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Brazile eyes all-around title as finals begin

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017
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Superstar roper Trevor Brazile will enter this month’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas with the lead in the world all-around title race after thriving during last month’s National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.

Though Brazile fell short in his attempt to clinch the 2017 world steer roping title, the 23-time world champion earned enough prize money to take the lead in the world all-around title race.

Brazile, 41, finished second in the steer roping standings to Scott Snedecor. But after pocketing $63,273 in the event’s finals, Brazile moved up to No. 1 all-around standings.

Brazile enters the finals with $243,760. Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who currently lives in Weatherford, is second with $230,022.

“I went to the steer roping finals trying to win as much money as possible with two goals in mind: trying to win a world (steer roping) championship and trying to get rid of that deficit in the (world) all-around race,” Brazile said. “At least one of those two things happened.”

The 2017 National Finals begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 16, at Las Vegas’ Thomas & Mack Center.

Both Brazile and Cooper have qualified for the Las Vegas championships in tie-down roping.

CHAMPION HORSE INJURED

One of pro rodeo’s top bulldogging horses will be missing in action at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Landrys Cadillac, the 2016 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/American Quarter Horse Association Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year owned by Sterling Wallace, was injured during a practice run with Clayton Hass on Nov. 16, according to prorodeo.com.

Hass, a three-time National Finals qualifier from Weatherford, was preparing Cadillac for the WNFR by running steers on him when Cadillac had a bad step at Hass’ practice pen. The fall pulled a piece of bone away from the tendon in Cadillac’s back left leg and chipped part of it off into the joint, Hass said.

Cadillac is scheduled to go into surgery on Dec. 4 to remove the bone chip. From there, he’ll begin the rehabilitation process and is anticipated to return to the arena for the summer run.

The 19-year-old horse has been the primary mount for Hass, Tyler Waguespack and Ty Erickson this season.

Hass narrowly missed qualifying for the 2017 National Finals, placing 17th, but he was helping the horse stay fresh for the Dec. 7-16 NFR.

Waguespack advanced to the 2017 NFR after finishing fourth in the 2017 regular season steer wrestling world standings, and had planned on riding Cadillac at the WNFR again.

Last year, Waguespack clinched the PRCA’s steer wrestling title after Cadillac helped him earn $213,218 at the 2016 National Finals.

With his first-choice mount out of commission, Waguespack is planning on riding the 2017 PRCA/AQHA Steer Wrestling Horse of the Year, Canted Plan (Scooter) at the WNFR.

Erickson, who will enter the NFR ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s 2017 steer wrestling world title race, also had planned to ride Cadillac, according to Waguespack.

CUTTING HORSE UPDATE

Austin Shepard and a 6-year-old mare named Deluxe Checks clinched the National Cutting Horse Association’s 2017 open division world title as the NCHA World Finals concluded Saturday at WR Watt Arena in Fort Worth.

Shepard and Deluxe Checks earned $23,777 throughout the finals and broke the NCHA’s open division annual earnings record with $146,977 throughout 2017, according to sallyharrison.com.

The previous annual earnings record was $142,346.

In the non-pro division, April Widman of Weatherford clinched the world title after earning $122,375 in 2017. Throughout the year, she rode an 8-year-old gelding named Woodys Baby.

Shepard also has qualified for the NCHA Futurity open semifinal aboard a 3-year-old stallion named Dual Reyish. The semifinal is Saturday at Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. During the Dec. 10 open final, the winner will receive $200,000.

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

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