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Trevor Brazile’s Run At Eighth All-Around Gold Buckle Gets Running Start in Denver

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Trevor Brazile has a lot of miles to travel before he reaches an uncharted territory of professional rodeo history - an eighth all-around gold buckle - and he seems ready to do it at a sprinter's pace.

Brazile won the all-around title at the 104th National Western Stock Show & Rodeo, held in Denver Jan. 9-10, 14-24, collecting $11,961 in tie-down roping and team roping.

Most of that total ($11,299) came in tie-down roping, where he won the championship, while commuting between the Denver Coliseum and Fort Worth, Texas, where he and partner Patrick Smith are leading the team roping standings at the time of this writing.

Brazile won the first round of the Denver tie-down roping with a time of 7.4 seconds and placed in the other two rounds to win the average in 24.7 seconds, one-tenth of a second quicker than Houston Hutto.

With the $4,548 he's earned in steer roping this year and his Denver windfall in the tie-down roping, Brazile became the first Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) contestant to qualify for the all-around world standings. He has earned $16,994 in 2010, more than $14,000 ahead of last year's pace.

"Denver has always been pretty good to me," Brazile said. "I seem to get some money out of here every year. It's a great way to start building the (championship) run."

Trailing Thad Newell by three points going into the final round of the bull riding competition, Clint Craig produced an arena record-tying ride of 92 points on Cervi & Guidry Rodeo Company's Ole Yeller to secure his biggest win since 2007, when he captured both the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days and Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up titles.

It was a pretty dramatic turn of events, given that Craig had failed to place in either of the first two rounds, but Craig, of Mena, Ark., proved up to the challenge presented by the hard-charging Ole Yeller, tying Kanin Asay's year-old arena record.

"The most important jump is the first," Craig said. "If you can make the first one, you should be able to make all of them. That bull, I'd seen him a couple times and knew he had a big, long jump; he jumped high and kicked hard. I didn't know which way he spun or anything, and I didn't really care to know. As soon as they tell you they do something, you're thinking about that, and when you've got to regroup, you're usually late.

"I've been riding bulls now for 14 years," he added. "I don't get a lot of surprises. When a bull does something I'm not expecting, that's a pretty good surprise."

Craig ended up with a three-head score of 256 points and total earnings of $8,348. Newell, celebrating his 25th birthday on the rodeo's final day, may not have gotten the present he wanted most, but was second with 253 points and total earnings of $6,963.

Nobody profited more at the Denver Coliseum than Quinn, S.D., saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere. He won the first round outright with an 86-point ride on Miller Time of the Burns Rodeo string, shared first with 2006 World Champion Chad Ferley in round two and tied for fifth in the finals to win the average with 242 points and collect a rodeo-best $14,948.

Elshere had a six-point lead on Ferley coming into the finals with 167 points.

Ferley made an outstanding effort on Calgary Stampede's Lunatic Fringe, but failed to get his feet in the correct position when the horse left the bucking chute and was disqualified. Once Elshere made a qualified ride the title was his.

Editor's Note: story courtesy of the PRCA.

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