The 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show will feature a series of six different types of rodeo shows, and the first one begins this weekend.
The Best of the West Ranch Rodeo will be Friday and Saturday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. It reflects the sport’s beginnings in the Old West when ranch cowboys congregated in communities and held jackpot riding and roping contests.
The Stock Show will conclude on the evening of Feb. 8 with the final round of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show, which represents how rodeo has grown into a sophisticated athletic sports business with bigger prize money at stake.
The second of the six rodeos is the sold-out Best of Mexico Celebración on Sunday. The Cowboys of Color Rodeo is Monday in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The Bulls’ Night Out (PRCA Xtreme Bulls) 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.
After finishing in the money at the first two Professional Bull Riders tour stops of the 2014 regular season, Fabiano Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 in the Built Ford Tough Series world title race.
Vieira tied for first in New York City on Jan. 5 and then came in second at a tour stop in Chicago on Sunday. After all that, he’s ranked first in the BFTS world standings with 1,666 points and has regular season earnings of $48,580.
Mike Lee, the 2004 PBR world champion from Decatur, is ranked No. 2 in the world race with 1,402.75 points. Lee finished fifth in New York and fourth in Chicago.
Marco Eguchi, a Brazilian who also lives in Decatur, won the title in Chicago and earned $34,185.
Meanwhile, defending world champion J.B. Mauney broke the record for the most consecutive qualified rides on the top-tier tour in Round 1 by staying on his 16th consecutive bull.
Mauney’s streak, which began in October in Hollywood, Fla., was snapped during Round 2 in Chicago when he was bucked off in 7.18 seconds. The previous record was 15 consecutive rides in 1998 by Terry Don West.
At the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo in Odessa last weekend, Stephenville cowboys Turtle Powell, the 2011 world heading champion, and Dakota Kirchenschlager, who qualified for the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, won the title after finishing with a two-run time of 9.4 seconds, each earning $6,918.
In barrel racing, Mary Walker of Ennis, the 2012 world champion, finished second with a single-run time of 14.32 and pocketed $3,850.
Into the hall
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek, who rides cutting horses as a hobby, is among six people who will be inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame on Thursday night in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
The other inductees are cutting horse competitors David and Stacie McDavid, ranch owner Anne Marion, rodeo organizer Bobby Norris and team roper Walt Woodard. For more information, visit texascowboyhalloffame.org.