Des Moines Game Notes

By: Jordan Johnson
April 22, 2016

Current No. 1 J.B. Mauney will look to defend his Des Moines Invitational title. Photo: Andy Watson/

Current No. 1 J.B. Mauney will look to defend his Des Moines Invitational title. Photo: Andy Watson/


ONE LAST HURRAH – The PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series stops in Des Moines, Iowa, this weekend for the ninth consecutive year. Iowa fans have one last chance to watch the Top 35 bull riders in the world as Wells Fargo Arena once again hosts the Des Moines Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m. CT, and Sunday, April 24 at 2 p.m. CT.

PAST DES MOINES EVENT WINNERS – Two-time reigning PBR World Champion and current No. 1 in the PBR world standings J.B. Mauney returned from a knee injury that happened roughly seven weeks prior, to earn the win in Des Moines last season, going 2-for-3 on the weekend.

2015    J.B. Mauney
2014    Renato Nunes
2013    Joao Ricardo Vieira
2012    Robson Palermo
2011    Chris Shivers
2010    Mike Lee
2009    Travis Briscoe
2008    Guilherme Marchi

TIGHT COMPETITION – Competition heading toward the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals is among the tightest in PBR history. 15 riders are all within 1,000 points of the number one rider in the world standings. Jess Lockwood has racked up 965 points over three events and is now only 914.17 points behind current world leader Mauney.

MONTANA MAN – 18-year-old PBR rookie, and Montana native, Jess Lockwood shot up to No. 14 in the PBR world standings after bringing his home state crowd to their feet last weekend by winning the Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) Stanley Performance In Action Invitational at Rimrock Auto Arena in just his third event at PBR’s elite level. Lockwood not only earned his first win, but posted his first 90-point ride as well, covering Modified Clyde (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Ken Barnhard) for 90.5 points to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and seal the BFTS victory.

PBR MILESTONE – 2004 World Champion Mike Lee earned his 500th BFTS career ride this past weekend in his childhood hometown of Billings, Montana, with an 86.75-point effort atop Tahonta’s Magic (Rockin’ I Rodeo) during Round 2 of the Stanley Performance In Action Invitational. Lee joins 2008 PBR World Champion Guilherme Marchi as the only other rider to reach this milestone.

FORMAT – This weekend, the riders will face one bull each in Round 1 and Round 2. Immediately following Round 2 on Sunday, the riders’ individual scores will be totaled and the Top 15 will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the $30,000 event title.

POSSIBLE POINTS – There are 700 possible points available this weekend in Des Moines, as the winner of the event will receive 400 points and each of the three round wins is worth 100 points.

ON TAP – The PBR will take a two week break before heading to Las Vegas for the first of two stops during the 2016 season. Las Vegas Village will host Las Vegas Helldorado Days, presented by Monster Energy, featuring PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing on May 13-15. Last Cowboy Standing competition, the third of four PBR Majors, will begin at 7:50 p.m. PT on both Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14.

TELEVISION BROADCAST – Round 2 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round of the Des Moines Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires will air on CBS Sports Network on Sunday, April 24 at 8 p.m. ET.

PBR LIVE will also stream the entire event in real time starting on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET and on Sunday at 3 p.m. ET. PBR LIVE is now available at no charge to all fans and media. Visit to view. Fans can also watch all of the action live via the PBR LIVE app, available for download now on Google Play and iTunes.

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