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There was a time not that many years ago when Adriano Moraes was the only Brazilian bull rider American audiences had ever seen compete.

“To me, it’s exciting to see it growing the way it has,” said Ty Murray of the impact of Brazilian athletes on the PBR. “My, how that has grown.”

Last weekend, Silvano Alves won his second Built Ford Tough Series event since coming to the United States in April.

Despite competing in just nine of 24 events, he’s already ranked 18th in the world standings, and his $139,940 in winnings is eighth in the qualifier standings for the fast-approaching PBR World Finals. Though he’s ridden in slightly less than 40 percent of the BFTS events, only eight riders have earned more money at the BFTS level.

“Everybody better get used to it,” said Murray in his weekly Podcast, which can be accessed here. “I think this kid is the real deal, and I think he’s going to be around for a while. I think he’s the next new Brazilian sensation.”

The 22-year-old has ridden 20 of 29 bulls, including eight in a row when he first arrived stateside. He’s currently in the midst of another streak that is up to five.

Alves has made a seamless transition from riding in his home country to being competitive here.

“When you see what a calm, cool character he is, to me, there’s a reason for that,” said Murray, who highlighted Alves’ confidence and ability as a rider.

There are six Brazilians in the Top 20 of the qualifier standings who have all but assured themselves a trip to Las Vegas in October. A seventh is in the Top 40. Brazil will also be represented at the PBR World Finals by their national champion.

“That’s just the ones that we’re seeing,” Murray said. “Imagine how many of them are just waiting in the wings or on their way here that we don’t even know about.”

Robson Aragao is less than $3,000 outside the Top 40, and three others are $15,000 to $17,000 away.

Seven more Brazilian riders, including 2002 World Champion Ednei Caminhas, are scattered throughout the rest of the Top 100.

“I just seems like it’s getting deeper and thicker every year,” said Murray. When asked what asked what countries like Australia, Canada and Mexico can learn from the success of PBR Brazil, he added, “What can everybody learn? It’s the opportunity that the Brazilians are capitalizing on.”

Because of the improved competition in the four years since PBR Brazil was formed, riders like Guilherme Marchi, Renato Nunes, Valdiron de Oliveira, Robson Palermo and Alves are better prepared.

These days they compete in front of large crowds, they’re used to being in front of television cameras, and the quality of bulls in Brazil is better than it’s ever been.

“They’ve earned their way up here and their riding merits it,” Murray said. “They’re so tough, they ride so good and Brazil has a tough contingency. It’s great to see. I want to see all the countries grow and I want to see all of them get better. Right now, it looks like arguably Brazil is leading the charge.”

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— by Keith Ryan Cartwright

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