At one of the world’s most prestigious rodeos, Wise County cowboys brought home three of the seven titles.
Trevor Brazile, Jarrett Blessing and K.C. Jones all won titles at the 118th Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming.
“It was the perfect storm with three of the seven champions being from here,” Brazile said. “It’s amazing for such a small area. It was cool to watch. After Jarrett and I won, my wife, Shada, pointed out that we had a chance for the three titles. K.C. then came through and won steer wrestling.”
Brazile captured the tie-down roping title. The world’s most decorated cowboy put together an aggregate time of 37.1 to take first place and pocket $22,699.49 in winnings.
Brazile made runs of 12.6, 12.1 and 12.4.
“There’s so much tradition there. I remember watching my dad and all my heroes roping there,” Brazile said. “Anyone who grew up in rodeo, it’s one you want to win.”
It was Brazile’s first tie-down title in Cheyenne. The 11-time all-around world champion had previously claimed team roping, steer roping and all-round titles at the rodeo.
“It’s nice to have that come together when I needed an extra boost in tie-down,” he said.
The victory moved Brazile to fifth in the PRCA tie-down standings with $65,939.40 in winnings. Fellow Decatur cowboy Tuf Cooper leads the class with $106,396.07.
Brazile owns a commanding lead over Cooper in the all-around class with $178,941.96 in winnings in 2014.
“It’s been a good year. When you do three events, it’s tough juggling all of them,” Brazile said. “Now, I’ve got them all balanced.”
Blessing brought home Wise County’s first title of the weekend in Cheyenne. He tallied an aggregate of 58.9 to win the steer roping and rake in $14,933.
“It was my fourth time to make the short round but I’ve never came in that high with a chance to win it,” Blessing said. “I knew I had a decent shot if I drew a decent steer that let me rope him.
“It’s a rodeo you always dream of winning. I remember going there with my dad and roping under the bleachers. It’s like a dream to win. It’s a great opportunity.”
Blessing wrapped up the title with a run of 19.6 in the short-go. He opened the rodeo with a run of 16.3 and had a 23 in the second outing.
“I made a really good run in the first round and got by in the second,” Blessing said.
Jones closed the stellar weekend for the county, winning the steer wrestling with an aggregate of 30.2 and earning $13,204.75. He made runs of 8.6, 8.7 and 12.9 to win.