Bull Rider Kaique Pacheco Wins Record $2.1 Million at 2022 American Rodeo, Presented by Teton Ridge
Richest One-Day Rodeo in Western Sports Awards Unprecedented $3 Million Across Eight Disciplines
ARLINGTON, Texas, March 09, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In 2014, when Kaique Pacheco arrived in the United States from Itatiba, Brazil, he never imagined that a bull run would result in a historic payout of $2.1 million.
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Bull Rider Kaique Pacheco Wins Record $2.1 Million at 2022 American Rodeo, Presented by Teton Ridge (Photo: Business Wire)
As the dust settled inside AT&T Stadium in The American Rodeopresented by Teton Ridge Sunday night, just eight seconds turned into the biggest single-day paycheck of the talented third-generation cowboy’s career.
“I grew up with sports,” Pacheco said after the event. “My father rode bulls; my uncles were bulls and bullfighters. I was also determined to be a bull. I love this sport.”
Shortly after arriving in the United States, Pacheco won the 2015 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Rookie of the Year award and has been excelling ever since. Quickly rising through the ranks of the PBR World Rankings, the young Brazilian went on to claim the prestigious PBR World Championship title in 2018.
“I can’t describe this moment,” the 27-year-old continued. “I always dreamed of winning the American Rodeo and I finally did it.”
Returning to the championship round after being pushed back earlier in the day, Pacheco knew he was embarking on a race that could change his life forever. Paired with an athletic bovine named “County Jail”, Pacheco remained calm, matching the animal hop-for-hop for an impressive 89 points.
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Acquired by Teton Ridge in 2021, The American Rodeo is a true open competition format bringing together top pro rodeo champions and hardworking cowboys and cowgirls every day in a win-win showdown, destined to crown the best. talents the world has to offer. . Athletes from eight disciplines participated in the treasured celebration of Western sports – bareback, saddle horse, barrel racing, breakaway roping, roping tether, team roping, steer and bull riding.
The top rodeo athletes from qualifying events across the country arrived in Texas beginning Feb. 20 to compete in preliminary events and semifinals in hopes of qualifying for Friday’s “Contender Round” and a chance to stop by AT&T Stadium on Sunday afternoon for the “Crown Jewel of Rodeo.”
As the field narrowed Friday night, Pacheco and his fellow contestants set their sights on eventually becoming a champion and earning the biggest one-day payday of their careers in Sunday’s competition at AT&T Stadium. In just nine years since its inception, the American Rodeo’s earnings rival those of the Kentucky Derby.
The 2022 competition boasted an unprecedented total purse of over $3 million, with each Discipline event winner raking in $100,000.
Each year, the prestigious event offers a bonus of $1 million to any Contender athlete who wins one of the disciplines. In 2021, no one claimed the bonus, so it was postponed to 2022, which sent the stock market skyrocketing.
Other Sunday champions included: Tilden Hooper (bareback); Caleb Smidt (tie-down); Dawson Hay (saddle rafter); Jesse Brown (steer wrestling); Andrew Ward and Buddy Hawkins II (roping team); Jackie Crawford (breakaway roping) and Shelley Morgan (barrel racing).
About Teton Ridge:
Teton Ridge is an all-American, multi-platform brand dedicated to the iconic American Western lifestyle and western sports. Teton Ridge’s Sports Division was created with the sole purpose of elevating classic Western sports and American Western culture to the world stage, while expanding audiences around the world as well as at home. In 2021, Teton Ridge acquired The American, the rodeo circuit’s signature event, to continue to expand the audience for rodeo sports and make it the premier Western cultural event in the world. For more information on Teton Ridge, please visit tetonridge.com or @tetonridge on Instagram @tetonridgeusa on Facebook. For more information on The American, visit americanrodeo.com or @TheAmerican.TR on Instagram @TheAmericanTR on Facebook and Twitter.
About the American:
The American, is an annual Western sports and entertainment experience held annually at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and is the richest one-day event in all of Western sports. During qualifying rounds across the country, the competitors will all battle it out for what could be the biggest one-day payday of their careers. Property of Teton Ridge, The American is a true open-format competition, the iconic event brings together top professional rodeo athletes and honest, hard-working cowboys and cowgirls in a win-win showdown, destined to crown the best talent the world has to offer. .
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