Rodeo fans knew this time would eventually come.
Trevor Brazile, King of the Cowboys, will scale back his schedule quite a bit after the National Finals Rodeo to spend more time with his wife Shada and their three children.
“Everything that I have, has come through rodeo,” Brazile said. “My family, friends and the great fans. With the kids being in public school now, I don’t want to miss anything. I haven’t yet, and it’s my goal to make sure I don’t.”
Son Treston, 11, and daughter Style, 8, both compete in several sports, while youngest daughter Swayi, 3, is not too far behind.
“Treston ropes, but right now he’s concentrating on basketball and jiu jitsu,” said Brazile, who said he played basketball and ran track in high school. “And they both play baseball year around. They don’t miss practice or games. They have their goals and dreams and we have to help them get there.”
The Braziles home-schooled their children for years to accommodate his rodeo schedule. He said the kids have mixed emotions about the decision.
“The experiences we have had with our kids traveling with us were great,” Brazile said. “There’s a lot of down time and we’ve gotten to do things across the United States because of rodeo, but it’s time to be home.”
Brazile, 42, who hails from Decatur, Texas, will compete in his 19th NFR starting Thursday in Las Vegas. He has a record 52 NFR qualifications, and has won an unrivaled 68 NFR go-round victory laps.
He will compete in tie-down roping, an event in which he has won three world titles, but none since 2010.
He does have a chance to win another all-around title - he’s won a record 13. Ty Murray is second with seven.
Brazile inched a bit closer to the all-around title last month after earning $45,000 in the steer roping finals in Kansas. The earnings helped pull him within $5,702 of the leader - his brother-in-law Tuf Cooper.
Brazile, who has made just shy of $6.5 million in the sport, will have 10 more chances to catch Cooper at the NFR. Both will be competing in tie-down roping, which begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 15 in Las Vegas.
Brazile also is a fan favorite at the Pendleton Round-Up, where he has won the all-around title a record six times. He won his first title in 1999, and his latest in September.
Though the Round-Up ranks as one of his favorites, it is a long way from home, and may not fit into his schedule anymore, which will include trips to Forth Worth, San Antonio, Houston and The American Rodeo (at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas).
“I don’t know yet,” he said. “I have a short list of the ones I love. I love that rodeo. I’d like to take people who have never been. But if I go, I will compete.”
Brazile also has competed numerous times at the Farm-City Pro Rodeo in Hermiston, winning all-around titles in 2005 and 2009.