PBR steps in and produces PRCA’s Helldorado Days
Marty Yates, Sage Kimzey among competitors in Vegas
Decatur rider takes home PBR’s Last Cowboy Standing title
BY BRETT HOFFMAN
Special to the Star-Telegram
When most people think about rodeo in this southern Nevada city, it’s usually in regards to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo or the Professional Bull Riders World Finals.
But Las Vegas also hosts the Helldorado Days, a rodeo that’s been approved by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association since the late 1940s. In recent years, though, the spring rodeo has fallen on hard times.
With that in mind, the PBR stepped in this year and produced the PRCA show. The event was conducted last weekend in conjunction with a major PBR tour stop known as Last Cowboy Standing.
Cody Lambert, the PBR’s longtime livestock director who lives near Bowie, said he was elated that the PBR and PRCA decided to unite. It was the first time that the PRCA allowed the PBR to produce a PRCA-approved rodeo.
"WE’RE IN THIS TOGETHER. WE’RE WESTERN SPORTS, AND WE CAN HELP EACH OTHER." Cody Lambert on the PRCA and PBR working together
“We’re in this together,” said Lambert, a former qualifier to both the PRCA National Finals and PBR World Finals. “We’re western sports, and we can help each other.”
The PRCA show drew numerous world class riders such as two-time NFR qualifier Marty Yates of Stephenville, who won the tie-down roping title with a Helldorado record time of 7.4 seconds.
It also attracted two-time PRCA bull riding champion Sage Kimzey, who finished fourth with an attention-grabbing score of 80.
"I LOVE THE FACT THAT THE PRCA AND THE PBR CAN COME TOGETHER FOR A GREAT EVENT. IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE COMPETING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER". Two-time PRCA bull riding champion Sage Kimzey
“I love the fact that the PRCA and the PBR can come together for a great event,” Kimzey said. “It’s not like we’re competing against one another.”
The Helldorado PRCA performances were conducted in the afternoon (Friday through Sunday), while the PBR show was held at night (Friday and Saturday) at Las Vegas Village.
Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won the PBR Last Cowboy Standing title and took the lead in the world title race.
Organizers of the PBR show used a progressive round format to determine the champion. Pacheco clinched the title by finishing Round 4 as the only cowboy to make a qualified ride.
Pacheco and Eduardo Aparecido were the only bull riders to advance to the fourth round. Aparecido was bucked off by 2012 PBR World Champion bull Asteroid (owned by Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve) in 3.93 seconds. Pacheco clinched the title with an 88-point effort on Little Red Jacket (J.A.R.S. Bucking Bulls/Gene Owen).
Pacheco, who won the PBR’s Rookie of the Year award last year, earned $115,500.
Pacheco is No. 1 in the world standings with 2,362.83 points. Defending world champion J.B. Mauney, who tied for second at the Last Cowboy Standing, is second with 2,290.
The Las Vegas show was the 16th stop on the 2016 Built Ford Tough Series, which is the association’s top tour. The BFTS will enter its traditional summer break and will resume August 19-20 at the Nashville Invitational.
Pampa rodeo camp
The Texas Rodeo Bible Camp, which is for youth competitors ages 13-18, is scheduled for June 26-29 in Pampa. The cost is $150 (due by June 20). For information, visit texasrodeobiblecamp.com or call 806-383-2733 or 806-654-9199.
High school update
The North Texas High School Rodeo Association Finals are scheduled for Saturday (9 a.m.) and Sunday (1 p.m.) at Cowtown Coliseum. For information, call 817-232-2855 or 817-625-1025