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Brazile wins titles at Windy Ryon

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018
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Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, lassoed the team roping and steer roping titles at the 45th Windy Ryon Memorial Roping last weekend in Fort Worth.

“It was a fun weekend, even better to be around a hometown crowd and the roping that I’ve been coming to as long as I can remember,” Brazile said. “This is a social event as much as it is a jackpot.”

Brazile, 41, and his heeling partner Joseph Harrison won the team roping Friday, earning $6,350 apiece.

Brazile also pocketed $7,203 in steer roping title to push his weekend earnings to $13,553.

Brazile entered Sunday’s steer roping final round leading in the average/aggregate race with a time of 42.1 seconds on three runs. As he backed into the box to rope his final steer, he needed to be 15.7 or faster to clinch the title.

Brazile turned in a 13.0 to secure the win with a four-run time of 55.1. Brain Garr finished second with a 57.9 after turning in a 13.7 in the final. Cody Lee was third after turning a 13.4 during the final.

Brazile said he was uncertain whether he would compete in the steer roping because his top horse, Barney, had been injured.

“I wasn’t even going to come if they didn’t clear that horse for competition because he’d had an elbow injury,” Brazile said. “Luckily, they cleared him yesterday and we got to come. He makes it a lot more fun.”

Brazile is the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s most successful cowboy of all time. He has earned a record 23 PRCA world titles (13 in all-around category, three in tie-down roping, six in steer roping and one in team roping).

Brazile earned his 23rd world title in 2015. He was not a PRCA world title contender in 2016 when he competed on the Elite Rodeo Athletes circuit. Last year, he finished second in the world all-around title race behind his brother-in-law Tuf Cooper.

As as of last week, Brazile was ranked third in the all-around standings with $51,947. Cooper was ranked No. 1 with $103,012.

MOORE ROPING TOUGH

The renowned Windy Ryon Memorial Roping in Fort Worth is one show that Timber Moore has always looked forward to.

Moore grew up in Ponder and now lives in Aubrey. Moore, 32, who has earned six trips to the WNFR clinched both the match roping and the 40-man invitational tie-down roping titles at the 2018 Ryon Roping Saturday.

“My dad and I would come here every year when I was a little kid to watch the matches and the roping,” Moore said. “It just means everything to come down here and have success. It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.”

Moore earned $5,000 for snaring the match roping title. He also pocketed $7,540 for lassoing the invitational roping title, which pushed his total earnings to $12,540.

A $50,000 BOUNTY

The winner of 15th annual J.W. Hart PBR Challenge Saturday at the Wise County Arena in Decatur will earn an extra $50,000 if he can make a qualified ride on the bull Seven Dust. Seven Dust has a 53-5 record at all levels of PBR competition. The bull is 8-1 against the cowboys this season. The Hart event will feature some of the world’s top bull riders, including three-time PBR world champion Silvano Alves of Decatur. Over the previous 14 years, the Hart PBR event has raised more than $1 million for charity.

GLORIA RIDING TOUGH

Brazilian cowboy Marcos Gloria clinched his second consecutive title on the PBR Canada Monster Energy Tour. Gloria won last weekend’s tour stop in Halifax, Nova Scotia after turning in a score of 86.5-point trip aboard a bovine named Ulterra’s Night Vision. Gloria also clinched the title at the May 19 tour stop in Quebec City, Quebec. After clinching the title, Gloria is ranked No. 1 on the PBR Canada standings and No. 30 in the PBR world standings.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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