LAS VEGAS---Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith took the team roping victory lap during round six of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo after putting a time of 4.8-seconds atop the leaderboard.
The team had more than just a blazing fast run to celebrate though. The win sealed the deal for Brazile to claim his 11th all-around cowboy title and 19th world championship with the $18,630 in earnings.
Brazile shared the record of earning 18 world titles with steer roper Guy Allen until Tuesday night. “I told him I thought he’d double my total,” said Allen. “You’ve got to be impressed with what he’s done. He’s worked at it. If he was going back then in the days of Jim Shoulders, he probably would have done the same thing. He’s just that type of cowboy. You never know. I don’t think anybody will beat (Trevor’s record), even if he never wins another one. I know he’s probably not out to set all the records, but he works at it and deserves it.”
The team hailing from Texas has roped four out of six of their steers so far this week in a combined time of 28.9-seconds. They are holding eighth in the overall NFR standings after tonight’s performance. Brazile and Smith won multiple Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association events this year. Some of their highlights on the road to Vegas included wins at the West of Pecos (Texas) Rodeo, Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, and the American Royal (Kansas City, Mo.).
2013 marks the seventh NFR qualification Brazile and Smith have made together. However, when you add all of their individual NFR qualifications together they come to an impressive total of 52. They have total earnings here so far of $29,447.
“When you’re in the middle of it, people don’t really realize how big a deal Trevor is,” Smith said. “When he retires people will really realize what a legend he is. To be in the middle of it and be the guy who was roping with him when he won his team roping title is very special to me. We’ve had a lot of fun together and it’s been a great ride.” For the 2014 rodeo season, the duo of Brazile and Smith is breaking up. Brazile is going to rope with Travis Graves from Jay, Okla., and Smith will be roping with Kaleb Driggers from Albany, Ga.
Contestants in the bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping and bull riding along with the Women’s Professional Rodeo Associations sanctioned barrel race are all competing for a total purse of $6.25 million at this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. On Tuesday night, 17,306 enthusiastic rodeo fans poured into the Thomas and Mack Center anxious to watch the greatest show on dirt.