PUEBLO, Colo. – Silvano Alves and his wife, Evelin, have attended the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo the past four years as fans.
The three-time PBR World Champion bull rider now wants to make a return to the NFR as a participant.
Alves has begun to pick up the pace with his rodeo schedule since first purchasing his PRCA card in January, and he is having a solid week rodeoing ahead of his participation at the PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour Canadian Iron Cowboy, presented locally by Couche-Tardin, in Quebec City on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old is currently leading the Santo Rosa Roundup in Vernon, Texas, with an 88-point ride on Muley Madness on Wednesday night, and he is sitting in second place behind 2004 World Champion Mike Lee at the Tops in Texas Rodeo in Jacksonville, Texas, following an 83-point ride on Thursday night.
“I am a little bit late, but I will try to do some little rodeos in the summer, and I will try to maybe make the NFR,” Alves said at the end of April. “If not this year, then maybe next year.”
Alves entered his first PRCA rodeo Cave Creek, Arizona, the day after the PBR’s AK-Chin Invitational, presented by Cooper Tires, in Glendale, Arizona, in mid-March and finished in third place with a 78-point ride.
He has since competed in a few handful of PRCA events.
“I am very happy for this new experience,” Alves said. “All the time I go to the NFR the last four years. Every year I have been excited to watch the NFR and wanted to ride one time and make NFR.
“For me it has been very good because it is a new experience. I have never been to rodeos here. It is different than the PBR. The PBR is only bull riding. Rodeos have broncs, horses and all the stuff is different. I like it right now. It is different for me.”
Alves added that he doesn’t envision himself leaving PBR competition and rodeoing full time either.
He is just happy to have a new goal to pursue during his free time with the 25th PBR: Unleash The Beast on its summer break.
“No, No, No,” Alves iterated. “I am just trying it. This is for new experiences. My dream was always to come here and to win the World Championship and the World Finals. That dream came true. I have watched the NFR. I will try one time. I think I can do it.”
Tuff Hedeman is the only bull rider with a PBR World Championship and PRCA championship on his resume.
Alves said that it would be special to maybe achieve that goal someday, but that realistically he isn’t thinking about a PRCA championship at this time.
“I am just trying to take it step by step,” Alves said. “It is tough. It is hard. If you can have some luck at some rodeos, get some good bulls and ride well you can do both of them.”
Brennon Eldred was the only bull rider last year to qualify for the PBR World Finals and the NFR, while 2016 World Champion Cooper Davis has plans to rodeo some this summer as well.
Alves didn’t watch much of the NFR on television when he was growing up in Pilar do Sul, Brazil. Instead, he does remember seeing some videos of the NFR.
Alves enjoys team roping in his spare time, and he is looking forward to watching the pros compete at rodoes.
“I like the guys roping. It is fun to watch,” he said. “I am excited to go over there and watch all of the performances over there. I am excited to try one time.”
Alves is competing Saturday night at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City for the PBR’s International Major.
This year is the No. 27 ranked bull rider’s first summer competing in North America.
“I will stay here this summer,” Alves said. “I will try to go to rodeos and PBRs. This is the first time. PBRs, Velocity. Some pay good. Some rodeos too.”
Alves added that the decision is also family-based.
“My kids want to stay for the summer,” Alves explained. “They have never stayed here with their friends. New experiences for me and the family going to some rodeos. Maybe we will go camping. It will be fun to stay here with my family.”
Alves has been able to rely on some of his friends, such as 2017 Tie-Down Roping World Champion Marcos Costa and four-time NFR qualifier Clif Cooper to help learn about the PRCA entering process.
The PRCA rulebook is in English, so Alves laughed about how he has had to sit at his kitchen table like his kids and study.
“Clif Cooper, he explained the rules and helps with the book for entering,” Alves said. “The PRCA send a book to my house ,and I sat and studied it like a kid. I am very happy to start riding over there.
Alves concluded the first half of the PBR premier series 20-for-44 (45.45 percent) with two Top-5 finishes and five Top-10s.
He is on pace for his most qualified rides in a season since notching 50 in his 2014 World Championship season, but he is still 2,296.68 points behind world leader Kaique Pacheco.
“I am very happy now after my injuries (broken hip in 2015),” Alves said. “I am riding with no pain or anything. It has been a little hard with the points, but I just need to stay and ride my bulls. I have to prepare and focus on that. I don’t need to worry about anything else. Right now, everything is great for my life.”
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