Weekend Rodeo Highlights, Brazile Watch, Steve Woolsey, Riley Pruitt and More

by | Sep 16, 2014

  • BRAZILE WATCH: Trevor Brazile only went to one rodeo over the weekend, but he sure made the most of it. The 19-time world champ won the all-around in Pendleton with a haul of $13,546 – most of which came in tie-down roping. Brazile tied for the first-round win with a run of 8.6 seconds, and then won the finals with another 8.6-second effort. He finished third in the average, and earned a total of $9,615. Brazile also won the second round of the steer roping in Pendleton with a time of 12.9 seconds, which earned him another $3,931. Brazile now has $234,599 in season earnings, which is within striking distance of his record for regular-season earnings of $268,334, set in 2010. He moved to third in tie-down roping in the Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings, while he remained second in steer roping and fourth among team roping headers.
  • Steve Woolsey sat 28th in the bull riding world standings on Sep. 8, and needed a big win to keep himself in the conversation for his eighth Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. The Payson, Utah, cowboy won in Pendleton after splitting second in the first round and winning the finals outright with an 87-point trip on Four Star Rodeo’s Maestro. The three checks Woolsey earned in Pendleton totaled $8,766, but he wasn’t finished. Woolsey also won the Othello (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, earning another $1,371. In all, he moved seven spots to 21st in the Sept. 15 world standings, and has a good chance to be among the 24 bull riders who qualify for the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 25-26.
  • Tie-down roper Riley Pruitt found himself in a similar position to Woolsey, as he sat 35th in the world last week. The 22-year-old helped his cause for a late charge to his first WNFR by winning $12,602 over the weekend – $10,803 coming as a result of his win in Pendleton. Pruitt tied Trevor Brazile for the first-round win with a time of 8.6 seconds, then split second in the finals. His average time of 28.8 seconds on three head was enough to edge legends Fred Whitfield and Brazile. Pruitt would also win the all-around and tie-down roping titles at the St. George (Utah) Lions Dixie Roundup with a time of 8.6 seconds. He moved up 11 spots to 24th in the Sept. 15 world standings, and if he holds onto that spot, he will qualify for Omaha.
  • Steer wrestler Casey Martin has already clinched a spot in his fourth-consecutive WNFR this December, but he used Pendleton as a place to move up in the world standings and put his name in the record books. Martin’s 3.8-second run to win the second round tied the Pendleton record set by K.C Jones in 2002. Martin tied for third in the finals and won the average in Pendleton – his third title at that rodeo – with a time of 17.4 seconds on three head. He earned $10,474, which moved him from third to second in the Sept. 15 world standings, and also cut the deficit between him and leader Trevor Knowles to $9,446.

Courtesy of PRCA