PBR day three

Jess Lockwood, riding in Billings in 2018, decided not to have surgery on his broken left collarbone. The 2017 Professional Bull Riders world champion will be out of competition another five weeks.

BILLINGS — Turns out Jess Lockwood didn’t have surgery after all.

The 2017 Professional Bull Riders world champion from Volborg told Justin Felisko of PBR.com he was originally scheduled to have surgery to repair a broken left collarbone after suffering the injury at the PBR’s Global Cup competition.

But Dr. Tandy Freeman, the primary doctor to professional rodeo athletes, said that surgery would not help.

“We were kind of planning on surgery but I broke my collarbone too close to the joint,” Lockwood told Felisko. “There is not enough bone to put any pins into it, really. So no surgery. I just broke it at the right spot.”

Lockwood, who leads the PBR world standings after winning the first two events of 2019, is expected to be out another five weeks.

Badgett retiring

When Wally Badgett attends this year’s College National Finals Rodeo this, it will be his last.

Miles Community College officials announced that this will be Badgett’s final year as the school’s rodeo coach.

“My time at MCC has been a wonderful experience for me,” he said in a press release. “The college and the people that work and go to school there are as good as it gets. I am very sincere when I say that. This place has meant a lot to me.”

Badgett won the year-end Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit bull riding title in 1975.

He has been associated with the Pioneers’ rodeo program since 1996 when he was an assistant coach. Badgett became the head coach in 2004.

Xtreme Broncs

The state of South Dakota and world-class saddle bronc riders have been synonymous since the beginning of professional rodeo.

The first recognized world champion is Earl Thode of Belvidere, who won the world title in 1929. He won it again in 1931.

And the state was home to the legendary Casey Tibbs, a six-time world champion from Ft. Pierre.

So it is only fitting that the PRCA Xtreme Broncs Finals will be in Rapid City this August.

According to a PRCA release, the Xtreme Broncs tour is a series of events that features only saddle bronc riding. The stand-alone events were approved by the PRCA in 2016. This year, there will be an estimated 20 Xtreme Broncs events scheduled throughout the United States.

The Rapid City event will be the conclusion of the tour. It will feature the top 12 saddle bronc riders in the PRCA world standings and the top 12 competitors who have competed at the Xtreme Broncs Tour events.

All money earned on the Tour and Tour finale will count in the world standings.

The event will be Aug. 22 during the Central States Fair.

PRCA, The American join forces

There will be some seismic changes in the PRCA world standings March 2-3 in Arlington, Texas.

Earlier this year, the PRCA announced it would be sanctioning The American, a rodeo held at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

The American is a high-paying rodeo created by RFD-TV. First place is worth $100,000, while second will pay $25,000, third $10,000 and fourth $5,000 this year.

The prize money for the rodeo will be $2,355,000 and count in the PRCA world standings.

“The dollars are going to count towards the NFR,” said PRCA CEO George Taylor in a press release. “We are going to include The American as part of the NFR system. What we have to figure out is how to translate that exactly to a new system. We are looking at points, we may have a division factor or something along those lines but we are definitely going to include the money won (at The American) as a factor into the NFR standings.”

There will be qualification rounds on March 2 with finals for events on March 3.

Lockwood won the bull riding at The American last year and barrel racer Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, South Dakota, is a two-time winner. Helena’s Ty Erickson won the steer wrestling in 2016.

Email Joe Kusek at joe.kusek@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @GazSportsJoe

Sports writer at the Billings Gazette

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