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Cowboys, cowgirls return to Texas

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, September 19, 2018
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The top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit have spent the last month competing in standout rodeos in the Northwestern United States and Western Canada.

The sport’s elite competed last weekend at the renowned Pendleton Round-Up in Oregon.

This weekend, the top competitors on the PRCA/WPRA circuit are coming into Texas to ride and rope in rodeos in Amarillo and Pasadena.

This weekend’s Tri-State Fair Rodeo in Amarillo will feature numerous high-profile competitors such as 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile and defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper. It is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday at the Amarillo National Center.

Brazile, of Decatur, is entered in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping. Brazile will saddle up for the Amarillo rodeo after having success at rodeos in Oregon and Utah last weekend. Brazile won the all-around title at Pendleton after earning $13,705 in team roping and steer roping. He also snared the all-around title at the Dixie Roundup in St. George, Utah, after pocketing $3,929 in tie-down roping and team roping.

Cooper, of Decatur, also finished in the money at Pendleton. He earned $3,374 for finishing second in the tie-down roping first round and an $862 check for finishing seventh in the steer roping second round. Cooper also pocketed $1,037 for finishing fourth in the second tie-down roping second round at the New Mexico State Fair Rodeo in Albuquerque, N.M.

Cooper leads the PRCA’s 2018 world all-around title race. Brazile is second.

Five-time NFR tie-down roping qualifier Clint Cooper of Decatur and three-time NFR qualifier Jarrett Blessing of Paradise also will be in Amarillo.

Blessing finished third in steer roping at the Pendleton, earning $5,129.

Three-time NFR qualifier Will Gasperson of Decatur will be in Amarillo. He finished fourth in steer roping at Pendleton rodeo and pocketed $4,064.

Amarillo and Pasedena are on the next-lo-last weekend of the regular season.

The PRCA/WPRA’s 2018 regular season will conclude on Sept. 30. At that point, the top 15 in each event will advance to the NFR Dec. 6-15 at Las Vegas’ Thomas and Mack Center.

The Pasadena rodeo is Sept. 21-22 and Sept. 24-27.

Next weekend is Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville.

PBR UPDATE

On the PBR circuit, veteran Ryan Dirteater of Hulbert, Okla., clinched the title at last weekend’s tour stop in Atlantic City, N.J. He earned $34,370.

When the title was at stake during the final round Sunday, Dirteater turned in a score of 90.75 on Cochise. Dirteater was the only rider who stayed on all three bulls throughout the two-day show.

Dirteater is ranked 13th in the world with 1,552.5 points.

Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 1 with 3,815.

This weekend, the PBR’s top tier tour, which is called the 25th PBR Unleash the Beast, stops in Fairfax, Va. The tour also stops in Austin on Sept. 28-29. The 25th PBR World Finals is scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

COLLEGE RODEO UPDATE

The National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region is a college rodeo super conference. The region’s first of 10 rodeos for the 2018-2019 regular season is scheduled for this weekend. The Eastern New Mexico Rodeo is Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 20-22, in Portales, N.M. The West Texas A&M Rodeo is Oct. 11-13 in Canyon. The Texas Tech Rodeo is Oct. 25-27 in Lubbock. Texas Tech’s new rodeo coach is three-time National Finals tie-down roping qualifier Jerrad Hofstetter.

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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