By Susan Kanode
For the National Western Stock Show Rodeo
DENVER, Colo. (Jan. 14, 2015) — Cooper Davis had a lot to smile about at the National Western Stock Show on Wednesday night, $22,125 reasons actually.
Davis won the Professional Bull Riders’ Denver Chute-Out after riding three bulls for a total score of 253.5 points. The Jasper, Texas, cowboy was one of 90 riders to compete at the Touring Pro Division Finals in the Denver Coliseum. He had his first bull on Monday night, and was among nine riders who lasted eight-seconds. That advanced him to Wednesday night’s semi-finals where he rode a bull named Little Tex owned by Diamond S from Weatherford, Texas. He scored 85 points on that bull for a third place finish.
That ride also qualified him for the finals where he entered in fifth place. Davis scored 89 points on Monty Samford’s Dr. Lector and it was all over but the waiting. There were four riders left that included the reigning world champion, Brazilian Silvano Alves. Alves was the only one of the four to make it to the whistle, but his 86-point effort put him in second place, just 2.5 points behind Davis.
“It’s awesome to ride in front of a crowd like this,” Davis said. “This is a real confidence builder for my 2015 season. Riding against guys like Silvano and winning tells my I’m on the right track.”
Davis, was the 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Rookie of the Year and he qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that same year. This year his focus will be on the PBR where he can have more time at home as he is about to become a daddy.
Total payoff for this year’s Denver Chute-Out was $53,223. A near capacity crowd was on hand to watch all of the action. The bulls once again dominated the cowboys as there were 12 out of 45 possible rides.
Thursday night the National Western Stock Show will host the Cinch Super Shootout Rodeo which pits contestants from top rodeos against each other in a tournament style format.
The following are results from the Professional Bull Riders Denver Chute-Out Touring Pro Division Finals at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo.
First round: 1, (tie) Kaique Pacheco, Itatiba, Brazil, on Greg Talbert’s Compact and Timmy Vaughan, Tonganoxie, Kan., on Greg Talbert’s Pretty Boy, 88 points and $3,087 each. 3, Valdiron de Oliveira, Aparecida do Goia, Brazil, 87.5, $1,764. 4, Carlos Garcia, Hammondsport, NY, 87, $882.
Second round: 1, Brady Sims, Holt, Mo., 88 points on D & H Cattle Company’s Earl Sports, $3,528. 2, Tanner Byrne, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 86, $2,646. 3, Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas, 85, $1,764. 4, Silvano Alves, Pilar de Sul, Sao Palo, Brazil, 83.5, $882.
Third round: (three rides) 1, Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas, 89 points on Monty Samford’s Dr. Lector, $3,041. 2, Cody Nance, Paris, Tenn., 87, $2,281. 3, Silvano Alves, Pilar de Sul, Sao Palo, Brazil, 86, $1,521.
Overall winers: (on three) 1, Cooper Davis, Jasper, Texas, 253.5, $17,564. 2, Silvano Alves, Pilar de Sul, Sao Palo, Brazil, 251, $12,241. 3, Cody Nance, Paris, Tenn., 238.5, $6,919. (on two) 4, Reese Cates, Monticello, Ark., 168, $4,790. 5, Tanner Byrne, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, 166, $3,726. 6, Carlos Garcia, Hammondsport, NY, 164.5, $2,661. 7, Fabiano Vieira, Perola, Parana, Brazil, 159, $2,129. 8, Valdiron, de Oliveira, Aparecida de Goia, Brazil, 151.5, $1,597. (on one) 9, (tie) Brady Sims, Holt, Mo.; Timmy Vaughn, Tonganoxie, Kan.; and Kaique Pacheco, Itatiba, Brazil, 88 points and $532 each.