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Home Things to Do Rodeos Trevor Brazile Again Clinches World Champion All-Around Cowboy Honors

Trevor Brazile Again Clinches World Champion All-Around Cowboy Honors

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Trevor Brazile once again is the World Champion All-Around Cowboy.

Brazile clinched his record ninth world all-around championship and his 16th gold buckle overall on Dec. 4, 2012, which ties him with Jim Shoulders for second all-time in ProRodeo history. Only steer roper Guy Allen (with 18) has more.

trevor_brazileThe win was assured during Round 4 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sunday afternoon in front of 17,094 fans. Virtually assured of winning the title, it was just a matter of how soon Brazile would officially earn the gold buckle.

To clinch it in Round 4, he needed to win $17,385 in go-round earnings, and that was only if bull rider Shane Proctor was able to win each of the final seven rounds, plus the average.

Brazile got off to a great start with a second-place finish in the team roping with partner Patrick Smith. The cowboys earned $14,135 apiece for their 4.7-second run, and left Brazile sitting within a fifth-place finish in the tie-down roping of clinching the all-around crown.

A miss on his first loop took Brazile out of the money in tie-down roping, but he clinched the title anyway when bull rider Proctor bucked off later in the round. Proctor, who also rode saddle bronc horses in 2011, was the lone cowboy with a mathematical shot at catching Brazile for the all-around going into Round 4.

"It's a totally different feel, because everything was around 7 my whole life, then to beat that last year...those were milestones that I'd set for myself," Brazile said. "It's an uncharted territory, and I'm just thrilled to have such a blessed year this year again. To clinch it this early, it kind of lets a guy let his hair down in the single events."

Brazile now sets his sights on Allen for the most world titles in ProRodeo history.

"When I came into this game, I was one of the guys that was saying those records would never be broken," Brazile said. "To talk about Jim Shoulders, I said that's not going to happen in this new era of rodeo. It doesn't even seem real to me to reach that 16th title. My career has been more than I could ever dream it would be at this point. I'm loving it. I'm living the dream, actually. I didn't dare to dream this stuff, I'll be honest."

With his second-place check on Sunday, Brazile topped $300,000 for a record-sixth consecutive year. He sits at $305,581 four rounds into the NFR, with Proctor a distance second in the all-around standings at $137,774.

While Proctor bucked off, three-time defending champion J.W. Harris turned in his second qualified ride of the week - an 88-point ride on Mo Betta Rodeo's Bailey Hou - to win the round and his second check of the week. However, he suffered a fractured right foot as he dismounted from the bull.

"It shouldn't affect me at all; it's just my foot, and I don't use my foot to ride bulls, so I'll just get another pair of boots to ride in and the (Justin) Sportsmedicine people will find a way for me to keep going," Harris said. "It's on from here and I'm gunning for the lead; if I get bucked off one, it's not going to be because of lack of effort. It's a whole new game."

Proctor is just sixth in the average race now, but still holds a commanding lead in the bull riding world standings. He's more than $30,000 ahead of Harris, who is fourth in the average.

Shifting to an afternoon performance for Round 4 wasn't enough to slow Jason Miller. The Lance Creek, Wyo., bulldogger won checks in each of the first three rounds and added a first-place check on Sunday.

"It's nice and sunny out this afternoon, and with the cool weather we've had, it's a nice little change to be out in the sun," Miller said. "We've enjoyed it."

He stopped the clock in 3.3 seconds to win $17,885 and push his NFR earnings to $49,038 as he climbed within $3,000 of Luke Branquinho for the top spot in the world standings. Miller is also second to Branquinho in the average race.

Two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Jesse Wright won his second straight round on Sunday afternoon with an 89.5-point ride aboard Bar T Rodeo's Eight Ball. He was 4.5 points better than second-place Wade Sundell on a day when only four of 14 saddle bronc riders made the eight-second whistle - Cody DeMoss sat out the round with an injury suffered in Round 2.

Wright picked up wins on that horse twice this year.

"I knew he was going to buck like he did, and I knew I really had to be ready to ride," Wright said. "He's usually pretty antsy (in the chute) and he's hard to saddle, but today he was nice and didn't give me any trouble until I nodded."

After no-times in the opening two rounds, defending Wrangler NFR average champions Luke Brown and Martin Lucero got their Finals headed in the right direction with a third-place finish in Round 3. They followed with a win in Round 4 when they stopped the clock at 4.3 seconds to earn $17,885 each.

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