When a major sporting event such as pro golf’s Masters Tournament is underway, commentators tend to pay close attention to the defending champion.
At a Las Vegas show called Last Cowboy Standing — one of four majors on the Professional Bull Riders’ tour — the media focused on Kaique Pacheco as he successfully defended his title.
Asked what it took to win back-to-back titles, Pacheco said through an interpreter: “I had to be focused. God has been with me.”
Pacheco, a 22-year-old Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched his second consecutive PBR Last Cowboy Standing title May 13 after turning in a third-round score of 90 aboard a bovine named Spotted Demon (owned by Julio Moreno/Dallas Schott). He earned $150,100.
Pacheco also earned 830 world title race points as he attempts to snare his first gold buckle. He is second in the 2017 world title race with 2,835 points.
Brazilian Eduardo Aparecido, who finished fourth at the Las Vegas tour stop, is No. 1 with 3,015.
Marco Eguchi finished second at the Last Cowboy Standing after staying on his first- and second-round bulls. Eguchi won Round 2 after riding Crazy Horse (Rocking I Rodeo Co) for 88.25 points before being eliminated in Round 3 by Bad Beagle (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team).
Eguchi earned 130 world points and $10,600 for the strong finish. He moved from No. 17 to No. 15 in the standings.
Veteran Stormy Wing of Dalhart finished in third place after being eliminated by a bovine named Nailed (Bar 3D Bucking Bulls) in Round 2. Wing, who won Round 1 on Friday night, left Las Vegas with 125 world title points and $10,600. He is seventh in the world standings with 1,645 points and has earned $104,705 at PBR shows this season.
The Last Cowboy Standing, held at an outdoor arena in Las Vegas Village, is among four regular-season majors on the Built Tough Ford Series. The other majors are in New York (Madison Square Garden) in January, Arlington (AT&T Stadium) in February and Nashville (Bridgestone Arena) in August.
The Built Ford Tough Series will rest for three months. The PBR traditionally does not conduct its top tour in the late spring and early summer months so competitors can compete in major traditional rodeos such as the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo in late June, the Calgary Stampede in mid-July and the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days in late July. The Ford Series will return to action in Tulsa, Okla., on Aug. 12-13 for the Express Employment Professionals Classic at the BOK Center.
The Tulsa stop will begin the 10-event home stretch leading into the PBR’s Built Ford Tough World Finals at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 1-5. There the 2017 World Champion will be crowned and receive a $1 million prize.
Trevor Brazile either set or tied a tie-down roping arena record in back-to-back weekends on the PRCA circuit.
At the May 5-7 Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, Brazile clinched the title with an arena record three-run time of 23.1 seconds. It was a half-second faster than the previous record of 23.6 set by Hunter Herrin in 2012, according to the PRCA.
At the Elks Helldorado Days Rodeo on May 14 in Las Vegas, Brazile clinched the tie-down roping title after an arena record-tying time of 7.4 seconds. Brazile tied former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Marty Yates, who set the arena record last year, according to prorodeo.com.
Brazile has earned a record 13 world all-around titles in the PRCA. He is ranked seventh in the 2017 world all-around standings with $33,244. Caleb Smidt of Bellville is No. 1 with $62,826.
Brazile, a 40-year-old who lives in Decatur, has earned a record 23 PRCA world titles.
In the money
Tillar Murray of Fort Worth clinched the barrel racing title at the Helldorado rodeo with a 14.54. She’s ranked ninth in the world standings with $40,320.