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Holiday haul: Wright, Brazile lead big winners during Cowboy Christmas

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Cody Wright did just a little better this year.

Wright, of Milford, UT, repeated as saddle bronc riding champion at the Greeley (CO) Independence Stampede, and earned a ProRodeo-best $24,288 at three rodeos during the past week, known in rodeo as Cowboy Christmas.

Wright, who entered last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1, only to finish fourth in the final world standings, moved to within $10,000 of event leader Billy Etbauer following last week’s feeding frenzy, which was highlighted by his encore performance in Greeley.

By scoring 170 points on two head, Wright bagged $15,261, the most of any Greeley competitor. Add a share of second place at the St. Paul (OR) Rodeo worth $7,524 and a first-place check at the Black Hills Round-Up in Belle Fourche, SD, and Wright had himself quite a week.

Last year, Wright earned $23,822, winning more than $17,000 in Greeley.

Although Wright was the high-money winner over the period, he was far from the only contestant to earn big bucks. Wright topped the list of 12 cowboys who earned more than $15,000 since the start of Cowboy Christmas on June 25 at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede.

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Trevor Brazile, the reigning and five-time World Champion All-Around Cowboy, finished a close second, winning $23,813 in tie-down roping and team roping. Brazile, of Decatur, TX, won the tie-down roping title at the St. Paul (OR) Rodeo, bagging $9,467 after roping and tying two calves in 16.7 seconds. He also claimed checks at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, AZ; the Livingston (MT) Round-Up; and the Molalla (OR) Buckeroo.

Cody Wright did just a little better this year.

Wright, of Milford, UT, repeated as saddle bronc riding champion at the Greeley (CO) Independence Stampede, and earned a ProRodeo-best $24,288 at three rodeos during the past week, known in rodeo as Cowboy Christmas.

Wright, who entered last year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1, only to finish fourth in the final world standings, moved to within $10,000 of event leader Billy Etbauer following last week’s feeding frenzy, which was highlighted by his encore performance in Greeley.

By scoring 170 points on two head, Wright bagged $15,261, the most of any Greeley competitor. Add a share of second place at the St. Paul (OR) Rodeo worth $7,524 and a first-place check at the Black Hills Round-Up in Belle Fourche, SD, and Wright had himself quite a week.

Last year, Wright earned $23,822, winning more than $17,000 in Greeley.

Although Wright was the high-money winner over the period, he was far from the only contestant to earn big bucks. Wright topped the list of 12 cowboys who earned more than $15,000 since the start of Cowboy Christmas on June 25 at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede.

Trevor Brazile, the reigning and five-time World Champion All-Around Cowboy, finished a close second, winning $23,813 in tie-down roping and team roping. Brazile, of Decatur, TX, won the tie-down roping title at the St. Paul (OR) Rodeo, bagging $9,467 after roping and tying two calves in 16.7 seconds. He also claimed checks at the World’s Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, AZ; the Livingston (MT) Round-Up; and the Molalla (OR) Buckeroo.