- Neal Reid
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Three-time all-around world champion cowboy Trevor Brazile knows that in just a few days, he'll likely become a four-time all-around champion, and he's excited at the prospect.
While it isn't impossible for someone else to come from behind and beat Brazile out for the title, it's safe to say the likelihood is fairly improbable. Entering the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Brazile was more than $134,000 ahead of Joe Beaver, his closest competition in the all-around race.
So the thought of another all-around world title on the horizon makes Brazile smile, especially after his streak was interrupted in 2005 by youngster Ryan Jarrett.
"You could say I was hugely motivated," Brazile said of not winning the title last year.
Indeed. Brazile seemed to be overcome by some kind of unseen force that propelled him to win after win. He crossed the $2 million career earnings mark during the Cowboy Christmas run, becoming the youngest cowboy at age 29 to join the elite club.
At this year's Final, Brazile is also a factor in world-title chases in two events, tie-down roping and team roping.
"What's fun about this year is I'm not really close in any event, but I'm close enough that it makes it fun to be there and be in contention for a buckle," he said. "It makes it that much more fun. It's not only the money you'll win in Vegas, but the chance to win a world title."
Other cowboys who have made a run for the all-around title this season are eight-time world champion Beaver, Jarrett, Clint Robinson and Cash Myers. They all earned more than $100,000 towards the all-around standings prior to the Wrangler NFR, but have a long way to go if they want to catch up with Brazile.
Beaver is the closest to catching Brazile, though Jarrett is about $5,000 behind him, and Myers is just $2,000 behind Jarrett. Besides being closest in money totals, Beaver also has the best chance to catch Brazile, as they are the only two cowboys at this year's Wrangler NFR who qualified in two events team roping and tie-down roping.
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