Looking for Rides in All the Right Places

Can you believe we're already in month four of the 2014-15 Horizon Series Season?  Seems like just yesterday we were clamoring for that first slate of events, and now after a few straight months of amazing action, it's like the year is going by too fast.

The Trinity Valley Exposition Fair and Rodeo in Liberty, Texas is an annual bull riding powered by legendary Stock Contractor Robbie Herrington and former 2012 CBR Stock Contractor of the Year, Billy Jones. Nestled in the center of the fairgrounds the fans line up hours prior to the gates being opened for 50 outs from some of the best buckers on tour today and this year a Johnny Lee concert followed the bull riding action.  Corn dogs and a coke might be $9 but the tickets remain affordable for each and every bull riding fan in the county. 

It seems at times the bull riding industry has been taken hostage by international athletes. The well prepared, super trained and emotional dedicated group of bull riders from Brazil are becoming not only one of the most dominant rider groups in the history of the televised divisions of the sport, but everyday winners at the local level as well. Liberty, Texas was a perfect example. The only two riders to ride two were fellow countrymen, 34 year old Robson Aragao and 20 year old rookie, Kaique Pacheco.

Kaique Pacheco, the latest to arrive from Brazil, continues the trend winning his first event on United States soil. Riding two bulls for a 166 average score at the Wednesday night bull riding, Pacheco beat Aragao’s 157.5 and took his place on both rosters of the professional industry. Watch Pacheco's 89 point ride.

Here is what makes this new breakout rider so dynamic. He was born into a bull riding dynasty in Brazil. Not only did his father and grandfather ride bulls, but his mother’s father and grandfather as well. He is definitely “double-bred” to ride bulls.  As a fourth generation bull rider he found early success in Brazil winning four major event titles. “I come to the states for pro bull riding just eight months ago,” said Pacheo (translated Robson Arago). “I try to follow in the footsteps of the great Adriano Moraes and Ednei Caminhas who have helped him along the way,” added the small but strong recruit. The twenty year old CBR rookie has over $80,000 in career earnings both in Brazil and the United States.

During the Horizon series we have to relish each week's slate of matchups, and the “other side of the ride” put together by the bull man extraordinaire Billy Jones, was pretty darn good. There were ten clashes of top ranked riders from all associations, 10 NFR bound buckers including bull team winner Pete Carr of Carr Classic Pro Rodeo and 7 bulls that will be in Mercedes on Saturday night for the CBR’s $70,000 Road to Cheyenne event purse and a few that were staying in shape for Las Vegas later this month. 

Powered by an open bull team competition, only 7 riders covered one bull in the long go to advance with 5 being drawn back to get  a second chance for the $9,000 purse. Coming off a win in the CBR’s 8 Seconds to Glory event in Gonzales, Louisiana, Lane Toon continued his streak winning in round one for 86.5. In a round where the riders were struggling to make the whistle Cardozo made it look easy with 84.5. Houston’s Craig Jackson answered with an 82-point score followed by Aragao, Pacheco, Mora and Hupp getting by with 70 point plus rides.  

The short round was no different than the first with the bulls dominating their foes. Aragao striking first with a 77.5 score on Cory Melton’s All Shook Up. It sounds like a bad ride, but you had to be there to appreciate the effort on both the rider and the bull. Hanging on to make the whistle after the bull bucked inside the chutes trying to get out, seeming a little disoriented, the bull never stopped trying to buck in spite of stumbling to his knees scarily close to the side out gate. Aragao never lost balance and salvaged a ride that seemed doomed to end badly.

The Liberty open bull team competition featured a four-bull team resulting in a $30,000 payout for the top four teams. Pete Carr entered two teams and won first and second followed by J.C. Knapp, Mansfield, Texas.  “I brought them to help keep them in shape and legged up for the National Finals Rodeo”, said Carr. Well known to bull riders as a great draw, #838 Lineman bucked his way to the high marked bull award and bonus check of #2,500. The six year old son of Stinger and out of a J.Lo daughter has been a perennial favorite draw for three years on the PRCA circuit, recently helping World Champ Cody Teel and rookie Tim Bingham in August (90 and 91 points respectively) in Lovington, New Mexico and Austin Meir (87 points) in the championship round where he won the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. 


Liberty, Texas Horizon Results

October 15, 2014


Round One

1. Lane Toon         86.5

2. Alexandre Cardoza 84.5

3. Craig Jackson 82

4. Robson Aragao         79.5

5. Kaique Pacheco         77

6. Elijah Mora         72

7. Josh Hupp         70


Round Two (Short Round)

Kaique Pacheco 89

Robson Aragao 77.5


Average Winners

Kaique Pacheco 166 $1,935.00

Robson Aragao 157

Lane Toon         86.5

Alex. Cardoza         84.5

Craig Jackson         82

Elijah Mora         73


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