Marchi wins Kansas City PBR stop

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Guilherme Marchi, the PBR’s 2008 world champion, won last weekend’s stop in Kansas City, Mo.

Marchi earned 475 points on the way to the victory. Marco Eguchi finished second with 390 points. Dener Barbosa was third with 340.

Barbosa, a Brazilian who lives in the Decatur area, is ranked No. 1 in the PBR’s 2018 world title race with 1,455 points. Claudio Montanha Jr. is ranked second with 1,036 and Ryan Dirteater is third with 825.

The tour stops in St. Louis this weekend. The Ford Series will be in Arlington Feb. 24 at AT&T Stadium. On Feb. 25, the PBR’s top riders from last year will compete in the RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium.


The renowned San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo began Thursday.

In recent years, the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo has been the PRCA’s highest paying regular season show. The purse this year is $1,480,500.

The San Antonio rodeo features a tournament style format. Rodeo organizers have used a tournament format since 2003 when the rodeo moved into the AT&T Center.

Fifty contestants earned the right to compete in the 2018 edition. They are divided into groups of 10 that each compete in one of five brackets. They compete for three consecutive nights as part of their bracket and hope to be among the four highest earners to move onto the semifinal round.

On opening night, contestants received the first paychecks in Bracket 1. Among the winners were Hailey Kinsel, who finished second in the 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world title race. Kinsel, who lives less than 100 miles from San Antonio in Cotulla, rode her standout mare, DM Sissy Hayday, whom she calls Sister.

This is their first time Kinsel has qualified for San Antonio’s renowned invitational rodeo. On opening night, she and Sister stopped the clock in 13.86 seconds to win $2,378.

After winning the first round in Bracket 1, Kensil went on to win the second and third rounds Friday and Saturday. She earned $7,134 to advance to the semifinals.

The San Antonio PRCA/WPRA rodeo concludes on Feb. 25.

Kinsel graduated from Texas A&M last May, and won the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association title in June. After that, she qualified for the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas where she earned $189,384 and finished second in the world title race with $288,091.

On Feb. 3, Kinsel finished second at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo. She currently is ranked fourth in the world with $23,402 in regular season. She has the potential to improve that position with more fast runs at the San Antonio rodeo.

Kensil also won the barrel racing title at The American last year. She earned $433,333 for her impressive victory.


Trevor Kastner earned $12,504 by winning the bull riding title at the Fort Worth Rodeo. He also had tremendous success during the prelims at the San Antonio Rodeo. Kastner won all three rounds in Bracket 1, earning $14,269.

Kastner was the only cowboy who made a qualified ride in both Round 1 and Round 2. He received all of the prize money that was at stake in both rounds.

Kastner earned $5,945 with a so-so score of 78 in the first round. He clinched the title with a remarkable score of 91 on a bovine named Yellow Fever, which is owned by the Four-Star Rodeo Co.

Kastner was among four contestants who received a check for making a qualified ride in the third round. He won the round with a score of 85.5.


After competing in Fort Worth, many of the world’s top competitors migrated to the San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo, which began Feb. 2.

In bareback riding, Luke Creasy, a former Texas Tech star who lives in Hobbs, N.M., scored a 86.5 in the first round.

Creasy is ranked 10th in the 2018 bareback riding standings with $12,947 in regular season earnings. He is attempting to earn his first NFR berth.

Amberleigh Moore earned $15,100 for winning the barrel racing title in Fort Worth. She also placed in the first round in San Angelo. Moore pocketed $2,473 for finishing fifth in opening round with a time of 15.86. Eleven-time NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart won the first round with a 15.71.

San Angelo’s PRCA rodeo concludes Friday.


Bronc rider Zach Hibler, who is from Wheeler, has won both the pro and collegiate rodeo within the past year at the Henderson County Fair Park Complex in Athens.

At the 2017 Henderson County Go Texan Rodeo, a PRCA show in Athens in April, Hibler clinched the bareback riding title after turning in an 83 atop the former WNFR bronc Cool Water, who is owned by Sammy Andrews.

Hibler also clinched the title at the Trinity Valley Community College Rodeo, a National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association show last weekend in Athens. Hibler finished first in the average after turning in scores of 79 and 77.

“Athens has treated me well,” Hibler said.

After clinching the title at the college rodeo, Hibler is ranked No. 1 in the NIRA’s Southern Region bareback riding standings. If he finishes in the top three at the end of the season, he will advance to the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. in June.

Hibler has competed at Casper championships the past two years while competing for Western Texas College in Snyder. Hibler completed a degree in landscaping at Western Texas last spring. He currently is enrolled at Hill College in Hillsboro where he’s pursuing an agriculture business degree.

Hibler currently competes on the NIRA’s collegiate circuit and the PRCA’s pro circuit. Unlike the NCAA, competitors are allowed to compete on the college and pro circuits at the same time.

Hibler, who turned 21 on Monday, has a busy life. In addition to competing in rodeos, he runs a family landscaping business in Wheeler. One of his clients is Dr. Mike Smith, a longtime Wheeler dentist who also is an avid rodeo fan.

As a college student, Hibler is taking 13 hours online at Hill College while riding on the school’s rodeo team. Hill College rodeo coach Paul Brown said Hibler excels because he’s highly determined.

“He just works hard,” Brown said of Hibler. “He’s so aggressive. He tries his heart out every time.”

Hibler said being a success on the rodeo circuit is a tremendous challenge.

“It takes a lot of hard work and determination,” Hibler said. “You have to stay gritty. It takes a long time for things to click and so you just have to keep going after it.”

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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