Count Down to the Wrangler NFR

A Pinch Of Rodeo
By Joe R. Nichols
Count Down to the Wrangler NFR

Trevor Brazile won his fourth Steer Roping Championship Nov. 9th & 10 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK. Trailing Rocky Patterson of Pratt, KS, going in to the final go-round, Brazile tied the fastest steer of the 10 round finals with a smoking 9 seconds flat. He won four go-rounds in all, overtaking the lead by earning $26,462.

This title marks his 19th overall World Championship, tying him with “The Legend”, Guy Allen of Lovington, NM. A tie that will be broken in December.

For the All-Around Championship, Trevor’s winnings of $255,187, leads his closest competitor, Tuff Cooper, better than $120,000. Trevor has qualified for the NFR in tie down roping and heading, the only two-event cowboy at this year’s final. Cooper is certainly capable of winning over $120,000, but it won’t be enough to overcome what Trevor accumulates. This is the only title race that is a virtual lock, and Trevor Brazile will win his 11th All-Around and 20th World title. He is also a contender in his other two events for those titles as well, and could surpass 5 million in career winnings. Regardless, with a record twenty Championships, he is the most winning cowboy in PRCA history.

The Steer Wrestling is probably the closest contested event every year. Those guys are so evenly matched and tightly positioned together by the money standings. However, this year they are spread out a little more. The range goes from Casey Martin with $108,938, down to the 15th hole at $50,000. The top three have separated themselves somewhat from the rest with Trevor Knowles seven thousand back of Martin, and Pampa,TX native Matt Reeves eleven thousand back of Trevor.

It’s still anybody’s game when you consider each of the ten go-round pays nearly $19,000, and the average win will pay almost $50,000. Casey Martin has led all year long, but I have a feeling this is going to be the year for Trevor Knowles. He is physically awesome, and I believe his experience competing in his previous NFR’s are going to make the difference for him.

Thanks for reading. Next week I’ll make some more comments and predictions.