Eduardo Aparecido went 4-for-4 to claim the Iron Cowboy title and his second event win in a row. Photo: Andy Watson /


By: Jordan Hebert February 18, 2017@ 11:41:00 PM



  • Eduardo Aparecido went a perfect 4-for-4 on his way to the Iron Cowboy title. It was his second BFTS event win in a row.
  • Aparecido earned 955 world points and $138,766.67, rocketing him to the top of the world standings for the first time in his career.
  • Mason Lowe turned in the high-marked ride of the event when he covered Smooth Operator for 90.75 points in Round 2.



ARLINGTON, Texas – Saturday night Eduardo Aparecido took over the No. 1 spot in the world standings by winning the PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, in front of more than 38,500 fans.

Aparecido, who also won the Kansas City Invitational last weekend, sealed his victory with an 89-point ride atop Catfish John (Dakota Rodeo/Berger/Struve/Miller) in Round 4 after fellow Brazilian Fabiano Vieirabucked off Cochise (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) in 1.56 seconds. He took home $138,766 for winning PBR’s second Major of the 2017 season, including $50,000 from Bad Boy Mowers as part of the Bad Boy Mowers Major Bonus Program.

While 15 riders advanced to Round 2, the Iron Cowboy came down to just three cowboys in Round 3. Aparecido, Vieira and Mason Lowe all made the 8 second whistle in Round 2, including the high-marked ride of the event from Lowe who turned in a 90.75-point effort aboard Smooth Operator(Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger). Lowe received $26,000 for the ride and $38,766 total in the event.

Fire & Smoke (Dakota Rodeo/Rosen/Struve/Berger) bucked off Lowe in Round 3, with Aparecido and Vieira moving on to Round 4. Aparecido covered Big Black Cat (Dakota Rodeo/Struve/Berger/Heald) for 88.75 points while Vieira rode Honey Hush (Swinging C Cattle Co./Hodges Bucking Bulls) for 88.5 points.

Seven Dust (Jane Clark/Gene Owen) and SweetPro’s Bruiser (D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.) shared the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bull of the Event title after turning in twin 46-point bull scores in Round 2.

Fans can see the Final Rounds of the Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, on Sunday, Feb. 19 on CBS Sports at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Aparecido will try to make it three wins in a row when the Top 35 bull riders in the world head to Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, for the Bass Pro Chute Out, presented by Cooper Tires, Feb. 24-26.

CBS Sports Network will broadcast Round 3 and the Built Ford Tough Championship Round Sunday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch each round in real time on PBR LIVE and the PBR LIVE app at 8:15 p.m. ET on Friday; 7:15 p.m. ET on Saturday; and 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday.

Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series
Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Round 4-Round 5-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 85-90.5-88.75-89-0-353.25-955 Points.
2. Mason Lowe, 86.5-90.75-0-0-0-177.25-145 Points.
3. Fabiano Vieira, 84-86.5-88.5-0-0-259.00-140 Points.
4. Reese Cates, 88.5-0-0-0-0-88.50-125 Points.
5. Chase Outlaw, 88.25-0-0-0-0-88.25-75 Points.
6. Rubens Barbosa, 88-0-0-0-0-88.00-60 Points.
7. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 87.25-0-0-0-0-87.25-50 Points.
8. J.B. Mauney, 86.75-0-0-0-0-86.75-40 Points.
9. Robson Palermo, 86.25-0-0-0-0-86.25-10 Points.
10. Shane Proctor, 86-0-0-0-0-86.00-5 Points.
(tie). Matt Triplett, 85.75-0-0-0-0-85.75-5 Points.
(tie). Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., 84.5-0-0-0-0-84.50-5 Points.
(tie). Luciano De Castro, 83.5-0-0-0-0-83.50-5 Points.
(tie). Cody Teel, 84.75-0-0-0-0-84.75-5 Points.
(tie). Wallace Vieira de Oliveira, 85-0-0-0-0-85.00-5 Points.
Jess Lockwood, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cooper Davis, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Mike Lee, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Dener Barbosa, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Brady Sims, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Luis Blanco, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Gage Gay, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Koal Livingston, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Stetson Lawrence, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Stormy Wing, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Nance, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Jake Gowdy, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Sonny Schafferius, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Cody Rodeo Tyler, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Robson Aragao, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Kyle Jones, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Fraser Babbington, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Jorge Valdiviezo, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00
Tanner Byrne, 0-0-0-0-0-0.00

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

1. Eduardo Aparecido, 10, 3, 5, 2,015.00, $201,633.33
2. Jess Lockwood, 10, 2, 3, 1,677.50, $161,973.33
3. Rubens Barbosa, 15, 1, 3, 1,352.50, $81,134.50
4. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 13, 0, 4, 920.00, $50,781.67
5. Cooper Davis, 10, 0, 2, 842.50, $49,085.00
6. Kaique Pacheco, 14, 3, 5, 765.00, $81,391.05
7. Shane Proctor, 10, 1, 2, 712.50, $48,435.00
8. Derek Kolbaba, 12, 1, 2, 700.00, $56,153.64
9. Mason Lowe, 13, 0, 2, 650.83, $66,317.31
10. Chase Outlaw, 7, 0, 3, 587.50, $32,705.00
11. Silvano Alves, 10, 0, 2, 570.00, $27,872.31
12. Ryan Dirteater, 10, 0, 1, 553.33, $30,855.67
13. Fabiano Vieira, 12, 1, 4, 503.33, $35,682.98
14. Mike Lee, 16, 2, 4, 480.83, $33,142.31
15. Dener Barbosa, 13, 0, 3, 467.50, $26,880.99
16. J.B. Mauney, 7, 0, 1, 445.00, $23,175.00
17. Matt Triplett, 16, 2, 4, 417.50, $28,541.48
18. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 9, 0, 2, 380.00, $21,446.67
19. Brady Sims, 9, 0, 1, 345.00, $18,067.31
20. Claudio Marcelino Montanha Jr., 9, 1, 4, 302.50, $17,970.00
21. Reese Cates, 12, 1, 3, 265.00, $25,375.00
22. Luis Blanco, 7, 0, 1, 243.33, $13,631.31
23. Gage Gay, 12, 0, 0, 230.00, $14,795.00
24. Nevada Newman, 8, 0, 2, 215.00, $15,850.25
25. Koal Livingston, 10, 1, 4, 170.00, $17,350.00
26. Stetson Lawrence, 11, 0, 0, 167.50, $10,775.00
27. Stormy Wing, 7, 0, 1, 165.00, $10,612.31
28. Dakota Buttar, 5, 0, 0, 163.33, $11,799.31
29. Cody Nance, 10, 0, 1, 152.50, $15,368.21
29. Luciano De Castro, 14, 0, 3, 152.50, $14,319.19
31. Guilherme Marchi, 9, 0, 1, 145.00, $11,547.97
32. Jake Gowdy, 12, 1, 2, 135.00, $22,797.71
33. Sonny Schafferius, 9, 1, 3, 132.50, $10,532.23
34. Robson Aragao, 12, 0, 3, 120.00, $11,460.00
34. Cody Ford, 8, 1, 3, 120.00, $12,300.00
34. Cody Rodeo Tyler, 13, 1, 3, 120.00, $11,945.00
37. Alex Cardozo, 12, 0, 1, 117.50, $10,108.53
38. Cody Teel, 3, 1, 2, 115.00, $10,500.00
39. Cody Heffernan, 15, 0, 1, 112.50, $14,789.83
40. Josh Faircloth, 11, 0, 5, 111.66, $12,238.79
41. Kyle Jones, 13, 1, 2, 110.00, $12,168.53
42. Troy Wilkinson, 3, 1, 2, 106.25, $13,026.07
43. Jay Miller, 7, 1, 2, 100.00, $8,775.00
44. Cody Campbell, 10, 1, 2, 86.66, $7,971.67
45. J.W. Harris, 8, 0, 0, 82.50, $6,658.50

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By: Justin Felisko February 19, 2017@ 12:15:00 AM




  • Mason Lowe became the second man to ride Smooth Operator on the BFTS and leave AT&T Stadium with a nice parting gift.
  • Eduardo Aparecido proved a lot of doubters wrong Saturday with his perfect 4-for-4 performance in Arlington. The long-time dark horse now owns the top spot in the world standings for the first time in his career.
  • Meanwhile, 2012 PRCA bull riding Champion Cody Teel recorded a ride in his BFTS debut but got a quick lesson in bull power from SweetPro's Bruiser in Round 2.


ARLINGTON, Texas – Here are three things we learned from the Frontier Communications Iron Cowboy, presented by Kawasaki, on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium.

Lowe wins high-marked ride award at Iron Cowboy (2-18-17)

It wasn’t the highest scored ride of his career, but Mason Lowe’s emphatic 90.75-point ride on Smooth Operator in Round 2 will certainly go down as his personal best so far.

“This is my biggest accomplishment so far,” Lowe said. “You have all the other ones, but any time you are 90 it is awesome.

Lowe became only the second rider to reach the 8-second mark on Smooth Operator in five years to win the $26,000 high-marked ride award at Iron Cowboy.

“Man, that is what I am talking about,” Lowe said. “That was awesome. That sucker made pretty quick work of me last time, but I made it work. I kind of hung my rope around the outside and it kept me out of that deal and everything went right.”

Lowe was previously bucked off by Smooth Operator in 1.24 seconds in Chicago.

Reigning Stock Contractor of the Year Chad Berger was happy to see Smooth Operator get tested for a full 8 seconds.

“He should have been 92 or 93 on that bull,” Berger said. “That was a rank ride. The kid rode him perfect. The bull bucked hard. I am glad to see him get rode. I was curious how he would finish and that bull finished stronger than how he started.”

The ride is the second-best of Lowe’s career. Lowe rode SweetPro’s Bruiser for 91 points last year in Oklahoma City.

Saying Smooth Operator has been dominant in his career would be an understatement.

2008 World Champion Guilherme Marchi was only rider to ever cover Smooth Operator in 52 previous outs at all levels of competition.

“Once you got around there, he kind of felt good,” Lowe said. “He was trying to step on my head and stuff, but I stayed to the front.”

Lowe was later eliminated by Fire & Smoke in Round 3 in 6.32 seconds, but finished second overall with 145 round points.

The 23-year-old from Exeter, Missouri, won a career-high $38,766.67 and moved up to ninth in the world standings.

Lowe began his night with an 86.5-point ride on Pick-It Construction's Find Jesus.

Aparecido wins Iron Cowboy to take over world No. 1 ranking

If you are not on board the Eduardo Aparecido train, it may just be time to hop aboard.

Aparecido won his first PBR Major and $138,766.67 with four impressive bull rides to walk out of AT&T Stadium as the new No. 1 bull rider in the world standings.

“Before I came here, I knew I had to ride each bull I get on,” Aparecido said with Marchi translating. “I self-prepared to be here. I asked God to save my life and give me confidence for each bull I get on. I know some people have said no good things about me, but I have shown I have the potential to be a World Champion and win big events.”

The 26-year-old clinched his second victory in as many weeks by riding Catfish John – the same bull 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis rode to win the world title – for 89 points in Round 4 after Fabiano Vieira was bucked off by Cochise in 1.56 seconds.

“I knew the bull I draw was a really good bull,” Aparecido said. “He has been around for a long time. I had a good draw and had to stay on and see what happens. I saw Fabiano fall off the bull and I tried to stay strong and do my job.”

Aparecido earned 955 points toward the world standings to move from No. 3 in the world standings to the top position.

Previous world leader Jess Lockwood was bucked off by Cooper Tires Brown Sugar in 3.62 seconds in Round 1 and sustained a left groin injury, in addition to aggravating his thigh bruise.

Aparecido leads Lockwood by 337.5 points heading into next weekend’s Bass Pro Chute Out, presented by Cooper Tires, in St. Louis. It is the first time in his career that Aparecido is ranked No. 1 in the world.

The Gouvelandia, Brazil, native began his march to the Iron Cowboy title with an 85-point ride on Oscar P in Round 1 for 10th place and five world points. Aparecido was one of 15 riders to advance to Round 2.

His best ride came in Round 2 when he rode Jack Shot for 90.5 points and a second-place finish (75 world points).

Aparecido, Vieira (86.5 points on Red Rover) and Lowe were the only three riders to advance to Round 3.

Aparecido then advanced to the final round by covering Big Black Cat for 88.75 points to win Round 3 for 125 world points. Vieira had ridden Honey Hush for 88.5 points to qualify for Round 4.

“To win a big event against the greatest bulls, I am so grateful right now,” Aparecido said. “I am the Iron Cowboy.”

SweetPro’s Bruiser welcomes 2012 PRCA champ Cody Teel to the BFTS

2012 PRCA champion bull rider Cody Teel began his BFTS career with an 84.75-point ride on Chute Boss, but Teel then got a first-hand lesson in just how rank PBR bulls are in Round 2.

Teel was bucked off by 2016 World Champion Bull SweetPro’s Bruiser in 2.69 seconds and the Texas native was left dusting off his riding vest in disgust.

“That is a great bull,” Teel said. “He is a World Champ for a reason, but, shoot, I let one get by me for dang sure. A good opportunity let go. You have to stay on those when you get them.”

Bruiser was marked 46 points to tie with Seven Dust as the YETI “Built for the Wild” Bulls of the Event.

It was the second time this season Bruiser has been marked 46 points.

“He was exactly what I thought,” Teel said. “He got me raised up sitting on my rear end and he really hangs and floats in the air. A lot of time dropping down and just enough to raise me up and sit me flat on my butt. It is my fault. He is a great bull. I should have rode him.

“This is not up to my standards by no means the way it ended.”

Seven Dust earned his season-high bull score by disposing Matt Triplett in Round 2 in a quick 3.67 seconds.

“He is just a nice bull,” Triplett said. “I just let him get my feet.”

Jared Allen’s Air Time finished as third ranked bull with a 45.25-point bull score after he bucked off 2015 PBR Brazil champion Luciano de Castro in 5.24 seconds.

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Brazilian Aparecido outlasts field to claim Iron Cowboy bull riding title



Special to the Star-Telegram


Eduardo Aparecido, a Brazilian cowboy who lives in Decatur, won the Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy VIII and earned $138,766 Saturday night before a crowd of 38,598 at AT&T Stadium.

With the title at stake in the fourth round, the 26-year-old Aparecido was the only cowboy to make a qualified ride, turning in a score of 89.

The other contestant, Fabiano Vieira, was bucked off.

“I knew I needed to ride every bull that I got on,” Aparecido said.

The Iron Cowboy started with 15 competitors making a qualified ride in Round 1. Chase Outlaw paced the field with a score of 88.5 aboard Buckeye Bill. Jess Lockwood, who entered the Iron Cowboy ranked No. 1 in the world standings, was bucked off in 3.62 seconds.

Meanwhile, Aparecido turned in an opening round 85.

In Round 2, the bulls got the upper hand. Only three of the 15 riders stayed on for the 8-second count. Two-time world champion J.B. Mauney, the Iron Cowboy’s 2012 champion, was bucked off in 3.66 seconds. Shane Proctor, who won the Iron Cowboy last year, was thrown in 2.48 seconds.

Mason Lowe won Round 2 with a 90.75 on a bull named Smooth Operator. Aparecido finished second with a 90.75 and Fabiano Vieira came in third with an 86.5.

In Round 3, only two riders made a qualified ride. They were Aparecido, who won the round with an 88.75, and Vieira who was second with an 88.50.

In Round 4, Vieira rode first and was bucked off in 1.56 seconds. After that, Aparecido turned in the 89 on a bull named Catfish John to clinch the title.

With the win, Aparecido took the lead in the PBR’s 2017 world title race with 2,015 points. 

Lockwood dropped to second place with 1,678 points after his opening-round exit in the Iron Cowboy.

RFD-TVs The American on Sunday will feature PBR contestants in the bull riding segment of the show.

American update

The Cowtown Coliseum was filled to the brim on Friday night with fans who came to the Fort Worth Stockyards to watch the semifinals of RFD-TV’s The American. Competitors attempted to qualify for Sunday’s show at 1 p.m. at AT&T Stadium.

The American offers a $2 million purse, a world record payout for a single performance rodeo.

The purse for the American Semi-Finals was $941,375, making it one of the higher paying rodeos in the world. 

In the semifinals, former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Timber Moore clinched the tie-down roping title after turning in a time of 7.08 seconds. He earned more than $51,000.

Kelsey Lutjen of Casa Grande, Ariz., clinched the barrel racing title with a 13.80 time, good for more than $56,000.

Other champions were bareback rider Tilden Hooper, steer wrestler Rowdy Parrott, team ropers Cody Snow and Wesley Thorp, saddle bronc rider Clay Elliot and bull rider Claudio Marcelina de Montanha Jr. 

The 2017 American semifinals was the highest paying rodeo ever at Cowtown Coliseum, which is managed by longtime rodeo organizer Hub Baker. 

The Cowtown Coliseum has featured rodeos for almost a century. The Fort Worth Stock Show conducted the world’s first indoor rodeo in the coliseum in 1918.