The Athens Review
LAS VEGAS —
The Professional Bull Riders’ top tier tour is taking a three month hiatus and Silvano Alves is on pace to win an unprecedented third consecutive world title.
Since its humble beginnings in the mid-1990s, the PBR’s marquee tour has taken a rest during the summer months, which allows competitors to work larger rodeos such as the Calgary Stampede in Alberta and the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming.
The May 10-11 tour stop in Las Vegas was the 17th of 25 regular season Ford Series tour stops scheduled in 2013. The next show is Aug. 16-17 in Tulsa, Okla. The 20th annual World Finals is scheduled for Oct. 23-27 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Alves, a Brazilian, is attempting to become the first cowboy to win three consecutive world titles. The PBR’s only other three-time champion is Brazilian Adriano Moraes who won gold buckles in 1994, 2001 and 2006.
In Las Vegas on May 10-11, Alves clinched the title and a $112,400 check. He finished No. 1 after turning in a score of 92.5 on a bull named Smackdown in Round 4 on May 11 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
After winning, Alves is ranked first in the Ford Series world standings with 6,641.66 points, 1319.91 ahead of No. 2 ranked Marco Eguchi who has 5,321.75. Shane Proctor is ranked No. 3 with 5,283.37.
Former NFR qualifier Mildred Farris dies
Mildred Farris, an Andrews native who qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 12 times and was the PRCA’s Secretary of the Year nine times, died from pancreatic cancer on May 13 at age 79 at her Addington, Okla., home.
As a barrel racer, Farris finished runner-up in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world title race three times. She was the WPRA’s Secretary of the Year two times.
Though the years, she and her husband, John, a chute boss, traveled the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit together and they were inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2006. She also became a member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2012.
Farris, the daughter of W.B. and Blanche Cotton, was born Aug. 8, 1933, in Andrews. She graduated from Andrews High School in 1951 and obtained a degree in Physical Education from Sul Ross State in 1955, where she also participated on the Sul Ross State Rodeo Team.
In 1955, she married John Farris, a fellow rodeo contestant, and the two eventually made their home on the Farris family’s ranch outside of Addington, Okla. Her funeral was May 15 at the First Baptist Church of Waurika, Okla.
Trevor Brazile won the steer roping title at the May 10-11 Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo in the North Texas town of Bridgeport and earned $4,146. Brazile won the second round with a time of 9.6 seconds, and finished with an average time of 32.3 seconds on three head, 4.2 seconds better than second-place Rocky Patterson.
After all that, Brazile, who lives in the North Texas community of Decatur, is on pace to win earn a record 11th world all-around title.
He is ranked No. 1 in the 2013 world all-around standings (released May 13) with $46,352. Landon McClaugherty of Tilden is ranked No. 2 with $39,271 and JoJo LeMond of Andrews is in third place with $29,058.
If Brazile wins only the all-around title this year, he will tie steer roper Guy Allen for the most PRCA world titles at 18. He also can break Allen’s record by winning multiple gold buckles in 2013.
Ryon roping set for May 24-26
The 40th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping is scheduled for May 24-26 in Fort Worth. For more information, visit windyryon.org.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter century. Email him at email@example.com.