Trevor Brazile knew if he focused on the event at hand, and didn’t get ahead of himself or his heeler, everything else would come.“The better I do in team roping the better my chances to win the all-around,” Brazile said last week from his Decatur arena, just before he left for the PRCA Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. “I try to keep my focus on individual world championships, and it all takes care of itself. Obviously the all-around means the most, but the way to go about it is to focus on the team roping. That’s my game plan.”
That game plan paid big dividends Monday night as the 36-year-old cowboy wrapped up his 10th PRCA all-around world title after only the fifth round of the WNFR.
Steadiness and consistency clinched the gold buckle early for Brazile and his team roping partner, Patrick Smith of Lipan. They’ve placed in the top three in three of the first five rounds. A third-place finish Monday earned Brazile $10,895 and a lead of $138,180 over the second-ranked competitor, Bobby Mote, a four-time world champion bareback rider.
The margin guaranteed Brazile his 17th gold buckle. He’s now just one short of tying legendary steer roper Guy Allen’s record of 18 gold buckles – a feat he will accomplish if he and Smith hang on to win a world championship in team roping when the WNFR comes to a close Friday.
In winning the 10th all-around title, the only record Brazile broke was his own.
In 2010 when Brazile won his eighth all-around title, he broke rodeo legend Ty Murray’s record of seven. Brazile’s mark of seven straight all-around titles is also a record.
“To do it one time is hard,” Brazile said. “Anyone who’s been out here knows how much things have to go right. I’ve been so blessed, with the injuries I’ve had, to be able to still team rope, or I could always keep moving.”
Sealing the deal on the all-around buckle now truly lets Brazile focus on what he started out to do – finish the season with another world championship in team roping. He and Smith’s last gold buckle in team roping came in 2010.
“It’s just such a relief,” Brazile said. “As much as I try not to let it affect anything, it kind of just releases me to go try to do whatever it takes to win the team roping and just concentrate on that title. That is the immediate thing that I think about.
“As far as the long-term stuff, 10 world titles is more than I ever could have dreamed of. It’s awesome.”