PRAIRIE GROVE, ARK. — Columbia Falls bull rider Matt Triplett hit a home run aboard Louisville Slugger in the second round Saturday night at the Professional Bull Riders Buckin’ at the Ranch stop here.
Triplett unleashed a 92-point effort to seal the Touring Pro Division victory and $10,000. He also had an 86.5-point ride in the first round and earned 15 points in the world standings chase.
The Montana cowboy was double-entered in the event and also placed fourth, with rides of 85 and 88.5 points Friday. He earned four world standings points and $1,321.81 for his fourth-place finish.
It was Triplett’s first victory since he won the first Touring Pro Division event of the 2020 season this past December in Kearney, Nebraska.
The 29-year-old Triplett is now in 13th place in the world standings with 212.50 points. He has earned $117,088.60 this season.
Triplett now has 20 90-point rides and 25 event wins and has earned nearly $1.4 million in his career, per his biography on the PBR internet site.
According to an article by Justin Felisko on the PBR website, Triplett’s 92-point effort is tied for the second-highest of his career at all levels. PBR Media Guides have stated “rides of 90 points or higher are considered outstanding.”
Triplett is next scheduled to compete July 31-Aug. 1 at the Deadwood PBR Touring Pro Division stop.
Montana cowboy Dakota Louis, fresh off a $10,000 victory of his own in Indiana last weekend, did not place in Prairie Grove.