Coaches Crimber and Yates dominate the international scene, selecting four of Brazil’s top competitors
FORT WORTH, Texas (May 23, 2022) – As one of the founding partners of the premier team league in the extreme sport of bull riding, western sports and entertainment brand Teton Ridge has recruited five athletes world-class qualifiers, including four international phenoms, on Monday night for his 2022 PBR (Professional Bull Riders) team, the Ridge Riders.
Ridge Riders General Manager Casey Lane, along with Technical Coach Paulo Crimber (10-time World Final qualifier) and Team Manager Colby Yates (five-time World Final qualifier) took part in a first 5 round draft held at Texas Live! in Arlington, Texas, alongside the other seven teams in the first round of PBR teams.
“Preparing for the draft Paulo, Colby and I were looking at all the possibilities,” Lane said. “We are beyond proud of the team of five extremely talented sires we have drafted tonight to launch our franchise. Most importantly, we’re thrilled to have chosen athletes who are dedicated to their craft, have a can-do attitude, and exemplify what it means to be a Ridge Rider.
Prior to the draw, the league issued draft guidelines which specified that the draft would be held in a “snake” format in which the first team to be selected in Round 1 would receive the last pick in Round 2 (Pick 16), the first pick in round 3 (Pick 17), etc. The Ridge Riders started the night with the sixth pick in Round 1.
Each team was eligible to select up to five runners unless they traded a draft pick. All PBR runners in good league standing were draft eligible as long as they declared so by May 6.
A combination of grit, determination and resilience brought together in a steadfast group of athletes with a strong lineage in Western sports, the inaugural Ridge Riders team will feature four of the best Brazilian competitors in the world:
Luciano De Castro (Guzolandia, Sao Paulo, Brazil) – 1st round pick
Beginning his career in 2015 when he won Rookie of the Year and PBR Brazil Champions, Luciano De Castro has been blazing a trail of success ever since. Growing up watching his father raise bulls, De Castro developed a passion for the sport at an early age and started riding horses at age 16. Qualified for four World Finals since his debut for the United States in 2017, the 26-year-old Brazilian finished the 2022 season at No. 4 in the world rankings.
Mauricio Moreira (Gaviao Peixoto, Sao Paulo, Brazil) – 2nd round pick
Having started his professional career in 2019, Mauricio Moreira caused an early sensation by finishing in the Top 5 of the PBR Brazil final that year. Finishing the 2022 regular season in 8th place in the world rankings, the 22-year-old started his career at the age of 15 alongside his father who was also a professional bull. A milestone in the legacy athlete’s career was when he qualified alongside his father at the famous Barretos event in Brazil.
Eduardo Aparecido (Gouvelandia, Brazil) – 3rd Round Pick
Eduardo Aparecido, an 11-time World Finals qualifier, watched rodeos on TV as a kid dreaming of one day standing alongside his idols on earth. This dream has come true for the 31-year-old veteran driver who has earned him many accolades along the way, including being a four-time PBR Global Cup qualifier, two-time PBR Global Cup champion (2018-2019) and well others. . Most recently, Aparecido finished the 2022 regular season ranked 14th in the world rankings.
Chase Dougherty (Decatur, TX) – 4th round pick
With a family history steeped in Western sports, Chase Dougherty not only pursued bull riding in his youth, but also played football, wrestled and competed in the pole vault during his college years. Becoming the 2018 NFR Cumulative Champion, he immediately fought his way through. After receiving a scholarship from Montana State University for the rodeo team, Dougherty also became the No. 3 man in the 2021 PBR Rookie of the Year race. The 24-year-old new father finished the 2022 regular season at the 16th in the world ranking.
Marco Eguchi (Poa, Brazil) – 5th round pick
2018 World Finals winner Marco Eguchi is no stranger to what it takes to reach champion level. Considered one of the league’s veterans, Eguchi’s career is rooted in humble origins beginning in local arenas in his home country of Brazil. The 32-year-old, a 10-time World Finals qualifier, was also a 2018 PBR World Cup champion, 2018 Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award winner and more. Struggling with injuries at the start of the 2022 regular season, Eguhi still finished 34th in the world rankings.
The Ridge Riders represent one of many high western sporting properties that Teton Ridge has assembled as part of its sporting division portfolio.