Brazile again takes Pendleton Round-Up All-Around title

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PENDLETON — All week the conjecture was that Trevor Brazile, one of rodeo’s most storied competitors and the biggest money winner in rodeo history, was lined up to capture his second-in-a-row All-Around title at the 103rd Pendleton Round-Up.

And he did.

The four-day rodeo ended Saturday.

Brazile has won one event at the Round-Up, taking the title for calf roping in 1999 when he also won the first of his three All Around titles here.

“It’s a dream come true,” he said. “Last year I won the All-Around, but it’d been a long time before that and so it’s pretty nice to get back in the swing of things. It’s been one of my dreams to retire that trophy.”

In bareback riding, Steven Peebles from Hermiston, a former Oregon high school bareback champion, thrilled the local crowd when he won the bareback championship Saturday at the short-go (finals) of the Round-Up.

Peebles, 24, who finished 10th in the world standings last year in bareback, and sat at No. 9 so far this year, will be moving up, thanks to winning his ninth rodeo in 2013.

Although he didn’t get the highest score Saturday — his 81 was topped by Clint Cannon’s 85, and by Clint Laye at 82 — Peebles’ Wednesday plus Saturday scores put him over the top.

In the timed events, tie down roping is first. An Oregonian, Roger Nonella, won the title with an aggregate score over three days of 32.3 to take home nearly $6,000 in prize money.

In saddle bronc riding, the Wright brothers, Jake, 24, and Cody, 36, of Milford, Utah, had great rides Saturday, scoring 85 and 84, respectively, but were edged out with a tremendous ride by Wade Sundell for a score of 87.

In the end it was Jake Wright, the younger brother, with an aggregate score of 170.0 for two rides who took home the top prize money, the trophy saddle, silver buckle and all the other prizes that come to No. 1 at the Pendleton Round-Up.

There were some tremendous times in the Round-Up’s second timed event, steer wrestling, on Saturday, with Dakota Eldridge downing his steer in 5.2 seconds, followed by K.C. Jones and Nick Guy, who tied at 5.7.

The overall event title winner was Tyler Pearson with 16.9 seconds on three head, while Eldridge finished second at 17.3 and Guy, third at 17.5.

In team roping, Oregon favorite Brandon Beers and team roping partner Jim Ross Cooper took second in the push for the team roping title with an average time over three events of 7 seconds to 8 for famed roper Brazile and Patrick Smith.

But two-tenths of a second averaged over the three events put the title for team roping in the hands of Derrick Begay and Cesar de la Cruz, who won with an aggregate time of 20.5 seconds in their three outings or 6.8 average, followed by the Beers/Cooper team.

In steer roping, Saturday’s best time went to Cody Lee with a time of 14 seconds, ahead of Scott Snedecor at 15.9, J.D. Yates at 16.6, Jade Corkhill at 17.4 and local favorite, Pendleton native Tom Sorey, 18.4.

Capturing the title was Snedecor, with an average time of 15.6 seconds in three go’s, followed by Corkhill 15.7, and Yates 16.0.

Clayton Foltyn will be moving up from his No. 20 world standing in bull riding and moving past the $50,000 mark for the year after winning the bull riding event title at the Round-Up, with a two-round score of 178.

In the women’s event of barrel racing, Christy Loflin had a repeat on Saturday of her 2012 event title, putting her at No. 6 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) standings with $90,000 in winnings for the year. Coming off her initial time of 28.62 earlier in the week, she did it in 28.22 seconds Saturday.

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