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May 2, 2014

Trevor Brazile looking for his 12th title

Athens — Trevor Brazile is on pace to clinch a record 12th world all-around title.

During the past weekend, Brazile, a former Vernon College star who lives in the North Texas town of Decatur, won the all-around title at the April 25-27 Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo after earning $6,485 in roping events.

At the April 24-27 Buc Days ProRodeo in Corpus Christi, Brazile, lassoed the all-around award after pocketing $2,327.

In the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s world all-around standings, Brazile is ranked No. 1 with $64,774. Clayton Hass is No. 2 with $30,758.

In 2013, Brazile clinched a record 11th world all-around title at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Ty Murray is No. 2 in the PRCA's rankings for the most all-around titles with seven. Murray earned his seventh all-around gold buckle in 1998, then breaking Larry Mahan's and Tom Ferguson's record of six.   

This weekend, the world’s top competitors are in Guymon, Okla.

The Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, May 2-4, at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena.

Pete Carr, who is from Dallas and owns a rodeo stock ranch near the East Texas town of Athens, will provide the stock for the rodeo.

A shut out

At the April 25-26 PRCA Stampede Rodeo in Athens, no bull rider made a qualified ride.

The bovines were supplied by longtime stock contractor Sammy Andrews who owned the late legendary bull Bodacious.  

Bodacious was the PRCA’s Bull of the Year in 1994 and 1995 and was the Professional Bull Riders’ top bovine in 1995. Bodacious was retired in 1995 and became a breeder. Over the years, Andrews has thrived on raising descendants of Bodacious and bucking them at rodeos.    

Bodacious died in 2000 and he’s buried at Andrews’ ranch near the Northeast Texas town of Bagwell in Red River County.

Fans can read a feature story on Bodacious in the April 11 edition of ProRodeo Sports News.

PBR update

On the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series, 2010 world champion Renato Nunes clinched the title at the April 26-27 tour stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

Nunes, who earned $35,750, was the only competitor who stayed on all three bulls. In the world title race, 2008 world champion Guilherme Marchi, who finished seventh at the Des Moines show, is ranked No. 1 with 6,022.93 points.

Fabiano Vieira is ranked No. 2 with 5,674.12. This weekend (May 2-4), the tour stops in Colorado Springs, Colo.      

Following the champion

Richmond Champion of Tarleton State clinched the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region 2013-2014 bareback riding title.

On the weekend of April 24-26, he finished second at the Tarleton State Rodeo in Stephenville.

From there, he will move onto the June 15-22 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo.

Champion also helped Tarleton clinch the men’s team title in the Southwest Region.

Eastern New Mexico won the region’s women’s team title.   

Champion also has thrived on the pro circuits this year.

On March 2, he earned $1.1 million after clinching the bareback title at RFD-TVs The American at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. He also ranks No. 4 in the PRCA’s world bareback riding standings and he’s on pace to earn his first National Finals Rodeo berth.

Barely made it

In the NIRA, the top two teams in each geographic region advance to the College National Finals Rodeo. During the past weekend, Sam Houston State’s men’s team earned a berth to the nationals after finishing second in the Southern Region.

But Sam Houston earned the CNFR berth by a very narrow margin. After finishing third at the April 25-26 Wharton County Junior College Rodeo, which was the final rodeo of the regular season, Sam Houston finished No. 2 in the regional race with 3,966.50 points, only 8.92 ahead of McNeese State, which finished the year in third place with 3,957.58.

Hill College won the regional men’s team title after earning 4,030.33 points throughout the 2013-2014 regular season, which consisted of 10 rodeos. McNeese State clinched the women’s team title.

Sterling Smith stays consistent

At last weekend’s PRCA Stampede in Athens, Sterling Smith of Stephenville, who qualified for the 2013 NFR, clinched the tie-down roping title after turning in a time of 10.6 seconds and he earned $846. On April 19, Smith clinched the tie-down roping title at the Horse and Colt Show Rodeo in Paducah where he also earned a check for $846 after turning in an 8.6.

Vernon rodeo scheduled

The 2014 Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo is just around the corner. The PRCA show is scheduled for May 13-16 at Vernon’s Santa Rosa Arena.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram over the past quarter-century. Email him at bchoffman777@earthlink.net.

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