While Trevor Brazile was discussing another spectacular rodeo season, his son Treston wanted to talk about fish.
“I caught one brown trout and two rainbow trout,” the younger Brazile said proudly of the family’s day of fishing on Tuesday in Gallatin Gateway.
He was standing next to his father, who was in town for the Yellowstone River Round-Up Rodeo on Thursday to reel in some big catches of his own.
Trevor Brazile, one of the greatest — if not the greatest — cowboys in professional rodeo history, is chasing his 20th gold buckle overall and 12th all-around world title, both PRCA records. Brazile has earned more than $5 million, also a PRCA record.
The 37-year-old Texan came to Billings leading the all-around standings, second in steer roping and third for both tie-down roping and team roping headers.
“It’s been great year,” said Brazile, leaning against the big black rig that carries his trailer of four horses.
“One is mine and he’s not for sale,” interjected Weston, who will turn 7 this December. “Not even for $9 million dollars.”
Brazile has earned $195,175 this year in his three events. He helped himself some more by winning the second round of steer roping during Friday morning for another $1,120. Brazile put up a third-round time of 12.4 seconds on Friday night to move into second place for the average.
“This is my first time here,” he said of the PRCA rodeo in August. “I was looking at the results from last year and saw that it paid pretty well.”
Brazile will compete in tie-down roping and team roping with Travis Graves during Friday’s slack, which begins at 10 a.m.
The rodeo continues with 7 p.m. performances Friday and Saturday. Friday’s performance will honor the military.
Brazile has already won 24 all-around, seven tie-down, six team roping and four steer roping titles during the regular season. The wins have included the tie-down roping at Cheyenne Frontier Days and the all-around at last week’s rodeo in Missoula.
After the Missoula rodeo, he flew home to Decatur, Texas, to spend one night in his own bed. Then it was back the road. Since Missoula, he has competed in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Idaho before rolling into Montana.
He secured qualifications for the National Finals Rodeo in all three events by the end of Cheyenne in late July.
“Usually that doesn’t happen,” Brazile said. “I might have two wrapped up and have to wait until September to have the third one done. It takes the pressure off. There is less stress.”
That doesn’t mean he has backed off his schedule.
“When you put in so much work, so much time in something, why take your foot off somebody’s throat when things are going good?” said Brazile, flashing his ultra-competitive nature. “You don’t want to cripple yourself by slowing down.”
His wife, Shada, is entered in Friday night’s barrel racing.
“We’re traveling as a family this year,” Brazile said. That includes 4-year-old Style, who was with her mother Thursday night. “My wife isn’t going as hard this year.
“I love this time of year for rodeo. It’s hot in Texas and I love it up here, easing around the Northwest competing. It’s nice and relaxing.”
n Bareback rider J.R. Vezain, of Cowley, Wyo., continued his hot streak, posting a stellar 86-point ride aboard Blues Man. Vezain, a two-tie NFR qualifier, earned more than $10,000 last week at four rodeos.
n The top saddle bronc ride was 83 points by South Dakota Cowboy Troy Crowser aboard Show Biz. Jeff Bertus was 77 points on What’s In Your Wallet in bull riding. Bertus is also from South Dakota.
n Dalyn Wingard of McAllister started the steer wrestling with a 5.8-second run while George Cummins and Casey Cummins were 6.0 in team roping. There was only qualified time in tie-down roping, a 17.9 by Rhen Richard of Utah. Britany Diaz, a former NFR qualifier from, Solen, N.D., was 17.63 seconds in barrel racing. Barrel racing slack follows Friday’s performance.
n Friday’s performance will include four world champions. Heading up the list is two-time and reigning team roping heading world champion Clay Tryan of Billings, along with reigning steer wrestling champion Hunter Cure. Two-time tie-down roping world champion Tuf Cooper is also entered, along with former world team roping champion Turtle Powell.
Others entered include: Parker Breding of Edgar, who qualified for the NFR in 2013; bareback rider Richmond Champion, who won $1 million dollars at the American this past March and is fourth in the world standings and saddle bronc riders Bradley Harter and Sam Spreadborough, both ranked among the top 15 in this year’s world standings.