Weekend Highlights, Sept.15-21

by | Sep 22, 2014

  • Brazile watch: Trevor Brazile won checks at four rodeos in the past week, in all three of his events, for total earnings of $13,853. He was the all-around cowboy at the Amarillo and Albuquerque rodeos, and the Amarillo Wrangler Champions Challenge. The breakdown? He banked $5,101 in tie-down roping, $3,631 in team roping and $5,121 in steer roping, where he moved to within $1,870 of world standings leader Chet Herren in 14 fewer rodeos ($66,290 to $64,420). Brazile moved over the $90,000 mark in both tie-down roping and team roping. Brazile’s season total in all events is $247,511, slightly more than $20,000 away from his regular-season record, going into Omaha where he’s entered in two events. His lead over Tuf Cooper in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings all-around race is $93,986, while he was third among team roping headers and remained third in the tie-down roping standings.
  • Sage Kimzey won both rounds of the Oklahoma City Xtreme Bulls Division 2 event and the New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo in Albuquerque (averaging 89.33 points along the way) to rack up another $12,092. His season total is now $143,165, which raises his lead over J.W. Harris (who did not earn a check for the week) to $18,133. Fellow bull rider Tyler Smith tied for the win at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Amarillo, Texas, to start the week, and closed it out with a win in Sunday’s Albuquerque Xtreme Bulls Division 2. He also tied for second at the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque and earned another check in Pasadena, Texas, to finish with a total of $11,811 and move himself off the bubble (he jumped from 15th to 10th).
  • All five members of the saddle bronc riding Wright clan earned checks last week, with 2012 World Champion Jesse Wright leading the way with four checks (including a win in Amarillo) totaling $6,389, followed by his two-time world champion brother, Cody ($4,828), Jesse’s twin brother Jake ($2,590), Cody’s son, Rusty ($1,486) and brother Spencer ($365). They peaked as a group at their home-state rodeo in Eagle Mountain, Utah, where all five cashed checks. The week’s biggest single earner in saddle bronc riding, however, was Cole Elshere, who had wins in Pasadena, Texas, and Albuquerque, N.M., plus a fifth-place finish at the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Amarillo to total $9,032 to raise his season total to $71,134, which is good for ninth place in the standings.
  • Tie-down roper Cody Ohl used wins at Pasadena, Texas, and Texarkana, Texas, and a fifth-place finish in Apache, Okla., to bump Jake Pratt out of the 15th spot in the world standings. Ohl, who finished second in the world in 2013 and is chasing his 20th WNFR qualification, earned $8,103 for the week and lifted his season total to $63,383. Cory Solomon currently sits in 16th with $57,828.
  • With $44,692 as of Sept. 22, Josh Frost has already surpassed his elder brother, Joe, to take over second place on the all-time list of money won on a permit in a single season, and he’s just $3,034 behind the record Sage Kimzey set a year ago. Frost is also within reach of Caleb Smidt’s overall record for money won on a permit. His $55,757 over the last two seasons is just $5,227 shy of Smidt’s mark (2011-12) of $60,985.

Courtesy of PRCA