It was like 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile put on a clinic during the past weekend at the Windy Ryon Memorial Roping.
The Decatur cowboy snared the team roping heading title on Friday. He also lassoed the steer roping title on Sunday as the 45th Ryon Roping concluded its three-day run.
“It was a fun weekend, even better to be around a hometown crowd and the roping that I’ve been coming to as long as I can remember,” Brazile said. “This is a social event as much as it is a jackpot.”
Brazile, 41, clinched the team roping heading title Friday with help from his heeling partner Joseph Harrison, who earned his first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas last year. Brazile and Harrison each earned $6,350.
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Brazile also pocketed $7,203 for winning the steer roping title, which pushed his earnings for the weekend to $13,553.
Brazile entered Sunday’s steer roping final round ranked No. 1 in the average/aggregate race with a time of 42.1 seconds on three runs. As he backed into the box to rope his final steer, he needed to be 15.7 or faster to clinch the title.
Brazile turned in a 13.0 and finished No. 1 in the race with a four-run time of 55.1. Brain Garr finished second with a 57.9 after turning in a 13.7 in the final. Cody Lee finished third with a 13.4 in the final.
Brazile said he was uncertain whether he would compete in the steer roping because his top horse, Barney, had been injured.
“I wasn’t even going to come if they didn’t clear that horse for competition because he’d had an elbow injury,” Brazile said. “Luckily, they cleared him yesterday and we got to come. He makes it a lot more fun.”
Brazile is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s most successful cowboy of all time. He has earned a record 23 PRCA world titles (13 in all-around category, three in tie-down roping, six in steer roping and one in team roping). With 23 gold buckles, Brazile has five more PRCA than steer roper Guy Allen, who has 18 and ranks second for the most world titles.
Brazile earned his 23rd world title in 2015. Brazile was not a PRCA world title contender in 2016 when he competed on the Elite Rodeo Athletes circuit. But in 2017, Brazile returned to PRCA and finished second in the world all-around title race behind his brother-in-law Tuf Cooper.
In the PRCA’s 2018 world standings, Brazile was ranked third in the all-around title race last week with $51,947 in regular season earnings. Cooper, who has homes in Decatur and Weatherford, was ranked No. 1 with $103,012.
A $50,000 bounty
On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, the winner of the 15th annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge on Saturday at the Wise County Arena in Decatur will earn an extra $50,000 if he can make a qualified ride on the bull Seven Dust.
According to pbr.com, Seven Dust (Gene Owen and Jack Clark) has a 53-5 record at all levels of PBR competition. The bull is 8-1 against the cowboys this season. Seven Dust has made three appearances at the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas.
The Hart event will feature some of the world’s top bull riders including three-time PBR world champion Silvano Alves of Decatur. Over the previous 14 years, the Hart PBR event has raised more than $1 million for charity.
Pacheco ranked No. 1
Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 in the PBR’s 2018 world title race. He has led the race since May 5 when he clinched the title at the Last Cowboy Standing, a major PBR tour stop in Las Vegas. Pacheco has the lead with 2,870 points.
Claudio Montanha Jr., another Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 2 with 2,631.
Pacheco, who pocketed $160,291 for winning the Las Vegas show, has earned $299,421 this season on the PBR circuit.