Fabiano Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, pocketed $30,395 after tying for first at the Professional Bull Riders season opener last weekend in New York City.
Vieira and defending PBR world champion J.B. Mauney shared the title after each man finished with a four-ride score of 347.5 at Madison Square Garden. Mauney, who is from Mooresville, N.C., earned $27,298.
When the title was at stake during Sunday’s final round, Mauney turned in an 89.5 aboard a bull named Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack (owned by Wolf Creek Cattle Co./Cantankerous, LLC). Vieira picked up 86.5 points on Who Dat (K-C Bucking Bulls).
Mauney has a streak of 15 consecutive qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough Series, dating back to the Hollywood, Fla., tour stop in October. It ties the record for consecutive qualified rides that was set in 1998 by Terry Don West. Mauney can break the record by conquering his first bull this weekend in Chicago.
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In other action, 2004 world champion Mike Lee of Decatur finished fifth with a three-ride tally of 249.5 and earned $4,025. Surprisingly, two-time world champion Silvano Alves, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, was 0-for-3 against the bulls.
The New York show was the first of 27 events scheduled for 2014. The tour stops at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on March 1. The season concludes with the Oct. 22-26 World Finals in Las Vegas.
Texas Circuit update
Two North Texas cowboys will advance to the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Guthrie, Okla., next April after finishing No. 1 at last weekend’s Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s Ram Texas Circuit Finals in Waco.
Ryan Motes of Weatherford made the cut after he and his partner, Justin Van Davis of Humble, won the team roping average with a three-run time of 16.8 seconds.
Jacobs Crawley of Stephenville will advance after winning the saddle bronc title with a three-ride score of 227. It was Crawley’s third win at the event in four years, a run of success interrupted only by his younger brother Sterling in 2012.
The other champions were bareback rider Evan Jayne (236 points on three rides), steer wrestler Tommy Cook (12.6 seconds on three runs), tie-down roper Adam Gray (25.6 seconds on three runs), steer roper Scott Snedecor (30.7 seconds on three runs), barrel racer Kenna Squires (48.43 seconds on three runs) and bull rider Aaron Pass (259 points on three rides).
The National Circuit Finals is scheduled for April 10-12 in Oklahoma at the Guthrie-based Lazy E Arena.
Stock Show update
The Fort Worth Stock Show is just around the corner.
The Best of the West Ranch Rodeo is Jan. 17-18; the Best of Mexico Celebracion is Jan. 19 (sold out); the Cowboys of Color Rodeo is Jan. 20; the Bulls’ Night Out is Jan. 21-22; the Super Shootout Rodeo is Jan. 23; and the PRCA Rodeo is Jan. 24-Feb. 8.
For ticket information, visit fwssr.com or call 817-877-2420.