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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Rodeo a family matter for Brazile

Rodeo a family matter for Brazile

DODGE CITY —Trevor Brazile’s rodeo resume screams success. The eight-time PRCA All-Around World Champion is the epitome of hard work, intelligence and some God-given ability thrown in the mix. But when the Decatur, Texas resident has a rare slip up, a no time or fails to make a final, the first person to tell him what he did wrong is his three-year-old son Treston.

“Sure he hollers,” Trevor said. “If I miss he hollers no time before the announcers.”

That dependable and no-holds-back voice is with Brazile at just about every rodeo. Along with his wife, Shada, and other child, one-year-old daughter Stella, he has a complete support system that is there in the stands watching and waiting for him when he finishes the day.

“You know, they don’t know any different,” Shada said of Treston and Stella. “They just kind of adapt and what’s cool about it, is no matter what situation, they’re game for it.”

The ability to adjust and go with the flow has been key for the entire Brazile family and their success. Shada, who said they have been on the road since June, mentioned that the kids find enjoyment in each rodeo.
“It’s been a busy summer,” Shada said. “But yeah, they love it. They have a lot of fun. They have a lot of friends that will be at the rodeos so they look forward to seeing there friends at each rodeo.”

Trevor mentioned, however, that while Stella really doesn’t understand rodeo yet, Treston has caught onto the sport.

“Well, Treston’s starting to. He’s three and he takes his horse with us most of the time and rides it around at all the rodeos so he’s having fun. But he knows the difference between a good run and a no time or something like that,” he said.

Shada said that they look forward to hearing Treston’s thoughts on how his dad has performed.
“Treston is just now to where he understands the concepts and understands what’s going on,” she said. “So we look forward to hearing his comments and critiquing his daddy. It’s a lot of fun.”

Brazile and his family are in Dodge this week for the Dodge City PRCA RoundUp Rodeo at the RoundUp Arena. Tuesday, Brazile competed in steer roping and celebrity team roping. Brazile, who is currently ranked No.1 in the All-Around standings at $188,879.00 earnings, according to, said he always looks forward to coming to Dodge and competing.

“The fans, you know. This is cowboy country,” Trevor said. “They know the rodeo and where it came from and they’re just fans of the sport. The aren’t coming just to get out in the sun, they’re coming to enjoy the sport that’s what we love. And it’s fun competing in front of knowledgeable fans.”

Brazile also hopes that this week out at the RoundUp Arena he can get back on track.

“It’s been a slow two weeks before this and we need to get it kicked back up,” Trevor said. “I have a lot of confidence in this rodeo, it’s been good to me over the years and hopefully it will kind of end my drought.”
And if it doesn’t, Treston will be the first to let him know.


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