Wrangler National Finals Rodeo

AQHA member Trevor Brazile claims his 10th Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around gold buckle.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 11, 2012

America's Horse December 2012 cover

AQHA member Trevor Brazile and Lite My Dynamite, the 2012 AQHA-PRCA heading horse of the year, grace the cover of the December America's Horse.

Looking down the barrel of yet another Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around title, AQHA member Trevor Brazile only had one event on his plate when entered the Las Vegas city limits this year: team roping.

Thanks to a third-place go-round finish December 10 in Round 5 at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Trevor caught and dallied his 10th all-around gold buckle. The win makes for the Decatur, Texas, roper’s 17th career gold buckle. To win one more buckle would mean a tie with all-time gold-buckle winner Guy Allen; the AQHA member is the winner of 18 steer roping world championships.

“It’s just such a relief,” Trevor told PRCA. “As much as I try not to let it affect anything, it kind of just releases me to go try to do whatever it takes to win the team roping, and just concentrate on that title. That is the immediate thing that I think about. And as far as the long-term stuff, 10 world titles are more than I ever could have dreamed of. It’s awesome.”

Although he doesn’t hold the title of most gold buckles won, Trevor is the only multi-event cowboy to have earned 17. When his count stood at 16, he shared the record with Jim Shoulders. The all-around win also makes for Trevor’s seventh straight in a row; he previously tied Tom Ferguson (1974-79) and Ty Murray (1989-94) for a record six in a row.

“To do it one time is hard,” Trevor said. “Anyone that’s been out here knows how much things have to go right. I’ve been so blessed, with the injuries I’ve had, to be able to still team rope, or I could always keep moving.”

Currently, Trevor and heeler Patrick Smith lead the team roping world standings. Chad Masters and Clay O’Brien Cooper lead the average race with 39.2 seconds on five.

In the all-around race, four-time world champion bareback rider Bobby Mote sits in second place, but Trevor’s $10,895 check from Round 5 gave him a lead of $138,180 in the all-around. Should Bobby win the five remaining rounds of bareback riding and the average, and Trevor did not collect another penny, the most Bobby could earn is $138,107, making Trevor the clear winner halfway through the NFR.

In Other WNFR News

Thanks to a second-place finish December 11, three-time world champion and AQHA member Luke Branquinho took over the lead in the steer wrestling world standings. Unfortunately, a no-time in the first round knocked the Los Alamos, California, cowboy out of the average race; he still has a chance to claim another world championship

The tie-down roping race continues between Justin Maass and reigning world champion Tuf Cooper. Tuf, an AQHA member from Decatur, Texas, holds a $5,745 lead over Justin in the world standings and the two sit first and sixth in the average race, respectively. However, Justin placed fourth in Round 5, where Tuf didn’t place.  

AQHA member Brittany Pozzi, a two-time world champion, leads the barrel racing world standings by $1,560 over Mary Walker of Ennis, Texas. Riding the 2012 AQHA-PRCA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year Perculatin, aka “Latte,” Mary won the first three rounds of the NFR and sits atop the rankings for the Ram Truck Top Gun Award, given to the NFR’s top earner in a single event, with $62,428.

The December issue of America’s Horse magazine featured the 2012 AQHA-PRCA horses of the year. Receiving America’s Horse magazine is one of the many perks of being an AQHA member. To learn about more member benefits, visit www.aqha.com/join.

It’s been a rollercoaster of a year, to say the least, for Mary. Over a year ago, she lost her son, Reagon, in a trailer accident. Shortly thereafter, the barrel racer shattered her pelvis, fractured two vertebrae and broke two toes when Latte fell at a barrel race. In a wheelchair for eight months, Mary emerged with eight plates and 11 pins in her pelvis, and then went on to spend three months in rehab. Thanks to a supportive husband – Byron, the 1981 world champion steer wrestler – and Reagon, who’s been her inspiration to ride this year, Mary has seen spectacular success in the wake of heartache. She has Latte to thank, as well.

“When we started back (rodeoing) in the first of January, he took care of me. He went as fast as I wanted him to go. He didn’t do anything that I didn’t ask him to,” Mary told America’s Horse magazine, which featured the AQHA-PRCA horses of the year in its December issue. “He’s really good minded.”

By Dash For Cash son Dash For Perks and out of Curiocity Corners by Silver Lucky Buck, the 8-year-old bay gelding was bred by Reita Reijan Pickens of Kiowa, Oklahoma.

“He has just amazed me all year,” Mary added. “Deep in our hearts, we knew he was our horse of the year, but for all the other girls to have voted for him, wow, they thought he was, too. What an honor.”