Dec. 10, 2013: Tie-Down Roper and Team Roper Trevor Brazile competes in Round 6 of the 2013 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Photo courtesy of PRCA, photo credit Larry Smith.
Trevor Brazile went from one stage to another Tuesday night, from giving out a music award to becoming the most decorated cowboy in the history of rodeo.
Life as a celebrity presenter at the American Country Awards was fun for Brazile, but taking center stage at rodeo’s marquee event meant more to the legendary roper. Brazile and his wife, Shada, handed out one of the early awards at the Mandalay Bay Events Center before dashing to the Thomas & Mack Center, where both competed before 17,306 fans in Round 6 of the 55th annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
It was a memorable night for the 37-year-old Brazile, who clinched his unprecedented 19th world championship by surpassing one of his childhood heroes, steer roper Guy Allen. Brazile grew up studying Allen’s technique, which produced 18 world championships, all in steer roping.
“I’d never have dreamed of setting 19 world championships as a goal, because I’m into setting goals I can reach,” Brazile said. “I watched Guy Allen dominate. I wondered how someone could do something as hard as winning a world championship 18 times. It’s a little different, because he did it in one event. I witnessed his dominance firsthand, because I was the bridesmaid on many occasions.”
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Brazile was still processing the momentous occasion.
“This is a little bit surreal,” he said. “It sounds like a number to most people. Just because you have 18 doesn’t mean they give you 19. World titles never get any easier to win, and that’s why they all hold special meaning for me. There are 15 guys in every event here every year, and none of them just lie down and let you have it. This is what we dream about from when we were little. No one wants to let go of that part of it.”
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