Fabiano Vieira Wins Columbus Invitational


By Kacie Albert



Veteran Brazilian surges to No. 12 in world standings with first PBR elite series win of the season

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Backed by a flawless weekend performance inside the Schottenstein Center on the campus of The Ohio State University, Fabiano Vieira (Perola, Brazil) won his first 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast event of the season, capturing the title at the Columbus Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires.

After covering Ram It (K-C Bucking Bulls/TCB Ranch) for 86.25 points in the second round on Sunday, the veteran Brazilian surged to the event win when he became the first rider on the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) premier series to make the 8 on Big Black (K-C Bucking Bulls/Joe & Nina Webb). Riding the bovine athlete for 90.75 points, Vieira tied for the win in the Championship Round and won the Columbus Invitational after earning 565 points towards the world standings.

He leaves the Buckeye State with a paycheck for $37,500 and is now ranked No. 12, 1430.83 points behind No. 1 Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil). He began the event 25th in the PBR world standings.

With the victory, his first since last season’s Music City Knockout in August, Vieira became the thirteenth different rider to win on the PBR’s top tour this season.

For the win, Vieira also earned an invite to the Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank, July 19-21 and 23-24, set to take place at the $17.5 million state-of-the-art Days of ’47 Arena at the Utah State Fair Park, custom designed and built for rodeo.

Also going a perfect 3-for-3, Dakota Buttar (Kindersley, Saskatchewan, Canada) delivered one of the best performances of his career to finish second. The 2017 Glen Keeley Award winner began the second night of action riding Grey Goose (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 for 81.75 points.

In the Championship Round, the surging Canadian recorded the first 90-point ride of his career when he was marked 90 points on Inferno (k-C Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin Acres), propelling him to his best finish of the season.

Buttar’s runner-up effort earned him $15,750 and 295 world points. He rose from No. 15 to No. 13 in the world standings where he now trails Montanha Jr. by 1,448.33 points.

Third place went to Ramon de Lima (Sao Paulo, Brazil). The 27-year-old earned $9,600 and 220 world points, helping to tighten the gap with the world No. 1 position, a spot de Lima had held for seven weeks this season, to 85.83 points.

Also covering each of his draws in the elite tour’s first trip back to Columbus in six years, Lima rode Runnin Through the Jungle (JD Nix Rodeo Co.) for 82.75 points in Round 2. He then made the 8 on White Dynomite (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Beger/Clay Struve/Staci Wilks/N Bar Ranch) for 87.5 points in the final round.

Remaining atop the world standings, Montanha Jr. finished fourth to net $10,150 and 160 world points. Failing to record a qualified ride on Saturday’s opening night, the second-year Brazilian was perfect Sunday afternoon, logging an 85.75-point trip on Monster Jam (M Rafter E Bucking Bulls) in Round 2 before tying for the round win in the Championship Round with an 90.75-point effort on Acting Crazy (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Staci Wilks/N Bar Ranch).

As the fourth rider to be perfect in Columbus, Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) finished fifth. Earning a paycheck for $3,900 and 135 world points, Nance first covered Big Lew (JD Nix Rodeo Co.) for 84.25 points in Round 2, and then lasted the full 8 on Kick Out The Lights (C Check Bucking Bulls) for 82.25 points in the Championship Round.

Old Fort Days (K-C Bucking Bulls/Spark-lin Acres) was named the YETI “Built For The Wild” Bull of the event after earning a bull score of 45.25 points for his 1.54-second buckoff of Cody Campbell (Summerville, Oregon) in the Championship Round.

The 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast next travels to Las Vegas, Nevada, and Thomas & Mack Center for the PBR Last Cowboy Standing, presented by Ariat, and the WCRA Rodeo Showdown at Helldorado Days. The event will be on Friday, May 4 at 7:45 p.m. PT (PBR), Saturday, May 5 at 7:45 p.m. PT (PBR and Rodeo), and Sunday, May 6 at 1:45 p.m. PT (Rodeo). Last Cowboy standing is the third Major event of the season, and final 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast event prior to the annual summer break.

Elsewhere in the PBR, on the Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour (RVT), Ouncie Mitchell (Fresno, Texas) won the Wichita Classic at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

The 22-year-old led the draw in Round 1, covering White Liar (DAM Cattle Co.) for 86 points. In addition to earning $6,716.67 and 120 world points for his first RVT win, Mitchell has also earned an invite to next weekend’s Last Cowboy Standing and July’s Komatsu Equipment Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo presented by Zions Bank.

Real Time Pain Relief Velocity Tour Event Results

Wichita Classic – INTRUST Bank Arena – Wichita, Kansas

Name, Round 1-Round 2 -Aggr. Score-Total Points-Money Earned

1. Ouncie Mitchell, 86-0-86-120-$6,716.67

2. Eudimar Novais, 85-0-85-70-$5,016.67

3. Troy Wilkinson, 84.5-0-84.5-40-$3,316.67

4. Kurt Shephard, 83.5-0-83.5-20-$2,316.67

5. Daylon Swearingen, 82-0-82-15-$1,456.67

25th PBR: Unleash The Beast – Columbus Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires

Columbus, Ohio – The Schottenstein Center

Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Fabiano Vieira, 86-86.25-90.75-263.00-565 Points.

2. Dakota Buttar, 84.5-81.75-90-256.25-295 Points.

3. Ramon de Lima, 82.75-82.75-87.5-253.00-220 Points.

4. Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-85.75-90.75-176.50-160 Points.

5. Cody Nance, 81-84.25-82.25-247.50-135 Points.

6. Sean Willingham, 85-87.25-0-172.25-120 Points.

7. Cody Campbell, 83.75-87.5-0-171.25-115 Points.

8. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 86.75-82.5-0-169.25-110 Points.

9. Cooper Davis, 85.5-86-0-171.50-80 Points.

10. Stetson Lawrence, 86.5-0-0-86.50-70 Points.

11. Koal Livingston, 86.25-0-0-86.25-55 Points.

12. Matt Triplett, 0-86.25-0-86.25-50 Points.

13. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-85.25-0-85.25-10 Points.

14. Kaique Pacheco, 0-84.5-0-84.50-5 Points.

(tie). Guilherme Marchi, 0-84.75-0-84.75-5 Points.

16. Luciano De Castro, 0-84.25-0-84.25

(tie). Michael Lane, 84.25-0-0-84.25

18. Lucas Divino, 82.75-0-0-82.75

(tie). Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-82.75-0-82.75

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00

Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00

Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00

Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00

Tye Chandler, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0.00

Brock Radford, 0-0-0-0.00

Colten Jesse, 0-0-0-0.00

Justin Granger, 0-0-0-0.00

Alisson Souza, 0-0-0-0.00

Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0-0.00

Fernando Henrique Novais, 0-0-0-0.00

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00

2018 Professional Bull Riders World Standings

(Place, Rider, Events, Wins, Top 5’s, Points, Total Winnings)

1. Claudio Montanha Jr., 27, 2, 8, 2,560.83, $156,716.06

2. Ramon de Lima, 26, 3, 6, 2,475.00, $221,147.73

3. Cody Nance, 22, 3, 6, 2,100.83, $176,952.27

4. Luciano De Castro, 20, 2, 8, 1,965.00, $131,791.36

5. Kaique Pacheco, 25, 4, 8, 1,930.00, $139,154.39

6. Jose Vitor Leme, 21, 1, 7, 1,680.00, $106,487.44

7. Eduardo Aparecido, 24, 1, 5, 1,677.49, $101,445.00

8. Jess Lockwood, 18, 2, 4, 1,635.00, $182,075.58

9. Dener Barbosa, 18, 1, 7, 1,465.00, $69,845.00

10. Cody Teel, 18, 0, 6, 1,259.16, $113,084.29

11. Cooper Davis, 19, 1, 5, 1,205.00, $149,114.14

12. Fabiano Vieira, 19, 2, 2, 1,130.00, $81,113.39

13. Dakota Buttar, 20, 0, 3, 1,112.50, $68,402.03

14. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 24, 1, 5, 948.33, $56,840.46

15. Brennon Eldred, 20, 0, 5, 880.00, $97,868.54

16. Ryan Dirteater, 16, 1, 1, 872.50, $58,750.00

17. Stetson Lawrence, 22, 0, 3, 837.50, $48,296.78

18. Derek Kolbaba, 19, 0, 5, 810.00, $99,342.18

19. Valdiron de Oliveira, 26, 0, 4, 774.16, $38,581.67

20. Guilherme Marchi, 15, 1, 1, 770.83, $62,611.19

21. Alex Marcilio, 16, 0, 3, 715.00, $75,788.91

22. Gage Gay, 3, 1, 1, 700.00, $109,425.50

23. Tanner Byrne, 20, 1, 1, 672.50, $51,814.37

24. Sean Willingham, 16, 1, 5, 610.00, $37,124.53

25. Emilio Resende, 11, 0, 2, 600.00, $36,227.86

26. Nathan Burtenshaw, 18, 1, 3, 580.00, $39,686.33

27. Silvano Alves, 19, 0, 2, 563.32, $32,558.33

28. Marco Antonio Eguchi, 18, 0, 1, 560.00, $32,650.00

29. Joao Ricardo Vieira, 20, 0, 2, 537.50, $43,527.50

30. J.B. Mauney, 12, 1, 4, 401.66, $22,558.33

31. Fraser Babbington, 9, 2, 6, 385.00, $15,818.18

32. Tye Chandler, 24, 2, 5, 377.50, $30,868.81

33. Cody Campbell, 22, 1, 1, 373.33, $29,897.86

34. Chase Robbins, 17, 0, 4, 342.50, $38,640.94

35. Lucas Divino, 11, 2, 2, 337.50, $23,165.06

36. Brady Oleson, 17, 1, 5, 305.83, $28,452.29

37. Cody Heffernan, 12, 2, 4, 300.00, $13,920.21

38. Aaron Kleier, 12, 2, 9, 295.00, $21,285.76

39. Justin Paton, 10, 2, 9, 287.50, $11,142.83

40. Juan Carlos Contreras, 17, 1, 1, 285.00, $24,082.70

41. Brock Radford, 15, 2, 6, 272.50, $40,752.70

42. Michael Lane, 15, 1, 4, 255.00, $19,320.00

42. Colten Jesse, 18, 2, 3, 255.00, $16,981.32

44. Justin Granger, 22, 1, 5, 250.00, $22,552.58

45. Alisson Souza, 12, 1, 2, 242.50, $15,800.69

Luciano De Castro Wins Career-First 15/15 Bucking Battle in Columbus

Keyshawn Whitehorse wins Round 1, extending his lead atop the PBR Rookie of the Year standings

COLUMBUS, Ohio – On the campus of The Ohio State University, Brazilian Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Brazil) won the first 15/15 Bucking Battle of his career, as PBR’s (Professional Bull Riders) top tour returned to the Buckeye State for the first time in six years with the Columbus Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires.

The 22-year-old Brazilian made the 8 aboard Wicked Stick (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) for 89.5 points to earn 150 points towards the PBR world standings along with a paycheck for $21,000. He advanced one spot in the world standings, now ranked No. 4, 435.83 points behind No. 1 Claudio Montanha Jr. (Pacaembu, Brazil).

Keyshawn Whitehorse (The Woodlands, Texas) won Round 1 on a night that that featured 12 qualified rides.

Rising to No. 12 in the world rankings, Whitehorse rode Bugle Boy (Rickey West Bucking Bulls) for 86.75 points, becoming the first rider to cover the bull on the premier 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast.

For his second round win in as many weeks, Whitehorse earned $3,580 and 100 world points. Adding to his lead atop the Rookie of the Year Standings, Whitehorse is now 223.33 points ahead of No. 2 Alex Marcilio (Macaubal,Brazil).

The Firewalker, Stetson Lawrence (Williston, North Dakota) finished second, collecting $2,750 and 60 world points. Snapping a six-out buckoff streak, Lawrence scored 86.5 points after covering Element 79 (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Heald Pro Bulls). He vaulted three spots in the world standings, now No. 15.

In his first event since undergoing reconstructive shoulder surgery in November, Koal Livingston (Burleson, Texas) stunned the crowd at the Schottenstein Center with an 86.25-point trip on Lab Rat (Cornwell Bucking Bulls/Circle G/Coleman) to finish third and earn $2,000 along with 50 world points.

The fourth-best rider on the night, Fabiano Vieira’s (Pérola, Brazil) 86-point trip effort on Dusty’s Revenge (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/H&C Bucking Bulls) netted him a paycheck for $1,300 and 40 world points. With the ride Vieira became the second rider to cover the bull on the premier series.

Cooper Davis (Jasper, Texas) rounded out the Top 5 in Round 1 compliments of his 85.5-point effort on Economic Impact (Big Rafter Rodeo Co.), ending his eight-out buckoff streak. The 2016 PBR World Champion earned $850 and 30 world points.

Veteran rider Sean Willingham (Summerville, Georgia) continued his winning ways Friday evening, finishing sixth after making the 8 aboard Buck Naked (Broken Arrow Bucking Bulls) for 85 points.

Columbus Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires 15/15 Bucking Battle

Columbus, Ohio – Event Leaders (Round 1-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Luciano De Castro, 89.5-89.50-150 Points.

Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0.00

Ramon de Lima, 0-0.00

Cody Nance, 0-0.00

Kaique Pacheco, 0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0.00

Cooper Davis, 0-0.00

Keyshawn Whitehorse, 0-0.00

Brennon Eldred, 0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0.00

Stetson Lawrence, 0-0.00

Dakota Buttar, 0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0.00

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0.00

Guilherme Marchi, 0-0.00

Columbus Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires

Columbus, Ohio – Event Leaders (Round 1-Round 2-Round 3-Event Aggregate-Event Points)

1. Keyshawn Whitehorse, 86.75-0-0-86.75-100 Points.

2. Stetson Lawrence, 86.5-0-0-86.50-60 Points.

3. Koal Livingston, 86.25-0-0-86.25-50 Points.

4. Fabiano Vieira, 86-0-0-86.00-40 Points.

5. Cooper Davis, 85.5-0-0-85.50-30 Points.

6. Sean Willingham, 85-0-0-85.00-15 Points.

7. Dakota Buttar, 84.5-0-0-84.50-5 Points.

8. Michael Lane, 84.25-0-0-84.25

9. Cody Campbell, 83.75-0-0-83.75

10. Ramon de Lima, 82.75-0-0-82.75

(tie). Lucas Divino, 82.75-0-0-82.75

12. Cody Nance, 81-0-0-81.00

Claudio Montanha Jr., 0-0-0-0.00

Kaique Pacheco, 0-0-0-0.00

Luciano De Castro, 0-0-0-0.00

Eduardo Aparecido, 0-0-0-0.00

Brennon Eldred, 0-0-0-0.00

Ryan Dirteater, 0-0-0-0.00

Derek Kolbaba, 0-0-0-0.00

Valdiron de Oliveira, 0-0-0-0.00

Guilherme Marchi, 0-0-0-0.00

Alex Marcilio, 0-0-0-0.00

Silvano Alves, 0-0-0-0.00

Marco Antonio Eguchi, 0-0-0-0.00

Joao Ricardo Vieira, 0-0-0-0.00

Tye Chandler, 0-0-0-0.00

Cody Heffernan, 0-0-0-0.00

Juan Carlos Contreras, 0-0-0-0.00

Brock Radford, 0-0-0-0.00

Colten Jesse, 0-0-0-0.00

Justin Granger, 0-0-0-0.00

Alisson Souza, 0-0-0-0.00

Lindomar Lino, 0-0-0-0.00

Fernando Henrique Novais, 0-0-0-0.00

Rubens Barbosa, 0-0-0-0.00

Matt Triplett, 0-0-0-0.00

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By Kacie Albert