Brazile is the No. 1 man in rodeo. Not only is he the No. 1 money-earner this season, he is also the top gun in Steer Roping.
That bodes well for the record-breaking 14-time World Champion. The last two times he wore the No. 1 back number at
the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping (2006-07), he walked away with the coveted gold buckle. Brazile, who owns a record eight all-around world titles, has an $11,000 lead heading into this weekend.
But he knows as well as any of the top 15 steer ropers that are competing at the Lazy E Arena that any lead can disappear quickly.
“There will be enough money available at the finals that anybody can make a move,” Brazile said.
Last year, Brazile earned $28,000 inside this arena during the two days of competition, earning enough to finish second in the final world standings behind two-time reigning World Champion Rocky Patterson. While that was important, that total also was a major contributor to Brazile’s single-season earnings record of $507,921.
The 2010 campaign was magical for Brazile, who earned the second Triple Crown of his storied career by winning three gold buckles in a single season – he won tie-down roping, team roping-heading and the all-around last year; he won steer roping, tie-down roping and the all-around in 2007.
If that weren’t enough, he’s a six-time champion at the Timed Event Championship, an annual showcase that takes place inside the Lazy E Arena each March. He and Dale Smith are the only two men in ProRodeo history to have qualified for the National Finals in all four roping disciplines: calf roping, steer roping, heading and heeling.
Of course, Brazile is the greatest all-around cowboy in the history of the sport.