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Pacheco brings home PBR title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, November 14, 2018
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Since he was a boy, Kaique Pacheco has dreamed of becoming the world champion bull rider.

CHAMPION OF THE WORLD – Decatur resident Kaique Pacheco won the PBR World championship Sunday. Pacheco earned $1.535 million through the season with the $1 million title bonus. Submitted photo

Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, accomplished his goal Sunday. He clinched the 2018 PBR world title and the coveted $1 million bonus that went with it at the 25th annual PBR World Finals at T-Mobile Arena.

“I’ve had a dream since I was a kid to wear that gold buckle,” the 24-year-old Pacheco said.

Pacheco entered the Las Vegas championships ranked No. 1 with 5,327 points – 1,535 ahead of Jose Vitor Leme.

It was not a safe lead for Pacheco who injured his left knee during a buckoff at the 2018 Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals on Nov. 3 at the South Point Hotel Arena.

Dr. Tandy Freeman of Dallas, the PBR’s longtime sportsmedicine physician, said an MRI revealed Pacheco tore his left MCL and PCL. According to Freeman, Pacheco had “high-grade partial tears of the PCL and MCL,” as well as lesser groin injuries.

Pacheco persevered and turned in notable scores of 87.25 and 88.75 in the first two rounds. He was bucked off in round three through five.

“I came into this World Finals with this bad injury and I had to try really hard,” Pacheco said.

Pacheco’s rival, Leme, failed to ride strongly enough throughout the World Finals to overtake Pacheco. When Pacheco and Leme both were bucked off in Sunday’s Round 5, Pacheco clinched the world title though a 15-man final round remained.

When the dust settled, Pacheco clinched his first world championship after earning 5,444.16 points throughout 2018, 422.50 more than Leme, who finished second with 5,021.66. Cody Teel of Kountze finished third with 3,516.66.

All in all, Pacheco earned $1,535,094 throughout 2018. Lema, a Brazilian who also lives in Decatur, pocketed $535,175. Teel collected $413,008.

Claudio Montanha Jr., a Brazilian from Decatur, finished fourth in the world title race with 3,500.83. He finished the year with $305,405.

Brazilian Marco Eguchi, from Decatur, clinched the World Finals event title after making qualified rides on five of the six bulls he faced. Throughout the World Finals, Eguchi earned 2,050 world points. He entered the World Finals 20th and finished fifth with 3,500.83 points.

Eguchi earned $372,000 throughout the World Finals. He pocketed $445,504 throughout 2018.

PRCA UPDATE

On the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, Scott Snedecor clinched his fourth world title at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan. The Fredericksburg cowboy also earned world titles in 2005, 2008 and 2017.

Snedecor finished the year with $121,930 after earning $51,806 at the NFR, the most among the field of 15 competitors. Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper, of Decatur, finished second in the world race with $113,156. Twenty-three-time PRCA world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur finished third with $104,118.

Brazile earned $45,477 at the NFSR and moved within close striking distance of Cooper in the world all-around race going into the Dec. 6-15 NFR at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center. Cooper, who earned $23,730 at the NFSR, is ranked No. 1 in the world all-around standings with $239,857. Brazile is second with $234,154. Both Cooper and Brazile have qualified for next month’s WNFR in tie-down roping.

NCHA UPDATE

The National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, which is the sport’s premier show, is scheduled for Thursday through Dec. 9 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The Futurity features the sport’s most promising debuting 3-year-old horses. The Dec. 9 open division finals is the first jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series. The other two jewels are the April Super Stakes and the July/August Summer Spectacular. All three jewels are in Fort Worth.

The World Finals for open division and non-pro division competitors is Nov. 23, Nov. 24, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1 at Watt Arena. The Careity Celebrity Cutting is Nov. 30 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. For information, visit nchacutting.com.

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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