Despite winning 10 all-around cowboy world titles in an 11-year period amid the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas, Trevor Brazile still enjoys plying his trade close to home.
It paid off last weekend, when he won an all-around cowboy title at the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo at the Bridgeport Riding Club Arena.
Brazile competed in team roping, calf roping and steer roping during the three-day rodeo and amassed $4,145 in earnings for his efforts.
Brazile boasted his strongest performance in steer roping, where he won the average with a total of 32.3 seconds over three rounds. He earned money in all three rounds by placing in the top five every time. He won the second round with 9.6, finished fifth in the first round at 12.1 and fourth in the third with 10.6.
The weekend earnings helped Brazile stay in first place in the rankings for this year’s all-around cowboy world title. His total year-to-date earnings of $46,352 in the three events give him a $7,000 lead over second-place cowboy Landon McClaughterty of Tilden, and more than $16,000 over third-ranked JoJo Lemond of Andrews.
After a solid performance in the slack round Thursday, Decatur bulldogger K.C. Jones managed to hold onto his second-place position until the rodeo’s end Saturday night. His time of 4.5 seconds earned him $844 in earnings. Jones sits at 25th in the world steer wrestling rankings.
Jones was also part of the fastest time recorded. He hazed for Kurt Goulding, of Duncan, Okla., who recorded a 4.0. Goulding rode Bumblebee, a horse Jones rode to win the Houston Rodeo earlier this year.
Both Jones and Brazile were joined by their better halves in the competition. Gayle Jones and Shada Brazile both competed in barrel racing but finished out of the top 10 and the money. First place went to Benette Little of Ardmore, Okla, with 15.61 seconds.
The event attracted 466 competitors and paid out approximately $70,000 in PRCA prize money.
“It was the highest-paying small rodeo of the week in PRCA,” said chairman Loydd Williams. “All these earnings go toward the world qualifiers for the NFR.”
It was the 7th annual Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo.
“I think the rodeo went great,” Williams said. “It’s one of the best ones we’ve ever had. The crowd was good both nights. It was an incredible atmosphere.
“To me, it was highlighted by the 87-point score that won bull riding and the 84 points to win bareback.”
World champion Justin McDaniel of Tahlequah, Okla., captured first in bareback with his ride on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Full of Medicine. Trevor Kastner of Ardmore, Okla., finished first in bull riding with his 87-point ride on Generalissimo.
Chase Williams won first in tie-down with 7.7 seconds; Tate Ownes won saddle bronc with 78 points; and Joel Bach and Allen Bach and Kaleb Driggers and Travis Graves all tied for first in team roping with 4.6 seconds each.
Revenue collected from the rodeo benefits the Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce, Bridgeport Lion’s Club, Bridgeport Riding Club and Mary’s Gift.