Brazille, Cooper push for titles

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Pro rodeo’s winningest cowboy of all time was in Amarillo last weekend.

Trevor Brazile, who has a record 23 world titles in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, clinched the all-around title at the Sept. 21-23 Tri-State Fair Rodeo at the Amarillo National Center.

Brazile, who was born in Amarillo (in 1976) and currently lives in Decatur, finished No. 1 in the Amarillo rodeo’s all-around race after earning $7,560 in team roping and steer roping.

Brazile also clinched the fair rodeo’s steer roping title after finishing with a three-run time of 34.0. He also came in third in team roping after he and Patrick Smith turned in a 4.5.

In bareback riding, three-time world champion Will Lowe of Canyon tied for first in the title race after turning in a score of 86 aboard a bronc named Biscuit, which is owned by the Rafter G Rodeo Co. Lowe shared the title with Steven Dent who busted a bronc named Proud Mary, which is owned by Smith, Harper & Morgan stock contacting firm.

The steer wrestling title race concluded with a tie between Jason Thomas, Blake Mindemann and Chason Floyd who each turned in times of 3.6 seconds, In team roping, Coleman Proctor and Billie Jack Saebens claimed the title with a 4.1.

Five-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Cort Scheer clinched the saddle bronc riding title with an 85 point effort aboard Andrews Rodeo’s Rock Bottle. In bull riding, Riker Carter and Garrett Tribble shared the title after each cowboy turned in an 86.5. Carter rode Smith, Harper & Morgan’s Arkansas Flash and Tribble conquered Andrews Rodeo’s Double Vision.

In tie-down roping, Sterling Smith, a two-time NFR qualifier, finished No. 1 with a 7.4. Christine Laughlin paced the barrel racing field with a 16.74.

According to, the 2017 Amarillo rodeo offered competitors $127,692 in prize money.


During the past weekend, world class competitors entered PRCA shows in Amarillo, Stephenville and Apache, Okla.

The three rodeos are conducted very near the end of the regular season on the PRCA circuit. This year, the PRCA’s regular season concludes on Sept. 30. After that, the top 15 in each event will advance to the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas or the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.

The Amarillo, Stephenville and Apache rodeos drew renowned competitors who are on or near the bubble as they attempt to finish within the top 15 in an event and earn a National Finals berth.

For example, three-time tie-down roping world champion Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, has been on a mission to earn his first National Finals Steer Roping berth. He entered the Stephenville rodeo ranked No. 16 in the steer roping world title race.

After clinching the steer roping title in Stephenville, Cooper earned $4,077.

Cooper also picked up a $798 check after finishing second in the steer roping second round at the Apache rodeo. After all that, Cooper may have earned enough over the past weekend to finish the year within the top 15 and earn a National Finals Steer Roping back number.

If Cooper can qualify for the Mulvane-based NFSR, it will increase his chances of earning his first world all-around title. Cooper is ranked No. 1 in tie-down roping and has secured a berth at the Las Vegas-based National Finals in that event. But if he also can earn a National Finals Steer Roping berth, he has the potential to be more competitive in the all-around race. That would give him an opportunity to win bigger prize money in two events instead of one.

Cooper’s rival, 13-time world all-around champion Trevor Brazile who is ranked second in the 2017 world all-around standings, has secured NFR berths in both tie-down roping and steer roping. Brazile entered rodeos last weekend ranked sixth in tie-down roping and fifth in steer roping.

So, if Cooper can advance to the nationals in both tie-down roping and steer roping, he has a much better chance of holding off Brazile who will attempt to overtake him in the all-around race.

Cooper also clinched the all-around and tie-down roping titles at the $137,371 Stephenville rodeo, according to He claimed the all-around title after earning $6,494 in tie-down roping and steer roping. He finished No. 1 in the tie-down roping title race with a 7.3.

Other Stephenville rodeo winners were bareback rider Jake Brown (88.5 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Shady Nights), steer wrestler Dirk Tavenner (3.4 seconds), team ropers Jake Orman and Will Woodfin (4.0 seconds), saddle bronc rider Heith DeMoss (88 points on Pickett Rodeo’s Watch The Night), barrel racer Kellie Collier (15.29 seconds) and bull rider Elliot Jacoby (89.5 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Bandi).


On the Professional Bull Riders’ circuit, Derek Kolbaba clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Uniondale, N.Y. He finished at the top of the leaderboard after turning in a final round score of 90 aboard a bovine named Buckeye Bill (K Bar C/Josie McElroy Bucking Bulls).

Kolbaba, who is from Walla Walla, Wash., earned $40,155.

After clinching the title, Kolbaba is ranked No. 5 in the world title race with 3,050 points. Eduardo Aparecido, who finished third in Uniondale, is ranked No. 1 in the world standings with 3,825 points, 130 ahead of No. 2 ranked Kaique Pacheco.

Aparecido is a Brazilian native who currently lives in the Decatur area. He is attempting to earn his first world title.

This weekend, the Ford Series, which is the PBR’s top tier tour, stops in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 2017 World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

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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