Of the record 21 world titles that Trevor Brazile has earned on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, five of his gold buckles are in steer roping.
Brazile, who lives in Decatur, is the defending world steer roping champion. During the past weekend, Brazile moved a step closer to lassoing another world championship by winning the Ron Ross Memorial Steer Roping competition on Sunday in Liberty Hill.
According to prorodeo.com, Brazile finished in the money in three rounds, including winning the third round with a time of 9.2 seconds. His five-run aggregate time of 58.8 seconds was eight-tenths of a second faster than second-place finisher Mike Chase.
All in all, Brazile earned $13,472 while Chase earned $8,721. Lawson Plemons finished third and earned $8,045, and Rocky Patterson was fourth and pocketed $8,084.
After clinching the title, Brazile moved from 10th to fourth in the PRCA’s weekly steer roping world standings. Brazile is ranked No. 4 in the 2015 world title race with $21,206 in regular season earnings. Neal Wood of Needville, who won the steer roping in title at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo on March 1, is ranked No. 1 with $34,785.
The Ron Ross Memorial was the first of a series of five events in the PRCA’s new Steer Roping Signature Series. The other four events will take place in Pawhuska, Okla.; Spokane, Wash.; Garden City, Kan.; and Deadwood, S.D.
On the Professional Bull Riders tour, 2004 PBR world champion Mike Lee of Decatur won last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Lee clinched the title after earning 530 points. J.W. Harris finished second with 395.
In the PBR’s world standings, Matt Triplett, who finished 11th at the Sioux Falls show, is ranked No. 1 with 2,210 points. Joao Ricardo Vieira, who finished third in Sioux Falls, is ranked No. 2 in the world race with 1,515. Defending world champion Silvano Alves, who came in fifth, is ranked No. 3 with 1,498.
This weekend, the association’s top-tier tour stops in Albuquerque. The Ty Murray Invitational is Friday through Sunday.
Houston rodeo update
Reese Riemer of Stinnett grabbed attention on March 1 by winning the tie-down roping title at RFD-TV’s The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
During the past weekend, Riemer, who qualified for the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, finished in the money at another big-time Texas rodeo. Riemer earned a berth in this week’s RodeoHouston semifinals after earning $5,800 during preliminary performances.
RodeoHouston, an invitational show that features the sport’s elite, features a tournament format called the BP Super Series. The final round is scheduled for Saturday. The champions in each event will pocket $50,000 in addition to their earnings from the qualifying rounds.
Stockyards rodeo update
At Stockyards Championship Rodeo at Cowtown Coliseum, Trudy Holloway of Mineral Wells won the barrel racing title during the Saturday night performance. According to the rodeo’s officials, Holloway has won four consecutive season barrel racing championships at the weekly rodeo.