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Trevor Brazile completes his own ‘Grand Slam’ at Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo

GUYMON, OK – When Trevor Brazile was growing up in Gruver, TX, his dad often drove him the 33.3 miles up State Road 136 to the Henry C. Hitch Arena in Guymon for practice sessions. The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo still feels to him, “like a hometown rodeo.”

Certainly he couldn’t have looked more comfortable for this 79th edition of the rodeo May 6-8 than if he had been back home in his own practice pen in Decatur, TX.

Brazile won the team roping average with Patrick Smith (21.9 seconds on three head), the steer roping average (70.2 seconds on five head), one round of the tie-down roping and, yes, the all-around title with total earnings of $14,085.

These were the eighth, ninth and 10th titles that Brazile has won at Guymon since 2000. The team roping championship was his first in Hitch Arena, giving him a career Grand Slam – titles in all three roping events and the all-around.

“I also won $10,000 in a winner-take-all tie-down roping with Cody Ohl at the Gordie Moore Memorial Roping (in Denton, TX) and a bit more in the team roping,” Brazile said. “So, I made about $26,000 for the weekend, which isn’t too bad.”

Given that Brazile finished his work in time to watch the Dallas Mavericks complete their sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoffs, it’s hard to imagine how the weekend could have gone much better for him.

“We (Mavs fans) went in hoping they wouldn’t get swept,” Brazile said. “To win four straight against the Lakers, and beat them by more than 30 points in the fourth game … that’s just amazing.”

The Guymon money lifted Brazile’s season total to $98,455 and he is now within $6,773 of becoming the first rodeo cowboy to reach $4 million in career earnings.

It is a significant milestone and one that Brazile is proud to add to his list of accomplishments, but he tends to be pragmatic about its meaning.

“I was the first to reach $3 million,” Brazile said, after a pause to consider the question, “so I better be the first to make $4 million or else somebody is making a lot more money than I am.”

Brazile was certainly glad to have performed the way he did in Guymon after a relatively quiet month of April, when he made just about $9,000.

His only win was in the Clovis (CA) Rodeo team roping with Smith.

“(The start of the) Spring (season) can be kind of deceiving,” Brazile said. “In those four weeks there are five rodeos on the West Coast and you can’t get down on yourself if you’re not winning anything, and start kicking the dirt.

“You have to look at it like, ‘It’s five rodeos and we go to more than that in a week during Cowboy Christmas.’ You are going to have slow stretches over the course of a season. You never know when you are going to win. You don’t want to get down mentally. When you get opportunities, you have to be ready to take advantage of them.”

The only competitor at Guymon who might have more of an affinity for the Hitch Arena than Brazile is a 7-year-old bay gelding named Dirty Jacket of the Carr Pro Rodeo string.

When bareback rider Matt Bright stayed on Dirty Jacket for eight seconds May 8 it marked the fourth consecutive year that the horse had produced the winning ride in Guymon – all of them with scores of 87 points. In this line of “dirty” wins, Bright follows Will Lowe, Jared Smith and Jerad Schlegel.

“It’s the matchup that makes the difference,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “You’ve got a horse from the 10th round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the TV pen, and you’ve got one of the Top 15 cowboys in the world, an NFR qualifier. “It’s supposed to be good.”

The other champions at the $237,770 rodeo were steer wrestler Chad Van Campen (13.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Louie Brunson (87 points), tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger (25.9 seconds on three head), bull rider Seth Glause (85 points) and 19-year-old barrel racer Kassidy Dennison (34.65 seconds on two runs).

GUYMON, OK – When Trevor Brazile was growing up in Gruver, TX, his dad often drove him the 33.3 miles up State Road 136 to the Henry C. Hitch Arena in Guymon for practice sessions. The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo still feels to him, “like a hometown rodeo.”

Certainly he couldn’t have looked more comfortable for this 79th edition of the rodeo May 6-8 than if he had been back home in his own practice pen in Decatur, TX.

Brazile won the team roping average with Patrick Smith (21.9 seconds on three head), the steer roping average (70.2 seconds on five head), one round of the tie-down roping and, yes, the all-around title with total earnings of $14,085.

These were the eighth, ninth and 10th titles that Brazile has won at Guymon since 2000. The team roping championship was his first in Hitch Arena, giving him a career Grand Slam – titles in all three roping events and the all-around.

“I also won $10,000 in a winner-take-all tie-down roping with Cody Ohl at the Gordie Moore Memorial Roping (in Denton, TX) and a bit more in the team roping,” Brazile said. “So, I made about $26,000 for the weekend, which isn’t too bad.”

Given that Brazile finished his work in time to watch the Dallas Mavericks complete their sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Playoffs, it’s hard to imagine how the weekend could have gone much better for him.

“We (Mavs fans) went in hoping they wouldn’t get swept,” Brazile said. “To win four straight against the Lakers, and beat them by more than 30 points in the fourth game … that’s just amazing.”

The Guymon money lifted Brazile’s season total to $98,455 and he is now within $6,773 of becoming the first rodeo cowboy to reach $4 million in career earnings.

It is a significant milestone and one that Brazile is proud to add to his list of accomplishments, but he tends to be pragmatic about its meaning.

“I was the first to reach $3 million,” Brazile said, after a pause to consider the question, “so I better be the first to make $4 million or else somebody is making a lot more money than I am.”

Brazile was certainly glad to have performed the way he did in Guymon after a relatively quiet month of April, when he made just about $9,000.

His only win was in the Clovis (CA) Rodeo team roping with Smith.

“(The start of the) Spring (season) can be kind of deceiving,” Brazile said. “In those four weeks there are five rodeos on the West Coast and you can’t get down on yourself if you’re not winning anything, and start kicking the dirt.

“You have to look at it like, ‘It’s five rodeos and we go to more than that in a week during Cowboy Christmas.’ You are going to have slow stretches over the course of a season. You never know when you are going to win. You don’t want to get down mentally. When you get opportunities, you have to be ready to take advantage of them.”

The only competitor at Guymon who might have more of an affinity for the Hitch Arena than Brazile is a 7-year-old bay gelding named Dirty Jacket of the Carr Pro Rodeo string.

When bareback rider Matt Bright stayed on Dirty Jacket for eight seconds May 8 it marked the fourth consecutive year that the horse had produced the winning ride in Guymon – all of them with scores of 87 points. In this line of “dirty” wins, Bright follows Will Lowe, Jared Smith and Jerad Schlegel.

“It’s the matchup that makes the difference,” said Pete Carr, owner of Carr Pro Rodeo. “You’ve got a horse from the 10th round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the TV pen, and you’ve got one of the Top 15 cowboys in the world, an NFR qualifier. “It’s supposed to be good.”

The other champions at the $237,770 rodeo were steer wrestler Chad Van Campen (13.4 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Louie Brunson (87 points), tie-down roper Jerome Schneeberger (25.9 seconds on three head), bull rider Seth Glause (85 points) and 19-year-old barrel racer Kassidy Dennison (34.65 seconds on two runs).


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