Kolbaba takes lead in world title race

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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Derek Kolbaba clinched the title at last weekend’s Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in San Jose, Calif., and catapulted to the lead in the 2017 world title race.

Kolbaba turned in scores of 88 (round 1) 85.25 (round 2) and 90 (finals). During the final round, he turned in the 90 aboard a bovine named Bad Moon Rising (owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls). Kolbaba, 21, earned $30,000 for winning the San Jose show.

Kolbaba entered the San Jose tour stop ranked No. 4 in the world title race. But after earning 612.5 points during the weekend, he moved ahead of Eduardo Aparecido of Decatur in the world standings.

Aparecido entered the San Jose show ranked No. 1 in the world after finishing ninth at the Oct. 14-15 Ford Series tour stop in Raleigh, N.C. But after staying on only one bull (85 points in round 1) and finishing 19th overall in San Jose, Aparecido dropped to No. 2 in the standings.

After clinching the title in San Jose, Kolbaba, who is from Walla Walla, Wash., is ranked No.1 in the world with 4,265 points. Aparecido, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur when he competes in North America, is ranked No. 2 with 4,162.5.

Cooper Davis, the defending world champion who lives in Jasper, is ranked No. 3 with 4,130.83. Davis finished fourth at the San Jose show.

Kaique Pacheco, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 4 with 3,812.50. Jess Lockwood, a Montana cowboy, is No. 5 with 3,610.

The PBR’s next major show is the World Finals, which is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. The 2017 PBR World Champion will receive a $1 million bonus at the conclusion of the World Finals on Nov. 5.


Every year, the American Quarter Horse Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association team up and crown the best rodeo horses in the business.

There’s a lot to be said for that because a competitor must saddle a great horse in order to finish in the money on a regular basis.

For example, team roper Chad Masters has earned his 10th trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. But his heading horse, Madison Oak, helped him qualify for the Dec. 7-16 Las Vegas championships in a big way.

The other AQHA/PRCA 2017 winners are: team roping heeling horse Zans Colonel Shine (Colonel) who is owned by Jake and Tasha Long; steer wrestling horse Canted Plan (Scooter) who is owned by Tyler Pearson and Kyle Irwin; tie-down roping horse Simon Cow (Si) who is owned by Shane Hanchey; steer roping horse Carols Sassy Doc (Salty) who is owned by John Bland; and barrel racing horse Rafter W Minnie Reba (Sister) who is owned by Sam Williams.


On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, April Widman of Weatherford is ranked No. 1 in the non-pro world title race with $93,960 in regular season earnings. Kylie Knight Rice of Weatherford is ranked No. 2 with $82,502.

In the open division standings, Eazee E, which is owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, is ranked No. 2 in the world race with $94,575. Deluxe Checks, which is owned by Louisiana residents Amanda and Rhein Standish, is No. 1 with $99,908. Austin Shepard is among three riders who have competed on Deluxe Checks this season.


The 64th annual Roping Fiesta is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 27-29, at the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo grounds in San Angelo. The Oct. 28 tie-down roping match will feature 2015 world champion tie-down roper Caleb Smidt and former world all-around champion Ryan Jarrett. Tickets for the Oct. 28 Invitational Calf and Match Roping are $12 and $10 for the Oct. 29 Invitational Steer Roping and Double Mugging.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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