TACOMA, Wash. – Here are three things we learned from the Tacoma Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, this weekend at the Tacoma Dome.
Pacheco cuts into Aparecido’s lead atop world standings (4-23-17)
Kaique Pacheco – the defending champion of Last Cowboy Standing – will make his return to Las Vegas in three weeks with an opportunity to finish the first half of the Built Ford Tough Series as the world No. 1 bull rider.
Pacheco regained the world No. 2 ranking from J.B. Mauney and is now within 885 points of world leader Eduardo Aparecido after going 2-for-3 for a fourth-place finish (155 world points) this weekend.
The 22-year-old bounced back from 7.14-second buckoff against Set ‘em Up Joe in Round 2 to ride Naughty List for 88.25 points in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
“I am very happy to ride this bull,” Pacheco said. “I got on him in Albuquerque and he didn’t buck good with me. I was very happy to take him in the short go because he is a very good bull. I see he bucks a lot of times. He gave me a good score.”
Pacheco began his weekend with an 84.5-point ride on Lone Wolf on Saturday night.
The 2015 Rookie of the Year has gone 5-for-8 in the past two events and has gained 400 points on Aparecido.
Meanwhile, Mauney dropped back to No. 3 in the world rankings after being bucked off by Shakey (2.58 seconds) and Joe Blow (7.54 seconds) on Sunday afternoon.
Aparecido finished 1-for-3 with an 83-point ride on Little Hank, but he earned no points toward the world standings.
The 26-year-old nearly rode Boot Jack in the championship round before being bucked off at the 7.66-second mark.
Pacheco will head to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, on Monday for a week of training in preparation for the 2017 Last Cowboy Standing on May 12-13.
Pacheco, the runner-up in the last two World Championship races, went a perfect 4-for-4 last year at Last Cowboy Standing to jump from 13th to the world No. 1 ranking.
“That was my favorite victory here in the United States,” Pacheco concluded. “I am ready.”
Wing becomes the fourth rider to win multiple events this year
Stormy Wing continued his career-year on Sunday afternoon by riding More Big Bucks for 89 points and his second victory of 2017.
“It was kind of a blur, like I say every time,” Wing said. “He was around to the left and pretty bucky today. I was just getting there.”
Wing’s walk-off victory came courtesy of a flawless 3-for-3 performance inside the Tacoma Dome.
The 27-year-old followed up his Round 1 victory on Saturday night (88.75 points on Locke & Loaded) by riding Cowboy Up for 84.5 points in Round 2.
Wing, with the encouragement of Mauney and Chad Berger, then selected More Big Bucks with the first pick of the championship-round draft.
The Dalhart, Texas, cowboy earned 605 points toward the world standings and is up to seventh in the rankings. He trails Aparecido by 1,375 points.
Wing joins Aparecido (3), Jess Lockwood (2) and Derek Kolbaba (2) as the only riders to win multiple events this season.
He had previously never won two BFTS events in one season.
“I am just doing my job,” Wing said. “That is all I can really say. I feel blessed and am happier than anybody, but I just have to keep it going.”
Wing had bucked off five bulls in a row since winning the Ty Murray Invitational last month. He also had missed the last BFTS event in Billings, Montana, because of a calf injury.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, (3-for-3, 305 world points), Claudio Montanha Jr. (3-for-3, 260 world points), Pacheco and Emilio Resende (2-for-3, 153.3 world points).
The fifth-place finish was extremely important for Resende.
The 2012 PBR Rookie of the Year began the weekend as an alternate and ranked 40th in the world standings, but he will now leave with a spot in the draw for Last Cowboy Standing as the No. 31 rider in the world.
Teel wins Round 2; hangs onto rookie lead
2012 PRCA champion Cody Teel maintained his lead atop the Rookie of the Year race despite Montanha’s perfect weekend by winning Round 2.
Teel won his second round of the season by covering Tequila Sunrise for 86.5 points.
“That was a really great draw,” Teel said. “I saw him last night with Cooper and you have to take advantage of them.”
Teel admitted the stakes are sometimes higher when you have a bull that appears to be an easier bull compared to getting on previously unridden bulls Mystikal and Hey Jack two weeks ago in Billings.
“Oh yeah, there is no doubt there is a little more pressure on you,” Teel said. “You can deny it, but there is because you know you are supposed to ride him. That is when you put it on autopilot and forget that and trust your ability. Let it work for you and not against you.”
Teel was later bucked off by Dusty’s Revenge in 2.52 seconds during the championship round.
The 24-year-old leads Montanha by a slim 141.67 points in the rookie standings.
Montanha hadn’t ridden three consecutive bulls since his stellar debut in Kansas City, Missouri, two months ago.
Dener Barbosa, currently third in the rookie standings, was bucked off by Voo Doo Too in 4.58 seconds during the championship round after covering his first two bulls of the event.
There were multiple injuries on Sunday afternoon that led to a series of riders of missing the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Stetson Lawrence broke his pelvis during his dismount in Round 2 after riding Captain Jack for 84.75 points.
Matt Triplett did not compete in the championship round after spraining his right wrist (riding hand, triangular fibrocartilage tear) during his 4.67-second buckoff against Yesterday’s Wine in Round 2.
Triplett will get X-rays this week and is questionable for Last Cowboy Standing.
Rubens Barbosa reinjured a previously sprained right ankle during his 1.74-second buckoff against Moleek in Round 2. He did not compete in the championship round.
Barbosa will get X-rays this week and is questionable for Last Cowboy Standing.
Gage Gay reinjured his right shoulder during 4.86-second buckoff against Machinery Auctioneer's Colonel and did not compete in the championship round.
He too will undergo X-rays this week and is questionable for Last Cowboy Standing.
Dakota Buttar sprained his left elbow (riding hand, UCL) when he hung up after being thrown by Smooth Sailing (2.86 seconds) in Round 2. He did not compete in the championship round.
Buttar is doubtful for Last Cowboy Standing and will get an MRI back home in Canada.
Luis Blanco reinjured his left thumb during his 84.75-point ride on Billy Bat Skat in Round 2. He did not compete in the championship round.
Blanco will get X-rays this week and is questionable for Last Cowboy Standing.
Three-time World Champion Silvano Alves bruised his right forearm during his 83.25-point ride on Flat Top Pete in Round 2. Alves did not compete in the championship round.
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Mauney moves to No. 2 in the world, but 500 will have to wait (4-23-17)
TACOMA, Wash. – Here are three things we learned from Round 1 and the 15/15 Bucking Battle at the Tacoma Invitational Saturday night at the Tacoma Dome.
J.B. Mauney’s pursuit of becoming the third rider in history to reach 500 qualified rides on the Built Ford Tough Series will have to wait another week, but the two-time World Champion did his part to move up to No. 2 in the world standings.
Mauney finished Round 1 in second-place with an 88-point ride on WSM Auctioneer’s Like A Boss for career ride 497, but he later was bucked off by Spotted Demon in 4.74 seconds during the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Regardless, Mauney’s second-place finish in Round 1 netted him 60 points toward the world standings and pushed him ahead of Kaique Pacheco for the No. 2 world ranking.
“He is a good bull and I knew if I rode like I am supposed to we would be 88 or 89,” Mauney said.
Pacheco rode Lone Wolf for 84.5 points to finish Round 1 in a three-way tie for eighth place. He was later bucked off by 2012 World Champion Asteroid during the 15/15 Bucking Battle in 2.83 seconds.
More importantly, Mauney and Pacheco both jumped at the opportunity of world leader Eduardo Aparecido bucking off Billy Bat Skat in Round 1 and will have a chance on Championship Sunday to take another chunk out of Aparecido’s 1,000-point lead atop the world standings.
“The ball is rolling now,” Mauney said.
Mauney has ridden seven of his last 10 bulls for an average score of 88.71 points.
He also wound up earning an additional 30 points toward the world standings courtesy of his third-place finish at the 2nd annual Sean Willingham Invitational this weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The 30-year-old had gone 2-for-2 in Tennessee on Friday night before flying to Tacoma on Saturday.
Cody Nance and Alex Cardozo tied for the Chattanooga event victory for 65 points toward the world standings.
Mauney now trails Aparecido by only 1,033.76 points heading into his Round 2 matchup against Shakey (6-0, BFTS).
Shakey bucked off Jess Lockwood in 4.19 seconds in Round 1.
Mauney added after the 15/15 Bucking Battle that he felt fine despite being tossed on his head by Spotted Demon.
“We just learned that my head weighs more than my body,” Mauney joked.
Proctor wins 15/15 Bucking Battle by slaying Pearl Harbor
Instead of being sent flying into the Puget Sound, Shane Proctor flooded the Tacoma Dome with electricity and excitement on Saturday night by covering No. 1 bull Pearl Harbor for a career-high 93.5 points.
“Everything went my way today,” Proctor said. “I bucked off the not as hard to ride one (Long Haired Outlaw in 5.86 seconds) in the long round, so I couldn’t finish the day with two buckoffs. In front of the home state crowd, they are very supportive of Derek (Kolbaba) and I. It means the world to me to have that bull and that matchup here.”
Not only did Proctor ride him, but the Grand Coulee, Washington, native from 4 hours east of Tacoma made it look easy into his hand.
Proctor was able to handle Pearl Harbor’s notorious first big drop out of the bucking chute before settling into the 5-year-old’s methodical spin and got to spurring for the final seconds.
“The stars aligned and it was meant to be,” Proctor said.
Reigning Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger credited Proctor for making a helluva ride, but admitted his bull certainly did not bring his “A” game.
Pearl Harbor, though, appeared to lose steam as the ride progressed and was only marked 45.75 points.
“It was a great ride,” Berger said. “The bull had a good trip, and I am not taking anything away from Shane, but it wasn’t a Billings trip. We will see what kind of man he is now when we go to Vegas.”
It is the third time Pearl Harbor has been ridden in 28 outs.
The ride also broke Proctor’s previous career high of 91.25 points (Bones and Say I Won’t Gunslinger) and earned the No. 11 ranked bull rider 150 points toward the world standings.
Matt Triplett rode Tractor Tippin for 87.75 points to finish in second for 90 world points, while Joao Ricardo Vieira made it three consecutive rides on Fire & Smoke by covering Berger’s bovine athlete for 86.5 points and 75 points toward the world standings.
2016 World Champion Cooper Davis put up the only other ride of the 15/15 Bucking Battle, 85 points on Jack Daniel’s After Party for 60 world points.
Wing ends buckoff streak to win Round 1
Stormy Wing had bucked off five consecutive bulls since riding 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser for 95.25 points to win the Ty Murray Invitational last month.
Wing finally got things back on track by covering Locke & Loaded for 88.75 points to win Round 1 here in Tacoma.
Locke & Loaded spun away from Wing’s hand, but the 27-year-old made it look smooth as the bull faded toward the center alley gate.
“He usually turns out backwards and he did today,” Wing said. “He went around to the right. I had kind of been having hell and I didn’t really think anything about it. I just did my job and it worked out.”
Rounding out the Top 5 in the round was Mauney, Triplett (87 points on Red Sails In The Sunset), Cooper Davis (86.25 points on Tequila Sunrise), Emilio Resende (86.25 points on Clevenger) and Cody Campbell (86.25 points on Slick Rick).
Resende and Campbell, who are both competing as alternates, each earned 28.33 points toward the world standings as they try to jump back into the Top 35 of the world standings.
Resende is 40th in the world standings and is 50.84 points behind No. 35 Robson Aragao, who rode Grave Digger for 83 points and a 14th place finish in Round 1.
“It is very important for me to ride the first bull,” Resende said. “Tomorrow I will try to give my maximum effort and ride again. Every point is very important to me. For me to stay in the Top 35 and get back in the game. Everyone knows my fight of going up and down with the Velocity Tour.”
Campbell is sitting 42nd in the world standings, 63.65 points behind Resende.
The ride is Campbell’s first since January 7, 2012, when he rode County Mounty 87.75 points in Madison Square Garden.
Campbell had bucked off 20 bulls in a row since then.
“Things just hadn’t been going right,” Campbell said. “I am just trying to gather up some points and get up there where I need to be. That is all it amounts too. You have to take everyone as it comes.”
There were 19 rides in Round 1.
Wing was bucked off by Smooth Operator in 3.63 seconds in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.
Smooth Operator was marked 45 points for his second-highest score of 2017.
“He was just long,” Wing said. “He really set up around there and tried to whip my feet behind me and when I stuck them back down he just had me into my hand and bucked me off. It was my own fault.”
Wing will look to pick up his second win of the season Sunday afternoon when he begins the final day of competition against Cowboy Up (15-10, BFTS).
Gage Gay responded from being crushed inside the bucking chutes and bruising his right shoulder when Dirty Gringo flipped over inside the chutes to ride Sully for 84 points in Round 1.
According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Jess Lockwood strained his neck during his 4.19-second buckoff against Shakey in Round 1, while J.W. Harris sustained a lower back strain when he was kicked in the back by Flight Plan during his 3.86-second buckoff.
Lockwood and Harris are probable for Round 2.
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PUEBLO, Colo. – Two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney and 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis highlight a group of eight riders inside the Top 35 of the world standings that will compete at the Sean Willingham Invitational on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before heading to Tacoma, Washington, for the Built Ford Tough Series event on Saturday and Sunday.
Mauney and Davis will be joined by No. 5 Chase Outlaw, No. 13 Cody Teel, No. 15 Stormy Wing, No. 16 Cody Nance, No. 26 Gage Gay and No. 33 Reese Cates at Willingham’s second annual PBR event.
Mauney, the No. 3 bull rider in the PBR world standings, said it was a no brainer for him to compete at Willingham’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event before Tacoma.
“Well, I have known Sean for a long time with him being from Georgia,” Mauney said. “Me and Brian (Canter) started going to (Touring Pro Division) events and we would stay at his house sometimes. We would hang out all week and go to the lake between bull ridings and stuff like that. Once we got on tour, you saw all of us together all the time running around. We became pretty good friends.”
The 2nd annual Sean Willingham Invitational, presented by Monster Energy & Circle K, takes place on Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET at the UTC McKenzie Arena.
The event is broken down into two separate long and championship rounds and the winner of the event will be the rider with the highest two-score aggregate score from either Friday or Saturday.
Willingham has been hitting the phones hard since the offseason trying to get some of the Built Ford Tough Series elite to make a trip to Tennessee.
“It is an amazing honor having guys like that to come show their talent to Chattanooga,” Willingham said.
The Velocity Tour is also hosting an additional event Saturday night in Des Moines, Iowa.
This weekend could be a big one for Mauney.
If Mauney were to go 4-for-4, he would become the third rider in PBR history to reach 500 qualified rides on the BFTS.
Mauney is also trying to gain more ground on world leader Eduardo Aparecido in the world title race.
Aparecido leads Mauney by 1,123.76 points and No. 2 Kaique Pacheco by 1,040 points.
The 26-year-old missed the Billings, Montana, event because of a riding arm injury and is set to face Billy Bat Skat (5-3, BFTS) in Round 1 on Saturday night.
Fans can catch Round 1 of the Tacoma Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, on Twitter beginning at 10:15 p.m. ET.
No. 9 Rubens Barbosa (concussion), No. 15 Stormy Wing (calf contusion), No. 18 Ryan Dirteater (left thigh adductor strain) and No. 19 Dener Barbosa (left elbow sprain) are also returning to competition after missing Billings because of injuries.
The Easter BFTS break allowed some riders to get a much-needed rest, but No. 10 Mason Lowe (back), No. 25 Mike Lee (shoulder), No. 29 Brady Sims (leg) and No. 30 Troy Wilkinson (groin/hand) will still miss the Tacoma Invitational because of injuries.
Lowe recently learned he had two fractured vertebrae in his back, which has led to him battling muscle spasms, and he expects to be out until Last Cowboy Standing.
Lee dislocated his elbow in his Touring Pro Division victory in Stephenville, Texas, during Easter weekend. There is currently no timetable for his return.
Wilkinson strained his left groin attempting to ride No Regrets in Billings.
Other riders that remain out because of injuries include No. 36 Nevada Newman (shoulder surgery), No. 170 Tanner Byrne (groin/hamstring), Lachlan Richardson (bicep surgery) and Aaron Roy (leg).
Therefore, the door is now open for alternates No. 39 Brennon Eldred, No. 40 Emilio Resende, No. 41 Alex Marcilio and No. 43 Cody Campbell to attempt to move into the Top 35.
Eldred is only 48.34 points behind No. 35 Robson Aragao after winning the Perkins, Oklahoma, TPD event last weekend.
The 22-year-old won the event with an 86.5-point ride on Big Country and has won his last two TPD events he has competed in.
Eldred has drawn Whiskey Bent (5-2, BFTS) for Round 1.
Taylor Toves is this weekend’s Velocity Tour invite courtesy of his Fresno, California, victory on March 25.
The 24-year-old from Stephenville, Texas, is making his BFTS debut against Tommy Gun (1-0, BFTS), and is 61st in the world standings.
Toves is 4-for-18 (22.22 percent) this year at all levels of competition and is a career 22.37-percent rider in 38 events.
Toves was originally an Alexandria, Louisiana, native before moving to Stephenville when he was 10 years old. He attempted his first steer at 13 and is a second generation bull rider that placed third at the Texas High School Rodeo Association state finals.
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