The current price of gold is $1,260, a fact that might interest Trevor Brazile.
The Decatur, Texas, cowboy clinched the 19th gold buckle of his career Tuesday night, further etching his name in the annals of ProRodeo history. This buckle, in honor of his record 11th all-around title, gives the three-event star one more than Hall of Fame steer roper Guy Allen and continues to deepen his legacy in the sport of cowboys.
With $312,579 in season earnings from steer roping, team roping and tie-down roping, Brazile finished Round 5 with an insurmountable lead. Jade Corkill ($153, 159) and Tuf Cooper ($144,743) were his closest challengers.
Brazile, a student of the history of ProRodeo, was humble and thankful after securing his record-setting crown.
“This is a little bit surreal,” said Brazile, who teamed with Patrick Smith to win the team roping in Round 5 with a 4.8-second run. “World titles never get any easier to win, and that’s why they all hold something special for me. I’d never have dreamed of setting 19 world championships as a goal, because I’m into setting goals I can reach.
“I’ve been blessed way more than I could ever believe.”
He praised Allen’s accomplishments and reiterated the man was one of his rodeo idols.
“I watched Guy Allen dominate,” Brazile said. “I witnessed his dominance firsthand, because I was the bridesmaid on many occasions. Guys like Jim Shoulders, Guy Allen and Ty Murray make you realize it is possible.
“Those cowboys raised the bar.”
I called Allen to get his thoughts on Brazile eclipsing his record, and the native Louisianan – who now lives in Santa Anna, Texas – had good things to say. I figured he might, since Allen was one of the first people to call Brazile and congratulate him on tying the record after his steer roping world title in November.
“It was only a matter of time that he was going to,” said Allen, whose world titles came in a span that stretched from 1977 to 2004. “It was coming, and I told him that a couple weeks ago. I told him I thought he’d double my total.
“You’ve got to be impressed with what he’s done. He’s worked at it. If he was going back then in the days of Jim Shoulders, he probably would have done the same thing. He’s just that type of cowboy.”
So, does Allen think Brazile’s record will ever be broken?
“You never know, but I don’t think anybody will beat (Trevor’s record), even if he never wins another one,” Allen said. “He’s young and has got a long ways to go. I know he’s probably not out to set all the records, but he works at it and deserves it.
“I told people a long time ago he would get it, as long as he was healthy.”
Brazile has won eight all-around world titles in a row, and the only thing keeping him from 11 consecutive crowns is one man. Ryan Jarrett caught lightning in a bottle in 2005, just his second year in ProRodeo, and qualified for the Wrangler NFR in steer wrestling and tie-down roping en route to the all-around world title.
Jarrett piled up $263,665 in earnings that year to win the sport’s top prize, with Canada’s Lee Graves ($211,696) finishing second and Brazile taking third with $197,400. Brazile finished 11th in the tie-down roping that year, but failed to qualify in the team roping.
Jarrett remembers his achievement with pride.
“It was kind of like living in a dream,” Jarrett said of the 2005 season. “It was like, ‘Is this really happening?’ I won rookie of the year in 2004 in bulldogging, and then the next year, here we are winning the coveted prize.
“It was pretty unbelievable.
Considering what Brazile has accomplished since 2005 – including not one, but two Triple Crowns – Jarrett treasures his all-around buckle even more.
“He’s incredible,” Jarrett said of Brazile. “He’s done what probably no other (cowboy) will ever do. There aren’t that many guys who show up and stay around that long, and he sure did his part.
“I guess you could say it would be more prestige that I’m the only man to ever corrupt his tear. I feel like I got a little lucky. He had an off year that year and didn’t get (to the Wrangler NFR), and it worked out in my favor.”
Brazile has been the all-around king ever since and is firmly planted as the face of the sport. He appreciates everything he has earned during his illustrious career.
“I know how hard every world championship is to win,” Brazile said. “There are 15 guys in every event here every year, and none of them just lie down and let you have it. This is what we dream about from when we were little.”