Trevor Brazile competes at 2012 Black Hills Stock Show Rodeo
RAPID CITY, SD – The Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo (BHSSR) went to a new format this year and you can count 16-time World Champion Trevor Brazile among its fans.
Brazile made the trek of more than 1,000 miles from Texas to Barnett Arena on Feb. 2 because the timed-event titles were decided on one head this year, placing a premium on putting up fast times.
Brazile’s 7.8-second run won the tie-down roping by two-tenths of a second over Riley Pruitt – the son of 1990 World Champion Troy Pruitt – and the $4,621 he collected for that stood up to make him the rodeo’s all-around champion, as well.
“It’s a really good rodeo right now,” Brazile told the Rapid City Journal. “It pays about $6,000 per event, and the chance to come up for one night and make that kind of money is too good to pass up. You get paid better here now than with a two-head rodeo. You get paid for making good runs now. It’s a fresh format, and I wish I had done a little better in the team roping, but it is what it is.”
Brazile and fellow World Champion team roper Patrick Smith had a 4.3-second run, which would have won the rodeo, but they broke the barrier, incurring a 10-second penalty. Garrett Tonozzi and Kinney Harrell won the event with a time of 4.4 seconds.
Brazile and Smith finished second in the team roping average in Fort Worth, allowing Brazile to push his lead in the all-around world standings to more than $10,000 over second place Landon McClaugherty ($21,287 to $10,819).
The other BHSSR champions were bareback rider Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 83 points; steer wrestler Seth Murphy, South Heart, ND, 3.5 seconds; saddle bronc rider Cole Elshere, Faith, SD, 86 points; bull riders Garrett Vig, Newell, SD and Allen Helmuth, Eugene, OR, 81 points each, and barrel racer Theresa Walter, Billings, MT, 12.69 seconds.