Trevor Brazile added yet another gold buckle to his vast collection last weekend in Mulvane, Kan.
The 38-year-old who lives in Decatur lassoed his 22nd Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association championship after clinching the steer roping title at the National Finals Steer Roping.
Brazile earned $62,390 at the Mulvane championships, shattering his previous NFSR record of $46,500 set in 2007. He also won the world title with an annual steer roping record of $121,112, breaking his old record of $112,692 set last year.
Vin Fisher of Andrews finished second in the world title race with $97,181. South Dakota cowboy Jess Tierney, the son of 1980 world all-around champion Paul Tierney, finished third with $96,195.
Steer roping titles are special to Brazile because his father, Jimmy, was a world class steer roper. The elder Brazile qualified for the NFSR in the late 1970s while living in Gruver.
On the PRCA circuit, Brazile has won six gold buckles in steer roping (2006-2007, 2011, 2013-2015). He also has won 12 world all-around titles (2002-2004, 2006-14), three tie-down roping championships (2007, 2009-10) and one team roping heeling title (2010).
Brazile could conceivably finish this year with 25 world titles. He is expected to clinch the all-around title at the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, where he will also have a chance of clinching titles in both tie-down roping and team roping heading.
Hall of Famer
Brazile learned last week that he’s among an eight-member class for the 2016 Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Brazile joins Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys lineman Larry Allen and former New York Yankees ace Andy Pettitte.
The banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Waco Convention Center. A reception at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame is scheduled for 4 p.m. Banquet-only tickets can be purchased for $75 each or a table of eight can be reserved for $600. Tickets can be ordered by calling the museum at 800-567-9561, or online at www.tshof.org/buy-tickets.
The sport’s elite
Brazile also is a founding member of a new organization called the Elite Rodeo Association.
Officials have announced that the ERA will conduct regular season tour stops next year and hold its inaugural 2016 World Championship on Nov. 9-13 at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
The association has recruited some of the sport’s biggest names, such as four-time world bareback riding champion Bobby Mote of Stephenville.
Charmayne James, an 11-time barrel racing champion, also has a key role, and her husband, Tony Garritano, is the President and CEO.
Tickets to the World Championship go on sale Friday. For more information, visit eraprorodeo.com.
Cutting horse update
The National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity is just around the corner. The show begins Nov. 17 and runs through Dec. 13 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum and Watt Arena.
In addition to featuring the sport’s most promising 3-year-olds, the Fort Worth show will feature a new competition called the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown along with the traditional NCHA World Finals. For more information, visit nchacutting.com.