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LAS VEGAS – Trevor Brazile doubled down on his gold buckle count for the season when he hit No. 21 by clinching the all-around world championship Saturday night before a sold-out crowd of 17,858 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

            The King of the Cowboys has won a record 12 all-around titles, and an unprecedented nine straight.

“This is awesome,” Brazile said. “Every time that number gets bigger, it gets harder to believe. I never expected anything like this, so it almost doesn’t seem real.”

Brazile has earned $361,046 during the 2014 season. That’s $197,605 more than Tuf Cooper, who is second in the all-around standings.

The incomparable Brazile won the steer roping gold buckle Nov. 8 and sits second in both team roping and tie-down roping, so he has a chance to win two more gold buckles.

“What makes it extra exciting is the chance at another Triple Crown,” said the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. “After tonight, one more (gold buckle) will complete it. So getting this one done gives me some piece of mind. I never take winning championships for granted.”

Brazile claimed Triple Crowns – three world titles in one season – in 2007 and 2010. A third Triple Crown would equal the record set by ProRodeo Hall of Famer Jim Shoulders (1956-58), who always accomplished the feat in the same three events: all-around, bull riding and bareback riding. If Brazile wins the team roping title for a third Triple Crown, he will have done it with three different combinations of events.

No cowboy has ever achieved a Grand Slam – winning four gold buckles in one season.

“I think they (world titles) mean more to me the older I get,” said Brazile, who turned 38 last month. “It seems like my competition gets younger every year. That’s why I keep enjoying it more. At some point, there’s going to be a changing of the guard. So every gold buckle means more as time marches on.”

Brazile, a team roping header, and partner Travis Graves were second in Round 3 with a time of 4.0 seconds, just .1 behind round winners Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves.

Ever the perfectionist, Brazile said, “I was really disappointed with my execution in the team roping (Friday) night, but I’m looking forward and taking every calf and every steer for what he is. I’m just going to keep doing my best every night.”

Brazile finished fourth in Round 3 tie-down roping with a time of 7.4 seconds.

Brazile is $17,823 behind team roping header leader Clay Tryan. He’s $26,873 behind tie-down roping leader Cooper, who is his brother-in-law.

Dustin Bird and Paul Eaves claimed the team roping win, and both sit third in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings.

“We decided not to be more conservative, but to try to be a little more consistent,” Eaves said. “I want to make sure I catch ’em all. I don’t have to worry about Dustin, so I just have to focus on doing my job, which keeps my hands full. That run was what we’ve been practicing. We’re going to keep trying to make the same runs without doing anything crazy. There are a lot of steers left, and there’s a lot of money to be won. So I don’t want to get too excited about tonight. It’d be nice to win something in the average, too, but this is a good start right here.”

Bird rode a different horse, using fellow WNFR header Kaleb Driggers’ Fast Time. Bird rode his own horse, Dolly, in the first two rounds.

“I wasn’t having very good rhythm with my mare (Dolly) – she was getting a little too excited, and I broke the barrier last night – so I decided to try something different,” Bird said. “Kaleb’s horse gives you a lot of time, so you don’t have to get in a rush all the time.

“I want to catch every steer as fast as I can, but I don’t want to miss. Fast Time’s a horse you can catch a lot of steers on, because he doesn’t get quick. That was the first steer I ever ran on that horse. I’ll be back on him tomorrow.”

 

The 56th annual Wrangler NFR continues Sunday with the fourth round at the Thomas & Mack Center. The action will be televised live and in HD on CBS Sports Net (DirecTV channel 221 and DISH Network channel 158) from 7-10 p.m. (PT) with Jeff Medders and Butch Knowles announcing.

 

 

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Round 3, Dec. 6

Bareback riding: 1. Justin McDaniel, Porum, Okla., 89 points on Frontier Rodeo’s Delta Ship, $19,002; 2. Winn Ratliff, Leesville, La., 87.5, $15,018; 3. Bobby Mote, Culver, Ore., 82.5, $11,340; 4. Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 80.0, $7,969; 5. (tie) Kaycee Feild, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Jake Vold, Ponoka, Alberta, 78, $3,984 each; 7. (tie) Richmond Champion, The Woodlands, Texas, and Jessy Davis, Power, Mont., 75.5 each; 9. (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas; Caleb Bennett, Tremonton, Utah, and Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb., 75 each; 12. Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 71.5; 13. J.R. Vezain, Cowley, Wyo., 69; 14. Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., 68.5; 15. Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, NS. World standings: 1. Kaycee Feild, $195,370; 2. Steven Peebles, $145,932; 3. Austin Foss, $133,751; 4. Bobby Mote, $111,553; 5. Justin McDaniel, $110,641; 6. Will Lowe, $108,668; 7. Tim O’Connell, $102,890; 8. Richmond Champion, $89,935; 9. Jake Vold, $88,116; 10. Winn Ratliff, $88,057; 11. Steven Dent, $85,664; 12. Caleb Bennett, $84,225; 13. J.R. Vezain, $70,208; 14. Tilden Hooper, $68,844; 15. Jessy Davis, $67,686.

Steer wrestling: 1. Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, Ala., 3.2 seconds, $19,002; 2. Cole Edge, Durant, Okla., 3.8, $15,018; 3. Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 3.9, $11,340; 4. Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 4.0, $7,969; 5. Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., 4.2, $4,904; 6. Ty Erickson, Helena, Mont., 4.4, $3,065; 7. (tie) K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, and Dakota Eldridge, Elko, Nev., 4.6 each; 9. Seth Brockman, Wheatland, Wyo., 4.9; 10. Clayton Hass, Terrell, Texas, 5.1; 11. Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 5.8; 12. Trevor Knowles, Mount Vernon, Ore., 6.8; 13. Dru Melvin, Hebron, Neb., 10.2; 14. (tie) Bray Armes, Ponder, Texas, and Wyatt Smith, Rexburg, Idaho, NT. World standings: 1. Nick Guy, $113,001; 2. Luke Branquinho, $107,521; 3. Kyle Irwin, $100,653; 4. Trevor Knowles, $96,707; 5. Casey Martin, $96,522; 6. K.C. Jones, $82,055; 7. Bray Armes, $80,249; 8. Clayton Hass, $76,576; 9. Cole Edge, $72,424; 10. Dru Melvin, $67,832; 11. Curtis Cassidy, $65,418; 12. Ty Erickson, $63,503; 13. Dakota Eldridge, $63,015; 14. Wyatt Smith, $57,188; 15. Seth Brockman, $52,933.

Team roping: 1. Dustin Bird, Cut Bank, Mont./Paul Eaves, Lonedell, Mo., 3.9 seconds, $19,002 each; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas/Travis Graves, Jay, Okla., 4.0, $15,018; 3. (tie) Clay Tryan, Billings, Mont./Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., and Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga./Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.2, $9,654 each; 5. (tie) Riley Minor, Ellensburg, Wash./Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Wash., and Coleman Proctor, Pryor, Okla./Jake Long, Coffeyville, Kan., 4.3, $3,984 each; 7. Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore./Shay Carroll, La Junta, Colo., 4.8; 8. Brandon Beers, Powell Butte, Ore./Jim Ross Cooper, Monument, N.M., 5.2; 9. Jake Barnes, Scottsdale, Ariz./Junior Nogueira, Scottsdale, Ariz., 6.6; 10. Turtle Powell, Stephenville, Texas/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Morgan Mill, Texas, 9.2; 11. Aaron Tsinigine, Tuba City, Ariz./Clay O’Brien Cooper, Gardnerville, Nev., 9.6; 12. Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas/Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 13.3; 13. Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz./Cory Petska, Marana, Ariz., 14.0; 14. Tom Richards, Humboldt, Ariz./Cesar de la Cruz, Tucson, Ariz., 14.7; 15. Nick Sartain, Dover, Okla./Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, NT. World standings (headers): 1. Clay Tryan, $139,144; 2. Trevor Brazile, $121,321; 3. Dustin Bird, $109,645; 4. Turtle Powell, $107,314; 5. Erich Rogers, $104,486; 6. Kaleb Driggers, $96,028; 7. Coleman Proctor, $94,712; 8. Brandon Beers, $90,831; 9. Riley Minor, $86,873; 10. Charly Crawford, $86,577; 11. Jake Barnes, $83,375; 12. Nick Sartain, $76,963; 13. Luke Brown, $73,062; 14. Aaron Tsinigine, $68,074; 15. Tom Richards, $66,744. World standings (heelers): 1. Jade Corkill, $139,144; 2. Travis Graves, $121,321; 3. Paul Eaves, $112,737; 4. Cory Petska, $104,834; 5. Dakota Kirchenschlager, $103,954; 6. Patrick Smith, $96,028; 7. Jake Long, $95,712; 8. Jim Ross Cooper, $90,831; 9. Shay Carroll, $87,636; 10. Brady Minor, $86,873; 11. Rich Skelton, $76,963; 12. Junior Nogueira, $73,367; 13. Kollin VonAhn, $70,062; 14. Clay O’Brien Cooper, $60,255; 15. Cesar de la Cruz, $58,515.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 87 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Low Bucks, $19,002; 2. (tie) Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., and Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 84, $13,179 each; 4. (tie) Tyler Corrington, Hastings, Minn., and Cole Elshere, Faith, S.D., 83.5, $6,436 each; 6. Jacobs Crawley, Stephenville, Texas, 82.5, $3,065; 7. Chad Ferley, Oelrichs, S.D., 81.5; 8. (tie) Cody Wright, Milford, Utah, and Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb., 77 each; 10. (tie) Taos Muncy, Corona, N.M., and Jake Wright, Milford, Utah, 76 each; 12. Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah, 75.5; 13. Bradley Harter, Loranger, La., 74; 14. Dustin Flundra, Pincher Creek, Alberta, 63; 15. Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La., NS. World standings: 1. Taos Muncy, $136,533; 2. Cort Scheer, $136,434; 3. Heith DeMoss, $120,771; 4. Jacobs Crawley, $120,450; 5. Cody Wright, $111,085; 6. Wade Sundell, $105,942; 7. Tyler Corrington, $84,130; 8. Cole Elshere, $82,449; 9. Spencer Wright, $81,413; 10. Jesse Wright, $77,495; 11. Bradley Harter, $74,836; 12. Chad Ferley, $73,705; 13. Dustin Flundra, $70,697; 14. Jake Wright, $67,764; 15. Cody DeMoss, $66,683.

Tie-down roping: 1. Cody Ohl, Hico, Texas, 6.6 seconds, $19,002; 2. (tie) Shane Hanchey, Sulphur, La., and Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 7.2, $13,179 each; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 7.4, $7,969; 5. Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 7.6, $4,904; 6. Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 7.9, $3,065; 7. Tyson Durfey, Colbert, Wash., 8.4; 8. Clint Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 9.1; 9. Matt Shiozawa, Chubbuck, Idaho, 9.3; 10. Ryan Watkins, Bluff Dale, Texas, 9.5; 11. Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 10.6; 12. Reese Riemer, Stinnett, Texas, 11.1; 13. Cade Swor, Winnie, Texas, 17.8; 14. Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 18.8; 15. Timber Moore, Aubrey, Texas, NT. World standings:1. Tuf Cooper, $158,726; 2. Trevor Brazile, $131,854; 3. Matt Shiozawa, $121,886; 4. Marty Yates, $105,255; 5. Cade Swor, $100,225; 6. Hunter Herrin, $99,309; 7. Clint Robinson, $97,233; 8. Shane Hanchey, $92,867; 9. Cody Ohl, $92,253; 10. Clint Cooper, $80,936; 11. Timber Moore, $75,817; 12. Tyson Durfey, $72,209; 13. Adam Gray, $69,401; 14. Ryan Watkins, $68,197; 15. Reese Riemer, $66,317.

Barrel racing: 1. Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi, N.M., 13.94 seconds, $19,002; 2. Nancy Hunter, Neola, Utah, 13.99, $15,018; 3. Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.05, $11,340; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 14.07, $7,969; 5. Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., 14.08, $4,904; 6. Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, 14.10, $3,065; 7. (tie) Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., and Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 14.20 each; 9. Jana Bean, Fort Hancock, Texas, 14.21; 10. Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., 14.25; 11. Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, 14.27; 12. Britany Diaz, Solen, N.D., 14.32; 13. Samantha Lyne, Cotulla, Texas, 14.36; 14. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 19.20; 15. Christine Laughlin, Pueblo, Colo., 24.04. World standings: 1. Fallon Taylor, $161,814; 2. Kaley Bass, $160,183; 3. Lisa Lockhart, $148,588; 4. Kassidy Dennison, $126,072; 5. Nancy Hunter, $122,372; 6. Michele McLeod, $111,985; 7. Sherry Cervi, $109,292; 8. Britany Diaz, $102,947; 9. Mary Walker, $102,777; 10. Carlee Pierce, $101,464; 11. Christy Loflin, $96,640; 12. Christine Laughlin, $93,135; 13. Trula Churchill, $90,892; 14. Jana Bean, $78,384; 15. Samantha Lyne, $70,577.

Bull riding: 1. Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 84.5 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Line Man, $19,002; 2. Trey Benton III, Rock Island, Texas, 82, $15,018; 3. Cody Teel, Kountze, Texas, 81.5, $11,340; 4. Joe Frost, Randlett, Utah, 80.5, $7,969; 5. J.W. Harris, Mullin, Texas, 74.5, $4,904; 6. Tyler Smith, Fruita, Colo., 73, $3,065; 7. (tie) Tim Bingham, Honeyville, Utah; Beau Hill, West Glacier, Mont.; Aaron Pass, Dallas, Texas; Josh Koschel, Nunn, Colo.; Reid Barker, Comfort, Texas; Brennon Eldred, Sulphur, Okla.; Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas; Ty Wallace, Collbran, Colo., and Jordan Spears, Redding, Calif., NS. World standings: 1. Sage Kimzey, $173,508; 2. Trey Benton III, $140,565; 3. Cody Teel, 128,947; 4. Joe Frost, $104,498; 5. Tim Bingham, $100.652; 6. J.W. Harris, $90,179; 7. Aaron Pass, $85,548; 8. Beau Hill, $78,498; 9. Brennon Eldred, $77,830; 10. Reid Barker, $76,227; 11. Tyler Smith, $73,105; 12. Josh Koschel, $72,837; 13. Jordan Spears, $72,139; 14. Ty Wallace, $67,577; 15. Elliot Jacoby, $65,039.

Total payout: $6,375,000. Stock contractors: Various. Rodeo secretary: Sunni Deb Backstrom. Assistant secretary: Jackie Higlin. Contestant office manager: Vickie Shireman. Officials: Wade Berry, Terry Carlon, Skip Emmett, George Gibbs, Chuck Hoss, Allan Jordan Jr., Bruce Keller, Butch Kirby, Steve Knowles, Joe Bob Locke, Cliff Overstreet, Harry Rose Jr., Rocky Steagall and Mike Todd. Timers: Sherry Rice Gibson, Tammy Braden and Jessi Franzen. Announcers: Wayne Brooks, Randy Corley and Boyd Polhamus. Specialty acts: Rider Kiesner, Madison MacDonald and Kenny Petet. Bullfighters: Chuck Swisher, Dusty Tuckness and Cody Webster.Barrelman: Justin Rumford. Barrrelman alternate: Mark Swingler. Livestock superintendent: John Barnes. Assistant livestock superintendent: Ryan Brown.Roughstock chute boss: Tom Neuens. Timed-event chute boss: Tony Amaral.Pickup men: Josh Edwards and Chase Cervi. Pickup man alternate: Matt Twitchell.