The stars of Texas rodeo were bright this week, deep in the heart of Las Vegas – but none was brighter than Decatur roper Trevor Brazile. On Tuesday night, during round six of the 55th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the 37-year-old Decatur rodeo legend seized an unprecedented 19th world championship.
And he did it just moments after handing out a different kind of award.
Brazile and his wife, Shada, presented one of the early awards at the American Country Music Awards show at the Mandalay Bay Events Center before heading to the Thomas & Mack Center, where both competed before more than 17,000 fans.
Trevor won in dramatic fashion when he and partner Patrick Smith took the sixth-round title in team roping in 4.8 seconds. The earnings propelled Brazile to his 11th all-around gold buckle.
It’s also his eighth consecutive all-around title.
With his 19th world championship, he surpassed one of his childhood heroes, steer roper Guy Allen. Brazile grew up studying Allen’s technique, which produced 18 world championships, all in steer roping.
“I’d never have dreamed of setting 19 world championships as a goal, because I’m into setting goals I can reach,” Brazile told PRCA after the win. “I watched Guy Allen dominate. I wondered how someone could do something as hard as winning a world championship 18 times. It’s a little different, because he did it in one event.”
The win extended Brazile’s record for round wins to 55. He also won $26,462 in the National Finals Steer Roping, which resulted in his 18th world championship.
“This is a little bit surreal,” Brazile continued. “It sounds like a number to most people. Just because you have 18 doesn’t mean they give you 19. World titles never get any easier to win, and that’s why they all hold special meaning for me.
“There are 15 guys in every event here every year, and none of them just lie down and let you have it,” he added. “This is what we dream about from when we were little. No one wants to let go of that part of it.”
Brazile’s world championship pace is unprecedented and appears unstoppable. He’s averaged winning two per year over the past eights years. Brazile won his first gold buckle, for the all-around, in 2002.
Team roping heeler Jade Corkill, the defending world champion, was second in the all-around standings. Brazile’s brother-in-law, two-time defending world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper, also of Decatur, finished third.
As of Friday, Tuf was second in tie-down world rankings. He had two more rounds to close the gap between himself and Hico cowboy Cody Ohl to claim a third consecutive tie-down roping gold buckle.
After Tuf began the finals in first place, Ohl has posted amazing runs including three first-place finishes and a second-place in rounds four through eight, respectively. Tuf tied Ohl with a 6.9-second run Thursday – a blazing time that would usually win the round.
Meanwhile another Decatur cowboy, Clif Cooper, was holding strong in eighth place in the world rankings. Clif has managed to place in the top six in four of the first eight rounds of the 10-day event.
Decatur steer wrestler K.C. Jones was sitting at 12th overall. He’s finished in the top five in two of the first eight rounds.
On Thursday night Shada Brazile posted her best time of the WNFR in barrel racing with a blazing 13.8 second ride, taking third in the round. She sits in third place in the average and 12th in the world rankings.
The rodeo runs through Saturday night.