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Pacheco injures leg ahead of PBR finals

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2018
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Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, will enter this weekend’s 25th annual Professional Bull Riders World Finals ranked No. 1 in the 2018 world title race with 5,327 points.

He holds a 1,535-point lead on Jose Vitor Leme. It’s not a safe lead because a rider conceivably can earn up to 3,300 points at the World Finals, which is scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Pacheco injured his left knee during the 2018 Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Finals Saturday at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas.

According to an account by PBR senior writer Justin Felisko on pbr.com, Pacheco sustained the knee injury and then struggled to put any weight on his left leg while hobbling to safety.

“The bull hit me on that knee with his nostril, and it twisted my knee,” Pacheco said through a translator.

Pacheco also had his leg placed into a brace on Saturday night to limit its mobility. He brushed off any concern of him not being able to ride Wednesday at the World Finals.

“I’m going to ice it for now but the people from Fit-N-Wise are going to be here this week, treating us while they’re here,” Pacheco said. “So I’m going to see them and get treated by them, and then continue with sports med as well.”

There are only 10 bull riders mathematically still alive in the title race – Pacheco, Leme, No. 3 Claudio Montanha Jr., No. 4 Luciano de Castro, No. 5 Cody Teel, No. 6 Ramon de Lima, No. 7 Cooper Davis, No. 8 Cody Nance, No. 9 Eduardo Aparecido and No. 10 Fabiano Vieira.

The 2018 PBR world champion will receive a $1 million bonus.

PRCA UPDATE

Scott Snedecor of Fredericksburg clinched his fourth steer roping world title in dramatic fashion at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping over the weekend in Mulvane, Kan.

Snedecor trailed top-ranked Tuf Cooper by only $4,096 when he backed into the box on Saturday to make his 10th round run. Snedecor had to win the round and earn a check in the average race to overtake Cooper.

Snedecor made a clutch run. In addition to winning the 10th round with a blistering time of 9.0 seconds and $9,155, Snedecor also took home a $13,202 check for finishing fourth in the average. That pushed his 2018 National Finals Steer Roping earnings to $51,086.

When the dust settled, Snedecor finished the year with $121,930. Cooper, of Decatur, finished second in the title race with $112,157.

Cooper, the defending world all-around champion, had a disappointing NFSR, registering a no-time in six of the 10 rounds. Cooper stayed in contention for the world title by winning rounds 6 and 9 and finishing fourth in the seventh.

With the title at stake in the final round, Snedecor said he drew a steer that helped him turn in a fast time.

“It was a good steer with a good record,” Snedecor said in a phone interview. “I knew if I did my job that it should pan out all right. It came down to the wire. It was an entertaining last round.”

Twenty-three-time PRCA world champion Trevor Brazile, of Decatur, finished third in the world title race with $104,118.

COLLEGE RODEO UPDATE

On the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region circuit, Weatherford College clinched the women’s team title at the Oct. 25-27 Texas Tech Rodeo in Lubbock. Weatherford College received great help from Laney Ann Fowler who finished third in the barrel racing title race. Kelly Alexis Valdez finished fourth in barrel racing. Bristan Deann Kennedy came in sixth in the event.

Valdez is ranked first in the Southwest Region’s 2018-2019 barrel racing title race with 425 points. Kennedy is fourth with 300 points, and Fowler is fifth with 285.

Weatherford College is ranked second in the Southwest Region’s women’s team standings with 975 points. Tarleton State leads the rankings with 1,655.

In the Southwest Region men’s team standings, Clarendon College is No. 1 with 1,850 points. Cisco College is second with 1,535, Tarleton third with 1,420 and Weatherford College sixth with 1,290.

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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