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Patterson Lassos Title on Final Run

Kansas Champion Wins Race to the Finish by Just $418 over 16-time World Champion Brazile

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GUTHRIE, Okla. / Saturday, November 3, 2012 – Rocky Patterson knew he needed to be fast. The 2012 Steer Roping World Championship depended on it.

Patterson was. He posted a 10.3-second run to win the 10th go-round at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and outlast Trevor Brazile by $418 to win his third Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Championship. What’s impressive is that Patterson has won them all in the last four years.

What’s more impressive is that the Pratt, Kan., cowboy dominated Saturday night in the final five rounds of the two-day competition.

“This is the closest race in years,” said announcer Charlie Throckmorton, who called the action at his 13th NFSR this weekend. “This is the way it’s supposed to be.”

Patterson had held the world standings lead since the fourth go-round, but had two no-times on Friday night. That nearly took him out of contention to place in the top five in the 10-round aggregate race. Brazile, who won the average with 131.7 seconds on 10 runs, held a distinct advantage – as the average winner, the Decatur, Texas, cowboy pocketed a bonus of $15,231.

Patterson was the last roper to compete Saturday night knowing he needed to win the final go-round and hope he earned an average check if he were to catch Brazile. Patterson’s 10.3 did both – he finished fifth in the average – making that single run worth $8,308.

“A guy always dreams of winning the first one,” said Patterson, 46, who won his first Montana Silversmiths gold buckle in 2009. “Anytime you get to compete in the same arena as Trevor Brazile is a privilege and to be able to come out on top is unbelievable.

“I think knowing how fast I had to be helped, because I don’t rope as fast as some of the guys normally, so I knew I had to go at him.”

Patterson placed in seven go-rounds and won three. In fact, he placed in all five rounds on Saturday night, winning two. Of his $29,731, more than $21,000 came on the final night.

            “That’s just great competition,” said Brazile, a 16-time World Champion who leads the all-around standings heading to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December. “When everyone executes, it’s where the chips fall. I was more proud of my performance this week as I have ever been. I feel like I executed better this week, and I don’t feel like I left on the table.”

            “At the end of the day, I have no regrets. My hat’s off to Rocky. That was a lot of pressure he had to overcome as well.”

            The NFSR was a four-man race from the start, including the year-end leader Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, and third-place finisher Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews, Texas. When Lee faltered through the rugged 10 rounds, the other three remained tightly knitted. It came down to the final round to decide the world title.

            Of course, it helped that Patterson had roped lights out all night long.

            “Everybody knew Trevor was in the lead coming in tonight,” Patterson said. “You can spend a lot of your time worrying about Trevor when you don’t need to, because Trevor is going to take care of Trevor. He’s not going to mess up, so you just have to take care of yourself.”

            Brazile and Mike Chase of McAlester, Okla., are the only two cowboys to rope and tie down all 10 steers. The result was Brazile’s first NFSR average championship.

            “That was great competition that came down to the wire,” Brazile said. “I hope the steer roping fans turned out, because they would’ve missed a good one if they didn’t.”

 

Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
Lazy E Arena
Nov. 2-3, 2012

                  First round: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.9, $4,077; 3. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 12.0, $3,077; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 12.1, $2,077; 5. Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 12.5, $1,077.

                  Second round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. (tie) Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., and Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 12.0, $3,577 each; 4. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 12.5, $2,077; 5. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 13.1, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 23.9 seconds on two head; 2. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 24.0; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 24.9; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 25.7; 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 26.2.

                  Third round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 12.2 seconds, $5,077; 2. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 12.6, $4,077; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 12.8, $3,077; 4. Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan., 12.9, $2,077; 5. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 13.7, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 36.5 seconds on three head; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 39.0; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 40.5; 4. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 43.0; 5. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 44.3.

                  Fourth round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 12.0 seconds, $5,077; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 12.2, $4,077; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 12.9, $3,077; 4. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 13.2, $2,077; 5. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 14.0, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 51.2 seconds on four head; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 52.5; 3. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 58.2; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 61.0; 5. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 63.2.

                  Fifth round: 1. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. (tie) Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, and Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.9, $3,577 each; 4. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 11.0, $2,077; 5. (tie) J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., and Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 13.3, $538 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 64.7 seconds on five head; 2. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 74.3; 3. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 78.1; 4. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 79.5; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 52.5 on four.

                  Sixth round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.2 seconds, $5,077; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 11.0, $4,077; 3. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.4, $3,077; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.5, $2,077; 5. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 11.8, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 76.2 seconds on six head; 2. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 88.3; 3. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 93.0; 4. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 131.2; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 63.5 on five.

                  Seventh round: 1. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.2 seconds, $5,077; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 11.6, $4,077; 3. Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 11.8, $3,077; 4. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 12.0, $2,077; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 13.6, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 88.2 seconds on seven head; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 146.3; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 77.1 on six; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 88.3; 5. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 91.4.

                  Eighth round: 1. Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan., 12.1 seconds, $5,077; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 12.5, $4,077; 3. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 13.4, $3,077; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 13.5, $2,077; 5. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 13.9, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 103.3 seconds on eight head; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 158.8; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 98.8 on seven; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 101.8; 5. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 114.9.

                  Ninth round: round: 1. Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan., 9.5 seconds, $5,077; 2. Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 11.0, $4,077; 3. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 11.1, $3,077; 4. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 11.8, $2,077; 5. (tie) Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., and J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 12.0, $538 each. Average leaders:  1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 120.2 seconds on nine head; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 175.0; 3. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 113.8 on eight; 4. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 117.9; 5. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 84.3 on seven.

                  10th round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.3 seconds, $5,077; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 10.8, $4,077; 3. Kim Ziegelgruber, Edmond, Okla., 11.1, $3,077; 4. (tie) Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 11.5, $1,577. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 131.7 seconds on 10 head, $15,231; 2. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 193.4, $12,231; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 128.7 on nine, $9,231; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 133.2, $6,231; 5. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 94.6 on eight, $3,231.

                  Final world standings: 1. Rocky Patterson, $91,931.66; 2. Trevor Brazile, $91,513.36; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., $86,503.18; 4. Cody Lee, $67,398.78; 5. Mike Chase, $53,700.09; 6. Chet Herren, $49,645.80; 7. Jess Tierney, $45,515.23; 8. J.P. Wickett, $44,436.62; 9. Chance Kelton, $44,007.36; 10. Kim Ziegelgruber, 42,527.14; 11. Cody Scheck, $40,300.78; 12. Dan Fisher, $40,246.67; 13. Rod Hartness, $38,815.36; 14. Ralph Williams, $38,306.97; 15. Landon McClaugherty, $32,012.69.


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Brazile Leads NFSR
after First Night

Reigning World Champ in the Driver’s Seat in

One of the Tightest Races in Recent History

GUTHRIE, Okla. / Friday, November 2, 2012 – Trevor Brazile is one of the greatest cowboys to have ever competed in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Now the 16-time world champion has the advantage in one of the tightest races in recent history at the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping after opening night. Brazile placed in three go-rounds Friday night at the Lazy E Arena and leads the aggregate.

“It makes you go to bed tonight with good thoughts when you come here to execute,” said Brazile, the three-time and reigning Steer Roping World Champion from Decatur, Texas. “It’s far from over, but it lets you sleep better to do what you came here to do. We’re a long way from finishing this thing out. If you don’t finish, the start doesn’t matter.

         Brazile holds a 9.6-second lead in the average over the No. 2 man, J.P. Wickett, a 13-time NFSR qualifier from Sallisaw, Okla. Two-time world champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., leads the world standings with $70,855, but he’s just $303 ahead of Brazile. Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews, Texas, is third with $68,042, while Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, is fourth, $67,399. But Brazile’s advantage is greater than that. He’s the only one in the World Title contention to have tied down all five steers. The final five rounds take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

         “Trevor’s in the driver’s seat with the average and the fact that he ropes really good,” said Patterson, who scored times on just three of five runs Friday night. “I’ve just got to try to win first every round and see where the cards fall at the end.” Roping on Champ, the Reserve World Champion Steer Roping Horse borrowed from friend Chris Glover, Brazile is taking a business approach to his 16th qualification to the Clem McSpadden.

         “I’m just trying not to let any of the outside factors of what’s going on with the roping interfere with my game plan,” he said. “I just want to execute. I know the runs I’ve been making in practice all week, and I want to bring that to the Lazy E and do the exact same thing.

         “The friends you have in the rodeo industry are priceless. It’s a blessing to have Chris. He finished 16th in the world, so he didn’t make it here this year. But his horse is here, and I’m grateful for that.” A lot of cowboys would like to be as consistent as Brazile was Friday. Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Okla., started off hot, posting a 10.8-second run to win the opening go-round. He held the lead in the average through three rounds, then things fell apart.

Fisher won the second (10.8 seconds) and fourth go-rounds (12.0), then failed to score a time in the fifth round. Still, he remains fifth in the average. Patterson won the third round in 12.2, while Chance Kelton of Mayer, Ariz., equaled the fastest run of the night (10.8) to win the fifth round.

         “I love this race,” Brazile said. “I think it’s the best thing in the world for steer roping. It’s a great time to be a steer roping fan. It’s healthy for the sport, and it’s fun for the contestants. It’s what sports is all about.”

            First round: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 11.9, $4,077; 3. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 12.0, $3,077; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 12.1, $2,077; 5. Ralph Williams, Skiatook, Okla., 12.5, $1,077.


            Second round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. (tie) Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., and Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 12.0, $3,577 each; 4. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 12.5, $2,077; 5. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 13.1, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 23.9 seconds on two head; 2. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 24.0; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 24.9; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 25.7; 5. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 26.2.


            Third round: 1. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 12.2 seconds, $5,077; 2. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 12.6, $4,077; 3. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 12.8, $3,077; 4. Cody Scheck, Ellinwood, Kan., 12.9, $2,077; 5. Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, 13.7, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Chet Herren, Pawhuska, Okla., 36.5 seconds on three head; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 39.0; 3. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 40.5; 4. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 43.0; 5. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 44.3.


            Fourth round: 1. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 12.0 seconds, $5,077; 2. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 12.2, $4,077; 3. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 12.9, $3,077; 4. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 13.2, $2,077; 5. Rod Hartness, Pawhuska, Okla., 14.0, $1,077. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 51.2 seconds on four head; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 52.5; 3. Dan Fisher, Andrews, Texas, 58.2; 4. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 61.0; 5. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 63.2.


            Fifth round: 1. Chance Kelton, Mayer, Ariz., 10.8 seconds, $5,077; 2. (tie) Cody Lee, Gatesville, Texas, and Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., 10.9, $3,577 each; 4. Jess Tierney, Hermosa, S.D., 11.0, $2,077; 5. (tie) J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., and Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 13.3, $538 each. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, 64.7 seconds on five head; 2. J.P. Wickett, Sallisaw, Okla., 74.3; 3. Mike Chase, McAlester, Okla., 78.1; 4. Landon McClaugherty, Tilden, Texas, 79.5; 5. Vin Fisher Jr., Andrews, Texas, 52.5 on four. World standings: 1. Rocky Patterson, $70,854.75; 2. Trevor Brazile, $70,551.83; 3. Vin Fisher Jr. , $68,041.65; 4. Cody Lee, $67,398.78; 5. Chet Herren, $49,645.80; 6. Chance Kelton, $42,930.44; 7. Jess Tierney, $42,438.31; 8. Kim Ziegelgruber, $38,373.30; 9. Dan Fisher, $38,169.75; 10. Mike Chase, $37,392.40; 11. J.P. Wickett, 35,590.47; 12. Landon McClaugherty, $32,012.69; 13. Rod Hartness, $30,661.52; 14. Cody Scheck, $30,146.94; 15. Ralph Williams, $29,576.21

Trevor Brazile


  

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The Race is on for 2012 World Title

World’s Best Cowboys Set to Battle during Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping

 

GUTHRIE, Okla. / Monday, October 29, 2012 – Cody Lee realizes it takes more than great roping if he is to win his first Steer Roping World Championship.

“I’ve had a pretty lucky year,” said Lee, 37, of Gatesville, Texas, the top-ranked cowboy heading into the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, presented by National Saddlery set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.

“But with Rocky and Trevor right on your heels, you can’t have a big enough lead when those two are behind you.”

He’s talking about Rocky Patterson and Trevor Brazile, who, combined, have won five of the last six Steer Roping World Titles. Brazile, 35, of Decatur, Texas, is the reigning champ who also won Steer Roping gold buckles in 2006-07; Patterson, 46, of Pratt, Kan., won the world in 2009-10. While Lee leads the race heading into this weekend’s championship, Patterson and Brazile join Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews, Texas, in the top four and in contention to move into the No. 1 spot from the opening tip.

“This event’s so tough,” said Patterson, who is making his 18th trip to the steer roping finale in his 21st season as a pro. “Trevor went in last year with a pretty good lead. This year’s going to be different. There are four of us that could change the lead every go-round.”

Lee knows that as well as anyone. This is his highest qualifying spot for the Clem McSpadden, but he’s been among the top 15 ropers in the game eight times.

“It’s been good all year,” he said, referring to the $62,745 he earned through the regular season. “I just need to stick to my game plan and try tying them all down.”

With more than $5,000 on the line for the winners of each of the 10 go-rounds, that’s good reason to be sure. But the total payout is a good reason why contestants are eager to make it to the Lazy E Arena in November. Ralph Williams of Skiatook, Okla., is back for the second straight year, but it’s just the second time he’s been part of the elite field in his career.

“To make it there with the caliber of ropers I’ve had to go against all year is a great feeling,” said Williams, who snuck into the field on the final weekend of the regular season. “There was a lot of tension going on heading to that weekend. We were checking each other’s steers and comparing notes, just trying to put it all together. It was intense.”

The intensity gets turned up quite a bit this week. Not only is this the largest purse in the sport this season, the NFSR is where the World Champion will be crowned.

“When I started roping, the goal was to make the finals once,” Patterson said. “Then once you’ve been there a half-dozen times, you hope for something better.

“Of course, it’s fun to be in the race right there at the top.”

As in years past and just like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the event will consist of 10 go-rounds to determine the PRCA World Champion and the final 2012 PRCA Steer Roping World Standings. On Friday night, Nov. 2, Rounds 1 through 5 will take place – that means 75 runs in one night. Then on Saturday night, Nov. 3, Rounds 6 through 10 – and another 75 runs – will determine who walks out of the Lazy E Arena with the PRCA World Championship gold buckle and saddle.

The Lazy E Arena was built to host the NFSR in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. In 2009, the Oklahoma state Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to change the name of the event to honor the late Clem McSpadden, who served for many years in the Oklahoma Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives while also building a reputation as one of the best announcers in rodeo history. He worked the steer roping finals a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E.” 

Steer roping fans will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances and in addition, the Senior National Finals Steer Roping will take place during the day at the Lazy E Arena on Nov. 2-3.  VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $37 … Box seats $30 and general admission $20 pre-show.  Children 12 and under are free in general admission. Group discounts are also available … Call (800) 595-RIDE for complete details. A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will again be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

Tickets are on sale now at www.lazye.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E directly at (800) 595-RIDE. A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will be donated to the National Cowboy and western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

The 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance, Boyd Gaming, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Pendleton Whisky, Purina Mills, Kyler Cattle Company, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, The Oklahoman, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites-Edmond, Best Western-Edmond and the Comfort Suites-Edmond.

The Clem McSpadden NFSR is a Lazy E Production.  For more information on the NFSR or other Lazy E events, contact the Lazy E Arena, 9600 Lazy E Drive, Guthrie, OK  73044, (405) 282-RIDE, (800) 595-RIDE or visit www.lazye.com.

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World Titles are What Define Brazile
Defending Champ Hopes to Add to His Gold Buckles by Repeating at the NFSR

GUTHRIE, Okla. – Trevor Brazile is defined by many things, and most of them are gold.

In all, the Decatur, Texas, cowboy owns 16 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) gold buckles, nine of which are the most coveted in the sport of rodeo, World Champion All-Around Cowboy. But it’s the other titles that have established Brazile as likely the greatest timed-event contestant in the sport’s history – a team roping-heading championship, three tie-down roping titles and three steer roping championships.

In fact, he is the reigning World Champion Steer Roper, and he will look to defend his title during the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, presented by National Saddlery set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla. He’ll test his talent against the other top 15 ropers in the game, just as he has done every year since 1997 when he first qualified for the season-ending championship.

That statistic is just as telling as any other in helping define Brazile’s greatness because 2012 marks his 16th straight year to finish among the world’s best professional steer ropers. Overall, he’s qualified for ProRodeo’s World Championships’ 38 times – in addition to steer roping, he has qualified in tie-down roping (13 times) and in team roping (nine times).

He joins Dale Smith as only the second man in the sport’s history to have qualified for the National Finals in all four roping disciplines – Brazile’s first team roping qualification came in 1998 as a heeler; his subsequent eight trips to Las Vegas have been in heading.

Even more telling is that Brazile will enter the early November competition at the Lazy E with a giant target on his back.

“When you’re talking about Trevor, I think he’s just that talented; I think he works hard at it,” said Rocky Patterson, a two-time World Champion from Pratt, Kan.

Patterson knows of what he speaks. Not only does he own two gold buckles, Patterson has secured his 18th qualification to the Clem McSpadden NFSR in 19 years. He is second in the world standings and knows what it takes to walk away a champion. On top of that, Patterson is well within range to walk away from the Lazy E with his third title.

Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas, leads the world standings race and is heading to the finals for the seventh time in his career. Brazile is the No. 3 roper heading into the final four weeks of the regular season, which concludes the final day of September; there still is time for the “bubble boys” to finish in the top 15 in the world standings to play for the biggest pay in the sport.

“It’s like any other event, where if you want to win the world title, you have to have a good finals event,” Brazile said. “It’s going to be close enough by that time that it will be about anyone’s to win.”

A year ago, it was a close race. In fact, it came down to the final run on the final day of the 2011 Clem McSpadden to finally decide the world champion.

“It just made it that much sweeter,” Brazile said. “There are things you remember, and I’ll remember that run because of that race, whereas you don’t remember it when it doesn’t come down to it. When your heart’s not that heavy on your last one, it doesn’t stick with you as long.”

It looks like 2012 will repeat as far as a down-to-the-wire finish. Will it be Brazile winning a fourth gold buckle or Patterson winning a third, or will Lee secure his first world title in his career? Whoever claims the top spot will have earned it, just as a cowboy should.

“There’s a lot of tradition in steer roping,” Brazile said. “It’s the first event, period. It’s one of the earliest cowboy sports. That tradition means a lot to me, plus it’s just a cowboy event.”

As in years past and just like the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the event will consist of 10 go-rounds to determine the PRCA World Champion and the final 2012 PRCA Steer Roping World Standings. On Friday night, Nov. 2, Rounds 1 through 5 will take place – that means 75 runs in one night. Then on Saturday night, Nov. 3, Rounds 6 through 10 – and another 75 runs – will determine who walks out of the Lazy E Arena with the PRCA World Championship gold buckle and saddle.

The Lazy E Arena was built to host the NFSR in 1984 by E.K. Gaylord II. In 2009, the Oklahoma state Legislature unanimously passed a resolution to change the name of the event to honor the late Clem McSpadden, who served for many years in the Oklahoma Legislature and the U.S. House of Representatives while also building a reputation as one of the best announcers in rodeo history. He worked the steer roping finals a record 27 times. McSpadden was also known as the “Voice of the Lazy E.”

Steer roping fans will enjoy all of the activities planned for the performances and in addition, the Senior National Finals Steer Roping will take place during the day at the Lazy E Arena on Nov. 2-3. VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $37 … Box seats $30 and general admission $20 pre-show. Children 12 and under are free in general admission. Group discounts are also available … Call (800) 595-RIDE for complete details. A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will again be donated to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

Tickets will be on sale Sept. 24 at www.lazye.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000 or by calling the Lazy E directly at (800) 595-RIDE. Call early for the best seats possible for this world championship. A portion of the proceeds from the 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping will be donated to the National Cowboy and western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the Clem McSpadden Endowed Chair at Oklahoma State University. The Lazy E is proud to support these institutions for Western preservation.

The 2012 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance, Boyd Gaming, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Pendleton Whisky, Purina Mills, Kyler Cattle Company, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, The Oklahoman, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites-Edmond, Best Western-Edmond, and the Comfort Suites-Edmond.

 

 
 
     

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