GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile owns eight of the 10 fastest go-rounds in the history of the Timed Event Championship of the World.
One of those came during the second go-round Friday night at the Lazy E Arena, where the Decatur, Texas, cowboy roped, tied and wrestled five cattle in 43.7 seconds, just two-tenths of a second off the record time he owns. It helped catapult the six-time Timed Event winner to the lead after the opening day with a 10-run cumulative time of 110.1 seconds.
“It feels good, but I don’t mind steer roping being the last event” in a round, said Brazile, a 21-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion who owns five steer roping gold buckles. “I feel like I can turn it up in steer roping if I had to. I just didn’t want to do something to set myself up for failure, to be sure to look at the big picture as well as the round.”
He finished Friday night’s round with an 11.1-second steer roping run, which followed a solid 5.6 in steer wrestling, the one event that’s not his focus in ProRodeo. Brazile also owns world titles in tie-down roping and heading and has also qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in heeling, one of just two men in the sport’s history to qualify for the finale in all four roping disciplines.
“This is one of the few events, with the exception of steer wrestling, that everything else is what I do at home,” he said. “This is an event I get ready for every day year-round. I enjoy being well-rounded.”
It has showed. Nobody has won more Timed Event titles than Brazile, who first won the championship in 1998 when he was 21 years old. Now 38, he continues to prove why he’s one of the greatest cowboys to have ever played the game, and this weekend, he’s competing in a field that includes 19 other elite cowboys.
“I just want to thank the Lazy E and the McKinney family for putting up the money,” he said, referring to the $200,000 purse, of which half goes to the average champion. “They stepped up an event that was so good, but they caught it up to the times. There is a lot of competition this month, and they stepped up to the plate. I think the cowboys did as well. There are a lot of NFR qualifiers here now, and I just like to see that. I want to see the guys that are competing on the biggest stages to come do this, and that’s what it’s enabled them to do.”
AVERAGE LEADERS: 1. Trevor Brazile, 110.1 seconds on 10 runs; 2. Jess Tierney, 118.6; 3. Paul David Tierney, 121.3; 4. Erich Rogers, 153; 5. Clay Smith, 158.6; 6. Josh Peek, 166.0.
ROUND 1: 1. Paul David Tierney, 63.7 seconds; 2. K.C. Jones, 64.6; 3. Dustin Bird, 64.7; 4. Jess Tierney, 64.8; 5. Trevor Brazile, 64.8; 6. Daniel Green, 76.0.