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Brazile ropes second in Chicago

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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A group of credentialed cowboys and cowgirls rode and roped for big bucks last weekend at the Windy City Roundup in Rosemont, Ill.

The World Champions Rodeo Alliance, a new organization, conducted a $1 million rodeo Friday, Jan. 11.

Shane Hanchey, the 2013 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion, clinched tie-down roping title with a blistering time of 7.46 seconds in the final round to pocket $50,000.

Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, came in second with a 7.54 and collected $25,000.

The World Champions Rodeo Alliance and the Professional Bull Riders collaborated to produce the lucrative rodeo.

PBR UPDATE

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, 2017 PBR world champion Jess Lockwood has won the first two tour stops on the PBR’s Unleash The Beast, which the association’s top tier tour.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old cowboy earned $41,280 at the Chicago Invitational.

In the final round, Lockwood turned in a 90.5 effort against a bovine named Rising Sun.

Chase Outlaw finished second and earned $18,466. Cooper Davis, the PBR’s 2016 world champion, came in third and pocketed $14,333. Jose Vitor Leme, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, finished fourth.

After winning the Chicago Invitational, Lockwood is ranked No. 1 in the 2019 PBR world title race with 1,617.5 points. Outlaw is second with 630 and Leme third with 525.

This weekend, the UTB tour stops in Glendale, Ariz. The UTB tour also stops in Oklahoma City Feb. 1-2 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

The PBR also will conduct a major show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The show is an international team competition called the Global Cup.

STOCK SHOW RODEOS

It’s winter stock show rodeo time again.

Traditionally, the first attention grabbing stock show rodeo of the year is the Sandhills Stock Show Rodeo in Odessa. The 2019 edition was Jan. 4-5 and 9-12 and offered prize winning competitors $222,609.

In team roping at the Odessa Rodeo, Kory Koontz, a 22-time National Finals qualifier who lives near Stephenville, and his partner Dustin Egusquiza clinched the team roping title with a two-run time of 8.5. Each cowboy pocketed $5,046.

In steer roping, 23-time world champion Trevor Brazile of Decatur won the second round with a 9.2 and pocketed $1,692. Brazile announced his semi-retirement at the beginning of the Dec. 6-15 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

After competing in Odessa, the top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association will migrate to Denver. They will compete in the Jan. 17-27 National Western Stock Show Rodeo.

The sport’s elite also will be in Fort Worth in the near future to compete in the Stock Show Rodeo, which is scheduled for Jan. 25 through Feb. 9.

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