SILVER CITY, N.M.- Trevor Brazile swept the competition at Silver City, N.M., last week, winning all of his events to cash in for more than $7,300.
Brazile, out of Decatur, Texas, rode away with titles in calf roping, team roping (with partner Patrick Smith) and steer roping - plus the all-around championship.
The six-time and current all-around champ said he accomplished the feat once before at Lewiston, Idaho, back in 2006. He said to pull something off like that is really a big boost for confidence.
"It really is. There's a lot of rodeos that I go to and I am fortunate to win the calf roping and team roping, but a lot of them don't offer the steer roping," he said. "To be able to go to the ones that offer all of three of the events is pretty cool."
The wins at Silver City have moved Brazile back into the top spot of the world all-around standings by more than $900 over Curtis Cassidy. He also leads the world steer roping standings.
"Each year it seems harder and harder to work multiple events," he said. "This year we are going to have to work fewer steer ropings than we normally do. They are having more of them, but the other rodeo schedule and the events are keeping me from them."
Brazile and Smith won both rounds in the team roping. Brazile topped one round of two in calf roping, and he tied for a round win with Rod Hartness in the steer roping.
Brazile accomplished all of this while trying out three new horses in all events.
"That was pretty much the maiden voyage for all of them there."
Tom McFarland also had a big win at Silver City by setting a new arena record in bareback riding. The cowboy from Wickenburg, Ariz., matched moves with Classic Pro Rodeo's Wise Guy for 92 points.
The other champions at Silver City were steer wrestler Tyrone Tsosie (9.9 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Taos Muncy and Cort Scheer (84 points each), bull rider Colin McTaggart (90 points) and barrel racer Kyna Schrader (17.46 seconds).
Notes: Bulldogger Ronnie Fields of Oklahoma City made a move in this week's world standings after winning the title at the Old Fort Smith Days Rodeo in Fort Smith, Ark.
Fields won a round, placed in another and won the average for $4,800.
"I'm glad to be back and be seen again," he said.
Fields missed the last two Wrangler NFR's after tearing up his knee. The win moves him from 38th to 20th place in the world standings.
"It's early yet, but it's always nice to get closer to the top 15 early rather than later in the year, but my goal is always the same and that is the number one spot," he said.
---Butch Thurman has covered professional rodeo for 29 years. His e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.