AQHA Members Top Pendleton Round-Up
Trevor Brazile leads the pack of AQHA members who roped championships at the legendary rodeo in Oregon.
By Randy Thomas | September 15, 2014
After more than four days of rodeo competition, the Pendleton Round-Up drew to a close for the 104th year with more than $500,000 awarded in prize money to hundreds of competing cowboys and cowgirls who entertained tens of thousands of spectators at one of the West’s most storied rodeos.
Check out the final rodeo results at www.pendletonroundup.com.
AQHA member Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, won again with his third straight and fourth cumulative all-around title at the Pendleton Round-Up by collecting more winnings – $13,000 – than any other competitor during the four-day rodeo, including money earned in the qualifying and final rounds. The third-straight win allows him to retire the Round-Up’s Let ‘Er Buck trophy and add it to his collection in Texas. Known as the “King of the Cowboys,” Brazile, 37, has won more than $5 million in his 18-year professional rodeo career, the most of any competitor in the history of organized rodeo competition, with a record 19 world titles won at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Riley Pruitt, 22, of Gering, Nebraska, brought the best time into Saturday's finals, then scored an 8.7-second ride to win the tie-down roping championship at the 104th Pendleton Round-Up with a three-event aggregate time of 28.8 seconds. Pruitt follows in the footsteps of his world champion dad, Troy, who won the title for this event at the Round-Up in 1994. But unlike his dad, who tied and shared his cash prize 20 years ago, the younger Pruitt was alone at the top.
AQHA member Fred Whitfield, 47, of Hockley, Texas, took second with an 8.8-second ride Saturday and an aggregate of 29.6, moved Trevor Brazile to third place in the event. Brazile scored 8.6 seconds with Saturday’s run for a three-day event aggregate of 29.7, one-tenth of a second behind Whitfield.
Whitfield, a professional rodeo competitor for 24 years with nearly $3.2 million in winnings, the eight-time world champion won the title in this event at the Round-Up in 1995, 1996 and 2005.
In steer wrestling, 33-year-old Casey Martin of Sulphur, Louisiana, continued to impress after tying the arena record earlier in the week during qualifications, when he caught and dropped a steer in 3.8 seconds. The three-time winner here (he won the event in 2008 and 2010) won the title today with a 6.6-second ride for a total aggregate of 17.4 over three events, including two qualifying rounds.
Behind Martin was Nick Guy, 29, of Sparta, Wisconsin, whose best score of the day, 5.5 seconds, gave him the second-place aggregate of 20.2 seconds. In third place, Tanner Milan, 31, of Cochrane, Alberta, caught his steer Saturday in 6.8 seconds for an aggregate of 20.3.
Martin is ranked No. 3 in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings, with more $70,000 in 2014 winnings in the steer wrestling event. Guy is ranked No. 7 and Tanner 46th. Martin has competed professionally since 2002, winning nearly $700,000 and qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo three times.
Local fans could finally celebrate after watching several local competitors fail to reach the top in earlier events. AQHA member and header Jake Stanley of nearby Hermiston, Oregon, and heeler Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Washington, won the team roping event with a time Saturday of 5.8 seconds, giving them the best three-event aggregate of 19.2.
Another team from the Northwest, brothers and AQHA members Riley and Brady Minor, Ellensburg, Washington, tied for third with the best ride of the day, 5.5 seconds to reach an aggregate of 19.9.
Header Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Georgia, and AQHA member Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas, captured second place with a Saturday ride of 6.4 and aggregate of 19.5. Tied for third/fourth with the Minors were Adam Rose of Willard, Missouri, and Chad Williams of Stephenville, Texas, scoring 6.5 Saturday and 19.9 aggregate.
Jason Evans of Huntsville, Texas, caught his steer in 13.8 seconds Saturday to finish with an aggregate of 41.1/3 and the 2014 Pendleton Round-Up steer roping title.
In second was a longtime Pendleton competitor and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, who won this event here in 1991, 1994 and 2001. Yates, 54, had a time of 15.2 seconds Saturday for aggregate of 47.6/3. Rocky Patterson, 48, of Pratt, Kansas, won with an aggregate of 26.5/2. Patterson had no score on Saturday but came into the finals in the lead, enough to give him at third place.
The 44-year-old Evans has competed professionally as a PRCA member since 1992 but competes at a low level, winning one or two rodeos a year. The Round-Up represents his first victory in 2014. Yates on the other hand, a professional since 1975, wins four or five rodeos annually and has one NFR average championship in steer roping. Patterson, also a pro since 1992, has one rodeo victory in 2014 and has yet to compete in the NFR, although he has competed 19 times in the National Finals Steer Roping.
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