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Brazilians win Global Cup

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, February 13, 2019
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Brazilian bull riders can be tough to get on the ground.

That was apparent when the Brazilian team won their second PBR Global Cup title over the weekend at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

The Brazilians had stayed on one more bull throughout the two-day show than the Team USA Eagles, which was among two United States teams that competed in the third Global Cup.

Brazil clinched the title with an 11-ride aggregate score of 939.25. The United States Eagles finished second with a 10-ride score of 867. The U.S. Wolves, which consisted of Native American cowboys, came in third with an eight-ride score of 691.25.

“It was a team effort,” said Team Brazil’s Joao Ricardo Vieira who lives in Decatur. “Everyone stepped up to the plate and did what they had to do to get it done.”

Team Brazil earned $365,100, which was split among its eight riders. Two of its standout riders, who live in Decatur, were Eduardo Aparecido who stayed on three bulls and Jose Vitor Leme who stayed on two.

Leme turned the highest score of the weekend, 90, on Saturday. It also was the first time for a rider to earn a score in the elite 90s at a Global Cup.

The Team USA Eagles earned $141,150, which was divided among its eight riders. The team’s standout rider was 2016 world champion Cooper Davis who finished with the highest aggregate score of all competitors, a 263.25 on three rides.

The Team USA Wolves’ eight members split $88,400. Their top rider was Ryan Dirteater who finished with the weekend’s second highest aggregate score, a 258.5 on three rides.

A SPECIAL VICTORY

When Stephenville cowboy Marty Yates prepared to compete in Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo tie-down roping final round on Saturday night, the five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier was mindful that he would be riding in the traditional pro rodeo at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum for the last time.

The Stock Show’s rodeo performances will be conducted in the new Dickies Arena beginning next year.

Yates, 24, grew up attending rodeo performances in Will Rogers. So, clinching the tie-down roping title on the last Stock Show pro rodeo performance at the old coliseum was one memorable victory.

“It’s awesome,” Yates said. “This is the last performance in the building, and it’s pretty special. It’s the first time I’ve won this rodeo. It’s a dream come true. It’s one of the biggest rodeos that we go to all year and it’s only an hour from the house.”

When the tie-down roping title was at stake, Yates turned in a time of 8.9 seconds. He clinched the title with a three-run time of 26.6.

He earned $15,919 in prize money at the Stock Show Rodeo that will count in PRCA world title races. Like all event winners, he also earned a $5,000 bonus from the Stock Show, but it will not count toward his season earnings in the PRCA world standings.

Former NFR qualifier Clif Cooper of Decatur finished second with a 26.9 after turning in a 10.0 in the final.

Other 2019 Stock Show Rodeo champions were bareback rider Ty Breuer, steer wrestlers Josh Clark and Stephen Culling, team ropers Adam Rose and Jett Hillman, barrel racer Hailey Kinsel, bull rider Foster McCraw and saddle bronc rider Sterling Crawley.

DEATH OF A STAR

ProRodeo Hall of Famer and two-time Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion Deb Copenhaver died Feb. 6 at his home in Creston, Wash., a few weeks after his 94th birthday, said his son Jeff Copenhaver who won the PRCA world tie-down roping title in 1975.

According to prorodeo.com, Copenhaver was known at the a “thinking” rider who started the style of the “dehorned” saddle, now required in saddle bronc riding competition. He did it partly by accident. After a bronc mashed the horn when it ran into the unsaddling chute, Copenhaver whittled off the rest of the horn and a new style was born.

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