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Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

PECOS, Texas – This is more like it.

Between them, Trevor Brazile and Patrick Smith own 19 world championships, including a shared team roping title in 2011. But most of this year, they haven’t looked like it.

“With our spring and our winter rodeos this year, it’s been a struggle,” said Smith, a two-time world champion from Lipan, Texas, originally from nearby Midland, Texas. “We’re the first to admit we’ve had a hard time with it.

“Our horses haven’t been sound; our roping hasn’t been sound.”

It’s been pretty good this week. The tandem won the prestigious Bob Feist Invitational Team Roping on Monday in Reno, Nev., collecting $60,000 each. On Wednesday, Brazile and Smith roped two steers in cumulative time of 13.0 seconds to lead the aggregate race in the 130th edition of the World’s First Rodeo, the West of the Pecos Rodeo at Buck Jackson Arena.

Trevor Brazile, right, and Patrick Smith rope their steer in 6.2 seconds during the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo on Wednesday night at Buck Jackson Arena. They lead the first and second rounds and two-run aggregate. Brazile also leads the average in tie-down roping. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

Taylor Price rides Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket for 88 points to lead bareback riding after the first performance of the West of the Pecos Rodeo. (ROBBY FREEMAN PHOTO)

“It’s vital for where we are right now,” said Smith, who, like Brazile in heading, is not among the top 20 heelers in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world standings.

The duo downed their first steer in 6.8 seconds on Wednesday morning to lead the opening round, the followed that with a 6.2 during Wednesday’s first performance for the second-round lead. In addition, Brazile, of Decatur, Texas, has a cumulative time of 18.0 seconds to lead the average race in tie-down roping.

“We got our good horses back, so that has sparked us,” Smith said. “Obviously winning the BFI is such a good confidence boost going into this week. We haven’t roped very good or had the confidence to rope that good. It feels great to be out of it.

“I’ve been a winner and I’ve been a loser, and I sure like winning better.”

The celebration will be short-lived. The tandem will travel as far as Midland tonight for a flight to Canada tomorrow to compete. Then it’s back to Nevada on Saturday for the championship round of the Reno Rodeo. This is just the start of a frantic run of rodeos over the next few months, most notably a series of lucrative rodeos around the Fourth of July called Cowboy Christmas.

Having a good run in Pecos is a good way to kick start the rugged summer run. Rookie bareback rider Taylor Price of Huntsville, Texas, is learning that lesson rather quickly. On Wednesday night, he rode the great Carr Pro Rodeo horse Dirty Jacket for 88 points to lead the rodeo.

“That was the best bucking horse I’ve ever been on in my life,” Price said. “That’s the horse you don’t want to screw up on because so many people won on him. You don’t want to be the guy that messed up that horse.

“This is my highest score ever. This is the beginning of our Fourth of July run, and I’ve got some good horses drawn over the fourth. My confidence is through the roof.”

Price is third in the standings for bareback riding rookie of the year. He should finish the Pecos rodeo with a good check and have a chance to move up the money list. But he’s got bigger plans than winning that honor.

“I would love to win the rookie, but it’s not what I’m focused on; I want to make the NFR,” he said, referring to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. “If I make the NFR, I should win the rookie.”

Time will tell.

West of the Pecos Rodeo
June 26-29
Pecos, Texas

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Taylor Price, 88 points on Carr Pro Rodeo’s Dirty Jacket; 2. Micky Downare, 79; 3. Craig Wisehart, 78; 4. Bill Tutor, 74; 5. Colt Bruce, 71; 6. Matt Crumpler, 65.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.8 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 8.2; 3. Camish Jennings/Trey Johnson, 8.3; 4. Chace Thompson/Jaytin McCright, 8.4; 5. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 12.5; 6. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 12.8. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 6.2 seconds; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 6.8; 3. Nick Sartain/Rich Skelton, 7.0 seconds; 4. (tie) Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero and Brandon Webb/Wesley Johnson, 7.4; 6. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 7.6. Average: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 13.0 on two runs; 2. Chad Masters/Randon Adams, 15.0; 3. Keven Daniel/Chase Tryan, 20.1; 4. Colby Lovell/Martin Lucero, 20.2; 5. Tyler Wade/Tyler McKnight, 21.2; 6. Camish Jennings/Trey Johnson, 21.6.

Steer roping: First round: 1. Walter Priestly, 12.2 seconds, $1,821; 2. Garrett Hale, 13.7, $1,507; 3. Chance Gasperson, 13.8, $1,193; 4. Reo Lohse, 14.4, $879; 5. Jason Evans, 14.9, $565; 6. Troy Tillard, 15.1, $314. Second round: 1. Dan Fisher, 12.0 seconds, $1,821; 2. Lawson Plemons, 12.2, $1,507; 3. Troy Tillard, 13.1, $1,193; 4. (tie) J. Paul Williams and Landon McClaugherty, 13.5, $722 each; 6. Rod Hartness, 13.9, $314. Third round leaders: 1. Howdy McGinn, 12.5 seconds; 2. Chance Gasperson, 12.8; 3. Jim Davis, 13.4; 4. (tie) Mike Brewer and Garrett Hale, 13.6 each; 6. Brian Garr, 13.7. Average leaders: 1. Troy Tillard, 42.2 seconds on three runs; 2. J. Paul Williams, 47.2; 3. Chance Kelton, 47.2; 4. Tony Reina, 49.1; 5. Scott Snedecor, 52.0; 6. Jim Locke, 54.7.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Isaac Diaz, 82 points on Lancaster & Pickett’s Holly Bucks; 2. Shane Proctor, 81; 3. Jesse Bail, 79; 4. Travis Sheets, 78; 5. Ty Kirkland, 75; 6. Ryan Montroy, 72.

Tie-down roping: Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Reese Riemer, 8.9 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 9.3; 3. (tie) Blane Cox and Fred Whitfield, 9.4 each; 5. EJ Roberts, 9.8; 6. Marty Yates, 10.1. Second round leaders: 1. Clint Akins, 8.2 seconds; 2. Trevor Brazile, 8.7; 3. Payden Emmett, 9.0 seconds; 4. Marty Yates, 9.4; 5. Blane Cox, 10.3; 6. Joe Keating, 10.4. Average leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile, 18.0 on two runs; 2. Clint Akins, 18.4; 3. Marty Yates, 19.5; 4. Blane Cox, 19.7; 5. Joe Keeting, 22.6; 6. Cody Owens, 23.9.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Royce Johnson, 6.3 seconds; 2. Riley Duvall, 6.4; 3. Justin Smith, 7.3; 4. Matt Reeves, 11.1; 5. Tyler Waguespack, 14.0; 6. Shane Frey, 18.5. Second round leaders: 1. Tommy Cook, 5.3 seconds; 2. Weston Taylor, 5.4; 3. Matt Reeves, 5.7; 4. Shayde Etherton, 5.8; 5. Shane Frey, 7.0; 6. Riley Duvall, 7.2. Average leaders: 1. Riley Duvall, 13.6 seconds on two runs; 2. Matt Reeves, 16.8; 3. (tie) Shane Frey and Tommy Cook, 25.5; 5. Royce Johnson, 26.7; 6. Weston Taylor, 5.4 on one.

Barrel racing leaders: 1. Shelby Frasier, 17.91 seconds; 2. Clay Sewalt, 17.92; 3. Lindsey Ewing, 17.95; 4. (tie) Martha Wright and Tasha Welsh, 18.02; 6. Tammy Miller, 18.05; 7. Jordan Taton, 18.13; 8. Natalie Bland, 18.17; 9. Lizzy Ehr, 18.25; 10. Lisa Fernandes, 18.37; 11. Tessa Salsedo, 18.38; 12. Audrey Baeza, 18.40.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Beau Schroeder, 89 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Footloose; 2. Shane Proctor, 86; 3. Cameron Bland, 85; 4. Ty Wallace, 80; 5. Shane Semien, 58; no other qualified rides.

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