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Trevor Brazile 2014 Steer Roping World Champion PRCA Photo by James PhiferTrevor Brazile

2014 All Around & Steer Roping World Champion

Record gold buckle collection totals 21

The legend of Trevor Brazile continued to grow in 2014, as the man known as the King of the Cowboys won two more gold buckles. Even at age 38, Brazile showed no sign of slowing down, easily claiming his record ninth consecutive allaround world championship and earning his fifth steer roping world title.

That pushed Brazile’s record number of gold buckles to 21, including a record 12 all-around titles – with no end in sight.

“I think (world titles) mean more to me the older I get,” Brazile said. “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.”

Amazingly, the versatile cowboy from Decatur, Texas, was also in the hunt for the tie-down roping and team roping header gold buckles until the final day of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. He finished second in both events, giving him a record 10 reserve world championships. Tuf Cooper, who has won three of the last four tie-down roping gold buckles, is Brazile’s neighbor, brother-in-law, practice partner and frequent traveling companion. He is amazed at Brazile’s success, and his work ethic.

“He works three events all year long,” Cooper said. “The rest of us work one event and make excuses why we can’t do more. When I feel I’ve had one of my hardest days and I don’t want to do any more, all I have to do is look across the road and see him working harder. It motivates me to keep pushing to get better.”

Brazile won $494,369 in the 2014 season, the second-highest total in ProRodeo history – he owns the top eight marks – just behind his 2010 earnings of $507,921.

Over the course of his career, Brazile had earned $5,532,122 in the rodeo arena by the end of 2014. Brazile has won a dozen all-around world championships (2002-04, 2006-14), three tie-down roping titles (2007, 2009-10), one team roping header crown (2010) and five steer roping gold buckles (2006-07, 2011, 2013-14).

In 2014, at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., he also won the NFSR average title with a record time of 114.1 seconds on 10 head. J.P. Wickett was runner-up in the average race with 126.3 seconds on 10, and had mixed feelings about his second-place finish despite his own outstanding performance. “I’m disappointed in a way that I won second,” Wickett said, “but any time you win second to Trevor Brazile, as phenomenal as he is, it makes you feel good.”

Brazile said that maintaining an even keel is part of his secret to success.

“I think people would be surprised how I take losing,” he said. “You learn from it, and it’s gone. There’s no dwelling on it; there’s no kicking the dirt. You assess it, fix it, and it’s gone. And when I mean gone, you may have to remind me what I did two weeks ago … it’s gone.

“You get to taking things so hard, rodeo to rodeo, but every season has its ups and downs, its mistakes and its problems. What matters most is how quickly you get over them.” For a cowboy who might be competing in three events at the same rodeo, having a short memory is a necessity.

“I think being in three events has helped me with that,” Brazile said. “I might have to compete three times that day, and I can’t dwell on something or it can affect my performance the rest of the day.” Brazile travels with his wife, Shada, son, Treston, 7, and daughter, Style, 5.

“As much as I love this, I wouldn’t be able to do it if I couldn’t have my family with me,” he said. One of Brazile’s admirers is four-time World Champion Bareback Rider Kaycee Feild. “I’ve known Trevor for seven, eight years and he’s an awesome person that I’ve looked up to,” Feild said. “Trevor is just a class act kind of guy. He’s an amazing person; he has a lot on his plate every day and still competes the way he does. “To watch him do three events is really cool. There’s nobody else like him in rodeo. It’s neat to watch him compete and then interact with his family and his fans. He’s a great family man.” Brazile has remained humble despite his overwhelming success.

“The thing that keeps me successful (and) thankful is keeping everything in perspective, and remembering just how blessed I am, and never losing sight of that,” he said.

He also strives to stay upbeat. “I hate to say I’m always happy, but I try to keep things light all the time,” he said. “I’m a real positive person.”

Brazile is a long way from the early days of his career, but still quite a few years from retirement, so there’s no telling how many gold buckles he might win.

“To reach a world championship is the pinnacle,” he said. “Once you’ve done it, it’s a lot of fun, but you’ve got to be happy before you win your first one because that’s not the secret to everything, just strapping on a gold buckle. But if you do it in the right perspective, there’s no better accomplishment “I remember starting out rodeoing and not being able to make the National Finals. I contemplated what I was going to do for a living to support my rodeo habit. But I went from wanting to go to the National Finals to winning a world championship to not wanting anyone else to get that world championship.

“Once you’ve won it a few times, you feel like it’s yours to lose, and you don’t want to do that.” Even for Brazile, the numbers are staggering, especially since he remembers himself as a kid, dreaming of winning one gold buckle.

“If I leave tomorrow,” Brazile said, “I’ll be way more successful than I ever thought I’d be.”

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- Bob Stephens, ProRodeo Sports News
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