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Vieira wins PBR in Columbus

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Fabiano Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won the Professional Bull Riders’ tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, and earned $37,500.

Vieira finished No. 1 in the title race after turning in scores of 86, 86.25 and 90.75. After clinching the title, Vieira is ranked No. 12 in the world title race with 1,130 points.

Ramon de Lima, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, finished third at the Columbus show. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world standings with 2,475.

Claudio Montanha Jr., a Brazilian who also has a home in the Decatur area, is ranked No. 1 in the world title race with 2,560.83. Montanha finished fourth in Columbus.

Tennessee cowboy Cody Nance is ranked third in the world title race with 2,100.83 points. He finished fifth in Columbus.

The Columbus show was a stop on the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series, which is the association’s top tier tour.

The PBR has scheduled a major regular season Ford Series tour stop this weekend in Las Vegas called the Last Cowboy Standing. The performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 4-5, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The PBR also is working in conjunction with an organization called the World Champions Rodeo Alliance, which has scheduled its first tour stop in Las Vegas on the same weekend as the Last Cowboy Standing. The WRCA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days, which offers a purse of almost $400,000, is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The rodeo will feature a field of credentialed competitors. Trevor Brazile of Decatur, a 23-time world champion, is among the field. He’s scheduled to compete in tie-down roping and team roping. Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper, who has residences in Decatur and Weatherford, also is on the card. Cooper is scheduled to compete in tie-down roping.

De Lima, Montanha and defending PBR world champion Jess Lockwood are among the field of bull riders. Defending world champion barrel racer Nellie Miller and defending world tie-down roper Marcos Costa of Childress are also among the field of competitors.

MCBRIDGE WINS STEAR ROPING FINAL

Will McBridge clinched the title at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s National Circuit Finals Steer Roping last weekend in Torrington, Wyo.

At last weekend’s National Circuit Finals Steer Roping, McBride and Tuf Cooper (Texas Circuit) tied for first in the semifinal after each cowboy turned in a 10.2. In the final, McBride clinched the title after turning in an 11.2. McBride was the only cowboy who made a qualified run in the four-man final.

LEE RIDING TOUGH

Mike Lee clinched the bull riding titles at two PRCA shows last weekend. The Alvord cowboy finished No. 1 in the title race at the Angelina County Benefit Rodeo in Lufkin after turning in a score of 89.5 points on a bull named Touch, which is owned by Stace Smith Pro Rodeos. Lee also clinched the title at the Henderson County Go Texan Pro Rodeo in Athens after turning in an 85.5. Lee is the 2004 Professional Bull Riders world champion.

PRCA/WPRA UPDATE

Many of the top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit were in Corpus Christi last weekend where fans witnessed an arena record score in saddle bronc riding.

Jacobs Crawley, the PRCA’s 2015 world champion, clinched the saddle bronc riding title after turning in a 92 aboard the renowned bronc, Maple Leaf, which is owned by Frontier Rodeo Co.

According to prorodeo.com, Crawley broke the Corpus Christi rodeo’s previous arena record of 91 points that was shared by two cowboys. Bradley Harter set the score in 2009 and Rusty Wright matched him in 2016.

Maple Leaf has a reputation of helping cowboys earn higher scores. In 2013, Maple Leaf shared the PRCA Saddle Bronc Horse of the Year title with Flying 5 Rodeo’s Spring Planting.

COLLEGE RODEO UPDATE

Both Texas Tech and South Plains College will send a women’s team to the College National Finals. In order to qualify for the June 10-16 CNFR, a team must finish in the top two in a regional title race. Texas Tech finished No. 1 with 1,763.33 points in the Southwest Region. South Plains was the runner-up with 1,696.

Texas Tech clinched the Southwest Region title after snaring the team title at the Tarleton State Rodeo. In the men’s regional 2017-2018 team title race, Tarleton State finished No. 1 with 3,885 points and Odessa College finished No. 2 with 3,405.

Weatherford College’s Johnny Emmons received the Southwest Region’s Coach of the Year award.

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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