NEW YORK CITY – As one of three riders to deliver a flawless performance inside Madison Square Garden, 2017 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) won the Unleash The Beast Monster Energy Buck Off at The Garden, presented by Ariat, his second Major victory of his career in New York City.
Lockwood’s Championship Sunday began with a punishing 85-point ride aboard Dream Catcher (Wallgren/High View Cattle Co.) in Round 3, leading him to enter the season-launching event’s final round the top-ranked rider in the aggregate. After making the 8, he took three hard hits from the bull, passed his concussion protocol, and would get back on his final draw for a veritable walk-off home run.
Selecting the previously unridden Prayer Warrior (Halpain & Roth), the 21-year-old phenom brought the roaring crowd inside “The World’s Most Famous Arena,” to its feet, riding the bovine athlete for a season-high, and round-winning, 91.75 points.
For his victory, Lockwood netted 895 world points and collected a check for $118,350. He is now the No. 1-ranked rider in the world, 572.5 points ahead of No. 2 Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil).