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Trevor Brazil slips to second in tie-down roping in final round at NFR

Steven Peebles locked up his first bareback riding champion during Saturday’s final round at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Steven Peebles locked up his first bareback riding champion during Saturday’s final round at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. AP

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.

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