Trevor Brazile is the most versatile roper ever, and the Decatur cowboy utilized his skills to lasso some big prize money last weekend.
Brazile, the defending Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world all-around champion, won the 31st Annual Timed Event Championship of the World for a record seventh time. He clinched the title on Sunday at the Lazy E Arena near Guthrie, Okla.
Brazile earned a total of $116,000, including the coveted $100,000 check for winning the average title. Brazile clinched the average title after finishing with an aggregate time of 290.7 seconds on 25 runs. Paul David Tierney finished second overall with a 305.6.
The Timed Event Championship of the World features the sport’s elite in team roping heading, team roping heeling, tie-down roping, steer roping and steer wrestling. Brazile does not regularly compete in steer wrestling in his attempts to win PRCA all-around titles. However, he saddles up for the bulldogging event at the Timed Event Championship of the World because it’s part of the show.
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All in all, Brazile, 38, has earned a record 21 gold buckles on the PRCA circuit. He has 12 all-around titles, three tie-down roping world championships, five steer roping No. 1 finishes and one team roping heading gold buckle.
On the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, Fabiano Vieira, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, won last weekend’s tour stop in Fresno, Calif., after earning 515 points throughout the competition. During the two-day show, which concluded Sunday, Vieira turned in scores of 84, 83 and 88.25 on his way to winning the title.
Valdiron de Oliveira finished second at the Fresno Invitational after earning 290 points. He turned in scores of 82.25, 84.75 and 87.
After winning the title, Vieira ranks seventh in the PBR’s 2015 world title race with 1,000 points. Matt Triplett ranks No. 1 with 2,200. Defending world champion Silvano Alves ranks No. 2 with 1,410.
This weekend, the tour stops in Sioux Falls, S.D. The First Premier Bank Premier Bankcard Invitational is Friday and Saturday.
The association’s top-tier tour also stops in Albuquerque. The Ty Murray Invitational is March 20-22.
In the money
Donna Tippen of Boyd won the Fort Worth barrel racing title in 1993 and 1997. Today, her daughter, Natalie Bland, is a prize-winning Women’s Professional Rodeo Association competitor. During the past weekend, Bland, who also lives in Boyd, paced the barrel racing field at Friday and Saturday’s Glen Rose PRCA Rodeo with a time of 14.82 seconds.
In other action, Taylor Price of Huntsville won the bareback riding title after turning in a score of 84 on a bronc named Phantom, owned by the Andrews Rodeo Co.
At the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo last weekend at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum, seven-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Tyson Durfey of Weatherford won two tie-down roping titles with a time of 11.18 seconds on Friday and 8.90 on Saturday.