Athens Review, Athens, Texas

October 4, 2013

BRETT HOFFMAN: TVCC men’s rodeo team off to a quick start this season

The Athens Review

CARTHAGE — Trinity Valley Community College’s men’s rodeo team is off to a fast start.

When the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region opened its 2013-2014 season at the Sept. 27-28 Panola College Rodeo, TVCC finished second in the men’s team title race.

TVCC earned 437.5 points. Hill College finished No. 1 with 563.5 and Sam Houston State came in third with 422.5.

TVCC has recruited prize winning timed event competitors. In team roping the heeling competition, for example, Wenceslao Nicolas Aguilera tied for first place and Cody Lee Brittain finished third. In team roping heading, Richard Ryan Chaves tied for third. And in tie-down roping, Justus Clayton Whitcher finished third.

Trinity Valley’s women’s team finished fourth at the Panola Rodeo. TVCC’s Kacey Morgan Kirby finished third in barrel racing.

The Panola College Rodeo was the first of 10 shows that have been scheduled in the NIRA Southern Region for the 2013-2014 regular season.

Late game rally

As he headed into the final week of the regular season, team roper Colby Lovell knew he would have to use come-from-behind tactics to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

According to, Lovell, who lives in Madisonville, trailed No. 15 ranked Travis Tryan in the PRCA team roping heading world standings by $3,759. In a clutch situation, Lovell, and his partner, Martin Lucero, each earned $4,767 last week after winning season closer rodeos in Stephenville and Poway, Calif.

After all that, both Lovell and Lucero is ranked within the top 15 and in the world standings and they are scheduled to compete in the 2013 NFR.

In order to qualify, a competitor had to finish the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s regular season ranked within the top 15 in a single event. The regular season concluded Sept. 30. The 2013 National Finals is scheduled for Dec. 5 to 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Lovell, who has qualified for the NFR for the fourth consecutive year, is ranked 14th in the PRCA team roping heading world standings with $61,752 in regular season earnings. Lucero, who is from Stephenville, is ranked 15th in team roping heeling.

In the money

Bill Tutor of Huntsville won the bareback riding title at the Sept. 27-29 Cowboy Capital Pro Rodeo in Stephenville after turning in a score of 88 on Dirty Jacket, a former National Finals Rodeo bronc that’s owned by Pete Carr, who lives in Dallas and owns an Athens-based rodeo livestock ranch. Tutor earned $2,280. Tutor, who competes on the Sam Houston State rodeo team, also finished eighth in bareback riding at the Panola College Rodeo.

Dynamic duo

For the first time, Trevor Brazile, the 10-time world all-around champion, will be joined by his wife, Shada, at the National Finals Rodeo.

Trevor Brazile qualified in tie-down and team roping heading and Shada Brazile made the cut in barrel racing. Trevor Brazile also advanced to the National Finals Steer Roping, which is scheduled for Nov. 8-9 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

Trevor Brazile will enter both the Guthrie NFSR and the Las Vegas NFR ranked No. l in the world all-around standings with $228,780. Tuf Cooper of Decatur is ranked second with $122,599.

PBR update

On the Professional Bull Riders' circuit, J.B. Mauney clinched the title at the Sept. 27-28 Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Grand Rapids, Mich., after turning in a final round score of 93.25. The North Carolina cowboy earned $36,423.

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