Jess Lockwood celebrates

Jess Lockwood of Volborg is one of two Montana competitors to be selected the United States team for the Professional Bull Riders Global Cup event this November in Edmonton, Alberta. Lockwood will be joined by Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls.

CASEY PAGE/Gazette Staff

PUEBLO, Colo. — Jess Lockwood of Volborg and Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls have been selected to represent the United States at the Professional Bull Riders Global Cup this November.

The competition, which features teams from the U.S, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Australia , will be Nov. 9-11 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada at the Rogers Place.

The Global Cup teams were set according to the PBR world standings following this past weekend's Music City Knockout.

Lockwood is third in the Built Ford Tough Series standings, having won three events in 2017. Triplett is ninth. He is replacing two-time PBR world champion J.B. Mauney who is out with season-ending shoulder surgery.

Others are on the U.S. team are Derek Kolbaba, Chase Outlaw and Cooper Davis. Davis is the 2016 PBR world champion.

Each team will have two additional riders -- a national qualifier from each country's PBR tour and a coach's pick. The U.S. coach is Justin McBride, a two-time PBR world champion and record holder for BFTS events won.

The Global Cup trophy will be awarded to the team with the highest aggregate score over the course of the event based off each team's best 14 qualified rides.

The first place team will share $400,000 (Canadian dollars).

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