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Home Things to Do Rodeos Brazile Captures Double Win in Return to Competition at 50th Daines Ranch Rodeo

Brazile Captures Double Win in Return to Competition at 50th Daines Ranch Rodeo

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Trevor Brazile's return to 2010's competition went just fine - even if it did come a little earlier than planned.

Brazile won the tie-down roping and paired with Patrick Smith to win the team roping at the 50th Annual Daines Ranch Rodeo in Innisfail, Alberta, over the June 16-20 weekend, earning $10,180.

Trevor Brazile
He did all of this after trying to "doctor release" out of the rodeo because his injured elbow still hasn't healed to his satisfaction and with virtually no practice in the five weeks since his last rodeo appearance.

"The rodeo committee wouldn't accept a U.S. doctor release," Brazile said. "I was planning to extend it (from June 18 to June 21), and come back to rope calves at Pecos (Texas) this week, but I didn't have that option.

"If I'd started another doctor release, I wouldn't be able to compete for 10 days, and I'd miss all the Fourth of July rodeos. My doctor actually told me to take another 4-6 weeks at home, but the pain's no worse than it was, and it's rodeo time."

It was impossible to tell he was feeling something less than 100 percent at Innisfail. Brazile's 7.8-second run in the tie-down roping edged Logan Hofer by one-tenth of a second and 2008 World Champion Stran Smith by two tenths.

The 5.0-second run in the team roping beat the second-place pairing of Jake Stanley and Justin Wade Davis by three tenths of a second.

In each case, Brazile was riding a borrowed horse he'd never been on before, using Canadian Dale Skocdopole's horse for team roping (Smith used Dustin Bird's heeling horse) and 2004 World Champion Monty Lewis' steed for the tie-down roping.

"You have to keep an eye open for occasions like this, when you need a good horse to ride," Brazile said. "I've seen Monty Lewis ride that horse maybe a hundred times, and I always thought it would work well for me. It was the same thing with Dale's horse. I'd seen him lots of times in Canadian rodeos."

The big payday at Daines Ranch lifted Brazile's season earnings total to $120,454, keeping him more than $56,000 ahead of second-place Ryan Jarrett as he bids to win his record-breaking eighth all-around world championship.

Brazile is also first in the tie-down roping world standings, sixth in steer roping and sixth among team roping headers. He withdrew from the World's Greatest Roper competition in Reno, Nev., to ease the strain on his elbow, but is entered in the Bob Feist Invitational there and will take part at Pecos and the Reno Rodeo later this week.

It was a good news/bad news weekend for Rod Hay, the world standings leader in the saddle bronc riding. Hay won at Innisfail with an 88-point ride on Calgary Stampede's powerful bay mare Gross Beetle on June 20, but just as the eight-second whistle sounded, he twisted his right knee, then caught a spur in the stirrup and hit the ground hard.

Hay had to be helped from the arena, and within minutes his knee had swollen to the size of a football. He was examined by doctors at the University of Calgary June 21 and will undergo knee surgery perhaps as early as tonight.

"I am out indefinitely," Hay told Dwayne Erickson of the Calgary Herald.
Three-time Canadian All-Around Cowboy Steven Turner of Cochrane, Alberta, was the high-money winner at Innisfail. He won the steer wrestling with a time of 4.4 seconds and the bull riding with an 89-point ride on Franklin Rodeo's Good Vibrations.

Turner earned $13,502 for the weekend and moved to 12th in the PRCA World All-Around Standings in his first week on the list.

The other champions at Innisfail were bareback rider Kelly Timberman (88 points) and barrel racer Brittany Pozzi (15.54 seconds).

Editor's Note: Story courtesy of the PRCA.

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