Shane Proctor rides DaNutso for 81.5 points and clinches the crown of the Iron Cowboy. Photo By: Andy Watson/BullStockMedia.com
Proctor has score of 81.5 in Round 4 with only qualified ride
Two-time defending champ one of three others bucked off in round
Bulls start off big by bucking off first 12 riders
BY BRETT HOFFMAN
Special to the Star-Telegram
Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash., won the Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy VII and earned $115,625 on Saturday night at AT&T Stadium before a crowd of 34,392.
With the title was at stake in the fourth round, Proctor clinched it after finishing the round as the only cowboy who made a qualified ride.
Proctor turned in a score of 81.5 in Round 4. The other three contestants — Fabiano Vieira, Rubens Barbosa and Joao Ricardo Vieira— were bucked off.
JOAO RICARDO VIEIRA, WHO WON THE IRON COWBOY IN 2014 AND 2015, SCORED AN 86.75 IN ROUND 1 AND WAS ONE OF FOUR TO REACH ROUND 4.
The Iron Cowboy got off to a sluggish start when all 12 riders in the first section of Round 1 were bucked off. But the momentum picked up in the second section when the first four bull riders stayed on for the required eight seconds.
Joao Ricardo Vieira, who won the Iron Cowboy in 2014 and 2015, and Mike Lee, the 2004 world champion, led the second section, each scoring 86.75.
In the third section of Round 1, fans saw 2008 world champion Guilherme Marchi take the lead with an 87.5 aboard a bovine named Rebel Yell, owned by the Hadley Cattle Co.
Marchi’s 87.5 held up throughout the remainder of the round. The round concluded with a bull named War Party making quick work of defending world champion J.B. Mauney.
After the last bull had bucked in Round 1, 12 riders had stayed on for the eight-second count and advanced to Round 2. Last year 16 riders made a qualified ride in the opening round.
In Round 2, all 12 riders were bucked off. That meant all 12 men had to ride again in Round 3.
In Round 3, four riders made a qualified ride and advanced to Round 4. The four men who stayed on were Fabiano Vieira, Joao Ricardo Vieira, Barbosa and Proctor.
Proctor turned in the 81.5 on a bovine named Danutso and clinched the title.
TO DETERMINE THE WINNER, THE IRON COWBOY USED A PROGRESSIVE-ROUND FORMAT THAT ALSO IS CALLED “LAST MAN STANDING.”
In order to determine the winner, the Iron Cowboy used a progressive-round format that also is called “Last Man Standing.” The PBR also has used that type for format at a regular-season tour stop in Las Vegas for several years.
During the first four years of the Iron Cowboy, organizers had used a tournament format to determine the champion.
Every year that the Iron Cowboy has been at AT&T Stadium, the show has featured cowboys making multiple rides in one night.
The 2016 Iron Cowboy began with the field of 40 riders. Each rider had to stay on until the eight-second buzzer to advance. The winner was the one cowboy who continued to advance through a series of eliminations.
The PBR conducted its first Iron Cowboy competition in 2010. Brazilian Valdiron de Oliveira clinched the title at the inaugural show and earned a $260,000 prize.
Colby Yates, who grew up in the Fort Worth area, won the second edition in 2001. Mauney won the title in 2012 and Austin Meier in 2013.
Vieira won the title in 2014 and 2015.
The RFD-TVs The American, which is scheduled for today, will feature PBR contestants in the bull riding segment of the show.
FEBRUARY 25, 2016 10:12 PM
Bull rider Mauney will pull double rodeo duty with Iron Cowboy, The American
J.B. Mauney is a two-time world champion
He has more than $6 million in career earnings
He enters the weekend No. 1 in world rankings
BY BRETT HOFFMAN
Special to the Star-Telegram
When J.B. Mauney won his second world title at the Professional Bull World Finals in October, the North Carolina cowboy took a hard blow.
After staying on a bull named Bruiser, which would earn him a score of 92.5, Mauney clinched the world title. However, he took a hard hit from the bovine and was sidelined for the final performance. He opted to not compete again until the PBR began its 2016 regular season in early January.
Mauney, a Mooresville, N.C., cowboy, has rebounded from the accident. When the PBR’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stops in Arlington this weekend, Mauney will enter the competition ranked No. 1 in the world title race.
Mauney will compete twice this weekend. First, he’s scheduled to ride in the Iron Cowboy, which begins at 5:50 p.m. on Saturday. Second, he is on the card at the RFD-TV’s The American which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Both events are at AT&T Stadium.
The American will offer a $2 million purse, a record payout for a single performance rodeo.
Mauney recalls his collision with Bruiser, when he sustained a sprained left sternoclavicular joint.
“When the whistle blew, I was kind of behind and that bull whipped me down in his head, and his horn hit me in the chest,” Mauney said. “It sprained a joint where your collarbone hooks in right there on the edge.”
Though he was sidelined for the past two rounds at the Las Vegas championships on Oct. 25, Mauney had fared well enough in the first four rounds to clinch the world title.
After suffering the injury, Mauney declined to undergo surgery, following medical advice that he would be well enough at the beginning of the 2016 season in January to contend for a third world title.
“I’m good, that healed up,” Mauney said of his October injury. “I won’t ever be 100 percent. But I feel as good as I can without having surgery.”
Mauney has not been as dominant this season as he was at the end of last year, but he has ridden well enough to gain a No. 1 ranking in the world standings.
After finishing fifth in last weekend’s tour stop in Kansas City, Mo., Mauney took the lead in the world title race with 1,650 points. Paulo Lima, a Brazilian cowboy who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 2 with 1,423.
Jao Ricardo Vieira is ranked No. 3 with 1,345. Vieira is the defending Iron Cowboy champion.
Mauney, 29, is attempting to win a record-tying third PBR world title. Brazilians Adriano Moraes and Silvano Alves each have three world titles.
Moraes won his first PBR world title in 1994, the PBR’s inaugural season. He also won gold buckles in 2001 and 2006.
Alves won his first two world championships in 2011 and 2012. But in 2013, Mauney spoiled Alves’ attempt to become the first competitor to win three consecutive world titles. But in 2014, Alves rebounded and won a third world title.
Last year, Mauney finished with 6,105 points, 2,082.5 more than runner-up Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who is also from Decatur. Pacheco finished with 4,022.5. Vieira finished third with 3,800.
“Silvano is the only cowboy to win it back-to-back and that’s what I want to go for this year,” Mauney said. “It’s my goal to try to win it this year and next year. I want to win it three times back-to-back. Nobody’s ever accomplished that. I always set new goals every year, so this is the goal that I’ve set.”
Mauney is on the verge of becoming the PBR’s first $7 million cowboy. He is the association’s highest money winner of all time with career earnings of $6,795,227. Alves, who lives in Decatur, is No. 2 with $5,600,118. Justin McBride, a retired cowboy from Whitesboro who was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in the Fort Worth Stockyards last month, is No. 3 with $5,150,052.
“I want to take some of the breaks that they give me and I’m going to try to keep my body in best condition that I can,” he said. “I want to try to stay healthy. I figure as long as I stay healthy, it will work out good.”
Riding show weekend
AT&T Stadium, Arlington
Professional Bull Riders Iron Cowboy is scheduled for 5:50 p.m. Saturday.
RFD-TV’s The American begins at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Tickets for both The American and the Iron Cowboy start at $20. They are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at americanrodeo.com.