The Professional Bull Riders is bringing its top tier tour to the Winstar Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., on Friday and Saturday. Each performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
The weekend stop is one of five remaining regular-season events in which competitors can qualify for the PBR World Finals set for Oct. 21-25 in Las Vegas.
Joao Ricardo Viera, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, leads the PBR world standings with 3,615 points. J.B. Mauney, the 2013 champion, is No. 2 with 3,448 points. Kyle Pacheco, who won the tour stop in Nashville on Aug. 27, is ranked No. 3 with 2,908.
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Four-time NFR qualifier Isaac Diaz of Desdemona took top honors in saddle bronc riding at the Wrangler Champions Challenge and the Horse Heaven Round-Up this past week in Kennewick, Wash.
The double victory moved Diaz to third place in the PRCA standings with $91,657.
Three-time champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur also had a big weekend tying for top honors at both events.
Cooper is ranked No. 1 in the world title race with regular-season earnings of $106,488.
Trevor Brazile, a 21-time PRCA world champion from Decatur, had earnings of $9,330 last week, with checks in three roping events. Of that total, $4,856 came at the Deadwood, S.D., Stand Alone Steer Roping event where he finished second.
Brazile is ranked No. 1 in the world all-around race with $182,838. Second-place Cooper is $65,443 back.
Brazile is also ranked second in steer roping, fourth among team roping headers and 10th in the tie-down roping race.
High school update
The North Texas High School Rodeo Association’s 2015-2016 regular season begins Sept. 11-13 with the Northwest Rodeo at the NTHSRA Arena in Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-232-2855 or visit nthsra.org.
AT&T Stadium shows
Tickets for the PBR’s Iron Cowboy, set for Feb. 27 and the RFD-TV’s The American on Feb. 28, both at AT&T Stadium, went on sale last week. Call 800-745-3000 for information.