Tripplett Wins in Halifax

-This story comes from www.PBRCanada.com
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (May 7, 2011) – It came down to his last ride at the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canadian Cup Series event in Halifax and Matt Triplett of Columbia Falls, MT, did not disappoint. After covering Crunch Time (J Bar W Ranch) for 85.5 points in the Championship Round, Triplett wowed the packed house at Halifax Metro Centre with an impressive back flip off the arena railing. Despite sharing first place in the Championship Round with Tyler Thomson of Black Diamond, AB, the Montana native earned his first Cup Series win of the season and $6,630.00 for the victory.

“I have been working at the basics all week and it has finally paid off”, said Triplett. “I want to keep qualifying for Cup events and hope to make the Finals.”

Thomson, a three-time World Cup contender, finished the night just behind Triplett after riding Margaritaville (J Bar W Ranch) for 76 points in Round 1, followed by 85.5-point on Cherry Bomb (Chausse Bucking Bulls) in the Championship Round. International sensation Rocky McDonald of Chihuahua, MX, rounds out the Halifax Invitational with a third place finish after riding Spicy Pickle (Chausse Bucking Bulls) for 83 points in Round 1.

2011 Halifax Invitational at Halifax Metro Centre
Halifax, NS
Jesse Flett (Fort Vermilion, AB) is being monitored for a concussion after suffering a head injury in Round 1. Tyler Thomson (Black Diamond, AB) received a laceration above his right eye in the Championship Round.

Injury Report

Event Leaders
1. Matt Triplett, Columbia Falls, MT, $6,630.00.
2. Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB, $4,420.00.
3. Tyler Thomson 4. Tanner Byrne, Prince Albert, SK
Championship Round
1. (tie) Matt Triplett, Columbia Falls, MT, 85.5 points on Crunch Time (J Bar W Ranch); Tyler Thomson, Black Diamond, AB, 85.5 points Cherry Bomb (Chausse Bucking Bulls). No other qualified rides.

Here Tyler Thomson rides the Chausse Bull “Cherry Bomb” for 85.5 points in the short round of Halifax:

Look for Tanner Byrne and Matt Triplett’s rides on YouTube in the coming days as well!

The next stop on this year’s PBR Canadian Tour will be in Swift Current, SK on Sat. May 28!

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About Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Canada:
Dollars earned at Canadian events counts towards qualification to the elite PBR Canadian Cup National Finals. Upon the conclusion of the Finals, the bull rider with the most regular season and Finals points is crowned the PBR Canadian National Champion. Money won at all Canadian events counts toward qualifying on the prestigious PBR Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS). At the end of the BFTS season, the top-ranked PBR Canada rider will compete at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas, NV. For more information on PBR Canada, go to www.pbrcanada.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pbr.canada and Twitter at http://twitter.com/PBRCanada.

About the Professional Bull Riders, Inc. (PBR):
The PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 100 million viewers annually watch over 400 hours of primetime PBR programming on VERSUS, NBC, CBS and networks around the world. The PBR has awarded over $100 million in prize money and 20 riders have earned over $1 million including Justin McBride with $5.5 million, the most of any western-sports athlete in history. The PBR was nominated as 2010 Sports League of the Year at the Sports Business Journal Sports Business Awards alongside the National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. Nearly two million fans attend elite Built Ford Tough Series and Touring Pro Division events each year. For more information on the PBR, go to www.pbr.com, or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TeamPBR and http://twitter.com/TEAMPBR.

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