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July 21, 2014

Rodeo insider: Brazile, Cooper keeping each other motivated

The two star cowboys help one another stay mentally prepared.

Trevor Brazile is attempting to earn a record 12th world all-around title on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit.

In this week’s world all-around standings, he’s ranked No. 1 with regular-season earnings of $149,420, $46,345 ahead of his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper.

Brazile and Cooper are traveling partners. They hit the road together in late June while competing at the Reno Rodeo in Nevada, the PRCA’s first major summer event.

Brazile said he and Cooper have a great working relationship. The two are neighbors in Decatur.

“We always practice together,” Brazile said. “But to rodeo together and to be pushing each other day in and day out really helps us both.”

Cooper is a two-time PRCA world tie-down roping champion. Currently, he’s ranked No. 1 in the world standings with $97,707, more than $25,000 ahead of defending world champion Shane Hanchey.

Brazile said he and Cooper prompt each other to stay mentally prepared.

“Winning is talent mixed with opportunity, mixed with confidence — there’s so many things that go into a perfect ingredient of winning,” Brazile said. “But the thing that’s easiest to lose and the hardest to get back is confidence. So, if each of us has bad runs, we try to forget because we know it all can change at any point.”

Last weekend, Brazile won the all-around title at the California Rodeo in Salinas. He pocketed $7,659 after competing in team roping and tie-down roping.

Brazile, a 19-time world champion, also is ranked No. 1 in steer roping, No. 2 in team roping heading and No. 9 in tie-down roping.

Hall of Famers

Actor Barry Corbin will be inducted into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame on Friday at the Worthington Renaissance Hotel in Fort Worth.

The other inductees are rodeo and ranching cowboy Vincent Jacobs, country/western dancing instructor Nathan Jean Whitaker Sanders (“Mama Sugar”) and actress Anne Lockhart.

The reception begins at 6 p.m. and the induction ceremony banquet is at 7. Tickets are $125 and $1,250 for a table of 10. For more information, call 817-922-9999 or visit cowboysofcolor.org.

Ohl bounces back

Cody Ohl, a six-time PRCA world champion from Hico, sustained a rib injury June 22 when he was hit by a heifer while tending to cattle. He spent four days in the hospital. At the time, it was unclear when Ohl would return to the PRCA circuit.

But last weekend, the 40-year-old Ohl clinched the tie-down roping title at the renowned Snake River Stampede Rodeo in Nampa, Idaho.

Ohl finished No. 1 after a blistering finals time of 7.8 seconds. He earned $7,950 and is ranked 30th in tie-down roping with $23,024.

Cutting horse update

The National Youth Cutting Horse Association Scholarship Cutting began Monday and runs through Thursday at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

The show, which features competitors 18-and-under, is being held in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular, a three-week show that runs through Aug. 2. For more information, call 817-244-6188 or visit nchacutting.com.

Youth rodeo update

At the National High School Rodeo Association Finals last weekend in Rock Springs, Wyo., Lindsey McLeod of Whitesboro clinched the barrel racing title. Brody Yeary of Brock finished ninth in bull riding.

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