Decatur rider wins PBR event

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018

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The Professional Bull Riders had a lot going on over the weekend in Las Vegas.

In addition to the Last Cowboy Standing, the PBR helped the World Champions Rodeo Alliance produce its first tour stop. The WRCA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days at the Thomas and Mack Center offered a purse of almost $400,000.

During Sunday’s final round, Marty Yates, a four-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Stephenville, won the tie-down roping title in 8.59 seconds. Defending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur finished second in 10.05.

Other champions were bareback rider Richmond Champion, bull rider Jose Vitor Leme, team ropers Clay Smith and Paul Eaves, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer, steer wrestler Kyle Irwin and barrel racer Hailey Kinsel.

Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched his third consecutive Last Cowboy Standing title in dramatic fashion.

Saturday, Pacheco turned in a score of 92.75 aboard two-time PBR World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser in round 3. During the final round, Pacheco turned in an 88.5.

Pacheco, 23, was the only cowboy who made a qualified ride on four bulls throughout the two-day show. He earned $160,291. Pacheco also garnered 940 PBR points and took the lead in the world title race with 2,870 points.

Claudio Montanha is second with 2,561 and Ramon de Lima third with 2,475.


Last week on the PRCA circuit, numerous credentialed competitors were in Guymon, Okla., for the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.

Tuf Cooper won the steer roping first round with a time of 10.6 seconds. He finished third in the second round with a 10.7.

Tony Reina and Rocky Patterson shared the steer roping average/aggregate title with a four-run time of 49.6 seconds.

Other winners were steer wrestler Hunter Cure (12.3 seconds on three head), team ropers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp (24.1 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Jake Wright (84.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Yoyo), tie-down roper Reese Riemer (30.2 seconds on three head), barrel racer Kylie Weast (34.81 seconds on two runs), bull rider Cole Melancon (89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Chigger), and bareback rider Bill Tutor (87.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket).

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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