Dakota Louis wins ‘Unleash the Beast’ Billings event

BILLINGS – Dakota Louis certainly has a flair for the dramatic.

When the Professional Bull Riders Cooper Tires Invitational began Friday night at First Interstate Arena, the Browning cowboy was on the outside looking in at qualifying for the PBR World Finals.

He was 39th in the world standings and the top 35 would qualify. Louis also had an chance of competing at the PBR World Finals, May 13-22 in Fort Worth, Texas with a strong showing at the upcoming Velocity Tour Finals.

But Billings was the final event, his last opportunity, on the PBR’s Unleash the Beast tour.

By early Sunday evening, Louis had more than qualified for his second PBR World Finals.

He won the first top-tier event of his PBR career that began in 2011 the same year he graduated high school.