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Rodeo Insider: North Texas will be represented well at National Finals Rodeo

Decatur’s Trevor Brazile enters this week’s National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world all-around race with $282,241.
Decatur’s Trevor Brazile enters this week’s National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world all-around race with $282,241. AP

When the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins this week in Las Vegas, three North Texans will be ranked No. 1 in world-title races.

They are all-around cowboy Trevor Brazile of Decatur, tie-down roper Tuf Cooper of Decatur and steer wrestler Clayton Hass of Terrell.

The 2105 NFR, which offers a record $10 million purse, is scheduled for Thursday-Dec. 12 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the UNLV campus.

Brazile is ranked No. 1 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world all-around race with $282,241. Cooper is ranked No. 2 with $140,686.

Brazile, who is attempting to earn a record 13th all-around title, has an advantage because he’s the only competitor who has qualified for the Las Vegas championships in more than one event, team roping and tie-down roping.

However, Cooper is on pace to lasso a fourth tie-down roping world championship. He is ranked No. 1 with $130,803. Timber Moore of Aubrey is second with $112,798.

Hass, attempting to earn a first gold buckle, leads the bulldogging race after earning $95,180 during the regular season. Hunter Cure of Holliday, the 2013 world champion, is second with $92,392.

Seven-time world team roping champion Jake Barnes has drawn out of the NFR. According to prorodeo.com. Barnes suffered a traumatic brain injury and a broken ankle when his horse fell while practicing Friday at his Scottsdale, Ariz.- area arena with his partner, heeler Junior Nogueira. Barnes remains hospitalized.

At the NFR, Barnes will be replaced as Nogueira’s partner by 16th-place header JoJo LeMond of Andrews.

LeMond, who also competed in the Nov. 6-7 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., is No. 3 in the world all-around race with $138,876.

For more information, visit prorodeo.com.

Stock Show update

Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo tickets went on sale Monday.

The 2016 edition is scheduled for Jan. 15-Feb. 6 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

“Although we’ve gone digital and now allow online ticket purchases, seeing people lined up to buy their rodeo tickets is the reminder that the Stock Show is right around the corner,” said Stock Show president Bradford S. Barnes. “This marks our 120th year and our history is proof positive that the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is Fort Worth’s legendary marquee event.”

Rodeo ticket purchases allow holders access to the Stock Show grounds, The Coors Light Roadhouse, all livestock and equestrian shows, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Cattle Raisers Museum. For more information visit www.fwssr.com or download the free mobile app.

The rodeo ticket office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Fans can purchase tickets online at www.fwssr.com or by calling 817-877-2420, or through Ticketmaster at www.ticketmaster.com.

Cutting horse update

The National Cutting Horse Association Open and Non-pro World Finals began last weekend at W.R. Watt Arena.

After two performances, Special Nu Baby and rider Matt Gaines lead the open division world title race with $126,655. Smart Stingrey and Mike Wood are second with $65,305.

In the non-pro division, Joe Howard Williamson is ranked No. 1 with $95,099. He is riding a horse named Sweet Little Cats at the World Finals.

Mary Jo Milner is No. 2 with $65,305. She is riding Smooth Asa Zee.

Two remaining World Finals performances are scheduled for Thursday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (4 p.m.)

The World Finals are being held in conjunction with the NCHA World Championship Futurity, which concludes Dec. 12 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.

The Futurity traditionally features the Careity Celebrity Cutting. The 2015 edition is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. It will follow the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Open Division Finals, which begins at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit nchacutting.com.