LAS VEGAS -- Trevor Brazile wrapped up his record ninth all-around championship Sunday during the fourth round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Brazile, from Decatur, Texas, has earned $305,582 this season, $167,808 more than second-place Shane Proctor of Grand Coulee, Wash. Proctor had to win the bull riding round in order to stay in contention, but failed to make a qualifying ride. Proctor also competed in saddle bronc riding during the season.
"It's just nice to have it done," Brazile said. "To clinch it this early kind of lets a guy let his hair down in the single events. When you come in with the lead, and things aren't going well and they are for everyone else, it doesn't matter what your lead is. It's never a peace-of-mind thing until it's done."
Brazile, who has topped $300,000 for a record six consecutive seasons, has already won the steer roping title and is competing in the finals in tie-down and team roping. He has won 16 championships in his career to tie Jim Shoulders for second place. Guy Allen holds the record with 19 championships.
"When I came into this game, I was one of the guys that was saying those records would never be broken," Brazile said. "To talk about Jim Shoulders, I said that's not going to happen in this new (specialization) era of rodeo. It doesn't seem real to me to reach that 16th title. My career has been more than I could ever dream it would be at this point."
In team roping, header Brazile and heeler Patrick Smith of Midland, Texas, were second in the round with a 4.7-second run. Header Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont., and heeler Travis Graves of Jay, Okla., stayed in first place in the world standings with $131,957 each after failing to place among the top six.
Header Luke Brown and heeler Martin Lucero, both of Stephenville, Texas, won the round in 4.3. In tie-down roping, Brazile failed to earn a check, finishing 14th in 14.9.
Matt Shiozawa of Chubbuck, Idaho, won the round in 7.3.
Tuf Cooper of Decatur, Texas, who didn't place among the top six, is first in the world standings with $161,465. Hunter Herrin of Apache, Okla., fourth in 7.7, is second with $126,292.
In bull riding, J.W. Harris of Mullin, Texas, who has won the last three gold buckles, won the round with an 88 on Bailey Hou. Harris is second in the standings, $32,493 behind Proctor, who has been bucked off during the last two rounds.
In saddle bronc riding, Jesse Wright of Milford, Utah, won for the second consecutive round with an 89.5 on Eight Ball.
"I came here planning to win, and so far I'm getting it done and I hope to keep doing it," Wright said. "I'm trying not to think too far ahead right now."
Standings leader Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., stayed in first at $172,030 after placing fourth with a 76.5 on Broken Saddle.
Second-place Wade Sundell of Boxholm, Iowa, with an 85 on Soduku, and third-place Bradley Harter of Weatherford, Texas, with an 81 on Vitalix Sacred Sacrifice, were the only two other riders out of 14 who had qualifying rides.
Wright's brother, Cody, remained second in the standings with $161,642, while Sundell is third with $150,416.
In bareback riding, world standings leader Kaycee Feild of Payson, Utah, had his three-round winning streak end as Cody DeMers of Kimberly, Idaho, on Hypnotic, and Steven Dent of Mullen, Neb., on Peaches & Cream, tied for first with scores of 87.
Feild has earned $194,313. Second-place Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, who didn't place among the top six and earn a check, has won $145,134. Dent, who had an 89.5 and finished second Saturday, is third in the world standings with $140,289.
"It's always great to win," Dent said. "Everybody here can win first, so until the whistle blows for the last guy (Feild), it isn't over. Especially when Kaycee's riding; he rides great. (It) felt great to win the round tonight and make a little move on Kaycee."
In steer wrestling, Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., a two-time world champion, finished third in a time of 3.8 to hold onto the standings lead for the third consecutive round.
Branquinho, who has made $135,768, finished one place behind fellow two-time world champ Dean Gorsuch of Gering, Neb., who turned in a second-place time of 3.5.
Gorsuch has earned a third-place total of $123,732, while Jason Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., who won the round in 3.3, is second in the world standings with $132,744.
In barrel racing, world standings leader Brittany Pozzi of Victoria, Texas, placed fifth in 14.00 and second-place Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, was third in 13.95. Pozzi stayed in first in the world standings with $150,032, while Sears remained second with $134,874.
NFR rookie Carlee Pierce of Stephenville, Texas, won the round in 13.81.