A five-bagger: Brazile has $17K weekend
Don’t look now, but five-time and reigning World Champion All-Around Cowboy Trevor Brazile is really starting to open quite an advantage on top of the all-around standings. That’s what checks worth $17,728 in one weekend, on the heels of another week that brought in more than $17,000, will do.
His latest onslaught came at the Horse Heaven Round-Up in Kennewick, WA; the Kitsap County Fair & Rodeo in Bremerton, WA; the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo in San Juan Capistrano, CA.; and the Norco (CA) Mounted Posse Rodeo.
Brazile, of Decatur, TX, claimed his biggest paychecks in San Juan Capistrano, home of the PRCA’s highest-paying two-day rodeo. Brazile won the rodeo’s all-around title after earning $9,192, highlighted by a $5,235 payday for winning the team roping (with Patrick Smith of Midland, TX). He also finished second in tie-down roping.
It was a repeat performance for the team, which also won the San Juan Capistrano title in 2007.
Brazile also captured all-around crowns at both Washington rodeos, winning $3,758 in Kennewick and another $3,262 in Bremerton. Along the way, he and Smith took top honors in team roping in Kennewick. The tandem also finished second in Norco, winning $1,516 apiece. Brazile jumped from 13th to 3rd in the team roping (header) standings while Smith advanced from 12th to 4th among heelers.
Other highlights from the weekend included:
· Dean Gorsuch, the 2006 world champion steer wrestler, continued his recent hot streak since winning the Cheyenne (WY) Frontier Days by claiming titles in San Juan Capistrano and Kennewick last weekend. Gorsuch, of Gering, NE, earned $8,263 at the two rodeos.
· Cowboys named Cody had particularly good weekends, starting with saddle bronc rider Cody Taton of Newell, SD. Taton won the title in Kennewick after riding Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting for 86 points and later tied for the title in Bremerton, earning nearly $10,000 during the weekend. Saddle bronc rider Cody Wright took over the lead in the world standings from Billy Etbauer by securing the weekend’s biggest paycheck, bagging $7,560 after his 86-point ride aboard Flying U Rodeo’s Black Wasp to take the title in San Juan Capistrano. Wright also placed second in Kennewick, good for another $3,658. Cody Hancock, the 2000 world champion bull rider, displayed his top form by winning the Kennewick title with a 90-point ride on Big Bend Rodeo’s No. 427, good for $4,574.