Pacheco adds to lead in world rankings

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, October 10, 2018

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The Professional Bull Riders’ top tier tour stopped in Milwaukee this past weekend.

Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the title and earned $37,373. Pacheco entered the final round tied for the lead in the average/aggregate race with Dakota Buttar who is from Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Each cowboy entered the short round with a two-ride score of 172.

During the final round, Buttar turned in a remarkable score of 90.5 aboard Rising Sun. Pacheco needed a score of at least 90.75 and turned in a 91 on Stunt Man Ray to win the title. He earned 551.66 world title race points at the show.

Pacheco is ranked No. 1 in the world with 4,906.66 points. Claudio Montanha Jr., a Brazilian native who lives in the Decatur area, is second with 3,308.33 points. In Milwaukee, Montanha made only one qualified ride, an 83.25-point effort in the second round.

Jose Vitor Leme, another Brazilian who resides in the Decatur area, is third in the world race with 3,256.66 points. He turned in an 83 in Round 1 and an 84.25 in Round 2. He was bucked off in the final round.

This weekend, the PBR’s top tier tour stops in Greensboro, N.C. The 25th annual PBR World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. The 2018 PBR world champion will receive a $1 million bonus on the final day of the World Finals.


On the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, Tuf Cooper has broken the regular season earnings record in steer roping.

Cooper has earned a record $89,426.50 throughout 2018 in steer roping. He surpassed the previous record of $87,927 that was set in 1998 by Guy Allen.

Cooper has advanced to the Nov. 2-3 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan. Cooper also will advance to the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in tie-down roping. He is second in the tie-down roping world title race with $134,768. Shane Hanchey, the 2013 world champion, leads with $136,577.

Tyson Durfey, the 2016 champion tie-down roper from Weatherford, is third in the 2018 tie-down roping world title race with $126,518.

Cooper, the defending world all-around champion, leads the all-around title race with $216,126 in regular season earnings. Trevor Brazile, a 23-time PRCA world champion from Decatur, is second with $188,677.

Cooper also is a three-time tie-down roping world champion.


On the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region circuit, Bristan Kennedy of Weatherford College clinched the barrel racing title at the Vernon College Rodeo last weekend in Vernon. Weatherford College finished third in the women’s team title race. South Plains clinched the women’s team title. In the men’s team title race, Texas Tech and West Texas A&M tied for first place. This weekend, Southwest Region competitors will ride in the Oct. 11-13 West Texas A&M Rodeo in Amarillo.

On the NIRA Southern Region circuit, bulldogger Scott Steiner, who is from Decatur and attends Hill College, placed in the first college rodeo he’s ever competed in. Steiner finished third in the steer wrestling title race at the Sept. 28-29 Panola College Rodeo in Carthage.

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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