Less than $3,500 in winnings separate Decatur cowboy Trevor Brazile from his second consecutive steer roping world championship.
Cody Lee of Gatesville holds the narrow lead over Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kansas, and Brazile. And it all comes down to this weekend at an Oklahoma arena
The 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping began Friday night and continues through Saturday night at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie.
Patterson and Brazile have combined to win five of the past six steer roping world championships. Brazile is the reigning champ and also won steer roping gold buckles in 2006 and 2007. Patterson won the world titles in 2009 and 2010.
Lee is in the lead with $62,745. Patterson sits in a slim second with $62,201, while Brazile claims third at the moment with $59,321.
With more than $5,000 in potential earnings for winners of each of the 10 go-rounds, and the average winner claiming another $15,000, the contest remains wide open for the front runners.
Brazile’s performance in the steer roping finals this weekend will probably propel him even closer to his 10th all-around world title this December at the National Final Rodeo in Las Vegas.
Brazile’s $215,785 demonstrates a commanding lead over second place Steven Dent. The Mullen, Nebraska, cowboy has earned $144,465 over the course of this year, with $140,781 of that from bareback riding. Brazile’s edge is his ability to compete at a high level in multiple events, including steer roping, team roping and tie-down roping.
Brazile and his partner Patrick Smith of Lipan will be ranked first in the world in tie-down when they take their first run in the NFR Dec. 6 at the Thomas and Mack Center.