Eduardo Aparecido had a choice on Sunday afternoon.
Aparecido, a Brazilian bull rider, could’ve taken his successful ride in the championship round, knowing it wasn’t good enough to win the title at the Professional Bull Riders Kansas City Clash at Sprint Center because the bull underneath him stumbled, costing valuable points.
Or, Aparecido, the last rider to compete, could accept a re-ride afforded him by that same stumble.
Aparecido chose the latter, survived an 8-second ride aboard Texicali, and gained the points he needed to win his third career Built Ford Tough Series event.
Aparecido couldn’t celebrate until a video review confirmed that his hand stayed inside the rope for the entire 8 seconds.
“I was pretty sure I was good,” Aparecido said through his interpreter, fellow Brazilian bull rider Valdiron de Oliveira. “I think my hand was on the rope. I was a little bit nervous, but they had to check.”
Riders usually have several minutes to gather themselves between rounds. But because Aparecido was the last rider to compete, he had no choice but to grab his rope and get back into the chute.
“It’s hard to go back-to-back. The rope was a little bit dirty. I needed to clean it again,” Aparecido said. “It was a little bit more hard, riding the ranked bulls (back-to-back). I needed one more ride. I don’t want to win second. I want to win first. I wanted to ride my bull.”
Kaique Pacheco, the 2015 PBR Rookie of the Year, finished second. Australian Lachlan Richardson finished third after covering both of his bulls on Sunday.
Richardson rode Pound The Alarm for the top score in the championship round.
“I didn’t have a very good night on Saturday, but I still felt good how I was riding, and it’s a new day. You can’t dwell on it. You’ve got to keep coming back,” Richardson said.
Pacheco and Richardson moved into the ninth and 10th, spots, respectively in the world standings with their performances. Aparecido vaulted into seventh.
Two-time and defending PBR World Champion J.B. Mauney overtook the top spot in the world rankings with a win in Saturday night’s 15/15 Bucking Battle. He finished fifth in event standings, and now owns a 227.5-point lead over second ranked Paulo Lima.