Just another amazing night
Another night at the 76th Annual Lawton Rangers Rodeo and another amazing performance by one of the greatest cowboys, no make that the greatest cowboy, Trevor Brazile, who took command in the tie-down roping during Pink Night Friday at the LO Ranch Arena.
Brazile, the 19-time world champion who appears all but having No. 20 clinched in the all-around, dazzled the large crowd with a time of 7.6. His effort came just seconds after brother-in-law Clint Cooper had challenged to take the lead from the great Cody Ohl at 7.8, but came up just short at 8.1.
So when Brazile made a quick catch right out of the chute the only questions were 1, did he not break the barrier; and 2, would the calf stay tied? Fortunately the answer to the first question was no and the second yes, leaving him just one more night to see whether that time will win the big money.
"That was a first-run calf, so I had no idea what he was going to do," the great roper said. "He drifted a little right but I got him caught. When it got to him I felt him push a little, so I just went ahead and put on two wraps to make sure. Tonight it just worked out."
While Brazile has won this rodeo at least twice before, he's also had his share of failures.
"I've had a few bad trips here but that's rodeo," he said. "You just hope to get as many good runs as possible."
For Brazile things are easier than many of the younger kids with little money for entry fees and fuel.
"I was in Sikeston (Mo.) Monday, Hermiston (Ore.) on Wednesday, Missoula (Mont.), Lovington (N.M.) yesterday and then here today," he said. "These days things are a little easier. I have a bus and he whole family travels. The kids are 6 (Treston) and 4 (Style) and they go with us."
It makes it easier that mom Shada is a top barrel racer, so the family just goes with the flow, winning world titles like no other cowboy in history.
But at tonight's final performance at 7:30 p.m. at the LO Ranch Arena east of Lawton, there will be even more talented ropers coming to town, including two area favorites, Hunter Herrin of Apache and Ryan Jarrett of Comanche.