GUTHRIE, Okla. – The keys to Trevor Brazile’s great success in the rodeo arena lies in his amazing work ethic and the talent of his equine partners.
He showed it Friday at the Lazy E Arena during the first two go-rounds of the CINCH Timed Event Championship, but that’s nothing new for the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. No other cowboy in the event’s 31-year history has won this championship more than Brazile, who owns seven titles.
He roped, tied and wrestled 10 head of livestock in 108.3 seconds and holds a 5.9-second lead over the No. 2 man, Paul David Tierney of Oral, S.D., heading into the third go-round, which begins at noon Saturday.
“The second round went good,” said Brazile, who has earned more than $750,000 in his Timed Event career. “I think it was pretty right on to the first round, other than my bulldogging; I didn’t do very good the first time.”
His 51.1-second score on Friday night pushed him to the fastest round time, just a half second ahead of Kyle Lockett of Visalia, Calif. In the Timed Event, the best cumulative time through all 25 runs earns the biggest paycheck, $100,000. The top eight aggregate scores are paid according to place, but the six fastest rounds also earn money – $10,000 for the fastest round.
Still there are plenty of hiccups that come the way of the “Ironman of ProRodeo.” Brazile, one of the most veteran cowboys in the field, understands how to overcome the grueling challenges that face everyone over the three-day championship.
“You just make a plan and execute,” said Brazile, a 23-time world champion in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. “It’s about executing. Once you know what (animal) you’ve got, you just perform.”
That’s easier said than done, but the Texan is the only cowboy competing at the Lazy E Arena this weekend that has qualified for the National Finals in four of the five timed-event disciplines. The only event in which he doesn’t regularly compete is steer wrestling, but he typically manages his runs fairly well.
“One thing my dad’s always told me here, and I’ve watched it happen, is the ones you take for granted are the ones that bite you,” said Brazile, who owns gold buckles in steer roping (6), tie-down roping (3) and heading (1). “It’s happened to me in the past. I just try not to take any one event for granted, whether it’s my strong suit or not.”
It shows, year in and year out.
The 2016 CINCH Timed Event Championship is sponsored by CINCH, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Montana Silversmiths, ABI Equine, Cavender’s, American Farmers and Ranchers Insurance, Nutrena, Bloomer Trailers, MacroAir, National Saddlery, Cross Bar Gallery, Ram Trucks, John Vance Motors, Western Horseman Magazine, Spin to Win Magazine, Guthrie CVB, Made In Oklahoma Coalition, Pendleton Whisky, Smarty Roping Dummies, CSI Saddlepads, Sherwin-Williams, the Best Western Edmond, and the Fairfield Inn & Suites – Edmond.
The 2016 CINCH Timed Event Championship is a Lazy E Production. For more information on the CINCH Timed Event Championship or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK 73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.
Average Leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 108.3 seconds; 2. Paul David Tierney, 114.2; 3. Daniel Green, 145.3; 4. Jim Ross Cooper, 153.8; 5. Kyle Lockett, 157.7; 6. Cody Doescher, 157.9; 7. Jess Tierney, 159.1; 8. Rhen Richard, 160.8.
Fastest Round Leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 51.1 seconds; 2. Kyle Locket, 51.6; 3. Cody Doescher, 52.8; 4. Paul David Tierney, 55.9; 5. Trevor Brazile, 57.2; 6. (tie) Josh Peek and Paul David Tierney, 58.3.