Decatur continues to stake its claim as the Cowboy Capital.
Five local rodeo professionals will take the stage at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas.
Trevor Brazile, 37, is ready to rope even more history at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Brazile has already tied the record number of world titles with 18 after locking down the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping world championship early this month in Guthrie, Okla.
“That’s exciting to me,” Brazile said. “Records are nice to have, but I don’t think about them. Winning is what’s important to me.”
The 18 total world titles tied him with Guy Allen. If Brazile wins an unprecedented 11th all-around title at WNFR, which he’s on track to do, he’ll be in a world all his own at 19 total world titles.
Brazile leads the all-around with a wide margin with $255,187 in earnings. The next closest is his neighbor Tuf Cooper who has $133,204.
Brazile will be competing in tie-down roping, where he’s ranked fourth in the world, and team-roping, where he’s the seventh-ranked header.
And even though Brazile always takes his family with him to Vegas, this time his wife won’t only be there supporting him, but also competing. Shada Brazile qualified for the WNFR this year. Shada ranks 13th in the world in barrel racing with $68,379 in earnings during the year.
WNFR only selects the top 15 in the world in each category to compete in the 10-day, 10-round battle in the arena.
Meanwhile, the 23-year-old roper Tuf Cooper of Decatur is on pace to win his third straight world title in tie-down. With earnings of $135,164 he’s well ahead of second-place Tyson Durfey, of Colbert, Wash., who has $97,985 to date.
Tuf’s older brother, Clif, also qualified. The 25-year-old from Decatur will make his fourth trip to the WNFR. He’s ranked 12th in the world with $66,195.
And once again the stocky steer wrestler K.C. Jones, 42, of Decatur is making the trip to Vegas. He’s ranked sixth in the world with $69,207. He’s almost $40,000 off the leader Casey Martin of Sulphur, La. But with nightly paydays that can run more than $10,000 each, he could quickly close the gap. It’s his seventh time to qualify for WNFR, where he’s made six appearances already between 2002 and 2012.