There's no stopping the man.
Two all-around titles and three big weekend checks lifted Trevor Brazile's season earnings to $122,154, over $10,000 ahead of the pace he was on last year when he broke his own single-season earnings record. (As of June 13, 2011)
Brazile won the tie-down roping in 7.6 seconds and the all-around at the Treaty Day Celebration & PRCA Rodeo in Window Rock, Ariz., as well as the all-around at the Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M. He also earned nearly $2,000 in the steer roping at the Wild, Wild West Rodeo in Silver City, N.M.
It all added up to earning $8,092 for the June 2-5 weekend. Brazile leads the world standings in the all-around and steer roping; he is second among team roping headers and fifth in the tie-down roping.
The nearest challenger to Brazile in the all-around is bull riding world standings leader Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash. He finished second in the saddle bronc riding in Fort Smith, Ark., and Conway, Ark., to qualify for the all-around for the first time, coming in with earnings of $48,351 (not counting Xtreme Bulls money).
• Hunter Herrin won a round in Fort Smith, Ark., and finished third in Bennington, Kan., to collect checks worth $2,905 for the June 2-5 weekend. That would have been enough for him to push past Clint Cooper - who's held first place since Feb. 7 - and lead the world standings, except for one thing. Herrin opted not to count his earnings from Bennington. Contestants have a limited number of rodeos they can count toward the world standings each year, and they have to declare whether to "official" each rodeo when they file their entry with PROCOM. Cooper still leads by $724.
• On the weekend that the Wild Rogue ProRodeo in Central Point, Ore., was celebrating the 20th anniversary of the only 100-point bull ride in rodeo history, the best competition was going on nearly 1,400 miles away in Silver City, N.M. Veteran L.J. Jenkins rode Classic Pro Rodeo's Rocket Man for 93 points - the first time the bull has been ridden this season - and there was a second-place tie between Stormy Wing and Wesley Silcox, each with a 90-point ride.
• Saddle bronc rider Will Abshure of Ward, Ark., gave the fans at the Licking (Mo.) PRCA Rodeo a real scare. Abshure landed badly after he was bucked off his re-ride horse and was knocked unconscious. He was life-flighted to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., where he was diagnosed with a severe concussion. He is scheduled to be released from the hospital on June 7.
• The Pioneer Days Rodeo in Clovis, N.M., was really more of a World Champions Day. Apart from 14-time World Champion Brazile's win in the all-around, there were also wins there by seven-time World Champion Team Roper Jake Barnes (with Anthony Calmelat), 2009 World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider Jesse Kruse and 2004 World Champion Tie-Down Roper Monty Lewis.
PRCA news release