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Home Things to Do Rodeos Brazile Wins 7th PRCA All-Around Rodeo World Championship Title, Ties Record

Brazile Wins 7th PRCA All-Around Rodeo World Championship Title, Ties Record

Brazile also wins the Wrangler NFR Tie-Down Roping World Title

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Trevor Brazile has won his seventh PRCA all-around rodeo world championship title, securing his victory in front of 17,418 fans in the final round of the 51st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo held Dec. 12, 2009 in Las Vegas.

His victory tied him with Ty Murray's PRCA record for most all-around gold buckles and further etched Brazil's name in the history books as one of the greatest cowboys in the history of ProRodeo.

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Brazile also won the tie-down roping world title and finished 14th in the team roping heading standings at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas to finish the season with $346,779.

Josh Peek, who qualified for this year's Wrangler NFR in steer wrestling and tie-down roping, was mathematically alive in the all-around chase until the 10th performance before finishing second with $245,068.

The race for the all-around crown and the tie-down roping world title came down to Round 10 for the Decatur, Texas, cowboy.

"The only day better than the 10th round is the day after the 10th round. It's a relief." said Brazile, who is now tied with Dean Oliver and Charmayne James for third place on the all-time list with 11 career gold buckles. "It's been a tough week. If there's a lesson for anybody out there, confidence is good, and there's no room for cockiness in this sport. You can get set back really easy. This is the quickest serving of humble pie you can get in any sport."

Brazile finished out of the money in the tie-down roping in Round 10, but an 8.8-second time put him fourth place in the final average standings. His brother-in-law Tuf Cooper, the son of Roy "Super Looper" Cooper, won the Wrangler NFR average title with a 10-head total time of 84.5 seconds. Cooper's average title moved him to second in the final world standings with $174,349, $13,994 behind Brazile's $188,343 final total.

"The calf roping went pretty well, and I don't have any regrets," Brazile said. "I had a lead to protect, and I had different strategies. In the team roping, we came out to win as much money as we could. We were first and second in the money winners the last two years, and we were just coming in with some severe confidence. We worked hard.

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"Nothing changed other than we had a couple breaks that didn't go our way," he added. "You get a bad draw right off the bat that just doesn't handle good, then all of a sudden you're roping on the defense. You're just trying to go as fast as you can, and then about the seventh round you realize you've given yourself very little room for error to even get little checks. You can learn from everything, and I promise you I'm going to."

Peek, from Pueblo, Colo., won the Wrangler NFR's all-around title after earning $113,802 in Las Vegas, while Brazile was second with $84,701. He was surprised and thrilled to hear he had earned a saddle as the Wrangler NFR's all-around champ.

"It's icing on the cake," Peek said of his achievement. "I wasn't even paying attention; I didn't know they even gave a saddle for it. They said, ‘You need to come down after the tie-down roping. You might have won the all-around for the Finals.' I thought that was amazing. I'm just ecstatic. I want to thank the Lord for everything this week, my family, everybody that's been praying for me from all over. I had a great Finals, and I'm excited about it. I'm excited about starting the new year off."

Scott Kormos won Round 10 of the tie-down roping with a 7.1-second run to finish 10th in the final world standings.

Bareback rider Bobby Mote needed only to stay on for eight seconds to clinch his third world title, but he did much more than that in Round 10. Mote, of Culver, Ore., rode Beutler & Son Rodeo's Wonderland for 87.5 points to win the round, secure his first Wrangler NFR average crown and take home his third world title. Mote finished $50,846 ahead of Clint Cannon - who set a regular-season earnings record for all PRCA events - after earning $139,880 in Las Vegas to Cannon's $33,081.

The 33-year-old cowboy tried his best not to think about what he needed to do in Round 10 heading into the final day, but it wasn't easy.

"I've honestly tried since last night to not think about today too much, because you can build up quite a bit of anxiety," said Mote, who set a bareback riding single-season earnings record with $310,219. "Last night, we got finished with the buckle ceremony and Charlie, my boy, came up to me and said, ‘Dad, mom told me not to tell you, but you're winning the average by 15 points, and all you've got to do is stay on tomorrow.' I said, ‘Charlie, that's the last thing I need to hear.'"

Mote was thrilled to be able to overtake Cannon's substantial lead thanks to a red-hot Finals.

"The last (world title) I won (in 2007), I had such a lead and had just an OK Finals, and if it hadn't been for Houston, I wouldn't have won it," Mote said. "This year, I was chasing Clint (Cannon). Clint won Houston and everything else all year long, went to 100 rodeos and out-rode and out-rodeoed everybody. I had the best chance coming in here to catch him, but it was a tall order. He had some stuff kind of hold him back this week, but he'll be back. I just praise God that I'm here and that it ended up like it did."

Mote won the Wrangler NFR average with 847 points on 10 head en route to his world title, the first average crown of his career.

For complete results of the PRCA's 51st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, visit the Web site at
www.prorodeo.com. Story courtesy the PRCA.


 
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