PBR Chicago News Roundup

Rubens Barbosa went a perfect 4-for-4 for the first time at a BFTS event to claim the win in Chicago. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


By: Heather Croze January 15, 2017@ 06:14:00 PM


  • Rubens Barbosa claimed the Chicago Invitational title Sunday afternoon after a 4-for-4 performance capped by a 90.25-point ride on Cooper Tires Brown Sugar in the championship round.
  • It was Barbosa's first event win since 2015, and the first time he has gone 4-for-4 at a BFTS event. 
  • Kaique Pacheco, Brady Sims, Guilherme Marchi and Jess Lockwood rounded out the Top 5 in Chicago.



CHICAGO – Veteran Brazilian Rubens Barbosa (Iacaira, Brazil) ran the table on his way to victory in the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Chicago Invitational Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

Barbosa turned in a 90.25-point ride on Cooper Tires Brown Sugar (Dakota Rodeo-Berber/Struve) to win the Built Ford Tough Championship Round and cap a perfect 4-for-4 performance. It was the first time Barbosa has covered all his bulls at a Built Ford Tough Series (BFTS) event as it was his first BFTS event win since 2015 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Barbosa leaves Chicago the second ranked bull rider in the PBR World Standings after earning a total of 745 world points Sunday along with a $40,330 paycheck.

19-year-old phenom Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) continued to pick up points after finishing fifth in Chicago. Lockwood went 3-for-4 in the Windy City and capped his weekend by gritting through an 81.25-point ride on Modified Clyde (Dakota Rodeo-Berger/Struve) in the championship round. Lockwood earned 115 points toward the world standings and leads Barbosa by 205 points.

Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) finished in second place after his own 4-for-4 performance in Chicago. Pacheco rode Jailhouse Jr. (Rocking I Rodeo Co.) for 86.75 points to finish third in championship round, he rode Tractor Tippin (Rocking I Rodeo Co.) for 85.75 points in Round 3 earlier in the afternoon.

Pacheco earned 380 total world points and $18, 990 over the weekend and moves to fourth in the world standings.

Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri) made the most of his trip to Chicago this weekend by finishing third in the event. Sims, who competed as an alternate this weekend, went 3-for-4 including an 85.75-point ride on Ante Up (K-C Bucking Bulls) in Round 3. Sims went on to be bucked off by Naughty List(Jenkins Cattle Co.) in 4.94 seconds in the championship round.

Sims earned 275 points toward the world standings along with $11, 875 for the effort and leaves Illinois the ninth ranked bull rider in the world.

Guilherme Marchi (Itupeva, Brazil) finished fourth in Chicago after going 3-for-4 on the weekend. Marchi covered Wicked Stick (Dakota Rodeo-Berger/Struve) for 83.25 points and was the first to ride the 2016 ABBI Classic Champion in the BFTS since 2015. By adding three more rides to his career total, Marchi now has 585 qualified rides and ranks #1 all-time in the PBR.

Marchi earned 125 points toward the world standings for the performance as well as $6,600.

Bad Beagle (Jared Allen’s Pro Bull Team) earned high-marked bull honors after a 44.5-point performance during his 4.01 second buckoff of Stetson Lawrence (Williston, North Dakota) in the championship round.

Following a strong start to the 2017 BFTS season at Madison Square Garden in New York City last weekend, the Chicago Invitational set a local attendance record with more than 20,000 fans coming to see America’s original extreme sport at Allstate Arena this weekend.

The BFTS now moves on to the Sooner State where the Top 35 bull riders in the world will put it all on the line in Oklahoma City for the Express Employment Professionals Invitational Jan. 21-22 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The action can be seen on CBS Sports Network on Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET and Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET.  Fans can also view all the action on PBR LIVE at pbr.com as well as on the free PBR LIVE app. 

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Chicago Invitational
Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Rubens Barbosa, 82.25-88.75-86.75-90.25-348.00-745 Points.
2. Kaique Pacheco, 86.25-79.75-85.75-86.75-338.50-380 Points.
3. Brady Sims, 85.75-85.5-85.75-0-257.00-275 Points.
4. Guilherme Marchi, 82-0-84-83.25-249.25-125 Points.
5. Jess Lockwood, 83-0-85-81.25-249.25-115 Points.
6. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 84-68.75-0-89-241.75-105 Points.
7. Cooper Davis, 0-0-88.5-0-88.50-100 Points.
8. Alex Cardozo, 85.25-87-0-0-172.25-97.5 Points.
9. Gage Gay, 86.25-0-85.25-0-171.50-85 Points.
10. Derek Kolbaba, 0-84.25-87.75-0-172.00-70 Points.
11. Ryan Dirteater, 85-0-86.75-0-171.75-60 Points.
12. Matt Triplett, 0-85.25-84.75-68.5-238.50-57.5 Points.
13. Cody Heffernan, 0-85.75-0-0-85.75-50 Points.
14. Mike Lee, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75-45 Points.
15. Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-86.25-0-86.25-30 Points.
16. Mason Lowe, 0-85.25-0-0-85.25-22.5 Points.
(tie). Nathan Schaper, 85.25-0-0-0-85.25-22.5 Points.
18. Silvano Alves, 0-84.5-83.75-0-168.25-10 Points.
19. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-82.25-84.25-0-166.50-5 Points.
(tie). Justin Paton, 82.75-84-0-0-166.75-5 Points.
(tie). Stetson Lawrence, 0-83.5-84-0-167.50-5 Points.
22. Robson Aragao, 0-0-85.5-0-85.50
23. Stormy Wing, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50
24. Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-83.5-0-0-83.50
(tie). Shane Proctor, 0-83.5-0-0-83.50
(tie). Keyshawn Whitehorse, 83.5-0-0-0-83.50
27. Fabiano Vieira, 82-0-0-0-82.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brant Atwood, 0-0-0-0-0.00
J.W. Harris, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0.00

2017 Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series World Finals Standings
(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5's, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Jess Lockwood, 3, 1, 2, 975.00, $121,083.33
2. Rubens Barbosa, 9, 1, 2, 770.00, $43,973.11
3. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 8, 0, 3, 685.00, $39,306.67
4. Kaique Pacheco, 7, 2, 3, 530.00, $54,166.05
5. Ryan Dirteater, 3, 0, 1, 438.33, $24,105.67
6. Matt Triplett, 10, 2, 4, 407.50, $26,024.86
7. Fabiano Vieira, 8, 1, 3, 363.33, $23,866.32
8. Mike Lee, 9, 2, 3, 330.00, $23,741.67
9. Brady Sims, 5, 0, 1, 275.00, $11,875.00
10. Eduardo Aparecido, 3, 0, 1, 230.00, $12,016.67
11. Cooper Davis, 3, 0, 0, 160.00, $11,330.00
12. Mason Lowe, 7, 0, 0, 157.50, $10,875.00
13. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 3, 0, 1, 140.00, $9,916.67
14. Derek Kolbaba, 5, 0, 1, 135.00, $9,274.67
15. Gage Gay, 6, 0, 0, 130.00, $7,015.00
15. Reese Cates, 8, 1, 2, 130.00, $13,650.00
17. Guilherme Marchi, 4, 0, 1, 125.00, $8,697.97
18. Alex Cardozo, 7, 0, 1, 117.50, $9,308.53
19. Sonny Schafferius, 4, 1, 2, 115.00, $8,061.18
19. Koal Livingston, 5, 1, 3, 115.00, $11,200.00
21. Kyle Jones, 8, 1, 2, 110.00, $11,568.53
22. Troy Wilkinson, 3, 1, 2, 106.25, $13,036.56
23. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 8, 1, 2, 105.00, $9,505.00
24. J.B. Mauney, 1, 0, 0, 80.00, $7,100.00
24. Cody Heffernan, 10, 0, 1, 80.00, $11,414.31
24. Cliff Richardson, 6, 1, 1, 80.00, $3,454.23
24. Edgar Durazo, 6, 1, 1, 80.00, $7,014.66
24. Jacob O'Mara, 1, 1, 1, 80.00, $6,475.00
29. Kurt Shephard, 10, 0, 3, 75.00, $12,991.08
29. Fernando Henrique Novais, 5, 1, 2, 75.00, $7,002.73
31. Cody Campbell, 5, 1, 1, 65.00, $5,850.00
31. Mitchel Paton, 10, 0, 2, 65.00, $5,087.75
33. Silvano Alves, 5, 0, 0, 60.00, $3,875.00
33. Marcio Roberto dos Santos, 1, 1, 1, 60.00, $3,520.00
33. Edmilson Goncalves, 5, 0, 1, 60.00, $3,541.77
33. Braydon Wellby, 6, 0, 2, 60.00, $4,603.29
33. Harry Bridges, 5, 1, 1, 60.00, $2,746.48
33. Tye Chandler, 8, 1, 1, 60.00, $3,806.78
39. Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 6, 0, 1, 55.00, $7,290.08
40. Luciano De Castro, 9, 0, 2, 52.50, $5,499.19
41. Cody Nance, 5, 0, 1, 50.00, $7,739.24
41. Nevada Newman, 6, 0, 1, 50.00, $7,052.76
41. Dener Barbosa, 7, 0, 2, 50.00, $6,047.02
41. Justin Lloyd, 8, 0, 1, 50.00, $5,573.51
41. Brady Oleson, 8, 0, 1, 50.00, $6,328.28
41. Jake Gowdy, 7, 0, 1, 50.00, $15,407.71
41. Rohan Markham, 5, 0, 3, 50.00, $3,061.40
41. Aaron Williams, 2, 0, 1, 50.00, $4,700.00

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By: Justin Felisko January 14, 2017@ 10:29:00 PM

Alex Cardozo heads into Championship Sunday leading the event average. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • Alex Cardozo rode Ram It Saturday night to go 2-for-2 so far in Chicago. He heads into Championship Sunday leading the event as he looks to make the most of his remaining injury exemptions.
  • Meanwhile, Rubens Barbosa won his first round since March of 2016 when he rode Machinery Auctioneer's Little Joe for 88.75 points.
  • Kaique Pacheco and Marco Eguchi turned down re-ride options and have remained 2-for-2 on the weekend.



CHICAGO – Here are three things we learned from Round 2 of the Chicago Invitational Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

Alexandre Cardozo trying to make most of dwindling exemptions (1-14-17)

Alexandre Cardozo finally has gotten his confidence back to cut loose inside the arena following a broken neck at the 2015 Built Ford Tough World Finals.

Cardozo rode Ram It for 87 points and a second-place finish in Round 2.

“He come into my hand, and I feel very comfortable when bulls come into my hand now,” Cardozo said.

More importantly, Cardozo is 2-for-2 after also previously riding Machinery Auctioneer's

Little Joe for 85.25 points in Round 1.

He is leading the event average heading into Championship Sunday.

“This is really important,” Cardozo said. “I don’t think much about money. I am concentrating more on my bull because I really need to pick up points. I need to do everything I can to make up points.”

Cardozo earned 60 points for the second-place round finish, as well as 22.5 points for tying for fifth in Round 1, but an event average win would net him 500 world points.

Those points would be crucial as Cardozo fights to do all he can to earn a full-time spot back on the BFTS for the first time since 2015.

“My mind feels so good now,” Cardozo said. “Silvano (Alves), Marco (Eguchi) and Kaique (Pacheco) are really working to help me.”

Five other riders are 2-for-2 in Chicago – Brady SimsRubens BarbosaJustin PatonKaique Pacheco and Marco Eguchi.

Cardozo is 18th in the world standings.

Two years ago, Cardozo qualified for his first Built Ford Tough World Finals, but it ended with him bucking off Firehouse and breaking his neck (C6-7) and back (T5).

Cardozo is competing at the Chicago Invitational with an injury exemption after he only used two of his exemptions last year. He only has one more remaining before being subject to the BFTS cutline.

When Cardozo returned to competition in 2016, he wound up sustaining an ankle injury in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and a concussion. He decided to compete only at non-BFTS events and finished 2016 121st in the world standings.

In fact, Cardozo could surpass his career total of four qualified rides this weekend alone if he were to finish Chicago with two more qualified rides.

“In my mind, sometimes I don’t believe in myself,” Cardozo said. “The guys are really helping me and supporting me.”

Cardozo was cleared to return competition in Chicago after passing the PBR concussion protocol after Round 1.

He will take on Blue Duck (2-1, BFTS) in Round 3. Ryan Dirteater rode Blue Duck for 85 points in Round 1.   

Cardozo has been training at Michael Johnson Performance four hours a day when his travel schedule isn’t too hectic.

“Before I would spend a lot of time on my phone,” Cardozo said. “Sometimes I wouldn’t train because I would stay on my phone. Now, I put my phone away and started practicing more and concentrating more on my bulls.

“I am focusing on my bulls.”

Barbosa wins first round since March 2016

Rubens Barbosa started things off with a bang in Round 2 by riding Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe for 88.75 points and wound up watching on as the next 34 riders were unable to best his score.

“I tried to ride him one time, but he bucked me off,” Barbosa said. “This time, thank God, it worked.”

Barbosa picked up 100 points toward the world standings. The round win is his first since riding Like A Boss for 87 points in Phoenix last March.

The ride is the fifth-best ride of his five-year BFTS career.

Barbosa, who rode Small Time for 82.25 points in Round 1, is third in the event average.

The 2011 Rookie of the Year is now ranked 12th in the world standings.

Barbosa has a rematch against Red Bandana (4-1, BFTS) in Round 3. Red Bandana bucked off Barbosa in Tucson, Arizona, last year in 3.34 seconds.

Rounding out the Top 5 in the round behind Barbosa and Cardozo was Cody Heffernan (85.75 points on Cracker Jack), Brady Sims (85.5 points on Bad Moon Rising), Matt Triplett (85.25 points on Lip Trick) and Mason Lowe(85.5 points on Dew Rag Dan).

Lowe was the only Top 35 rider from 2016 to finish inside the Top 5 of Round 2.

Heffernan’s third-place finish earned him 50 points toward the world standings, while Sims picked up 40 points. Triplett and Lowe each earned 22.5 points.

Pacheco and Eguchi turn down re-ride options

A night after tying for the Round 1 win, Kaique Pacheco elected to turn down his re-ride option following a 79.75-point ride on The Joker in Round 2.

Pacheco, who rode Fire Bender for 86.25 points in Round 1 Friday, is one of six riders a perfect 2-for-2 in Chicago.

The third-year pro is fifth overall in the event average.

“It is a three-day event,” Pacheco said.

When asked if he was confident that he could finish the weekend 4-for-4, Pacheco replied, “Yes sir.”

Pacheco is seventh in the world standings and finished 14th in Round 2.

He will take on Tractor Tippin (0-3, BFTS) in Round 3. Gage Gay tied with Pacheco for the Round 1 win Friday with 86.25 points on Tractor Tippin.

Meanwhile, Marco Eguchi also turned down a re-ride option on Wipeout after covering Precious Air for 68.75 points.

Eguchi is 5-for-6 on the Built Ford Tough Series and is tied with Jess Lockwood, who was bucked off by Swashbuckler in 4.44 seconds, for the league lead, but still decided to turn down the opportunity for a higher score.

“That bull (Wipeout) goes away from my hand,” Eguchi said. “He bucked off Joao (Ricardo Vieira).

Eguchi has drawn Milky Jones (8-2).

Injury Updates

According to Dr. Tandy Freeman, Fabiano Vieira did not compete in Round 2 after dislocating his left shoulder attempting to ride Wicked Stick in the 15/15 Bucking Battle. He is out for the remainder of the weekend and is questionable for Oklahoma City.

Dener Barbosa sustained a concussion when he was thrown hard to the ground by Buckeye Bill (4.05 seconds). He is questionable for Round 3.

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Pacheco ties for round win; bucks off Slinger Jr. (1-13-17)

CHICAGO – Here are three things we learned from the Chicago Invitational Friday night at Allstate Arena.

It took Kaique Pacheco almost two months to win his first Built Ford Tough Series round last year.

This year it took him just two events.

Pacheco rode Fire Bender for 86.25 points to tie with Gage Gay for the Round 1 victory and 80 points toward the world standings.

“I am very happy to ride a very good bull and win the round,” Pacheco said.

The third year pro had ridden six consecutive bulls at all levels of competition after beginning the 2017 BFTS with two consecutive buckoffs last weekend in New York before bucking off Slinger Jr. in 4.97 seconds in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Slinger Jr. had previously bucked Pacheco off on the final day of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals, costing him the world title.

To avoid another World Championship shortcoming, Pacheco is striving to win more rounds in 2017.

Pacheco won eight of his 11 rounds last year in the final three months of the season.

The Itatiba, Brazil, bull rider believes those additional round wins can help him ultimately get over the World Championship mountain.

“My job is to ride the bull, but it is very important to win the rounds because there are a lot of points,” Pacheco said.

The 22-year-old has drawn The Joker (1-0, BFTS) for Round 2 on Saturday night.

Pacheco earned 80 world points for winning the Denver Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event this week, and he is up to seventh in the world standings thanks to another 80 points Friday in Chicago.

Gay rebounds from throat injury

Gage Gay bounced back from having his throat stomped on last week at Madison Square Garden to tie Pacheco for the round win.

Gay covered Tractor Tippin for 86.25 points to finish with Pacheco atop the Round 1 leaderboard.

“I will take it,” Gay said. “Well, first off, I had a whole different bull. I got the re-ride and it turned out pretty good. I can’t complain about it. He was just right there away from my hand and a bull that you want. A good, honest bull.”

Gay’s neck still had a red gash from when The Joker stomped on his throat in New York.

“I mean that is just what we do,” he said. “It isn’t the toughest sport on dirt for no reason. We know what we are getting ourselves into when we started. You have be tough. I have never had my throat stepped on, but I never really have been hurt a lot – knock on wood. This was probably one of the closest calls I ever had.”

Rounding out the Top 5 in the round was Brady Sims (85.75 points on Shake It Up), Mike Lee (85.75 points on Beast of Burden), Nathan Schaper (85.25 points on Mister Mean) and Alexandre Cardozo (85.25 points on Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe).

Sims was the final alternate invited to Chicago, and he is trying to make the most of his opportunity. The Holt, Missouri, cowboy had qualified for the World Finals two consecutive seasons before being cut from the BFTS last year.

He earned 45 points toward the world standings for tying for third place.

“That is a big load off my chest,” Sims said. “I have been fighting my head at all them Velocitys and all. I know I can ride them, but it is just going to take that one to do it. Whenever I got that call to come here, I was like this is our one right here.

“Last year was a learning experience. I took a lot of this for granted. This is one sport you can’t take for granted because if you let it, it will just keep beating you down.”

Sims takes on Bad Moon Rising (6-5, BFTS) in Round 2.

Schaper and Cardozo picked up 22.5 world points for splitting fifth and sixth place.

Gay is currently 12th in the world standings. He takes on Sledge Hammer(0-0, BFTS) in Round 2.

The Staley, North Carolina, native was confident heading into his 15/15 Bucking Battle matchup against Asteroid, but ultimately he was left dusting gray sand off his riding vest when the 2012 World Champion blasted him in 4.68 seconds.

“I was confident,” Gay said. “He kind of wanted to ball up in front of the box when I nodded and about took me off on the post. He pulled me right down there and I slapped him. Whenever he went back left, he just rocked me.”

Lee wins 15/15 Bucking Battle

2004 World Champion Mike Lee may have struggled walking up to the shark cage inside Allstate Arena to receive his 15/15 Bucking Battle victory belt buckle, but he had no trouble taking Handsome Jeff to an 8-second payday.

Lee rode Handsome Jeff for 87.75 points for his second career 15/15 victory.

“That red bull went right with Ryan (Dirteater) and I was waiting for him to go right and he couldn’t decide, so he went left finally. He went right at the end there and bucked me off at the whistle, but he felt good with good timing. That bull really bucks and kicks over his head.”

Dirteater had ridden Handsome Jeff for 90.5 points last week in New York.

Lee injured his calf in Round 1 in Chicago after Beast of Burden stepped on him.

“It is not bad,” Lee said. “I am just whining about it. It is alright. Bull riders get stepped on all the time. My calf is just tight.”

Lee earned 150 points toward the world standings and is up to fifth in the rankings.

There were two additional rides in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Eduardo Aparecido rode Big Cat for 87.25 points and a second-place finish (90 world points), while Joao Ricardo Vieira covered Cooper Tires Semper Fi for 86.5 points and third place (75 world points).

Lee spent November and December traveling to Velocity Tour events with a group of Brazilian bull riders from Decatur, Texas.

The 33-year-old and 16-year PBR veteran said being around the contingency of dedicated riders helped him learn how to remain more composed when things may not go his way.

“I have learned a lot,” Lee said. “Being around these Brazilians. I have learned how to be calm and to enjoy life. Sometimes we forget to do that. We get pretty bored after 15-16 hours in the van, so we talk about everything.

“They are just really good family. That is really important.” 

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Pacheco gets rematch against Slinger Jr., Chicago Draw Notes (1-11-17)

DENVER – Kaique Pacheco took a sip of his water and asked Fabiano Vieira which bull he had for this coming weekend’s 15/15 Bucking Battle.

Vieira responded with Slinger Jr., and Pacheco – a little bit shocked – then smiled.

Slinger Jr. was the bull that bucked off Pacheco last year on the final day of the 2016 Built Ford Tough World Finals. Pacheco’s 6.46-second buckoff against the bull in the Built Ford Tough Championship Round clinched the world title for Cooper Davis and sealed Pacheco’s fate as a bridesmaid once again.

“I am excited,” Pacheco said at the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour event in Denver. “He is a good bull. I am ready to ride.”

Pacheco appeared to have Slinger Jr. easily ridden in Las Vegas before he was flung off the side to the disbelief of those in attendance.

"I watched him buck all the time before the Finals," Pacheco added with the help of Silvano Alves on Wednesday night. "He bucked differently at the Finals. I was confident him, but he surprised me and changed it up. I will go hard this week to ride him. I will try to cover him in Chicago. I will try for a good score.”

The 22-year-old is coming off a slow start at the BFTS season-opener in New York, but he went 2-for-2 in Denver on Monday night and is in contention for the Velocity Tour victory on Wednesday night.

The Chicago Invitational takes place Friday-Sunday and Pacheco will first take on Fire Bender (11-7, BFTS) in Round 1 on Friday night. Pacheco then will look for revenge against Slinger Jr. in the 15/15 Bucking Battle.

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

Derek KolbabaStetson Lawrence and Gage Gay will be competing in the 15/15 Bucking Battle as alternates because Tanner Byrne (shoulder blade), Wallace de Oliveira (broken clavicle) and J.B. Mauney (hip) are unable to compete.

Kolbaba draws in to face Gambini, while Lawrence will take on Catfish John. Gay will face 2012 World Champion Bull Asteroid.

Below are the 15/15 Bucking Battle matchups

Derek Kolbaba vs. Gambini (1-0, BFTS)
Chase Outlaw vs. Smooth Operator (30-2, BFTS)
Stetson Lawrence vs. Catfish John (13-5, BFTS)
Paulo Lima vs. Who Dey (26-7, BFTS)
Shane Proctor vs. Flight Plan (9-2, BFTS)
Mike Lee vs. Handsome Jeff (12-4, BFTS)
Fabiano Vieira vs. Wicked Stick (11-2, BFTS)
Jess Lockwood vs. Beaver Creek Beau (46-5, BFTS)
Eduardo Aparecido vs. Big Cat (3-4, BFTS)
Guilherme Marchi vs. Pneu-Dart's Southern Style (3-1, BFTS)
Joao Ricardo Vieira vs. Cooper Tires Semper Fi (28-13, BFTS)
Ryan Dirteater vs. Red Moon (8-5, BFTS)
Gage Gay vs. Asteroid (58-4, BFTS)
Kaique Pacheco vs. Slinger Jr. (29-1, BFTS) 
Cooper Davis vs. Bad Touch (14-0, BFTS)

World leader Jess Lockwood has drawn Big Stuff (0-0, BFTS) for Round 1 and leads No. 2 Marco Eguchi by 280 points in the world standings. Eguchi will face off against Dirty Deeds (2-2, BFTS).

There are 11 alternates competing in Chicago this weekend.

J.B. Mauney (hip), Tanner Byrne (shoulder blade), Wallace de Oliveira (clavicle), Lachlan Richardson (bicep surgery), Aaron Roy (leg), Robson Palermo (knee) and Dakota Buttar (personal) are unable to compete.

J.W. Harris and Alex Cardozo are competing because of injury exemptions, while Robson Aragao is this week’s Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour invite because of his win last year in Portland, Maine.

Matt TriplettCody HeffernanBrant AtwoodKeyshawn WhitehorseKurt ShephardDener BarbosaJustin Paton and Reese Cates are the other alternates.

Barbosa – the 2016 PBR Brazil Champion – will be making his BFTS regular-season debut against Milky Jones (7-2, BFTS) after going 3-for-6 at last year’s World Finals.

Shephard, Paton and Cates are also making their 2017 season debuts.

Cates is currently eighth in the world standings based on his performance on the Velocity Tour. He has drawn Vegas Outlaw (8-3, BFTS).

As a reminder, based on the PBR rulebook, riders that placed 1-30 in the 2016 world standings are guaranteed eight BFTS events before being subject to the cutline, while riders ranked 31-35 are guaranteed five BFTS events before being subject to being cut.

Therefore, until the sixth event of the 2017 season (Kansas City, Missouri), all alternates for BFTS events will be based on the 2016 world standings point totals plus the 2017 world standing point totals following any riders with injury exemptions.

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By: Heather Croze January 13, 2017@ 11:29:00 PM

Mike Lee won the first 15/15 Bucking Battle of 2017 after an 87.75-point ride on Handsome Jeff. Photo: Andy Watson / BullStockMedia.com


  • Mike Lee claimed the victory in Friday night's 15/15 Bucking Battle in Chicago, earning 150 world points.
  • Eduardo Aparecido and Joao Ricardo Vieira were the only other riders to cover their bulls in the special round. They earned 90 and 75 world points respectively.
  • Meanwhile, Kaique Pacheco and Gage Gay split the victory in Round 1 of the Chicago Invitational.



CHICAGO – The first PBR (Professional Bull Riders) 15/15 Bucking Battle of the 2017 season went to a savvy veteran as 2004 PBR World Champion Mike Lee (Decatur, Texas) claimed the victory Friday night at Allstate Arena immediately after Round 1 of the Chicago Invitational.

Lee earned the victory after an 87.75-point ride on Handsome Jeff (K-C/Josie McElroy Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin Acres) and picked up 150 world standings points for the finish in the special round along with a payout of $8,666.67. He also earned 45 world points and $1,650 for tying for third place in Round 1 after riding Beast of Burden (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) for 85.75 points earlier in the evening.

Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) was not far behind, turning in an 87.25-point trip aboard Big Cat (Dakota Rodeo/Struve/Berger/Heald) to finish second in the special round. He earned 90 points toward the world standings along with $6,666.67.

Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) finished third in the 15/15 Bucking Battle and earned 75 world points for the effort. He also took home $5,666.67. Vieira rode Cooper Tires Semper Fi (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) for 86.5 points.

CBS Sports will broadcast the 15/15 Bucking Battle Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.

Earlier in the evening, Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) and Gage Gay(Staley, North Carolina) tied for first place in Round 1. Pacheco and Gay turned in identical 86.25-point scores on Fire Bender (Cornwell Bucking Bulls) and Tractor Tippin (Rocking I Rodeo Co.) respectively. The pair picked up 80 points toward the world standings each along with a paycheck of $3,165.

Gay is riding just five days after suffering what appeared to be a fairly horrific injury during Round 3 in New York City last weekend. The bull stepped on Gay’s neck and despite the blood, only gave the 22-year old what looks like a bad rug burn.

Brady Sims (Holt, Missouri) tied with Lee for third place in Round 1 after his own 85.75-point ride on Shake It Up (Jenkins Cattle Co.). Sims, who is competing in Chicago as an alternate, earned 45 points toward the world standings along with $1,650.

Nathan Schaper (Grassy Butte, North Dakota) and Alex Cardozo(Indaiatuba, Brazil) tied for fifth place after matching 85.25-point rides. Schaper covered Mister Mean (Jenkins Cattle Co.), while Cardozo reached 8 seconds aboard Machinery Auctioneer’s Little Joe (Rocking I Rodeo Co.). Each earned $725.

The Top 35 bull riders in the world will be back at it Saturday night when they return to Allstate Arena for Round 2 of the Chicago Invitational. The action starts on PBR LIVE at 7:15 p.m. ET.

PBR Digital Editor Kristian Limas contributed to this report.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
15/15 Bucking Battle
Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Mike Lee, 87.75-87.75-150 Points.
2. Eduardo Aparecido, 87.25-87.25-90 Points.
3. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 86.5-86.50-75 Points.
Jess Lockwood, 0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0.00
Fabiano Vieira, 0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0.00
Shane Proctor, 0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0.00

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Chicago Invitational
Allstate Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Kaique Pacheco, 86.25-0-0-0-86.25-80 Points.
(tie). Gage Gay, 86.25-0-0-0-86.25-80 Points.
3. Mike Lee, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75-45 Points.
(tie). Brady Sims, 85.75-0-0-0-85.75-45 Points.
5. Alex Cardozo, 85.25-0-0-0-85.25-22.5 Points.
(tie). Nathan Schaper, 85.25-0-0-0-85.25-22.5 Points.
7. Ryan Dirteater, 85-0-0-0-85.00-5 Points.
8. Stormy Wing, 84.5-0-0-0-84.50
9. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 84-0-0-0-84.00
10. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 83.5-0-0-0-83.50
11. Jess Lockwood, 83-0-0-0-83.00
12. Justin Paton, 82.75-0-0-0-82.75
13. Rubens Barbosa, 82.25-0-0-0-82.25
14. Fabiano Vieira, 82-0-0-0-82.00
(tie). Guilherme Marchi, 82-0-0-0-82.00
Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Mason Lowe, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Reese Cates, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Kurt Shephard, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Nevada Newman, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Brant Atwood, 0-0-0-0-0.00
J.W. Harris, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Paulo Ferreira Lima, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Shane Proctor, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0.00
Tyler Harr, 0-0-0-0-0.00

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