Rodeo Insider: Trevor Brazile adds another gold buckle to his overloaded belt

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Trevor Brazile has won 17 gold buckles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

But one prestigious title that had eluded the Decatur cowboy was the Bob Feist Invitational, a cash cow for team ropers that’s annually conducted in conjunction with the PRCA’s renowned Reno Rodeo in Nevada.

At last week’s 36th Feist Roping, Brazile and his partner Patrick Smith of Lipan clinched the title with a record time of 40.54 seconds. They each earned $60,000.

“Everyone who team ropes wants to win this,” Brazile said. “I’ve had a lot of chances, and every year I’ve wanted to win it worse. Something just always happened. When you have the top 100 teams in the world all here in one day, it’s like football. It’s any given Sunday.”

Smith, however, had won a Feist title. The two-time world champion heeler won in 2005 with partner Clay Tryan.

“You’re so nervous for the first steer here,” Smith said “Then the grind sets in and it’s about staying mentally strong and sticking to your game plan.”

Prior to winning the Feist title, Brazile and Smith had been performing sluggishly on the PRCA circuit. And though the Feist show was an independent event and earnings did not count in the PRCA title races, winning was a confidence booster.

After finishing first, they lassoed the team roping title at last weekend’s West of the Pecos Rodeo in Pecos. They also won the first round at the Reno PRCA rodeo.

Brazile jumped from 39th to 17th in the PRCA team roping heading title race. Smith catapulted from 33rd to 13th in the weekly world heeling standings.

Brazile also snared the tie-down roping title in Pecos. All in all, he earned $11,272 at the Pecos Rodeo, one of the world’s oldest riding and roping sports contests that was founded 130 years ago.

After all that, Brazile is ranked first in the 2013 PRCA world all-around standings with $81,061. Landon McClaugherty of Tilden is second with $49,500. Brazile will attempt to increase his lead during this July 4 week, the time of the season that’s called Cowboy Christmas when there are more lucrative rodeos than competitors can take in. There are 32 PRCA shows scheduled throughout North America and $3.3 million will be paid out this week.

In the money

Four-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier Clint Cooper clinched the tie-down roping title on Saturday at the Reno Rodeo, the PRCA’s first major summer rodeo. The Decatur cowboy earned $11,440 and he’s ranked ninth in the world title race with $27,653.

A money bronc

The former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo bronc Dirty Jacket (owned by Dallas-based contractor Pete Carr) has been bucked five times this year and each time he has at least shared the round win, according to the PRCA. The top-place finishes were with riders Ryan Gray (Fort Worth), J.R. Vezain (San Antonio), Jared Keylon (Oklahoma City), Bill Tutor (Claremore, Okla.) and Taylor Price (Pecos). Price, a rookie from Huntsville, won the Pecos rodeo with a score of 88.

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