Leme.

He also earned $33,530, bringing his season winnings to $268,951. The 2016 PBR Rookie of the Year and Broadus High School graduate has been successful on an amazing 62 percent of his rides this year, and won a pair of PBR majors.

Lockwood missed more than two months after breaking his collar bone in February, and has been completing his rehab with a string of wins in the Touring Pro divisions as the PBR’s Unleash the Beat elite series takes a summer break.

PBR gets back to business at the Last Cowboy Standing event slated for July 22-23 at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Lockwood wasn’t the only Montana rider to taste success in Calgary at the Ranchman’s PBR Charity Classic.

Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls was the only other rider to go two-for-two on Thursday. He won $5,300 and earned 90 world points, moving past Cody Jesus of Arizona for 11th place in the world standings.

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