Despite having difficulties during the closing performance of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Trevor Brazile of Decatur finished the year with a record 13th world all-around title.
Brazile clinched the world all-around title after finishing in the money in tie-down roping in Round 6 on Tuesday. After winning that round with a stunning time of 6.6 seconds, Brazile became a front-runner in the tie-down roping world title race.
Brazile entered Saturday’s NFR closing performance ranked No. 1 in the tie-down roping world standings. But he dropped to No. 2 after turning in a sluggish time of 13.9 in the NFR’s 10th round.
Caleb Smidt of Bellville, who turned in a solid time of 7.9 in Round 10, clinched his first world title. Smidt also won the average with a 10-run time of 80.7 as the NFR concluded its 10-day run Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
After the final calf was roped, Smidt finished with $242,354. Brazile earned $228,054.
Brazile also competed in the National Finals in team roping heading with partner Patrick Smith of Lipan. He finished the year ranked fourth in the heeling world standings with $191,959. Smith, a two-time world champion, finished fifth in the heeling world title race with $191,959.
After clinching the 2015 world all-around title at the NFR, Brazile has earned 13 world all-around titles, six more than Ty Murray of Stephenville. All in all, Brazile has a record 23 gold buckles, the record for the most Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships
Other world champions this year were Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., bareback riding; Hunter Cure, Holliday, steer wrestling; Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz., team roping heading; Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., team roping heeling; Jacobs Crawley, Boerne, saddle bronc riding, Callie DuPerier, Boerne, barrel racing; and Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., bull riding.
In bareback riding, Peebles won his first world title after tying for first in the 10th round with a score of 83.5 points. Peebles, who won the average by finishing with a 10-ride score of 832.5, dethroned Kaycee Feild, who has won the gold buckle the past four years.
Peebles earned $224,054 throughout the National Finals and finished as the rodeo’s highest money-winner. Peebles entered the National Finals in 14th place. But after earning the $224,054, he finished the year ranked No. 1 with $314,149. Feild was second with $303,616.
Ryan Motes of Weatherford finished second in the team roping heeling world title race with $226,540. VonAhn finished No. 1 with $231,600.