FORT WORTH, Texas – It’s never breaking news when Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith win the team roping together at a big rodeo. However, their win here Saturday night is noteworthy simply because they haven’t won together in more than a year.
Brazile and Smith – 2010 the world champions – won the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo with a time of 16.5 seconds on three head. The pair placed fourth or better in all three rounds, earning a total of $13,887 each – $7,067 alone for taking the average title.
“You don’t get many chances to win big rodeos in the winter, so it feels good to win this one and get a victory at a big winter rodeo under our belt,” Brazile said. “This was only the second rodeo that Patrick and I have roped together at so far this season, so this is great.”
Brazile and Smith roped together from 2007-13, qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo every year. They went separate ways in 2014, but decided to reunite in 2015.
“We’ve roped so many steers together in the past that it doesn’t take much to get back in the groove,” Smith said. “I know if I do my job, we’ll have a good chance to win, and so far, so good.”
They entered the final round Feb. 7 only needing to be better than 6.5 seconds, and they did just that, stopping the clock at 6.1.
Brazile says the strategy was simple as they chased the average title.
“We just didn’t want to do anything that would cost us,” Brazile said. “A lot of the pressure was off because we had won a good amount of money in each round, but we both wanted to win that cool buckle, too.”
Smith concurred with his partner.
“You have to be aware of your surroundings and the scenario, and we knew exactly what we had to be,” he said. “We knew we could be safer with the barrier and our shot decision. Fort Worth is a tough setup, and you have to draw well and rope well to win there, and we did.”
Smith won in Fort Worth in 2006 with Clay Tryan, but Brazile had never captured a team roping title here (he won all-around titles in Fort Worth in 2010-11).
As the duo moves forward – the Fort Worth win alone will put them toward the top of the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings – they have their eyes on big things.
“I hope we can keep this going and be right there for a chance at a world title, and it feels good now, but it’s a long season and you have to keep roping well,” Brazile said. “Rodeo is all about confidence, and it’s easy to lose it and hard to get it back, so a big win like this gives us confidence going forward.”
Smith is just as excited to get rolling in 2015.
“I’m looking forward to this season because Trevor has some great heading horses and he’s worked so hard at being a great header for a decade,” he said. “It seems like every year he gets better and is always one of the best headers in the world. Winning as much as we did in Fort Worth is a shot in the arm; I’ve gone whole winters without winning that much. But at the same time, we have to be ready for every rodeo, and we just have to keep making good runs.”
Other winners at the $640,385 rodeo were bareback rider Tyler Nelson (324 points on four head), steer wrestler Baylor Roche (12.6 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider Joe Lufkin (239 points on three head), tie-down roper Sterling Smith (28.0 seconds on three head), bull rider Clayton Savage (167 points on two head) and barrel racer Sarah Rose McDonald (49.11 seconds on three runs).
Courtesy of PRCA