Silvano Alves has 500 Career Rides. Here are the 10 Best

By: Darci Miller

PUEBLO, Colo. – This past weekend, Silvano Alves made history as just the fourth rider to record his 500th career qualified ride.

The 35-year-old has had one of the greatest careers in PBR history since making his United States debut in 2010. He won Rookie of the Year honors that year, followed by world titles in 2011 and 2012 – becoming the first man to win two world titles consecutively – and again in 2014, becoming just the second three-time World Champion. He’s earned the second-most money in PBR history with $6,669,326 and joins Guilherme Marchi (637), J.B. Mauney (538), and Mike Lee (525) in the 500 club.

Now riding for the PBR Camping World Team Series’ Nashville Stampede, Alves also has a PBR Teams Championship buckle. He’ll look to earn a second at the 2023 PBR Teams Championship on Oct. 20-22 in Las Vegas.

At Rattler Days in Fort Worth, Texas, Alves rode True Religion for 84.75 points for ride No. 500, going 3-for-3 that weekend to bump his ride total to 502.

Of that 502, the following 10 rides are the best.

T1. 92.5 points on Smackdown at 2013 Last Cowboy Standing in Las Vegas


Alves may not have won a world title in 2013, but that was only thanks to J.B. Mauney’s historic second-half comeback – Alves was No. 1 in the world for a good chunk of the season and finished the year ranked No. 2. At Last Cowboy Standing in May of that year, Alves recorded the highest-scoring ride of his career when he went 92.5 points on Smackdown, helping him earn one of three event wins.

T1. 92.5 points on Buck Wild at the 2013 Chicago Invitational in Chicago


The 2013 season started strong for Alves, at the time the two-time reigning World Champion. He placed fourth in New York City before heading to Chicago, where he placed second, falling 2.25 points short of the event win. His 92.5-point ride on Buck Wild tied for the highest-scoring ride of his career and also tied for the championship round win.

T3. 92.25 points on Rango at the 2014 Jack Daniels Invitational in Nashville


Alves had an incredible year in 2014 en route to his historic third World Championship, though his only event win that season was at the PBR World Finals. He did place second three times, including at the Jack Daniels Invitational in Nashville in September, where he rode Rango for 92.25 points to win the championship round.

T3. 92.25 points on Yellow Jacket Jr. at the 2011 PBR World Finals


Alves took his first step towards PBR immortality in 2011, winning his first World Championship with an incredible 69% riding percentage. His best ride of the season came at the PBR World Finals, where he finished third. Alves rode Yellow Jacket Jr. for 92.25 points, which was only good for third place in the championship round, but it was also good for the world title.

5. 91.5 points on Moonlight Party at the 2021 PBR World Finals

A decade after Alves’s first world title, people had begun to speculate when his career would be over. He may not’ve been the rider he once was, but at the 2021 World Finals, he proved he can still kick it with the kids. He went 5-for-6 to finish fourth in the event aggregate, riding Moonlight Party for 91.5 points to place fifth in one of the best rounds of bull riding in PBR history.

6. 91.25 points on Hawaiian Ivory at the 2011 Anaheim Invitational in Anaheim, California


Alves was golden in the Golden State in 2011, walking away from the third event of the season with the event win – it would be one of three for him that season. One of two riders to go a perfect 4-for-4, Alves won the championship round with a huge 91.25-point ride aboard Hawaiian Ivory.

T7. 90.5 points on Detroit Lean at the 2021 PBR Union Home Mortgage Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops, 15/15 Bucking Battle in Greensboro, North Carolina


Alves fell just .25 points short of the 15/15 Bucking Battle win in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 2021, when he rode Detroit Lean for 90.5 points. But it was a victory in itself: it was his first 90-point ride in close to three years.

T7. 90.5 points on Palm Springs at the 2013 Cooper Tires presents: Caterpillar Classic 15/15 Bucking Battle in Des Moines, Iowa


Alves just narrowly lost out on the 15/15 Bucking Battle win in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2013 when he rode Palm Springs for a huge 90.5 points. He placed second to Joao Ricardo Vieira, who just recently joined the 400-ride club himself.

T7. 90.5 points on Unabomber at the 2010 Mohegan Sun Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, in Uncasville, Connecticut


Alves wasted no time making a splash in his debut season in 2010, winning his very first premier series event and two more en route to the Rookie of the Year title. His third win of the season came in Uncasville, Connecticut, in September. His 90.5-point ride on Unabomber won him the championship round and was the first 90-point ride of his PBR career.

10. 90.25 points on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey at the 2012 Pueblo Invitational 15/15 Bucking Battle in Pueblo, Colorado


Alves won the world title in 2012 by simply riding more bulls than anybody else, as evidenced by his 60% riding percentage. He won two events that season and one 15/15 Bucking Battle in Pueblo, Colorado, thanks to his one 90-point ride of the season – 90.25 points on Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey.

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