Though he was unceremoniously dumped by his final-round bull at the Professional Bull Riders World Finals on Sunday, Cooper Davis of Buna clinched the 2016 world title and earned a $1 million bonus check.
Davis, 22, entered the final round in a close race with Brazilian Kaique Pacheco of Decatur after both men made qualified rides against their fifth-round bulls early in the performance at the T-Mobile Arena.
Davis gained momentum as the result of winning Round 5 with a score of 91. When Pacheco was bucked off in the final round, Davis mathematically clinched the title regardless of his performance in the finals (Round 6).
After the last bull had bucked, Davis edged Pacheco in the world race 5,930 points to 5,441.52.
Two-time world champion J.B. Mauney, who was bucked off in both the fifth and sixth rounds, finished third with 4,822.50 points.
Last year, Davis finished second in the world title race behind Mauney after finishing as the World Finals Event Champion by earning the most points in his six rides in the World Finals.
This year, Davis entered the Las Vegas championships ranked No. 2 in the world standings, but catapulted over Pacheco during Sunday’s performance.
After receiving the $1 million bonus, the East Texas cowboy finished the year with $1,452,707.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed about since I was little,” Davis said.
Oklahoma cowboy Ryan Dirteater finished as the 2016 World Finals Event Champion. He earned $317,916 after making six rides.
Successful Brazilian retires
Standout bull rider Valdiron de Oliveira, a Brazilian from Decatur, retired Sunday. He was bucked off in the fifth round. But during the final round, he turned in an 86.5 atop a bovine named VJV Nailed.
In 2010, De Oliveira won the PBR’s Iron Cowboy title at Arlington’s AT&T Stadium where he earned $260,000.
Cutting horse update
Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth and QB Cat clinched the amateur division title at the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show in Oklahoma City. The duo turned in a 221 in the finals.
The Elite Rodeo Athletes, a new pro rodeo association, will crown its 2016 champions Sunday at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. For more information, visit eraprorodeo.com.