By: Kristian Limas
August 08, 2017
PUEBLO, Colo. – The first half of the 2017 Built Ford Tough Series season was a five-month stretch filled with everything from surprise surges, comeback victories and continued excellence from the world’s best bull riders.
The 2017 World Championship race is far from clear, but the first half provided an insightful preview of what’s to come in the homestretch to the 2017 Built Ford Tough World Finals.
The first half featured dominance from the future stars of the sport, an amazing run from a veteran Brazilian, an unexpected rise and a ride the etched a legend’s name into the history books. Over the next few weeks, PBR.com will countdown the top rides from the first half and look forward to the second half where a World Champion will be crowned.
With 17 days remaining before the return of the BFTS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, PBR.com will countdown the Top 17 rides of the first half.
You can witness that next great moment by purchasing tickets for the 2017 World Finals, where the PBR’s best will return to T-Mobile Arena Nov. 1-5.
Kaique Pacheco: 90 points on Spotted Demon (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Last year, 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year Kaique Pacheco took over the world standings lead when he was the Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas to close out the first half. It was the start of a World Championship run that ultimately came up short on the last day of the World Finals.
This year, Pacheco once again asserted his dominance on the Las Vegas Strip and was the Last Cowboy Standing for the second year in a row after a 90-point ride on Spotted Demon.
“He is a really rank bull,” Pacheco said. “I have seen him buck a lot of times. I was thinking of nothing in the bucking chute. I just knew I had to ride him.”
The ride was the highest-score of the event and helped Pacheco pick up 825 world points and a career-high $150,100.
Unlike last season, Pacheco did not take over the No. 1 spot in the world standings, but he did take a huge chunk out of Eduardo Aparecido’s lead.
Pacheco entered the BFTS summer break 120 points behind Aparecido, and considering how last season ended, having a hill to climb may provide Pacheco the push he needs to finally win the coveted gold buckle in November.
“I am very happy for this win,” Pacheco said. “This is a very important event. This is one of the biggest events of the year. I am very proud of this accomplishment. I am also very happy God has been with me throughout my entire life. This event helps me get more points and more money.”
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