PUEBLO, Colo. – Jess Lockwood will make his first national television appearance as the PBR reigning World Champion during this weekend’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Fittingly, Lockwood has drawn Seven Dust (32-2, Premier Series) in what will be the marquee matchup of the 15/15 Bucking Battle on Friday night.
Fans can watch the event exclusively on CBS national television Saturday at noon ET.
Lockwood is one of only two riders to have ever ridden Seven Dust in 32 outs on the PBR’s Premier Series. Last year, Lockwood began the second half of the season by riding Seven Dust for 87.5 points during the 15/15 Bucking Battle in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“Stay to the frontend more than anything, though, and stay aggressive,” Lockwood, who attempted a practice bull at Cody Lambert's ranch on Saturday, said.
The 20-year-old is no stranger to success on the New York national stage after winning the PBR Major last year to begin the 2017 season.
In fact, when it came to reflecting on his championship season, Lockwood said in December that winning New York may just be his favorite moment of the year outside of clinching that gold buckle with three round victories at the 2017 PBR World Finals.
Lockwood went 4-for-4 during his first trip to Madison Square Garden and won the PBR Major by hanging off the side of Naughty List for 82.25 points in the championship round.
“Well, it is between New York and the Finals,” Lockwood said. “Starting off, hanging off the side of one. That really played a part and started the whole season.”
Lockwood earned 860 points toward the world standings with his PBR Major victory, and those points wound up playing a huge factor in the grand scheme of things.
The Volborg, Montana, bull rider edged runner-up Derek Kolbaba by 447.5 points to win the World Championship.
CBS national television aired Lockwood’s memorable victory last year, which ended with his mother, Angie, giving him a big hug and kiss on the arena dirt.
Angie and company will be in New York once again, and Jess insists he is still the same guy that was so excited to have them with him last year.
$1 million and a gold buckle won’t change who he is.
“No. I am no different at all,” he said. “None of it has hit me, and I think even when it does hit me, I will be the same thing.”
15/15 Bucking Battle Matchups
J.B. Mauney vs. Breaking Bad (1-1, Premier Series)
Rubens Barbosa vs. Roman (4-1, Premier Series)*
Cody Teel vs. Hedoo (4-3, Premier Series)
Claudio Montanha Jr. vs. Slinger Jr. (35-2, Premier Series)
Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. Cochise (32-5, Premier Series)*
Silvano Alves vs. Shownuff (4-2, Premier Series)
Fabiano Vieira vs. Big Dutch (4-2, Premier Series)
Stormy Wing vs. Losing My Religion (19-1, Premier Series)
Dener Barbosa vs. Wiley (12-6, Premier Series)
Jose Vitor Leme vs. Mystikal (19-1, Premier Series)
Kaique Pacheco vs. Moto Moto (17-6, Premier Series)$
Eduardo Aparecido vs. Freak of Nature (6-0, Premier Series)*
Cooper Davis vs. Cut The Cord (21-3, Premier Series)$
Derek Kolbaba vs. Lester Gillis (23-2, Premier Series)*
Jess Lockwood vs. Seven Dust (32-2, Premier Series)$
$ Rider has successfully previously ridden the bull
Mauney, who is attempting to become the third rider in PBR history to record 500 qualified rides on the PBR Premier Series, is competing in the 15/15 Bucking Battle as an injury replacement for Chase Outlaw.
Outlaw is out until most likely late spring as he recovers from offseason shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is hopeful he will be cleared in time to return for Last Cowboy Standing in May, if not earlier.
Lockwood may have the marquee matchup, but keep an eye on Cooper Davis and Cut The Cord. The 2016 World Champion is a perfect 2-for-2 against Cut The Cord with scores of 91.5 and 90 points.
Kaique Pacheco is also 2-for-2 against Moto Moto. Pacheco has ridden Moto Moto for 86.75 points and 82.5 points.
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