Trevor Brazile, a roping superstar from Decatur, mathematically clinched a record 13th world all-around title on Tuesday night at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
All in all, Brazile has earned 23 gold buckles, which is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s record for the most world titles.
Brazile clinched the 2015 world all-around title when he won the sixth round of tie-down roping with a time 6.6 seconds, which is one-10th of a second shy of the NFR arena record.
Brazile turned in the 6.6 at 39, a relatively elderly age for a rodeo cowboy.
“I feel like I want to get the gray dye out of my hair,” Brazile said jokingly. “I felt good. I was hitting on all cylinders.”
After winning the round, Brazile’s 2015 all-around earnings are at $382,203. JoJo LeMond, an Andrews cowboy who finished third in the sixth round in team roping, is ranked No. 2 in the all-around standings with $193,799.
Brazile has won world all-around titles in 2002-2004 and 2006-15. He also has lassoed six gold buckles in steer roping (2006-2007, 2011 and 2013-2015), three tie-down roping championships (2007, 2009-10) and one team roping heading title (2010).
“It was a fairytale to win one world title for me, so it just keeps getting better,” Brazile said.
Brazile also could finish the year with 25 world titles if he clinches the team roping heading and tie-down roping world titles at the National Finals, which concludes its 10-day run Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Brazile has a mathematical chance to win the team roping world title, but it is improbable after finishing in the money in only one of six rounds and finishing with a no time in Round 3. He a more realistic chance of winning another tie-down roping world championship. He has won two rounds, ranks fourth in the average race and ranks second in the world standings.
Brazile’s 23 world titles are five more than No. 2-ranked Guy Allen, who earned 18 steer roping world titles. The late Jim Shoulders, a 1950s champion, ranks No. 3 with 16.
Brazile became a member of the PRCA in 1996. Two years later, he earned his first National Finals berth in team roping heeling.
In 2002, he snared his first world title, PRCA’s world all-around crown. In 2010, he won a record eighth world all-around title, breaking Ty Murray’s record of seven that was set in 1998.
When Brazile won the world all-around title in 2013, it pushed his number of gold buckles to a record 19. He surpassed Allen’s count of 18.
In 2014, Brazile won the steer roping and all-around titles, which pushed his gold buckle count to a record 21.
In November, Brazile clinched the 2015 world steer roping title at the National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., which pushed his gold buckle count to 22.