WALLA WALLA — Trevor Brazile demonstrated Tuesday in the Walla Walla Fairgrounds arena exactly why he sits atop the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association all-around standings.
The Decatur, Texas, cowboy placed second in both the tie-down roping and team roping events during the first go-around of the Frontier Days Rodeo and continued to build on a comfortable lead as the PRCA’s top money winner.
Brazile entered the week with 2013 earnings of $165,321, which easily outdistanced Tuf Cooper, another Decatur roper, who was solidly in second place with $106,920 in his bank account.
During Tuesday’s Frontier Days slack — which saw the completion of the first round of tie-down roping, steer wrestling and team roping plus the beginning of the second go in all three events — Brazile pocketed $2,279.59. He collected a $1,041.67 check for sharing second place in calf roping and earned another $1,237.72 for a second-place finish in the team roping with heeling partner Patrick Smith of Lipan, Texas.
Cooper, like Brazile, roped his first calf in 8.1 seconds and shared second place in the event for an identical $1,041.67 payday. But Cooper didn’t finish in the money in the team roping as he lost ground in his attempt to overtake Brazile.
California cowboys won two of Tuesday’s three events and a Montana duo claimed top honors in the third.
Ryle Smith of Oakdale, Calif., roped and tied his first calf in eight seconds flat to win the tie-down roping. His effort was good for a $1,405.05 payoff.
And Billy Bugenig of Ferndale, Calif., was the top bulldogger on the day. Bugenig threw his first steer in 3.6 seconds and collected $1,693.37. Matt Reeves of Cross Plains, Texas, finished second, just a 10th of a second back with a time of 3.7 and earned $1,472.50.
In team roping, Brady Tryan of Huntley, Mont., and Matt Robertson of Augusta, Mont, caught the horns and heels of their first steer in 4.2 seconds. They collected $1,495.57 each as they edged the Brazile-Smith team by .4 seconds.
Local ropers and steer wrestlers were all but shut out Tuesday.
Cody Cabrel, whose home address is Hilo, Ha., but is often listed from Milton-Freewater in the Columbia River Circuit standings, snagged a share of fourth place in the steer wrestling, and Chance Garnter of Pasco finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the bulldogging. Cabrel’s time of 4.2 seconds was good for a $920.31 check and Gartner’s 4.3 clocking earned $368.12.
Caleb Smidt of Yorktown, Texas, was the early leader in the second go of calf roping with a time of 9.0 seconds. Smith leads in the average at 17.7.
Ty Erickson of Helena, Mont, bulldogged his second steer in 3.8 seconds to set the pace while Bugenig, 8.7 seconds on two head, is the aggregate leader.
And in team roping, Logan Olson of Flandreau, S.D., and Travis Woodard of Stockton, Calif., are the second-round leaders at 4.2 seconds. Nick Sartain of Dover, Okla., and Rich Skelton of Llano, Texas, who finished in a three-way tie for third place in the first round, lead the average at 9.6 seconds.
The rodeo’s fourth timed event, steer roping, was not held on Tuesday. The steer trippers will be in the arena Friday and Saturday mornings and will complete two full rounds each day. Action gets underway at 7 a.m. each day.
Frontier Days picks up a full head of steam Friday night when the first of three performances will be held in the fairgrounds arena. The second round of tie-down roping, team roping and steer wrestling will be completed during the three shows as well the one-go rough stock events — bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding — and women’s barrel racing.
Frontier Days Rodeo
At WW Fairgrounds
TIE-DOWN ROPING — 1, Ryle Smith, Oakdale, Calif., 8.0 seconds, $1,405.05; 2, (tie) Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, and Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $1,041.67 each; 4,Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 8.7, $678.30; 5, (tie) EJ Roberts, Stephenville, Texas, and Cory Solomon, Prairie View, Texas, 8.9, $339.15 each.
STEER WRESTLING — 1, Billy Bugenig, Ferndale, Calif., 3.6 seconds, $1,693.37; 2, Matt Reeves, Cross Plains, Texas, 3.7, $1,472.50; 3, Beau Clark, Belgrade, Mont., 3.9, $1,251.60; 4, (tie) Cody Cabral, Hilo, Hawaii, and Casey Martin, Sulphur, La., 4.2, $920.31 each; 6, (tie) Olin Hannum, Ogden, Utah, Chance Gartner, Pasco, and Stan Branco, Chowchilla, Calif., 4.3, $368.12 each.
TEAM ROPING — 1, Brady Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Matt Robertson, Augusta, Mont., 4.2 seconds, $1,495.57 each; 2, Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, 4.6, $11,237.72 each; 3, (tie) Ty Blasingame, Ramah, Colo., and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., Arky Rogers, Lipan, Texas, and Walt Woodard, Stephenville, Texas, 4.8, $722 each; 6, Brock Hanson, Grand Junction, Colo., and Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, Blaine Vick, Dublin, Texas, and Ryon Tittel, Pueblo, Colo., and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Kollin VonAhn, Blanchard, Okla., 4.9, $85.95 each.