Denver PBR Chute Out Bull Riding offers thrills and spills

Derek Kolbaba went on to BFTS stardom not long after his win in Denver last year. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com

 

By Susan Kanode

For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo

 

            DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 9, 2017) --- The Professional Bull Riders Denver Chute Out got underway at the National Western Stock Show on Monday in the Denver Coliseum. 

            A total of 16 eight-second rides had fans clapping their hands and stomping their feet. Another 29 bull riders attempted to make it to the eight-second buzzer. 

            The high-marked ride of the night went to Kaique Pacheco from Itatiba, Sao Paulo, Brazil. He had an 87.5-point ride on Flying S Bucking Bull’s Insane Hurricane. Pacheco finished the 2016 season in 18th place. He is currently tied for 8th place in the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour standings and could move up if his success here continues. 

            Pacheco was also invited to compete against Colorado VS the World bull riding champion Roscoe Jarboe in the JBS Bounty Bull Challenge to cap off the night. Jarboe, from New Plymouth, Idaho came off early. Pacheco rode for 8, scored 89.5 points on Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Mad Money to earn a $5,000 bonus. 

            The second performance of the Denver Chute-Out begins Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m. 

PACHECO GETS BACK ON TRACK IN DENVER

By: Justin Felisko January 09, 2017@ 11:07:00 PM

 

Kaique Pacheco went 2-for-2 on night one in Denver. Photo: Justin Felisko

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kaique Pacheco wiped away his bad start in New York by winning the first night of competition at the Denver Velocity Tour event Monday.
  • It was a return to form for Pacheco, who is focusing on fixing a few small things before the Chicago Invitational this weekend.
  • Pacheco has ridden all seven bulls he has faced on the Velocity Tour and was not worried at all about his slow start in New York.

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

DENVER – Kaique Pacheco didn’t have the kind of start he wanted for the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series this past weekend in New York, but the 2015 Rookie of the Year took care of business Monday night at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event.

Pacheco rode Insane Hurricane away from his hand for 87.5 points to finish night one of the three-day event at the National Western Stock Show atop the leaderboard.

“I had seen videos of this bull on ProBullstats,” Pacheco said. “He would take two jumps and go back to the left. Today, he was a little lower.”

Pacheco then really turned it up a notch by going to town on Mad Money for 89.5 points for an additional $5,000.

Mad Money was no match for Pacheco when he turned right into the third-year rider’s hand.

“I seen one video of this bull,” Pacheco said. “He is a really good bull. I am very happy.

“Right now, my confidence is good. It is just little things.”

To the shock of many, Pacheco bucked off his first two bulls of the season in New York just past 7 seconds before riding Like a Boss for 85.5 points in Round 3.

“I don’t know,” Pacheco replied with a tad bit of frustration when asked about New York. “It is just the first event of the year. This is no big deal. I have many more events. There are just little things I need to correct. I bucked off one bull because he slipped. The other bull, I didn’t fix (myself) correct. These are little things.

“Everything is OK.”

There were 16 qualified rides in Round 1. Rounding out the Top 5 was Brennon Eldred (87 points on Jungle Can Do), Jake Gowdy (86.5 points on Little Turbo), Zane Lambert (86 points on Big Time), Chase Robbins(85 points on Reaper) and Cody Ford (85.5 points on Big Sexy).

There are two groups of riders competing in Denver this week. One group rode Monday night and the other will ride on Tuesday. A minimum of 30 riders will then compete in Wednesday’s long round. Ten riders will advance to the championship round based on their combined ride scores.

2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi, 2016 Velocity Tour Champion Chase Outlaw, 2016 PBR Brazil champion Dener Barbosa and 2016 PBR Australia Champion Cody Heffernan are a few of the top riders tentatively scheduled to ride on Tuesday night in Denver.

The winner of this week’s Velocity Tour event will receive an exemption to compete at the next PBR Major – Iron Cowboy. The winner of Iron Cowboy on Feb. 18 will take home at least $100,000.

Pacheco said he wanted to fix some tiny things with his bull rope position, but added that Monday night helped him relax a little more.

He has actually ridden all seven bulls he has attempted at the Velocity Tour level this year.

“I stayed relaxed after the Finals and I went to the three Velocity events (before New York),” he said. “I feel good.”

Pacheco lost out on the 2016 world title when he was bucked off by Slinger Jr. in 6.46 seconds during the Built Ford Tough Championship Round.

The 22-year-old has finished second in the world standings in his first two seasons on tour.

Pacheco, who is currently 18th in the world standings after one BFTS event, quickly brushed off any concern about his recent buckoffs in New York.

He is a career 50 percent (90-for-180) bull rider and is looking forward to redeeming himself at the Chicago Invitational on Friday night at Allstate Arena, which also includes a 15/15 Bucking Battle.

The 15/15 Bucking Battle airs on national television Saturday at noon on CBS.

First, he may just win his second Velocity Tour event on Wednesday night.

“I am very happy. 2-for-2. I am ready for (Wednesday) and Chicago.”

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Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour Event Results:
Jan. 9 Denver, Colorado
Results (Round 1)

1. Kaique Pacheco, 87.5
2. Brennon Eldred, 87
3. Jake Gowdy, 86.5
4. Zane Lambert, 86
5. Chase Robbins, 85.5
5. Cody Ford, 85.5

Click here for full results.

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BFTS STARS AND FUTURE STARS SET TO COMPETE IN DENVER 

By: Justin Felisko January 09, 2017@ 11:06:00 AM

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Two years ago, a relatively unknown Cooper Davis arrived at the National Western Stock Show after competing against the likes of J.B. Mauney, Silvano Alves and Guilherme Marchi for the first time.
  • Last year, Derek Kolbaba won in Denver and went on to become a BFTS superstar not long after.
  • As the Velocity Tour event in Denver begins Monday, recent history has shown that success in Denver has led to even greater things. 

IN THIS ARTICLE

 

DENVER – Two years ago, a shy and tad bit chubby bull rider stood in the middle of the National Western Stock Show with his blue riding shirt and teal chaps.

A 20-year-old kid named Cooper Davis had just won the 2015 Touring Pro Division Finals event with a 3-for-3 performance, beating the likes of three-time World Champion Silvano Alves, two-time World Champion J.B. Mauney and 2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi.

At the time, Davis was a relatively unknown bull rider that had spent his first few years having success on the rodeo trail.

“This year the ultimate goal is me being the Rookie of the Year; but I just have to get up there and continue to prove myself,” Davis said at the time.

Fast forward to the end of the 2015 season and Davis was becoming the fourth rookie all time to win the World Finals event title.

Jump ahead another 12 months later and Davis was lifting the PBR World Championship trophy over his head inside of a jam-packed T-Mobile Arena.

Davis on Sunday afternoon took a moment to reflect on that week in Denver as he sat at his locker inside Madison Square Garden. He had never competed at MSG until this season.

The reigning World Champion finished the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden tied for ninth place following his 86-point ride on Gucci Galore.

“That was my first bigger Touring Pro event to go to, and I really didn’t want to mess it up,” Davis recalled. “I think a lot of times when you put yourself in a position where you know you got that much on the line, and got a lot to prove, it kind of makes you come out of your shell and work harder.”

This year’s Denver event begins on Monday night at the National Western Stock Show. The Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event runs Monday-Wednesday and will feature 23 riders that competed in this past weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series opener in New York.

Some of the top riders tentatively expected to compete in Denver include Alves, Marchi, 2004 World Champion Mike Lee, 2015 Rookie of the Year Kaique Pacheco, four-time PRCA champion J.W. HarrisFabiano VieiraMatt Triplett and Marco Eguchi.

However, the past two winners of the Denver PBR event have actually been unknown young guns that eventually became BFTS superstars later that year.

Derek Kolbaba won the Touring Pro Division Finals event in Denver last year to help solidify himself on the BFTS for good and wound up finishing 17th in the world standings.

“Going into that event, it is a big event,” Kolbaba said. “There is a lot of money to be won. You can fill your pockets pretty well full. You got great bulls to get on and you are going against the top guys. For somebody that is coming in that is maybe not on tour yet, to win an event like that can just boost your confidence more.”

Davis and Kolbaba each won over $20,000 in their victories.

It was also a chance to compete against idols that they looked up to as kids or watched on television when they had dreams of one day riding on the world’s greatest stage of professional bull riding.

The two riders said that opportunity only helped them focus even further in Denver.

“Absolutely,” Davis said. “When you are an 18-year-old kid and you walk into the locker room and nobody knows who you are, but you know who everybody else, you have to make yourself heard. When it is J.B. or whoever, and you walk into the locker room, you don’t want to be a sissy.”

Kolbaba added, “You can let it get to you or you can just kind of use it to your advantage. A lot of us know you are going to draw a good bull. It is a little different then some Velocity events so you kind of have to go in there with a not really care attitude or who you are going against.”

There are two groups of riders competing in Denver this week. One group rides Monday night and the other will ride on Tuesday. A minimum of 30 riders will then compete in Wednesday’s long round. Ten riders will advance to the championship round based on their combined ride scores.

The winner of this week’s Velocity Tour event will receive an exemption to compete at the next PBR Major – Iron Cowboy. The winner of Iron Cowboy on Feb. 18 will take home at least $100,000.

“You then get that invite to the BFTS too,” Kolbaba said. “It gets your confidence high and gives you that mental edge.”

Kolbaba is competing in Denver on Tuesday, while Davis is unable to ride in Denver because of a prior commitment.

The Walla Walla, Washington, bull rider ended a streak of 24 consecutive BFTS buckoffs this weekend in New York with an 86.5-point ride on Grave Digger. He finished the season-opener tied for 11th place.

Kolbaba has no qualms about following in Davis’ footsteps and winning the world title in 2017.

“That is the goal,” he concluded. “That sounds great to me. That is what we are here for. We just need to take it one bull at a time and get it knocked out there and we are good. 

Follow Justin Felisko on Twitter @jfelisko

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