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By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018
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The world’s top rodeo competitors were in the Western United States this past weekend.

Many were in Kennewick, Wash., for Kennewick Round-Up, the highest paying rodeo last weekend on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit with a total purse of $297,878.

They also saddled up in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., for the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo and Kitsap Stampede in Bremerton, Wash.

Trevor Brazile, the 23-time world champion from Decatur, clinched the all-around title at the San Juan Capistrano rodeo and pocketed $8,310. Brazile and his partner, two-time world champion Patrick Smith of Lipan, finished fifth in the team roping title race after turning in a time of 5.5 seconds. Brazile also tied for seventh in the tie-down roping title race with a 9.2.

At the Kennewick rodeo, defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper finished third in the tie-down roping title race and finished in the rodeo with $5,634 in total earnings. Cooper tied for second in the first round with a 7.8 on his way to finishing third in the average with a three-run time of 26.7.

Cooper of Decatur continues to lead the world all-around standings with Brazile in second.

Dustin Egusquiza and Kory Koontz of Stephenville, clinched the team roping title in Kennewick and each earned $9,361. The duo won the first round with a 4.5, tied for second in the second round with a 4.7 and came in first in the short round with a 4.7. After placing in all three rounds, they clinched in average title with a three-run time of 14.0. Both Egusquiza and Koontz are ranked in the top five in the world standings.

Nine-time NFR qualifier K.C. Jones of Decatur finished sixth in the steer wrestling title race at the Bremerton rodeo with a 4.5. He earned $1,449.

CRAWLEY RIDING TOUGH

The world’s top saddle bronc riders competed in the Golden Spike PRCA Bronc Riding Classic in Tremonton, Utah, Aug. 22.

Four-time NFR qualifier Sterling Crawley of Ennis earned $3,983 after clinching the title with a score of 90 aboard a bronc named Majorhuckleberry.

Allen Boore finished second with a 89.5 and pocketed $3,054. Wade Sundell, a seven-time NFR qualifier, finished third with an 88.5 and earned $2,257.

FISHER ROPING TOUGH

Several world-class steer ropers made the trip to Deadwood, SD., Aug. 20-21 for the Days of 76 Stand Alone Steer Roping. Vin Fisher of Andrews, a 14-time National Finals Steer Roping qualifier, clinched the title and earned $7,303. The Texas Tech graduate won the first round with an 11.1, finished second in the second round with a 12.0 en route to winning the average with a four-run time of 49.5.

Will Gasperson of Decatur pocketed $1,908 after winning the second round with a 10.3.

NEW PRCA CIRCUIT

The PRCA traditionally has had a circuit system, 12 geographic regions within the United States that determines champions each year. Last week, the PRCA announced that it will be adding a 13th circuit in Canada, starting in the 2019 rodeo season.

The PRCA and Canadian Professional Rodeo Association have partnered to create the Maple Leaf Circuit, which will join the previously sanctioned 12 PRCA circuits. Effective Oct. 1, 2018, rodeo competitors who are members of both the PRCA and CPRA will be able to enter a select amount of CPRA rodeos throughout the 2019 rodeo season and earn Maple Leaf Circuit points. The champions of the Maple Leaf Circuit will qualify for the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, in Kissimmee, Fla.

PBR UPDATE

The Professional Bull Riders announced that the PBR Global Cup, the only nation vs. nation international bull riding competition, will make its third stop at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Feb. 9-10. The competition will be called the WinStar World Casino and Resort 2019 Global Cup USA.

The five-nation tournament debuted in Edmonton, Alberta, in November 2017, then in Sydney, Australia, in June.

The 2019 Global Cup will feature competitors from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the United States. The purse is $750,000.

For the U.S. stop, the host country will add a team comprised exclusively of Native American riders, called the Wolves, competing alongside the other American team, the Eagles. Two-time PBR world champion Justin McBride, who guided Team USA to its win in Edmonton and fourth-place finish in Australia, will return to lead the Eagles. The 2007 PBR World Finals winner Wiley Petersen will coach the Wolves. Both U.S. teams of seven riders and one alternate will be comprised exclusively of coaches’ picks.

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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