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Brazile clinches sixth career all-around world title

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LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

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Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.

LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile’s legacy continues to grow. The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched his sixth career all-around world title in Round 6 of the 50th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in front of a crowd of 16,652 at the Thomas & Mack Center after his lead over second-place Steven Dent became insurmountable at the $5.625 million event. The feat ties Brazile with Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson as six-time world champion all-around cowboys and puts him within one of Ty Murray’s all-time record of seven.

If that wasn’t enough, Brazile also passed ProRodeo Hall of Famer Joe Beaver as the PRCA’s all-time career earnings leader. Brazile has $2,933,428 in career earnings, while Beaver is now second with $2,929,294. He is $66,572 away from becoming the PRCA’s first $3 million cowboy.

Brazile has earned $325,758 in team roping, tie-down roping and steer roping thus far in 2008, while Dent is second in the all-around standings with $182,112. The accomplishment pleased and humbled the talented roper.

“I really didn’t know,” said a surprised Brazile, who now has nine career world titles, upon learning about his all-around title. “I had cinched one before the NFR was over in the past, and it’s an awesome feeling. It’s awesome. You’ve got Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and Tom Ferguson, (in this group) and that says enough right there. It’s not the championships, it’s the guys who’ve been there who make them special. That’s an awesome, awesome deal.”

Brazile was virtually a mathematical lock to clinch the all-around crown heading into Round 6, but he did it in style by winning his first round in tie-down roping at this year’s Wrangler NFR. He posted a 7.7-second run to edge Tuf Cooper by three-tenths of a second and add another $16,767 to his bottom line. Brazile has now placed in three out of the last four rounds in tie-down roping and is as focused as ever on his season goals.

“It takes a load off, but there are two other world championships here to win,” said Brazile, who has earned $54,988 at this year’s Wrangler NFR in his two events. “They give a lot of money out here every night, and we’re here to have fun and aren’t going to stop now.”

Brazile ranks seventh among headers in the team roping, and he and partner Patrick Smith lead the average standings with a six-head time of 33.0 seconds. He stands third in the tie-down roping, $14,218 behind leader Josh Peek.

There are several second generation cowboys who are competing at this year’s Wrangler NFR, and now one of them has won a round title. Bareback rider Kaycee Feild, the son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Lewis Feild, spurred Classic Pro Rodeo’s Wise Guy for 90.5 points to win Round 6 and put another $16,767 in his pocket. Feild’s score was just one point off the Wrangler NFR record shared by Justin McDaniel, Will Lowe and Bobby Mote and was 2.5 points clear of McDaniel’s 88-point mark on Rafter G Rodeo’s Citation.

“It’s one of the better trips I’ve ever seen him have,” Feild, of Elk Ridge, Utah, said of the horse. “I had always wanted to get on him and had dreamed about it and drew him at the right place and made it pay. He came around to the right, but he usually just goes straight and angles. He was just real good and a lot of fun. I feel real good. That was a lot of fun.”

Feild failed to place in the first four rounds after drawing some horses that were not “rider-friendly,” but has now placed in the last two rounds. McDaniel continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average, holding a 517.0-point total on six head, and has earned $54,087 so far in Las Vegas.

After a no-time in Round 5, steer wrestler Beau Franzen won the sixth performance with a 3.8-second time to make his week $16,767 better. Franzen, of Sidney, Mont., edged Trevor Knowles by one-tenth of a second to claim the first-place check.

“I had a pretty good steer that they didn’t do well on the first time, but they said he was really good,” said Franzen, who has 2005 World Champion Steer Wrestler Lee Graves working as his hazer. “I didn’t make a great run, but it was good enough tonight. This year, I came in here trying to win the go-rounds. That wasn’t working, but I was in the average. Last night, I went out of the average, so I went back to trying to win the rounds. It ended up working out tonight.”

It’s been all or nothing for team ropers Matt Funk and Bucky Campbell at this year’s Wrangler NFR. The duo has a no-time, times of 21.5 and 24.5 and a 6.8-second mark that failed to earn them a check, but they also have two round victories after winning Round 6. Funk, of Hermiston, Ore., and Campbell, of Benton City, Wash., stopped the clock in 3.7 seconds to win the sixth performance by four-tenths of a second over Travis Tryan and Cory Petska.

“We made a good run, and it’s nice to get some more money won,” Funk said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever been three (seconds), so I’m just happy with that.”

Campbell was equally happy things worked out for the team again.

“Matt’s got to hurry up and then wait for me, because it’s hard for me to get out there and get around the steer where I need to be,” Campbell said. “Tonight, I felt like I had great position, the steer was right there for me and I had a fast shot.”

Five-time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Billy Etbauer had already taken over the top spot in the Crusher Rentals PRCA World Standings, and he put a bit more distance between himself and second-place Cody Wright by winning his second round of this year’s Wrangler NFR. Etbauer, of Edmond, Okla., won his 48th career round at the Wrangler NFR with an 88-point mark on Burns Rodeo’s Fu Man Chu.

Cody Taton was second with an 85-pointer on Calgary Stampede’s Cash Machine and continues to lead the Wrangler NFR average with 494.5 points on six head. Etbauer has earned $63,822 so far at this year’s Wrangler NFR, more than any of the 118 other contestants.

“”He started alright for a couple of jumps and then he hopped and skipped, and so you have to start back over again to hopefully get back in time with him, so everything ended up working out all right,” Etbauer said. “I got lucky and finally made it to the pickup man and got off on (brother) Danny. It was a little extra pleasure.”

Wrangler NFR rookie bull rider Shawn Proctor placed in his first round in Las Vegas on opening night, and he has now earned a round victory after handling Calgary Stampede’s Speed Dial for 89 points. Wrangler NFR average leader J.W. Harris was second with an 87-point mark on Korkow Rodeo’s Mortachi.

“I could never dream of anything better than this,” said Proctor, of Tooele, Utah. “I had to wait on him a few times — he wanted me on the inside a few times, then he’d hesitate and want me on the outside the next time. So, I had to ride him jump for jump. He was a great bull, and jumped out and turned back into my hand”

The Lindsay Sears and Brittany Pozzi-Pharr battle atop the barrel racing world standings continues, as Sears won Round 6 in 13.68 seconds and Pozzi-Pharr was second in 13.81 seconds. Sears and Pozzi-Pharr have now won the past four rounds, with Sears taking Rounds 3 and 6 and Pozzi-Pharr winning the fourth and fifth performances. Sears’ win gave her $241,358 on the season, while Pozzi-Pharr is second with $196,346.

“It was really great,” Sears said of her win. “Any time you are below the 14-second mark in this arena, it is a run you can be happy with. If you get in the mid-13s, it really gets great.”

INJURY REPORT: Steer wrestler Wade Sumpter is officially out for the remainder of the Wrangler NFR due to the torn pectoral muscle suffered in Round 2, while bareback rider Josi Young’s status is unknown as he decides whether his strained pelvis is good enough for Round 7 or not. Bull rider Colin McTaggart suffered a lacerated chin at the hands of his re-ride bull, Flying U Rodeo’s Charlie Bullware, but will compete in the next round.