J.B. Mauney's win in Billings was his first BFTS event win since Nampa, Idaho, last season. Photo: Andy Watson /


By: Heather Croze April 09, 2017@ 06:01:00 PM




  • J.B. Mauney closed out a 4-for-4 performance with a 94.25-point ride on SweetPro's Bruiser to win his first event of the season Sunday in Billings.
  • Shane Proctor finished in second place after his own 4-for-4 weekend.
  • Cody Teel finished in third place while Kaique Pacheco and Luciano de Castro finished in fourth and fifth respectively.



BILLINGS, Mont. – Two-time PBR (Professional Bull Riders) World Champion J.B. Mauney had not been able to lay his hands on a Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event win buckle so far this season. That changed as Mauney returned to the top of the shark cage as the winner in the Stanley Performance In Action Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, Sunday afternoon at Rimrock Auto Arena.

The North Carolina (Mooresville, N.C.) cowboy moved seven spots up from No. 10 to No. 3 in the world standings with the win.

Mauney went a perfect 4-for-4 in Billings, including a monster 94.25-point ride aboard the 2016 PBR World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round. It was the second time Mauney conquered Bruiser, the last time coming in Round 4 of the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals, and it carried him to his first BFTS event win since Nampa, Idaho, last season.

He also earned his second round win of the year after covering Mudshark(D&H Cattle Co.) for 89.5 points in Round 3.

Mauney took home 778.3 total world points for the weekend along with $41,596. He now trails current world No. 1 Eduardo Aparecido(Gouvelandia, Brazil), who was sidelined this weekend with an injury, by 1,123.76 points.  

Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Washington) slotted into second place after his own 4-for-4 performance. Proctor covered both bulls he saw on Sunday, starting with an 85-point ride on Sully (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in Round 3 and closing with an 88-point trip aboard Jack Daniel’s After Party (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in the championship round.

It was the first time this season that Proctor went perfect at an event, and it helped him net 350 world points and $18,685. He also shifted from No. 15 in the world standings to No. 11.

2012 PRCA champion Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) rode his way to a third place finish Sunday in Billings after a 3-for-4 weekend. Teel rode Sledge Hamma (Rocking I Rodeo Co.) for 86.5 points in Round 3 before conquering Hey Jack (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) for 87.75 points in the championship round. Hey Jack had been unridden in 16 career BFTS outs before facing Teel Sunday afternoon.

For the finish, Teel earned 330 world points along with a $14,850 paycheck, moving him to No. 12 in the world standings.

Teel also took the lead in the 2017 Rookie of the Year race. He leads 2016 PBR Brazil Champion Dener Barbosa (Paulo de Fararia, Brazil) by 280 points in the battle of first-year riders.

Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) went 3-for-4 on his way to a fourth-place finish. Pacheco rode two bulls on Championship Sunday, including an 86.75-point ride on Wicked Stick (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) in Round 3 before closing his weekend out with an 86-point trip aboard Jack Shot (D&H Cattle Co./David Huffman).

Pacheco pocketed 245 world points and $10,150 for the effort.

2015 PBR Brazil Champion Luciano de Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) rounded out the Top 5 in the event after going 3-for-4 over the weekend. Castro began Championship Sunday with an 87.25-point ride on More Big Bucks (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) before capping his performance with an 87.5-point trip aboard BC Circular Insanity (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) in the championship round.

Castro picked up 165 world points in Billings along with $7,850. He also jumped one spot from No. 23 in the world standings to No. 22.

Pearl Harbor (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) was named the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event after erupting for a career-high 47.5-point bull score when he bucked off Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana) in 1.98 seconds in the championship round. It’s the highest bull score since Air Time (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team/Phenom Genetics) bucked off Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) at the Last Cowboy Standing event in Las Vegas in May, 2016.

The elite Built Ford Tough Series will next trek to the Pacific Northwest where Tacoma, Washington’s, Tacoma Dome will play host to the Tacoma Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, April 22-23. Tacoma will also feature the last 15/15 Bucking Battle of the first-half of the BFTS schedule on April 22.

The action from Tacoma begins on April 22 at 10 p.m. ET on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app. Immediately following Round 1, the Top 15 bull riders will face the Top 15 bulls in the season’s fifth 15/15 Bucking Battle. The special round will offer extra points toward the world standings as well as an extra cash prize for the winner.

CBS will broadcast the 15/15 Bucking Battle at 2 p.m. ET on April 23.

Championship Sunday can be seen starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on April 23. CBS Sports Network will also broadcast the Championship Sunday action starting at 8 p.m. ET. 

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Stanley Performance In Action Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires
Rimrock Auto Arena, Billings, Montana
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. J.B. Mauney, 86.75-86.25-89.5-94.25-356.75-778.33 Points.
2. Shane Proctor, 83.25-86.5-85-88-342.75-350 Points.
3. Cody Teel, 87-0-86.5-87.75-261.25-330 Points.
4. Kaique Pacheco, 0-87.75-86.75-86-260.50-245 Points.
5. Luciano De Castro, 0-84.75-87.25-87.5-259.50-165 Points.
6. Gage Gay, 86.5-86.25-86.25-0-259.00-138.33 Points.
7. Matt Triplett, 0-88.25-83-0-171.25-115 Points.
8. Stetson Lawrence, 88-0-0-0-88.00-105 Points.
9. Silvano Alves, 86.5-0-85.5-0-172.00-60 Points.
10. Guilherme Marchi, 83.5-86.25-0-0-169.75-38.33 Points.
11. Derek Kolbaba, 86.25-83.5-0-0-169.75-25 Points.
12. Emilio Resende, 0-0-85.75-0-85.75-17.5 Points.
13. Claudio Montanha Jr., 85.25-66.5-0-0-151.75-10 Points.
14. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-86-0-0-86.00-7.5 Points.
(tie). Troy Wilkinson, 0-86-0-0-86.00-7.5 Points.
16. Koal Livingston, 0-85.75-0-0-85.75-2.5 Points.
17. Dakota Buttar, 0-0-85-0-85.00
18. Cooper Davis, 0-0-84.25-0-84.25
19. Jess Lockwood, 0-83.5-0-0-83.50
(tie). Alex Marcilio, 83.5-0-0-0-83.50
21. Brennon Eldred, 82.5-0-0-0-82.50
22. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-81.5-0-81.50
23. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-80.25-0-80.25
Chase Outlaw, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0.00
J.W. Harris, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Ford, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Ramon Rodrigues, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Campbell, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Carlos Garcia, 0-0-0-0-0.00

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 17, 4, 7, 2,895.00, $263,713.33
2. Kaique Pacheco, 23, 4, 8, 1,855.00, $145,777.72
3. J.B. Mauney, 16, 1, 3, 1,771.24, $94,030.00
4. Jess Lockwood, 14, 2, 4, 1,767.50, $172,273.33
5. Chase Outlaw, 16, 1, 7, 1,764.16, $94,431.19
6. Derek Kolbaba, 21, 2, 5, 1,700.00, $115,175.31
7. Cooper Davis, 17, 0, 4, 1,380.00, $82,117.86
8. Matt Triplett, 22, 3, 6, 1,375.00, $82,448.15
9. Rubens Barbosa, 22, 1, 3, 1,372.50, $84,779.50
10. Mason Lowe, 20, 0, 4, 1,333.33, $99,582.31
11. Shane Proctor, 16, 1, 3, 1,117.50, $71,323.33
12. Cody Teel, 10, 2, 4, 1,045.83, $64,158.33
13. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 17, 0, 4, 1,000.00, $53,096.19
14. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 20, 0, 4, 927.50, $53,866.67
15. Stormy Wing, 14, 1, 2, 915.00, $54,975.64
16. Cody Nance, 17, 0, 3, 867.50, $53,204.88
17. Silvano Alves, 19, 0, 3, 833.33, $42,866.83
18. Ryan Dirteater, 18, 0, 1, 805.83, $46,835.67
19. Dener Barbosa, 19, 0, 4, 765.83, $41,055.99
20. Guilherme Marchi, 18, 0, 4, 762.49, $36,712.14
21. Claudio Montanha Jr., 19, 2, 6, 749.16, $59,693.33
22. Luciano De Castro, 23, 0, 6, 712.50, $40,325.03
23. Fabiano Vieira, 20, 1, 4, 710.83, $50,300.01
24. Stetson Lawrence, 20, 0, 2, 612.50, $30,941.67
25. Mike Lee, 24, 2, 4, 508.33, $37,068.14
26. Gage Gay, 17, 0, 0, 423.33, $24,586.67
27. Dakota Buttar, 11, 0, 0, 375.83, $24,882.16
28. Koal Livingston, 18, 1, 5, 362.50, $29,132.86
29. Brady Sims, 15, 0, 1, 345.00, $20,467.31
30. Troy Wilkinson, 10, 1, 3, 328.75, $27,900.23
31. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 20, 1, 4, 285.41, $24,028.33
32. J.W. Harris, 14, 1, 3, 280.41, $23,583.75
33. Reese Cates, 18, 1, 3, 270.00, $28,050.00
34. Luis Blanco, 14, 0, 1, 267.08, $17,456.31
35. Robson Aragao, 18, 1, 4, 240.00, $20,263.33
36. Nevada Newman, 8, 0, 2, 215.00, $15,850.25
37. Jake Gowdy, 17, 1, 2, 205.00, $29,147.71
38. Sonny Schafferius, 15, 1, 5, 172.50, $15,082.23
39. Emilio Resende, 13, 1, 3, 160.83, $18,910.00
40. Alex Marcilio, 12, 0, 4, 155.00, $17,078.57
41. Cody Heffernan, 21, 0, 2, 132.50, $16,335.71
42. Brennon Eldred, 9, 1, 3, 131.66, $16,170.51
43. Nathan Schaper, 15, 0, 3, 122.50, $12,267.31
44. Cody Ford, 14, 1, 3, 120.00, $13,100.00
44. Skeeter Kingsolver, 8, 1, 2, 120.00, $11,230.00
44. Kyle Jones, 22, 1, 2, 120.00, $13,997.10
44. Ramon Rodrigues, 6, 0, 3, 120.00, $11,616.67

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Ed and Angie Lockwood try to guide their son Jess, a bull-riding sensation

Photos: PBR bull rider Jess Lockwood at home in Volborg

VOLBORG – Reaching the Lockwood family ranch takes patience.

Its 50 miles south from Interstate 94 that cuts through Miles City to a gravel road just past the combination general store/post office for the small community of Volborg.

From there, it’s a twisty five miles, followed by a left for another mile on a road that connects a series of ranches in the wide-open eastern Montana landscape.

In this part of the country, neighbors and other family members are located, “Just over the hill.”

It’s 2½ miles in from the connecting road to reach to the family homestead and a series of buildings that go with ranching 10,000 acres. A herd of pronghorn antelope grazes off to the side of the road and cows watch over their young in a pasture closer to the house.

Cell phone service is more miss than hit.

And while getting there takes good directions, letting your oldest son leave home at the age of 17 is even tougher.

Ed and Angie Lockwood knew for a long time that day in the fall of 2015 was coming.

Angie still has the calendar and the day marked.

“Oh, I cried,” said Angie, the mother to sons Jess and Jake. “I was a little concerned. A lot of bull riders, they live to have their fun.”

Angie is the one who shares stories of when her sons were young, quickly going into rooms to find pictures and scrapbooks documenting their lives. Friendly and talkative, Angie Lockwood seamlessly weaves stories together, the pride in her boys wrapping every word. When not supporting her boys at their events or working around the ranch, the former Wolf Point teacher is a track and field coach for Powder River County High School in Broadus, 38 miles south of their home.

Ed, her husband, is the more reserved of the two, with a quick sense of humor.

The two have tried to tame the tiger of the public demand of their son Jess after he has become one of the best bull riders in the world in the past year.

“We told him to use his head. To make wise decisions,” Ed said of the day his son drove away to pursue his dream of becoming a professional bull rider. “When he walked out that door, he had that drive to succeed.”

Almost exactly a year ago, Lockwood’s star exploded across the Professional Bull Riders’ sky, winning the event in Billings. He would go on to earn PBR Rookie of the Year honors for 2016 and finish eighth in the final world standings.

Lockwood, now 19, has already won PBR events in New York City and Sacramento, California, this year. He has earned $171,873, almost matching his season earnings from 2016.

The teen’s success is no surprise to his parents.

They’ve seen this coming since he began climbing aboard his dad’s back in the living room, riding for eight seconds and asking, “How many was I?,” every time. The two wore out a lot of carpet.

And when father and son were done, Ed would interview the young cowboy, the television remote serving as the microphone.

Bull riding even dominated Jess’ art projects in school.

But mother and father were still cautious with the early stages of their son’s career.

“Fear,” Ed said of watching Jess ride, even now. “Concern. It’s always been there. Any time he gets on, you get nervous. I’ve seen things happen. I’ve lost friends.”

Ed and Angie are familiar with the whirlwind rodeo lifestyle.

Ed, a former Big Sky region champion bull rider, was a professional saddle bronc rider for 18 years. He was the year-end Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit champion in 1992 and was the MPRC Finals champion in 1994. He retired after Jake was born, even bypassing the 2000 MPRC Finals.

Angie, formerly Schillinger, was a long-time barrel racer out of Circle. She won the barrel racing in Williston, North Dakota, 10 days after Jess was born. Her barrel racing horse, now pushing 30, spends most of its time in a barn.

The two would take turns on child-watching duties at rodeos.

“When we rodeoed together, we would hand him off after the other was done,” Angie said.

Jess didn’t start riding bulls until eighth grade. Even then, Ed had a watchful eye.

“It was a junior high rodeo in Broadus,” he remembered. “Jess was the only one entered and the stock contractor brought two bulls. One bucked pretty good. I told the guy if Jess drew that bull, he wasn’t going to ride.”

“The contractor fixed it so Jess got the other one,” finished the father with a smile.

And Ed saw something else in his first-born.

“That was easy,” he said. “He rode bulls nobody else did. He just stayed on. This is what he wanted to do.”

Jess had his parents’ full support when he made the decision to stop wrestling in high school – he was the Class B-C 98-pound state champion as a freshman – to focus on bull riding. Jess would attend school Monday through Thursday and leave home every Friday to ride bulls.

Jess earned more than $60,000 his junior year of high school. He won Northern Rodeo Association year-end championships in 2014 and 2015 – before he was old enough to vote -- and competed in “Duel in the Dirt” events around the Midwest.

One of his best rides was 90 points on Badger Milk, one of the NRA’s top bulls, in Deer Lodge.