Inducted in 2012
Trevor Brazile’s career list of wins is full of gold: he’s the only cowboy in history to win nine all-around World Titles; he also has seven individual ones, which ties Jim Shoulders’ record of sixteen. Brazile’s nine All-Around buckles outshine the All-Around records of Tom Ferguson (five), Larry Mahan (six), and Ty Murray (seven). Brazile may just be the Michael Phelps of Rodeo. He typically competes in three rodeo events: Tie-Down (Calf) Roping, Team-Roping, and Steer Roping. He is the third cowboy in history to have multiple Triple Crown seasons (where he wins the all-around, as well as two of his three events).
In 2010, Brazile was the first contestant in ProRodeo history to earn $500,000 in one year (he earned $507,921), and has earned over $4,275,000 in his rodeo career. And at thirty-six years old, he shows no signs of slowing down. So far this year at rodeos from Colorado to Texas, he has earned three team roping titles, three tie-down roping titles, four steer roping titles, and seventeen all-round titles.
Brazile is from Texas, born in Amarillo, now living in Decatur. He joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 1996 and has been breaking records ever since. The Ellensburg Rodeo has been part of Brazile’s regular itinerary: he has won two championships in Tie-Down (’03, ‘06), one in Steer Roping (’01), and earned the All-Around Championship four times (’03, ’06, ’07, ’09). Brazile holds the Ellensburg Rodeo Arena Record in Steer Roping at 8.4 seconds (’07). In a sport where ropers compete well into middle age, Brazile will no doubt continue to win rodeos and build on his impressive accomplishments and legendary status. He currently leads the 2012 World All-Around race.
Brazile is immersed in all things rodeo: his father was a four-time qualifier for National Steer Roping, his mother competed in women’s rodeo events, his wife is the daughter of Roy Cooper who was an eight-time World Champion and Pro-Rodeo Hall of Famer, and his bothers-in-law compete in the national roping circuit. One of his connections to Ellensburg, aside from his many wins here, is with Ken MacRae, ERHOF’s other inductee this year, who said “As an interesting side note, he won the 2006 and 2007 Titles in Steer Roping riding mainly ‘Roan Ranger’ a horse I sold him in Sept 2005.”
Like Michael Phelps, Brazile has won so many times that he bears the burden of our expectations: if he doesn’t win we think there’s something wrong. He said, “I’m expected to win when I show up and there’s a lot more pressure on me now that I have been successful, but I can’t lose touch with why I do it in the beginning: to be able to use the talents God has given me to be able to reach people.”