Rodeo Insider: Trevor Brazile’s wife might join him in competition at National Finals Rodeo

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Trevor Brazile earned his first berth to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 1998, and since then, he has qualified every year for the Las Vegas championships in a roping event.

But this year, Brazile, the 10-time world all-around champion from Decatur, probably will be joined by his wife, Shada, at the NFR for the first time.

In order to qualify for the event Dec. 5-14, Shada Brazile must be ranked within the top 15 in the barrel racing world standings when the regular season concludes this weekend. After finishing sixth at the Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo and placing third at the Harrison (Ark.) PRCA Rodeo, she is ranked 13th in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world title race with $67,513.

Since the beginning of the year, Shada Brazile has thrived on riding an explosive gelding name Dial It Up. In February, the duo commanded respect when it won the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.

Shada Brazile said one reason her horse excels is because he has great speed.

“He still needs to learn to run tighter around each barrel, but he makes up for the lost time by running fast between the barrels,” she said. “I don’t feel like he’s hit his prime yet.”

A tough trio

Clint, Clif and Tuf Cooper are the sons of eight-time world rodeo champion Roy Cooper, and they live in Decatur. Tuf is the defending world champion, and Clint and Clif are former National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

At the Amarillo Tri-State Fair and Rodeo, Clint Cooper tied for second in tie-down roping with a time of 8.3 seconds. Tuf Cooper finished fourth with an 8.4, and Clif Cooper was eighth with an 8.8.

Clint Cooper turned in the 8.3 atop a 20-year-old gelding named Sweetness (registered name is Eightys Sport), which has won the coveted American Quarter Horse Association/Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Tie-Down Roping Horse of the Year title over the past three seasons.

Briefly

• PBR update: On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Mike Lee, the 2004 world champion from Decatur, won last weekend’s tour stop in Biloxi, Miss., earning $39,800. In the PBR Built Ford Tough Series world title race, Silvano Alves of Decatur is ranked No. 1 with 10,214.75 points, and J.B. Mauney is No. 2 with 7,860.

• The American update: Six-time PRCA world saddle bronc riding champion Dan Mortensen, 44, will come out of retirement to compete at the RFD-TV’s The American, a one-performance rodeo that will offer competitors $2 million. The rodeo is scheduled for March 2 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com, and prices start at $20.

• College rodeo update: Tarleton State’s men’s team finished first, and TSU’s women’s team came in second at the Eastern New Mexico Rodeo last weekend in Portales, N.M. It was the first of 10 regular-season shows scheduled within the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region for the 2013-2014 regular season.

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