World’s top cowboy Brazile completes ‘his Sheridan Slam’ at the WYO

The following is taken from a press release courtesy of the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. It was dated July 15, recapping the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo, which took place July 10-13, 2013.

SHERIDAN — Trevor Brazile has been going to the Sheridan-Wyo-Rodeo since he bought his card before the 1996 season. He loves pretty much everything about the experience, from the traditional Western feel of the place, to the spectacle of the Indian relay races, the downtown area and the commitment to include steer roping in the program.

The winning? That’s just a nice bonus. Brazile’s annual visits to northern Wyoming have long been a steady source of income, especially in recent years. He’s won the all-around title each of the last four years, taking $17,464 out of Sheridan County in that span.

For this 83rd edition of the event, Brazile won the first round and the two-head average of the tie-down roping in 17.1 seconds to earn $6,282, and that stood up for that fourth consecutive all-around title “his Sheridan Slam” despite what he termed “some missed chances” in the team roping.

“When you compete in three events,” Brazile said, “you are always trying to manage all of them, keep things in balance. I’m about as healthy as I’ve been in a while and my horses are healthy, so things are good right now.

“The (tie-down roping) win there has me just about caught up to where I want to be and considering how things went last year, that feels pretty good.”

Brazile missed qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in tie-down roping last year for the first time since 1998 (he finished 23rd), a rare failure that rankled the Decatur, Texas, cowboy. This time around, Brazile is fourth in the tie-down roping world standings, fifth among team roping headers and ninth in steer roping — on track to qualify for the National Finals in three events in the same year for a record ninth time. His lead in the all-around standings is $52,849 over Rhen Richard as he pursues a record 11th all-around gold buckle and at least a share of the overall record of 18 world titles held by Guy Allen; in addition to the 11 all-around titles, Brazile has three each in tie-down roping and steer roping, plus one in team roping for a total of 17.

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