November 9, 2013 - GUTHRIE, Okla. – It’s only fitting that Trevor Brazile’s record-tying 18th ProRodeo world championship came inside the Lazy E Arena.
The arena that was built for steer roping was home to most of Guy Allen’s 18 gold buckles, so Brazile tied “The Legend” on Saturday night in the grandest of fashions – he won the 10th go-round with the fastest run of the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping and earned his fourth Steer Roping World Championship, which matches his heading, three tie-down roping and 10 all-around gold buckles.
“It’s special anywhere, but especially where I really got started,” said Brazile, whose 9.0-second run in the final g0-round helped him stave off three-time champ Rocky Patterson for the first world championship of the 2013 ProRodeo season. “I was a student of this game before I ever started team roping or calf roping.
“This is what my dad did. This is what I watched; it’s what I emulated when I was roping the dummy. I tripped a bale of hay more times than most people know.”
All those years of roping, practicing, pretending have paid off quite well for the King of the Cowboys, the only three-event National Finals qualifier in the sport who is on a one-way street toward his 11th all-around gold buckle – Brazile has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in both tie-down roping and team roping, where he will head for another world champion, Patrick Smith.
But his greatness in the roping box came through in this two-day championship. Brazile won four go-rounds and earned an event-best $26,462. He finished his season with $84,221, just a little more than $4,000 ahead of Patterson, the 2009, ’10 and ’12 world champ from Pratt, Kan. In fact, Patterson held a $1,108 lead over Brazile heading into the final go-round.
“Anybody that says there’s no pressure in that situation is a liar, because all the miles we go, all the years of preparation … the chances of gold buckles are so few and far between that you don’t want to mess those up.
“When we’re kids, that’s what we’ve played over and over in our mind a thousand times. You don’t get your confidence from anything but the preparation and your practice coming into those events.”
Brazile knew he needed to put the pressure on Patterson, who was the last to rope. After JoJo LeMond of Andrews, Texas, posted a 9.4 and Joe Wells posted a 10.3, Brazile realized he needed to be fast. He was.
“When I saw the round was getting tough, I was really kind of thankful, because it was kind of playing into my deal,” Brazile said. “I thought, ‘If I can get in front of one of those, then they’re going to have to go at it.’ I also couldn’t fold right there either.
“It makes it so much more memorable.”
2013 Average Champion Tony Reina
It was also quite a memorable weekend for 41-year-old Tony Reina, who, in his first qualification to the Clem McSpadden, won the average championship, roping and tying down all 10 steers in a cumulative time of 142.2 seconds.
“It’s awesome,” said Reina, a 1999 NFR qualifier in tie-down roping from Wharton, Texas. “That’s the most coveted buckle besides the gold buckle. It’s an endurance contest when you run 10 head, especially in the steer roping where there are so many variables.”
When the variables all played out, the champions were crowned. It was a race to remember!
Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping Lazy E Arena Nov. 8-9, 2013
November 8, 2013 - GUTHRIE, Okla. – J.P. Wickett has been in this position before.
Wickett, a 14-time Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping qualifier from Sallisaw, Okla., leads the average with a five-round cumulative time of 66.3 seconds. More importantly, Wickett won two go-rounds and has pocketed $14,231, heading into Saturday’s final five rounds with great momentum.
“I’ve had good first days before, and I’ve always backed off on the second day,” Wickett said, explaining that he took a less aggressive stance through the final few rounds of the competition. “Tomorrow night I think I’m going to approach it like I did tonight. I think I’m going to go full tilt, run at the barrier every time and be real aggressive with my rope.
“There’s the old saying that you dance with the girl that brung you to the dance.”
Wickett hopes to do plenty of dancing on the final night of the steer roping championship, but he’ll be just a little bit of the fireworks set for the Lazy E. The race for the 2013 World Champion Steer Roper is as tight as ever, with Trevor Brazile making a big move Friday night to catch world standings leader Rocky Patterson.
The two men who own the last six gold buckles are separated by $5,095, just a little more than the payout for winning a go-round, $5,077. Brazile, a 17-time world champion from Decatur, Texas, failed to complete a score in Friday’s opening round. That no-time meant he is likely out of the race for money in average, which pays out the cowboys with the top five cumulative times through 10 runs at the conclusion of the NFSR.
Patterson, the three-time and reigning world champion from Pratt, Kan., placed in two go-rounds, but suffered a no-time in the fifth round late Friday. Now both men will try to make as much money through the go-rounds.
Brazile said his plan is to “try to win as much money as you can through the ninth round, then you go see what you’ve got to do. After you go out on the first one, the next game plan you make is after the ninth round.”
It’s the same approach Patterson will take. But the two top-rated cowboys have played this game before. Patterson won the 2012 title on his last steer of the season.
Wickett came into the Clem McSpadden 10th in the world standings, but his opening night propelled him to fifth. He now trails Patterson by $24,116 and holds an outside shot of catching the standings leaders.
“You always want to win at the top,” Wickett said of winning the first round. “It kind of takes the heat off you that you’re going to get skunked. In the first round, everybody seems to be kind of tense and a little uptight. I try to just be relaxed and try to go after that first one and make it happen then so I can go make some money.”
It worked on opening night of the 2013 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping. Can it happen on Night No. 2?
Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping Lazy E Arena Nov. 8-9, 2013
Lazy E Is Ready for Roping Elite Top Cowboys Are Eager to Compete at Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
November 4th - GUTHRIE, Okla. –
There’s something majestic about the Lazy E Arena, especially when the greatest cowboys compete.It becomes even more special this week when ProRodeo’s elite are in this historic building for the 2013 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Fabulous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie. “It’s special every year, because you rope all year to get there,” said Cody Lee, the fourth-ranked steer roper in the world standings. “Your goal to start out the season is to make the finals and have a chance to win the world title.” Lee has a chance. The Gatesville, Texas, cowboy earned $54,593 through the regular season, which ended Sept. 30. He trails the money leader, three-time world champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., by $16,339. While that may seem insurmountable in most circumstances, it’s not the case at the Clem McSpadden, which features the largest purse in the sport this season. “With what the go-rounds and the average pay, I’ve got a shot,” said Lee, now in his eighth qualification to steer roping’s championship event. “Rocky’s not going to going to give it away, and Trevor will be there; those guys are hard to beat.” Trevor is Trevor Brazile, a 17-time world champion who owns three steer roping gold buckles of his own – he also has three world titles in tie-down roping, one in team roping-heading and a record 10 in the all-around. Brazile is the No. 2 cowboy in the race for the world title with $57,759, just $13,173 behind Patterson. “If you’re rodeoing for a living, the only chance you’ve got to make money is to make the finals and hope you have a good finals,” said Chet Herren, an eight-time NFSR qualifier from Pawhuska, Okla., who sits third on the money list with $55,560. “What you rope for is a chance for the world championship.” The field features the top 15 contestants in the world standings, all of whom have battled throughout the rugged regular season in order to earn a spot in this elite field. In addition to Patterson and Brazile, two-time world champion Scott Snedecor of Fredricksburg, Texas, is in the mix. Between the three, they own the last eight steer roping gold buckles. They will be joined by some of the greatest ropers ever to have competed in the sport, including record-setter Dan Fisher and his two sons, Vin Jr. and J. Tom. Fisher, now 62, is the oldest man to have qualified for National Finals event in ProRodeo history, and he keeps breaking the record every year. “We’ve already roped at the finals together once,” J. Tom Fisher said, referring to the 2010 Clem McSpadden. “Doing that again is just as nice. Vin and Dad have made it together five or six times. It’s nice to be able to compete against them and jump in the mix. It’s hard to believe Dad’s still doing it, but he’s never slowed down. Now he has a personal trainer he goes to three times a week. He’s had multiple knee surgeries, and he had prostate cancer. Nothing fazes him. He overcomes every obstacle. He just keeps roping and winning.” That’s why the elder Fisher returns to the championship for the 16th time. It’s something his sons hope to carry on for years to come, because they love competing inside the historic Lazy E. “It’s the best place to rope, period,” J. Tom Fisher said. 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. 8-9. VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $40 … Box seats $35 and general admission $23 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 2013 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 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 now for the best seats possible for this world championship. The 2013 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping is presented by National Saddlery, with support from Wrangler, American Farmers & Ranchers Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, the American Quarter Horse Association, Justin Boots, Priefert Ranch & Rodeo Equipment, Ram Rodeo, John Vance Auto Group, Purina Mills, Kyler Cattle Company, Twelve Oaks Restaurant, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites-Edmond, Best Western-Edmond and the Comfort Suites-Edmond. The 2013 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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Elite Ropers Converge on Lazy E
Top 15 Cowboys to Compete at Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping
August 29th - GUTHRIE, Okla. – Over the last eight years, just three men have laid claim to the title of World Champion Steer Roper.
With just one month left in the 2013 regular season, all three are in position to be part of the 2013 championship event, the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping, set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8-Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Fabulous Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Three-time and reigning World Champion Rocky Patterson of Pratt, Kan., has a strong hold on the No. 1 spot in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) world standings, having earned $62,933 through the end of August. His lead is about $11,000 over the No. 2 cowboy, Patterson’s traveling partner Chet Herren of Pawhuska, Okla.
“When you’re talking about Trevor Brazile, Cody Lee and Chet Herren, any lead’s a good lead, but no lead’s good enough,” said Patterson, who won gold in 2009-10 and last year.
Another three-time World Champ, Trevor Brazile of Decatur, Texas, sits in the No. 3 spot, just $3,000 behind Herren, while Cody Lee of Gatesville, Texas is fourth with $47,998. Brazile, a 17-time World Champion who owns a record 10 PRCA All-Around titles, earned steer roping gold in 2006-07 and 2011. He and Patterson are joined by two-time titlist Scott Snedecor of Fredericksburg, Texas, who is 12th on the money list with $29,892; Snedecor won his gold buckles in 2005 and 2008.
“I think a lot of our steer roping fans that’ll be at the finals in Guthrie are older, and they have a connection with steer roping because it’s one of the oldest events and it’s one of the first events in rodeo,” Patterson said. “They like to see good horses work and see good cowboys rope.”
They’ll get that chance the second weekend of November, when the brightest stars in the sport converge on the Lazy E Arena. Only the top 15 cowboys on the money list at the conclusion of the regular season qualify for the Clem McSpadden NFSR, where they’ll compete for the largest purse in the sport. With just four weeks remaining in the regular season, cowboys will be pushing hard to qualify for the NFSR, which will crown the first World Champion of the 2013 season.
The Lazy E is the perfect facility to host the Clem McSpadden NFSR. The arena was built in 1984 and was completed in time for that year’s championship. It has been event’s host for most of the last 30 years.
“When I was a kid, I got to go to the Lazy E and watch the National Finals Steer Roping,” said Patterson, a 19-time finalist who qualified for the first time in 1994. “I always had a desire to rope at the finals, and that always included the Lazy E.
“Amarillo was a great host, and Hobbs did well for steer roping, but to me, the steer roping finals belong at a place like 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. 8-9. VIP ticket prices for each performance of the NFSR are $40 … Box seats $35 and general admission $23 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 2013 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. 25 at 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.
The 2013 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, Purina Mills, Kyler Cattle Company, Patterson Quarter Horses, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, One Stop Copy Shop, the Fairfield Inn & Suites-Edmond, Best Western-Edmond and the Comfort Suites-Edmond.
The 2013 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.