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Matt Triplett

Event in which you compete: Bull Riding

Hometown: Columbia Falls, Montana

Number of years riding: 12 years (4 yrs professional)

Year Ariat Started Sponsoring You: 2014

Career accomplishments to date: 

  • • 2013 World Finals, riding Buckwild for 92.5 points


How you got started in your event: My dad rode bulls and we went to open rodeos when I was a kid– I started riding jr bulls when I was about 8 years old.

Favorite Ariat product (by name): Ariat jeans

Proudest career moment: Making it to the World Finals in 2013

Tell us about your first bull ride: I had just turned 10 and had been riding jr bulls – it was the next step up and I took the challenge.

You ride because:I love the sport, I love the adrenaline

If you weren’t a professional bull rider, you would be a:Professional Snowboarder

Favorite mentor or idol growing up: Justin McBride, Tom Brady

Favorite place to travel on tour: Vegas – World Finals

Name one fun fact that people don’t know about you: I’m a pretty good snowboarder

Favorite way to unwind outside of bull riding: I don’t really get to unwind during the season-during the week I work out at the Nike Michael Johnson Performance Center – it helps me to refocus before events. In the off season, I love to just go out to the country to get away, go hunting, and see family.

Good luck charm: having my family in the crowd - it motivates me to ride well and make them proud