Brazile, Cooper clean up during Cowboy Christmas

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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Last week was Cowboy Christmas for members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit with numerous higher paying rodeos either on or near July 4th.

In Ponoka, Alberta, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur clinched the tie-down roping title. In a four-man showdown July 2, Brazile turned in a time of 7.3 seconds, 1.1 faster than second place Zack Jongbloed. Brazile pocketed $13,540 (Canadian) at the Ponoka Stampede.

At Greeley Stampede in Greeley Colo., Brazile won the first round in tie-down roping with a 7.9 and earned $4,035.

Defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper of Decatur earned $3,582 at the Ponoka rodeo after tying for sixth in the second round with an 8.4 and finishing fifth in the aggregate race with a 28.1 on three runs. Cooper finished seventh at the Greeley rodeo and earned $3,772.

Cooper also finished in the money at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Ariz. Cooper tied for first in tie-down roping and earned $5,891.

If that wasn’t enough, Cooper tied for first in tie-down roping title Livingston Roundup in Montana with a 7.8. He pocketed $6,176.

After having a productive Cowboy Christmas, Cooper has a commanding lead in the 2018 world all-around title race.

Nine-time NFR qualifier K.C. Jones of Decatur won steer wrestling at the Greeley rodeo and earned $6,196. Jones turned in a 4.4 in the final round time to clinch the title with a three-run time of 14.6.


Former NFR qualifiers Dustin Egusquiza of Mariana, Fla., and Kory Koontz of Stephenville broke the team roping record at the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo in Utah, turning in a time of 3.5 seconds July 6.

The record was broken twice during the July 6 performance. Jeff Flenniken and Jake Minor were the first team to break the record with a 3.9.

Prior to July 6, the rodeo record in team roping was shared by three sets of team ropers at 4.1 seconds. Kaleb Driggers and Junior Nogueira and John Alley and Clark Adcock set the record in 2016. In 2017, Charly Crawford and Joseph Harrison tied the record.

Egusquiza and Koontz each earned $3,946 for clinching the title at the Oakley rodeo. The duo also pocketed $6,874 for clinching the title at the Livingston rodeo.

Koontz has earned 21 trips to the NFR. Egusquiza qualified for his first last year.


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, former PBR World Finals qualifier Stormy Wing of Dalhart finished second at the PBR Canada Touring Pro Division’s Sunbelt Rentals Ranchman’s PBR Bullbustin’ July 4 in Calgary, Alberta. He turned in a two-ride score of 172.5 – 84 in the first round and 88.5 in the final round. He earned $2,907 (Canadian). Dakota Buttar of Kindersley, Saskatchewan, clinched the title with a 174.5, scoring rides of 84.5 and 90 to pocket $4,972.

Jared Personage of Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, won the title race at the Sunbelt Rentals Ranchman’s PBR Bullbustin’ July 5 with a two-ride score of 164.5 and earned $4,284. Wing finished seventh with a one-ride score of 82.5 and pocketed $550.


On the National Cutting Horse Association’s weekend riders’ circuit, Tatum Rice of Weatherford and the stallion Hashtags clinched the open division title at Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting tour stop at the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta. Brent Erickson and Spookys Catchin Reys finished second with a 221.

In the non-pro division, Elizabeth Quirk of Denham Springs, La., clinched the title in Calgary aboard a mare named Kattalyst with a 227. Kylie Rice finished second with a 222 on Snap Crackle Cat.

On the NCHA’s aged event circuit, the NCHA Summer Spectacular is scheduled for July 15-Aug. 5 at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth. The 4-year-old Open Division Derby is the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series. The Derby final round is Aug. 5.

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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