Trevor Brazile not only won his 22nd world championship this weekend, he put together a solid stranglehold on No. 23.
Brazile set a new standard at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, stopping the clock in a 10-run cumulative time of 111.3 seconds. He placed in seven go-rounds, winning the third and sixth rounds. He won the average title and pocketed $62,390 at the Clem, the most earnings in that championship’s history
He finished the steer roping season with $121,112 in earnings in that single event, also a ProRodeo record. It is his sixth steer roping gold buckle, and his earnings over the two-day championship in Kansas pushed his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association earnings to $281,242.
That means his lead is about twice as much as his second closest competitor in the 2015 all-around race, brother-in-law Tuf Cooper, who has $140,687.
Cooper is the four-time and reigning world champion tie-down roper. He also leads the standings heading toward this year’s Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which takes place Dec. 3-12 in Las Vegas.
As expected, though, Brazile will return to Sin City in two events, the only cowboy doing so. He is No. 4 in the heading standings and fifth in tie-down roping. He doubles his chances of winning during each of the 10 performances.
That’s why he’s always the favorite to add to his ever-growing record of all-around championships, the most prestigious gold buckle in the game.