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Brazile clinches tie-down title

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s regular season concluded Saturday.

At that point, the top 15 in each event advanced to the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas or the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.

As the 2017 season closed last weekend, some of the world’s top competitors rode in a couple of invitational rodeos in Sioux Falls, S.D. The rodeos capped this year’s Wrangler Champions Challenge tour.

Each rodeo was a one performance show. Each of the two rodeos offered riders a $92,800 purse.

At the Sept. 29 Wrangler Champions Challenge show in Sioux Falls, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur clinched the tie-down roping title after turning in a time of 7.7 seconds. He earned $3,944.

Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, finished third with an 8.4. The three-time world champion pocketed $1,508.

In barrel racing, former National Finals qualifier Stevi Hillman of Weatherford clinched the barrel racing season title after turning in a 13.46.

Other season winners were bareback rider Orin Larsen (88 points on Sutton Rodeos’ South Point), steer wrestler Tyler Pearson (3.5 seconds), team ropers Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira (4.2 seconds), saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw (85 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Little Sicillia) and bull rider Trey Benton III (91 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Tequila Sunrise).

At the Sept. 30 Wrangler Champions Challenge show in Sioux Falls, former world champion Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi clinched the barrel racing title with a time of 13.23 seconds. Other winners were bareback rider Clayton Biglow Hitches (89 points on Dakota Rodeo’s 100 Proof), steer wrestler Olin Hannum , team ropers Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens (4.9 seconds), saddle bronc rider Brody Cress (88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender), tie-down roper Shane Hanchey (7.2 seconds), and bull rider Trey Benton III of Team Las Vegas Events (88 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock’s Somethings Gotta Give).

CUTTING HORSE UPDATE

Metallic Cat, a stallion who won the 2008 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity and became a very prominent breeder, has been sold. Alvin and Becky Fults, who are from the Amarillo area, sold the stallion to Bobby Patton of Fort Worth. Patton is a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the owner of the Rocking P Ranch in Aledo. Metallic Cat has sired numerous standout prizewinning cutting horses such as Metallic Rebel, which clinched the 5- and 6-year-old open division title at the Brazos Bash near Weatherford. Metallic Rebel and rider Beau Galyean finished No. 1 in the title race with a finals score of 228 on Sept. 25, at the Silverado on the Brazos equestrian facility in Southern Parker County.

PBR UPDATE

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Derek Kolbaba of Walla Walla, Wash., clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Colorado Springs, Colo.

When the title was at stake in the final round, Kolbaba turned in a career high score of 93 aboard the reigning World Champion Bull Bruiser (owned by D&H Cattle Co./Buck Cattle Co.).

It was Kolbaba’s second consecutive victory on the Ford Series, the PBR’s top tier tour. Kolbaba also clinched the title at the BFTS tour stop in Uniondale, N.Y., on Sept. 24.

After winning in Colorado Springs, Kolbaba is ranked third in the world title race with 3,652.5 points. Eduardo Aparecido, who finished third in Colorado Springs, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings with 4,105 points. Kaique Pacheco is ranked No. 2 with 3,740.

Aparecido, a Brazilian cowboy, lives in the Decatur area when he competes in North America.

This weekend the BFTS tour stops in Nampa, Idaho. The 2017 World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

On the North Texas High School Rodeo Association circuit, Scott Steiner of Decatur clinched the steer wrestling title at the Trinity Rodeo last weekend at the NTHSRA’s Arena in Fort Worth. Steiner finished No. 1 in the title race after turning in a 5.597.

Steiner has won the first four rodeos of the NTHSRA’s 2017-2018 season. He also clinched the title at the Boyd Rodeo on Sept. 10, the Boswell/Chisholm/Saginaw Rodeo on Sept. 17 and the Ponder Rodeo on Sept. 24.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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