By Brenda Beveridge
Team Brazil was crowned the top bull riding nation in the world after amassing 939.25 points and $365,100 in earnings and winning the 2019 WinStar World Casino and Resort PBR Global Cup USA two-day event held at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The South American contingent was led by a perfect Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) who went 3-for-3. Jose Vitor Leme went 2 out of 4 rides including the first ever 90 points at a Global Cup.
Alternate Joao Ricardo Vieira (Itatinga, Brazil) was called into action after Kaique Pacheco (Itatiba, Brazil) was unable to compete due to a sore knee. Vieira made the 8 on Lefty (Bill Henson/Gene Owen) for 86.5 points.
The final rider was national standings qualifier Bruno Scaranello (General Salgado, Brazil) who also rode two 2-for-2.
Team USA-Eagles finished second, led by individual aggregate winner Cooper Davis (Jasper Texas). Other top performers for the nation were: Cody Teel (Kountze, Texas) who went 2-for-3, adding an 87-point trip aboard Gambini (Dakota Rodeo/Julie Rosen/Clay Struve/Chad Berger) in Round 2; and Brennon Eldred (Sulphur, Oklahoma) who delivered a flawless 2-for-2 performance, including an 81-point ride on Tri-County Ford’s Coyote (Wallgren & Hale Bull Co./Harrill/Angell/Burns/Wheeler). Alternate Sage Kimzey (Strong City, Oklahoma), called in to replace 2017 PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood (Volborg, Montana) who suffered a broken collar bone Saturday night, Cody Nance (Paris, Tennessee) and Chase Outlaw (Hamburg, Arkansas) all also added a score to the nation’s total on the final night.
The historic all Native American Team USA-Wolves finished third to earn $88,400 after going 8-for-18 and collecting 691.25 points.
Led by Lachlan Richardson (Gresford, New South Wales), Team Australia finished third.
Team Mexico recorded their best finish ever at a Global Cup, concluding the event fifth. Collectively, the team went 4-for-18, totaling 337.75 points, to collect a check for $50,300.
In sixth was Team Canada going 3-for-18, good for 258 points, to net $39,500.
The Global Cup would return to AT&T Stadium in 2020.