Final Riders Announced for Team USA at 2020 PBR Global Cup USA
Ahead of the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy, the final riders set to defend home soil as members of Team USA Eagles and Wolves at the event akin to the “Olympics of bull riding” have been announced.
According to a press release, the fourth edition of the PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation bull riding competition, will make its second stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on February 15-16, 2020. The new team tournament debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, in November 2017, visited Sydney, Australia, in June 2018, and most recently stopped in Arlington this past February.
Led by head coach Justin McBride (Whitesboro, Texas) and assistant J.W. Hart (Overbrook, Oklahoma), Team USA Eagles will be completed by Matt Triplett (Columbia Falls, Montana), Dalton Kasel (Muleshoe, Texas) and six-time PRCA World Champion Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma).
Team USA Eagles also revealed an injury replacement, with Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) to compete in place of Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas), currently sidelined for six months after undergoing the fourth reconstructive shoulder surgery of his career in December 2019.
McBride and Hart elected to not name an alternate.
Triplett, Kasel, Kimzey, and Teel will join two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) and 2016 PBR World Champion Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) already selected to Team USA Eagles.
Under the leadership of first-time head coach Ted Nuce (Stephenville, Texas) and returning assistant Mike “Bo” Vocu (Oglala Lakota – Kyle, South Dakota), Cody Jesus (Navajo – Window Rock, Arizona), Colten Jesse (Potawatomi - Konawa, Oklahoma), Cannon Cravens (Cherokee – Porum, Oklahoma) and alternate Wyatt Rogers (Cherokee – Coweta, Oklahoma) will complete Team USA Wolves.
The already announced Wolves include Ryan Dirteater (Cherokee – Hulbert, Oklahoma), Stetson Lawrence (Chippewa and Sioux – Williston, North Dakota) and Keyshawn Whitehorse (Navajo – McCracken Springs, Utah).
For Team USA Eagles, while the quartet of new additions has only made a collective four appearances at past PBR Global Cups, they are arguably four of the hottest riders competing when examining the final months of 2019 and initial events of the 2020 season.
With the most Global Cup experience on his resume, Teel, a two-time Team USA rider, not only was a member of the event-winning contingent at the inaugural Global Cup in Canada in 2017 but also competed for the second-place Eagles at the most recent edition in Texas in February 2019.
Battling through a knee injury at the 2019 PBR World Finals to finish No. 6 in the world, Teel began the 2020 season with a 2-for-4 performance at the season-launch Unleash The Beast Major in New York City.
Triplett, who rode for Team USA at the 2018 edition of the PBR Global Cup in Sydney, Australia, finished a career-best second at the 2019 PBR World Finals, propelling him to finish the year No. 7 in the world. Not missing a beat, Triplett won the first Touring Pro Division event of the new season in Kearney, Nebraska, before riding to a tenth-place result on the elite tour in New York City.
Much like Triplett, Kimzey earned his second selection to Team USA after making his debut for the Eagles in February 2019 inside AT&T Stadium. The Oklahoma phenom’s selection comes after he recently captured his sixth consecutive PRCA world championship.
A first-time selection to Team USA, Kasel, who is currently recovering from groin surgery, was crowned the 2019 PBR Rookie of the Year after completing an incredible five-month surge up the world rankings, when he climbed from unranked on June 1 to No. 8 on November 10.
Kasel’s rocket up the rankings was capped by his career-first event win on the Unleash The Beast at the final regular-season event of the year in Nampa, Idaho, followed by a twelfth-place result at his debut PBR World Finals.
For the Wolves, Jesus, Jesse and Cravens will make their second-consecutive appearance for the all Native American contingent, while alternate Rogers is preparing to make his debut on the global bull riding stage.
In 2019, Jesus, who was a top contender for the year’s Rookie of the Year honor, finished a career-best No. 20 in the world, capped by a ninth-place result at his debut PBR World Finals. He was a key contributor for the Wolves at the 2019 PBR Global Cup USA, going 2-for-3 in their third-place campaign.
Following their Global Cup debuts, Jesse and Cravens, both had their 2019 seasons halted by injury, with Jesse undergoing shoulder surgery and Cravens sustaining a broken leg.
Both, however, returned as alternates at the 2019 PBR World Finals, before their World Championship contending form was back on display at the season-launch Unleash The Beast Major in New York City. Jesse delivered a strong 3-for-4 showing to finish sixth, while Cravens’ 1-for-3 effort earned him twelfth.
Tickets for the 2020 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA, presented by Monster Energy are on sale now and start at just $10. They can be purchased at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, online at ATTStadium.com or SeatGeek.com, or via the phone at 800- 732-1727.
For more information on the event, including premium experience and elite seat offerings, visit PBR.com/GlobalCup.