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Monday, May 16, 2011

The $4 million man: Trevor Brazile

The $4 million man: Trevor Brazile

By Brett Hoffman

Trevor Brazile, an Amarillo native who lives in Decatur, became the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association's first $4 million cowboy after finishing in the money in two roping events at a rodeo in Bridgeport last weekend.
Brazile, 34, who has a record eight world all-around titles, earned $5,652 by winning the steer roping title and finishing third in team roping at Bridgeport's Butterfield Stage Days, which pushed his earnings to $4,000,396, according to the PRCA.
Brazile, who joined the PRCA in 1996, became the youngest (29) to reach the $2 million milestone (July 2006) and the first to reach $3 million (December 2008).
n Dirty Jacket has it down: Dirty Jacket, a former National Finals Rodeo bronc, burns it up in the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Guymon, Okla.
The past four Guymon champions have won on the bronc, and all have scored 87s.
The latest cowboy to join the club was Matt Bright of Azle, who clinched the bareback riding title in Guymon on May 8. The other three were Canyon's Will Lowe (2010), Jared Smith (2009) and Jerad Schlegel (2008).
Pete Carr, who owns the 7-year-old bay gelding, finds humor in watching his bronc consistently help produce winning scores.
"The Masters has its Green Jacket and the Guymon rodeo has its Dirty Jacket," Carr joked.
Carr, who lives in Dallas and ranches near Athens, said Dirty Jacket thrives on performing outdoors.
The Guymon rodeo traditionally is conducted at the Henry C. Hitch Pioneer Arena under the Oklahoma Panhandle skies.
"He likes that arena and he bucks very well in that arena," Carr said. "He's a very electric outdoor horse."
n PBR update: Though he was bucked off his final-round bull, North Carolina cowboy J.B. Mauney managed to clinch the title at last weekend's Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Duluth, Ga.
In the 15-man finals, Mauney bucked off of a bull named RMEF Gunpowder & Lead, in 2.25 seconds.
However, his combined 263.75 points from the first three rounds was enough to edge second-place finisher Robson Palermo.
In the average race, Mauney, who won the PBR World Finals average in 2009, clinched the title with a three-ride aggregate score of 273.75 and left with $40,330. Palermo, who finished with a tally of 263.25, earned $18,983.
In other action, NFL receiver Chad Ochocinco took on a bovine named Deja Blu in an exhibition match during Saturday night's show. He stayed on for 1.5 seconds. In a post-ride interview, Ochocinco said he will donate the $10,000 promised by the PBR to his favorite charity, Feed the Children.
This weekend, the PBR world title race tour stops in Pueblo, Colo.
n CBR update: After finishing third at the 34th George Paul Memorial on May 7-8 in Del Rio, J.W. Harris of Coleman ranks third in the Championship Bull Riding title race with 2,845 points. Clayton Foltyn of El Campo is ranked No. 1 in the standings with 3,612.
The Del Rio show was named after the late George Paul, who won the PRCA world bull riding title in 1968.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has written a rodeo column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram during the past two decades. Email him at

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