After the chips fell Saturday night, less than $500 separated Decatur cowboy Trevor Brazile from back-to-back world championships at the National Finals Steer Roping at Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.
It came down to the 10th and final run of the two-day event before Rocky Patterson, of Pratt, Kan., seized the championship. He won the final go-round with a time of 10.3 seconds. The win gave Patterson a slim $418 lead over the reigning champ.
“That’s just great competition,” said Brazile. “When everyone executes, it’s where the chips fall. I was as proud of my performance this week as I have ever been. I feel like I executed better this week, and I don’t feel like I left anything on the table.”
“At the end of the day, I have no regrets. My hat’s off to Rocky. That was a lot of pressure he had to overcome as well.”
Brazile had cool and steady runs both nights. He never missed a head and won the average with 131.7 seconds on 10 head. Despite many accolades, it was Brazile’s first time to win NFSR average. Winning the average allowed the 16-time world champion to pocket a bonus of $15,231, making it even more of a feat for Patterson to seal the championship.
Patterson had two no-times on Friday night, but rebounded Saturday placing in all five runs and winning two outright. The 46-year-old did just enough on that final run to place fifth in the average. That final run earned him $8,308 – and he needed every penny to pass Brazile.
Brazile finished second in the world standing with $91,513.36. Patterson pocketed $91,931.66 for the year.
Brazile and Patterson have now combined to win six of the last seven world titles in steer roping. Brazile won in 2006, 2007 and 2011. Patterson claimed it 2009, 2010 and this year.
Brazile’s performance in the steer roping finals this weekend propelled him even closer to his 10th all-around world title this December at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. His yearly earnings total of $247,977 puts him virtually out of reach. Steven Dent, of Mullen, Neb., has earned $144,465 over the year, with $140,781 of that from bareback riding.
Brazile and his tie-down partner Patrick Smith of Lipan will be ranked first in the world when they take their first run in the NFR Dec. 6 at the Thomas and Mack Center.