By Katie Lackey
GUYMON, Okla. – Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo has been good to Trevor Brazile over the years, and he proved why Sunday afternoon.
Trevor Brazile, the 23-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, had a stellar weekend in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He closed out his weekend Sunday with a 7.3-second run to win the third round of tie-down roping, which also pushed his three-run cumulative time to 23.1 seconds to win the average championship.
Pioneer Days Rodeo marks his first big win of 2017.
“It was a perfect draw for the scenario, because if you draw too good, you tend to back off,” Brazile said. “The fastest they had tied the calf was in 9.8 seconds. So I knew I had to be aggressive, and it fell together.”
His tie-down runs weren’t the biggest news of the weekend, though; Brazile also claimed the all-around title with help from his other events, team roping and steer roping.
“This rodeo has always been good to me,” Brazile said. “A lot of people don’t know I grew up 30 minutes from here in Gruver, Texas. I have a lot of ties to this area.”
His efforts this weekend earned him $7,199, a solid start for his summer run.
“I was maxed out due to qualifications at some of the bigger, winter rodeos, so I am excited to start going.
And while he is on road, he will be in good company considering his traveling partners: three-time world champion tie-down roper Tuf Cooper and two-time world champion heeler Patrick Smith.
“Patrick doesn’t have any choice because he is roping with me,” Brazile said. “But I like having Tuf in the rig with me because you know you never back off. You are around someone who is at the pinnacle of their career, the top of their game. It obviously brings you up. I think it is a good mix of youth and wisdom.”
For now, Brazile will enjoy his win at a rodeo that is so close to home for him.
“This is one of those rodeos that just kind of keeps the tradition alive,” Brazile said. “I love it.”