Kaique Pacheco left the National Western as the Professional Bull Riders Denver Chute Out champion putting him in the lead in the Real Time Pain Velocity Tour standings. photo by Hector Acevedo/Zuma Press Wire.
Three is a charm for Brazilian bull rider at Denver
By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2017) --- It took three trips to the National Western Stock Show to compete at the Denver Chute Out for Brazilian bull riding sensation Kaique Pacheco to leave with the title.
He did that this year at the Professional Bull Riders’ (PBR) Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event and did it with style. Pacheco who is from Itatiba, Sao Paulo, won the first round on Monday night. Then he was part of a bounty bull challenge, which he also won.
He had Tuesday night off and got to watch his buddies and fellow competitors ride. On Wednesday, he was part of the 31 riders who got a second opportunity to ride.
He got the bull named High Razor owned by D&H Cattle Company and Buck Cattle Company. Another eight-seconds got him an 85.5 score and put him in the driver’s seat for the finals. There were only two out of the 15 bull riders that advanced to the finals that were successful and Pacheco was again leader of the pack.
He was 91 points on a bull named Jack Shot from D&H Cattle Company and David Huffman. That ride gave him a total of 264 points to win the championship and $16,478. Including the $5,000 won for riding the bounty bull on Monday Pacheco earned $28,967.
More importantly, he got the championship buckle and earned a title from an event he has always enjoyed coming to.
“I like Denver,” he said through interpreter and fellow bull rider Silvano Alves. “I always want to win here.”
Pacheco is currently sixth in the PBR’s World standings and after his win here is in the lead in the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour standings. He is on track to win his first world title in 2017after finishing as the reserve champion for the past two years.
Rodeo action continues at the National Western Stock Show with the first performance of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rodeo beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday.
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 11, 2017) ---The following are results from the PBR Blue DEF Velocity Tour Denver Chute-Out at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
First round: 1, Kaique Pacheco, Itatiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 87.5 points on Flying S Bucking Bull’s Insane Hurricane, $2,853. 2, Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla., 87, $2,140. 3, (tie) Jake Gowdy, Bristow, Okla., and Cody Heffernan, Singleton, New South Wales, Australia, 86.5 and $1,070 each.
Semi-Finals: 1, Jake Gowdy, Bristow, Okla., 88.5 points on Selman and Terrell, LLC’s Rock Bottom, $2,853. 2, (tie) Chase Robbins, Marsing, Idaho and Sean Willingham, Summerville, Ga., 86.5 and $1,783 each. 4, Kaique Pacheco, Itatiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 85.5, $713.
Finals: (two qualified rides) 1, Kaique Pacheco, Itatiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 91 points on D&H Cattle Co./David Huffman’s Jack Shot, $3,923. 2, Kurt Shephard, Atherton, Queensland, Australia, 88.5, $3,210.
Overall Winners: (total on three) 1, Pacheco, 264 points, $16,478. (on two) 2, Gowdy, 175 points, $11,484. 3, Shephard, 174, $6,491. 4, Robbins, 172, $4,494. 5, Willingham, 171.5, $3,495. 6, Alex Cardozo, Indaiatuba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 169, $2,497. 7, Nathan Burtenshaw, Coonamble, New South Wales, Australia, 164.5, $1,997. 8, Guilherme Marchi, Itupavi, Sao Paulo, Brazile, 163, $1,497. 9, Dallee Mason, Weiser, Idaho, 162.5, $999. 10, Douglas Duncan, Alvin, Texas, 157, $500.
Pacheco wins first round of Denver Chute Out
By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 10, 2017) --- Kaique Pacheco’s score from the first performance of the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) Denver Chute Out on Monday stayed at the top of the leaderboard through another 45 riders on Tuesday.
Pacheco from Itatiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil, rode Flying S Bucking Bull’s Insane Hurricane for 87.5 points to win the first round of the National Western’s bull riding. Pacheco got a check for $2,853 and stands to win even more. The Denver Chute Out is part of the PBR’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour.
Cody Heffernan from Singleton, New South Wales, Australia, had the high-marked ride on Tuesday. He rode Selman & Terrell, LLC’s Rock Bottom. As the high-marked ride of the night he got to ride against former world champion Guilherme Marchi for $5,000.
Heffernan got on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Freckled Fire. He was the first one to ride and scored 86. Then Marchi rode Shad Smith’s Slider and had a successful ride. Fans were anxiously waiting to see what his score would be.
The judges totaled their numbers and Marchi had an 84 by his name. His fans were disappointed, but Heffernan was glad to get the $5,000 bonus for the Australia versus Brazil match.
There were 31 bull riders that had scores here in the first round of competition. They will all compete again on Wednesday night in a semi-finals round. Their scores from both rounds will be added together with the best 15 getting to ride for the championship.
Wednesday night’s competition starts at 7 p.m. in the Denver Coliseum.
MARCHI: ‘KAIQUE IS GOING TO COMPLETE HIS DREAM’
By: Justin Felisko January 11, 2017@ 11:20:00 PM
Kaique Pacheco threw down a 91-point ride on Jack Shot to seal the victory in Denver Wednesday. Photo: Justin Felisko
- Guilherme Marchi knows from experience that a World Championship doesn't always come when it is expected.
- Marchi was adamant, though, that 2017 maybe very well be Kaique Pacheco's year, especially after he witnessed him win the Denver Velocity Tour event.
- Pacheco himself knows that his time is coming and he has felt no need to change what has been working for him.
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DENVER – Guilherme Marchi knows how Kaique Pacheco is feeling this year in many ways.
Marchi finished runner-up in the world title race three consecutive seasons (2005-2007) before eventually winning his 2008 gold buckle.
“For me, it motivated me to getting better and better,” Marchi said of his initial World Championship shortcomings. “I had more dedication to get on bulls and thought about the bull riding more. It is good for him to get his motivation and be successful.”
Pacheco is trying to win his first World Championship this season after finishing runner-up in his first two years on American soil.
Things didn’t go his way at the Monster Energy Buck Off Garden last weekend in New York, but Pacheco rebounded with authority in Denver this week at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event.
Pacheco (3-for-3) capped off his Velocity Tour victory Wednesday with a 91-point ride on Jack Shot.
“I am very happy I had a good draw and good bulls,” Pacheco said with the help of Silvano Alves translating. “I rode all of my bulls here. I have been consistently strong. I bucked off two bulls to start the year, but it is no problem. I fixed the small things. I am very happy because I have more confidence to ride all of the bulls.”
Pacheco earned 80 points toward the world standings with the victory and a $28,967.55 payday. He is sixth in the world standings.
Jake Gowdy (2-for-3, 175 points) Kurt Shephard (2-for-3, 174 points), Chase Robbins (2-for-3, 172 points) and Sean Willingham (2-for-3, 171.5 points) rounded out the Top 5 in Denver.
Not only did Pacheco win two of the three rounds in Denver, but he also rode $5,000 bonus bull Mad Money for 89 points on Monday. Pacheco rode High Razor for 85.5 points in Round 2 two days after winning Round 1 with an 87.5-point ride aboard Insane Hurricane.
Pacheco is 9-for-9 with two Velocity Tour event victories this year.
The 22-year-old said that his emotions have remained even-keeled since bucking off against Slinger Jr., who he faces this weekend in the Chicago Invitational 15/15 Bucking Battle, on the final day of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
“All the time my confidence is strong,” Pacheco said. “I just keep working toward my dream.”
Pacheco may say his confidence is the same and that he isn’t more motivated than he was the past two seasons, but Pacheco had a fierce, determination in Denver after all four of his rides.
Alves said Pacheco appears to have a greater focus in 2017 than his first two seasons despite bucking off two of his three bulls last weekend at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden.
“Yes, he is a little more confident,” Alves said. “The last two years, he was in good position. His mentality is good. Right now, he is not nervous. He is stronger. He is more focused to ride his bulls. He is very determined for his bull. He wants to finish all of these bulls. There is no nerves. He is relaxed.”
Pacheco said he didn’t feel the need to change anything after two second-place finishes in the world standings.
“I did not change nothing,” Pacheco said. “I have kept doing the same thing. My strategy is all the same. God will tell me when my time is.”
Pacheco did admit the only small change he has made this year is with his workout routine. During the week, Pacheco is putting a greater emphasis on his core strength in 2017.
Marchi said that he learned during his runner-up performances that sometimes a rider isn’t ready to be a World Champion when they think they are.
You get stronger through every heartbreaking defeat. It isn’t easy, but the gold buckle at the end of the road can erase all the pain and suffering.
“God prepares you for your moment,” he said. “It never, ever happens when we think it is time. Sometimes we think we are ready, but we are not ready.”
With a smile, Marchi added, “Sometimes we need a little luck too.”
Marchi agreed with Alves that Pacheco appears to be riding with an increasing focus in 2017.
“Kaique has ridden so good since last year,” he said. “Every year, he is growing more. He is getting stronger and stronger. I am so proud of this kid. He is not only a good bull rider, but an awesome person.”
Marchi is confident that Pacheco’s time is quickly coming, and there will be more than one gold buckle in his future.
“He focuses to be a champion,” Marchi concluded. “He is going to complete his dream. I hope it is this year. He is one of the best bull riders we have on the tour. He is going to make his career here in the United States.
“He is not going to be a champion one time. He is going to be a champion a couple times.”
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