Montana Silversmiths might as well ship the all-around champion buckle pre-printed with Trevor Brazile’s name on it.


Montana Silversmiths might as well ship the all-around champion buckle pre-printed with Trevor Brazile’s name on it.
     The Decatur, Texas, cowboy will arrive in Las Vegas with a $140,019 lead on nearest challenger Shane Proctor, and Brazile will compete in two events while those in pursuit have qualified for just one at the Dec. 1-10 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
     With 15 world titles to his credit, Brazile is poised to pass legendary roughstock hand Jim Shoulders for second most in PRCA history. That record ninth all-around crown will push him into a tie with Shoulders, who won five all-around buckles, seven bull riding crowns and four bareback riding titles for his total of 16.
     A second title in Las Vegas would move Brazile to within one championship of steer roper Guy Allen for the most in the sport’s history at 18.
     The biggest question hanging over Brazile at this point is whether he can claim a third world title in one season for the third time in the last five years. To make that happen, he’ll have to rope well in either the tie-down roping (where he trails Tuf Cooper by $53,297) or the team roping (he trails first-place header Derrick Begay by $48,426) during his 10-day stay in Las Vegas.
     Considering he won $239,586 at the Wrangler NFR and the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in 2010, nothing’s out of the question for Brazile.
     Winning his third steer roping title in November put Brazile in position to win his third Triple Crown in five years. Should he leave Las Vegas with two more gold buckles, he’ll become just the second cowboy in ProRodeo history to win three Triple Crowns.  Shoulders managed to win his three Triple Crowns in consecutive years from 1956-58. Brazile won his first in 2007 and added a second in 2010. Last year, he joined Everett Bowman (1935, 1937), in an elite group of two that has achieved the feat in different events. In 2007, Brazile won the all-around, tie-down roping and steer roping world titles. The second time around, he claimed the top spot in the all-around, tie-down roping and team roping heading.
     In addition to the Triple Crown milestone, Brazile will also be looking to tie or break Billy Etbauer’s record for most rounds won in National Finals competition. Etbauer had 51 from 1989-2009, and Brazile is just three back at 48.