Trevor Brazile tops list of world champions at National Finals Rodeo

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Trevor Brazile of Decatur finished the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo with a record 19 world titles and became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s first competitor to earn more than $5 million.

Brazile, 37, entered the NFR’s 10th performance Saturday night with the all-around title sewn up. He had mathematically clinched the award Tuesday and had broken the PRCA’s record for the most gold buckles.

During Saturday’s performance, as the NFR concluded its 10-day run at the Thomas and Mack Center, Brazile and Patrick Smith of Lipan tied for first in the final round of team roping and then Brazile came in third in the tie-down roping average. That pushed his NFR earnings this year to $170,823 and in turn pushed his career earnings to $5,029,313.

Justin McBride, a two-time world champion on the Professional Bull Riders circuit, ranks No. 1 in earnings for any rodeo or bull riding association with $5,124,418.

But on the PRCA’s list, Brazile, who turned pro in 1996, towers over roper Cody Ohl, a six-time world champion from Hico, who ranks No. 2 with more than $3.2 million. Roper Fred Whitfield, an eight-time world champion, is No. 3 with more than $3.1 million.

In the final all-around standings, Brazile edged No. 2 finisher Jade Corkill $426,010 to $181,554.

However, Corkill clinched the team roping heeling world title after partnering with Clay Tryan throughout the NFR. Tryan, who is from Billings, Mont., claimed the team roping heading gold buckle.

In steer wrestling, Hunter Cure, who is from the northwest Texas town of Holiday, clinched the steer wrestling gold buckle by earning $108,348 at the NFR. In the world standings, Cure finishes the year with $173,354, $14,779 ahead of No. 2-ranked Matt Reeves of Cross Plains with $158,575.

In bull riding, J.W. Harris of Mullin earned his fourth PRCA bull riding championship. He clinched the title Friday after tying for first in Round 9.

Other world champions Saturday were: Kaycee Feild, Payson, Utah, bareback riding; Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., saddle bronc riding; Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., barrel racing; and Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., tie-down roping.

In tie-down roping, Hanchey entered the 10th round with $159,430, $20,535 behind Ohl, who was ranked No. 1. However, Ohl had diminished his chances of claiming the title as the result of turning in a sluggish time of 29.5 seconds in Round 9 on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Hanchey won Round 9 and entered the Round 10 performance ranked No. 1 in the average race. That gave him a big advantage over Ohl, who was entered ninth in the average.

During Round 10, Hanchey failed to finish in the money Saturday with an 8.4, but he won the average with an NFR-record aggregate time of 80.1. After earning $47,456 for winning the average, Hanchey moved past Ohl in the world standings.

When the last calf was roped, Hanchey, who earned $134,765 at the NFR, finished No. 1 with $207,671. Ohl, who earned $108,623 at the NFR, finished No.2 with to $203,566. Brazile finished third with $187,916 after earning $90,450 at the NFR.

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