Lima captures Iron Cowboy crown

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Ramon de Lima, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won the PBR’s Iron Cowboy Saturday in front of more than 46,000 fans at AT&T Stadium, earning $127,350.

Lima turned in scores of 83 and 88 in the first two rounds. Alex Marcilio and Lima were the only riders to stay on in the first two rounds and reach the third round. Both cowboys were bucked off in the third round, leading to a fourth round.

Lima clinched with a score of 86 on Wild Goose (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.). Marcilio was bucked off.

“We battle through pressure a lot,” Lima said. “We learn to use that for our good. We turn it in to a lot of energy and hunger to win. It’s our benefit.”

Lima said he was prepared to compete in the Iron Cowboy.

“I train every day really hard for days like this,” he said. “I wasn’t tired at all. I could have got on a couple of more bulls if I had to. It’s what I do for a living. I make sure I get ready for any situation.”

Lima moved to No. 1 in the world title race with 1,675 points. Dener Barbosa, a Brazilian who also lives in Decatur, is second with 1,455.

This week, the PBR’s Ford Series tour stops in North Little Rock, Ark.


Three competitors -bareback rider Kaycee Field, saddle bronc rider Cort Scheer and steer wrestler Matt Reeves – each earned $433,333 after clinching titles at the RFD-TV’s The American Sunday at AT&T Stadium.

Feild, 30, said the $433,333 will help him retire in good financial shape.

“I can do something like go home and start a business,” he said. “It can mean when I retire from rodeo, I won’t have to go work a 9-to-5 job. I can see my kids right when they get home.”

Field, a four-time world champion, won with a final-round ride of 90 aboard a stalwart bronc named Virgil, the PRCA 2017 Bareback Horse of the Year.

“I could have popped my bubble gum while I was on his back,” Feild said.

The American offered competitors $2 million, a record payoff for a single performance rodeo. Feild, Scheer and Lockwood each were eligible for a share of a $1 million side pot.

The three riders earned $333,333, plus $100,000 that goes to the winner of every event.

All the other champions at The American each earned a $100,000 check.

Three of the $100,000 winners are from the Stephenville area – team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and tie-down roper Marty Yates. Yates won in 6.38 seconds. Driggers and Nogueira turned in a 4.57 in the finals.

In bull riding, Jess Lockwood, the 2017 PBR world champion, won with a score of 90. Barrel racer Taci Bettis paced the field with a 14.848.

Scheer topped saddle bronc riding with an 89. Reeves clinched the bulldogging title with a 3.73.


Defending world all-around champion, Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident, finished third in tie-down roping at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo and earned $16,398.

Cooper also finished second in steer roping, pocketing $22,677.

Trevor Brazile of Decatur, a 23-time world champion, and his partner, two-time world champion Patrick Smith of Lipan finished fourth in the team roping, earning $12,394 each.

Will Gasperson of Decatur won the first round of steer roping and finished eighth in the average race. He earned $9,919.

Scott Snedecor clinched the steer roping title and earned $28,394. Snedecor is the defending world steer roping champion.

Other single event champion at the San Antonio rodeo were bareback rider Caleb Bennett ($22,169), steer wrestler Dakota Eldridge ($23,081); team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens ($23,015), saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley ($25,765), tie-down roper Ryle Smith ($18,928), barrel racer Hailey Kinsel ($25,142) and bull rider Garrett Tribble ($34,574).

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

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