Decatur riders finish 1-2-3

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, January 30, 2019
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Joao Ricardo Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, has been the dominant cowboy the past two weekends on the Professional Bull Riders Unleash The Beast tour.

Vieira earned $34,185 and won the UTB tour stop in Glendale, Ariz., last week. Sunday, Vieira pocketed $36,700 and won the UTB tour stop in Sacramento.

Vieira turned in a score of 89 aboard 100X Helmets Boothill in the final round. After staying on all four bulls throughout the three-day show, Vieira earned 625 world points to jump from the sixth to second in the PBR world standings with 1,085. He is 722 points behind world No. 1 and 2017 champion Jess Lockwood.

Three-time PBR champion Silvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, finished second at the Sacramento show. In the final round, Alves turned in an 89 atop Air Assault. Alves stayed on three of the four bulls he faced. He is seventh in the world standings with 470 points.

Luciano de Castro, another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, secured a third-place finish. He turned in an 88.75 in the final on a Jive Turkey. He is ranked 12th in the world standings with 430 points.

This weekend, the UTB tour stops in Oklahoma City. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The PBR also will conduct a major show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Feb. 9-10. The Arlington show is an international team competition called the Global Cup.


Stevi Hillman, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier from Weatherford, clinched the barrel racing title and earned the $10,000 prize that went with it at the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Rodeo X Thursday.

The Rodeo X featured credentialed competitors who finished strong at sizable rodeos in cities such as Fort Worth, Calgary, Houston and San Angelo. Hillman also helped RodeoHouston clinch the team title.

Hillman clinched the barrel racing title during the final round with time of 16.529 seconds aboard a borrowed horse named Sherlock. Cuatro Fame, the horse that Hillman usually competes on, was sidelined with an injury.

During the Rodeo X performance, eight contestants competed in each event, with the top four qualifying for a second and final round where the winner received $10,000. Many of the contestants were former world champions and National Finals qualifiers and the bucking stock also was credentialed.


Jennifer Sharp of Montgomery clinched the barrel racing title at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver and earned $11,982, the highest earnings of all contestants at the renowned early season winter rodeo.

Sharp clinched the title on Sunday with a three-run time of 45.89, only five one hundredths of a second faster than Taylor Langdon, a former Texas Tech star from Aubrey.

Brody Yeary of Morgan Mill clinched the bull riding title and pocketed $8,976. Other National Western winners were bareback rider Clint Laye ($8,601 in earnings), steer wrestler Ty Erickson ($10,024), team ropers Clay Smith and Jake Long ($7,125 each), tie-down roper Cooper Martin ($7,938), and saddle bronc rider Spencer Wright ($8,178).


Don Endsley, who served as an announcer at the 1984 NFR in Oklahoma City died Jan. 16. He was 70.

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