ARLINGTON, Texas — Jess Lockwood found the perfect remedy for his 2018 bull riding troubles.
Win The American bull riding title for $100,000.
The 20-year-old Volborg cowboy rode the bull More Big Bucks for 90 points in the event’s shoot-out round at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys.
The 2017 Professional Bull Riders world champion edged friend and 2016 PBR world champion Cooper Davis by a half-point.
“Winning fixes everything,” a jubilant Lockwood told an RFD-TV nationwide audience after one of the biggest wins of his young career.
Lockwood becomes the second member of his family to win a title at The American. His aunt, Lisa Lockhart, won back-to-back barrel racing titles in 2014 and 2015.
Lockwood bested a four-rider field that also included two-time PBR world champion J.B. Mauney and PBR competitor Stormy Wing.
He advanced to the final round with an 88.5-point ride aboard Smoke and Fire earlier in the day. A happy Lockwood tossed his helmet after each successful ride.
And he was very familiar with his final round draw. Lockwood rode More Big Bucks to 92 points to win the second round of the PBR World Finals last November.
“That bull helped me win a world title,” Lockwood said.
Lockwood, riding with a torn MCL in his left knee, entered The American just having ridden 6 of his 20 PBR bulls in 2018. He is 22nd in the PBR world standings.
“I’ve been having heck at the start of the season,” Lockwood told the large crowd. “Hopefully, this will turn it around."
This past weekend, Lockwood was also selected for Team USA to compete in the PBR Global Cup event scheduled for June 9-10 in Sydney, Australia.
Other event winners were: Kaycee Feild, bareback; Matt Reeves, steer wrestling; Cort Scheer, saddle bronc; Taci Betts, barrel racing; Marty Yates, tie-down roping; Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira, team roping.
Scheer, a former Montana State cowboy, also earned a share of the $1 million bonus for coming through the qualifying rounds. Scheer pocketed $433,000 for two rides. He won the saddle bronc title with an 89-point ride, just .25 points better than runner-up Cody DeMoss.
It was Driggers third team roping win at The American and second in a row for Yates. Yates won the tie-down roping with an event-record time of 6.38 seconds in the final round.