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Wing wins inaugural PBR Global Cup

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, November 22, 2017
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Veteran Stormy Wing of Dalhart earned $85,544 at the inaugural PBR Global Cup on Nov. 10-11 in Edmonton, Alberta.

Wing finished with the highest aggregate score of all of the contestants after staying on three of the four bulls that he faced.

In the aggregate/average race, Wing clinched the individual title after turning in a three-ride score of 257.75. He stayed on his first three bulls but was bucked off in the final round.

Rubens Barbosa finished second in the aggregate/average race with a three-ride score of 255.75. The Brazilian stayed on his first, third and fourth bull. He was disqualified in the second round.

Barbosa is a native of Brazil who lives in the Decatur area when he competes at PBR shows in North America.

Wing, a former PBR World Finals qualifier, also helped the seven-member Team USA clinch the team title. Barbosa helped Brazil finish runner-up in the team title race.

The Global Cup featured a team competition between five countries. The United States clinched the title after earning 1,026.75 points and Brazil finished second with 927.5. Canada finished third with 838.5, Australia came in fourth with 599.25 and Mexico wound up fifth with 253.75.

The United States’ team also consisted of 2016 world champion Cooper Davis, Cody Teel, Cole Melancon, Cody Nance, Derek Kolbaba and Brandon Eldred. Team USA was coached by two-time gold buckle Justin McBride who also serves as a TV sports commentator during the PBRs broadcasts on CBS Sports.

PRCA UPDATE

Though Trevor Brazile fell short in his attempt to clinch the 2017 world steer roping title at the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., the Decatur cowboy moved up to the lead in this year’s world all-around race.

At the NFSR, Brazile finished runner-up in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association 2017 world steer roping title race behind Scott Snedecor, who snared the world title. Snedecor edged Brazile in the world race, $136,419 to $127,548. But after earning an impressive $63,273 at NFSR, Brazile moved up from the No. 2 ranking to No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2017 world all-around standings.

Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the world all-around standings after earning a meager $15,981 at the National Finals Steer Roping.

In the 2017 world all-around standings, Brazile is ranked No. 1 with $243,760. Cooper is ranked No. 2 with $230,022.

The 2017 world all-around title will be awarded at the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Both Brazile and Cooper have qualified for next month’s National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping.

Brazile is a 23-time PRCA world champion. He will attempt to earn his 14th world all-around title at the NFR. Brazile clinched world all-around titles in 2002-2004 and 2006-15.

Brazile also will attempt to lasso his fourth tie-down roping world title at the Las Vegas championships. He snared tie-down roping gold buckles in 2007, 2009-2010.

Cooper will attempt to earn his first all-around title and his fourth tie-down roping world title at the NFR. Cooper earned world tie-down roping titles in 2011-2012 and in 2004.

Cooper will enter the Las Vegas NFR ranked No. 1 in the tie-down roping world title race with the $190,445 that he earned throughout the 2017 regular season. Brazile is ranked No. 6 in the tie-down roping world standings with $101,433.

Cooper has a much better chance of winning the world tie-down roping title. But Brazile has a mathematical chance.

But in the world all-around title race, it could be an interesting close contest between Brazile and Cooper at next month’s NFR.

CUTTING HORSE UPDATE

On the National Cutting Horse Association circuit, the NCHA Futurity began Wednesday, Nov. 15, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 10, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. The Futurity, which features the sport’s most promising debuting 3-year-old horses, is the sport’s most prestigious show. The open division winner on Dec. 10 will receive $200,000.

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

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