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Trevor Brazile's Advice to Junior Ironman Hopefuls

Chelsea Toy has been the managing editor of Spin To Win Rodeo for five years, giving her some insight into the team roping and rodeo industries. She'll use this space to occasionally share some updates and commentary on the forces at work in the team roping world.

Andrew Hancock Photo Courtesy Lazy E Arena
Trevor Brazile isn't just the best all-around cowboy in history. He's also the most strategic man to ever play the game, whose relentless pursuit of perfection in three events in PRCA competition has set him apart in ways we can't yet understand. His mental strategy keeps him at the top of his game, and this year he shares that with those 10 kids competing for Jr. Ironman gold worth $20,000 at the Lazy E Arena March 3 through 5. 

What should Jr. Ironman competitors know about horsepower at the Timed Event?

You want something really forgiving there. You approach that event a little bit differently than a junior rodeo or anything like that. It doesn’t seem like you need to be as aggressive. It’s all about controlled speed at the Timed Event. If you want to take an extra swing, you want to make sure you have a horse that will allow you to do that. You don’t need to be 7 in the practice pen in the calf roping or 3 in the team roping before you head there. 

What is your strategy going into the Timed Event?

My strategy sounds like it will contradict my horse advice. Don’t pass up a throw, but don’t take a dumb one, either. You’ve got to trust yourself to know that your highest percentage shot won’t be two swings over their back. Take what you consider your highest percentage shot and trust that the whole time.

What advice do you have for the ropers competing who don't necessarily bull dog regularly?

Really concentrate on the catch in the bull dogging. Don’t get fancy with trying to sling them out of the arena. You can’t afford to slip a horn.

Why is an event like the Lazy E Arena's Jr. Ironman important to the future of all-around cowboys?

I think it’s outstanding. It seems like it’s really hard to work multiple events in the PRCA, and this is one of the most important events at keeping the multi-event culture alive. Even when I'm not competing, I find it really cool to go see all these guys and how well rounded they really all are outside of their specialty events. The Lazy E has been really instrumental in keeping that part of it alive in keeping people more diversified in just being a cowboy and giving multievent guys to something other than the all-around to look forward to.


Cinch Timed Event Championship Q&A with Daniel Green

Chelsea Toy has been the managing editor of Spin To Win Rodeo for five years, giving her some insight into the team roping and rodeo industries. She'll use this space to occasionally share some updates and commentary on the forces at work in the team roping world.

Andrew Hancock Photo Courtesy Lazy E Arena
Daniel Green has won the Cinch Timed Event Championship three times, with his last win coming in 2013. Retired from full-time rodeo, the Timed Event is the only place to see Green showcase his all-around talent. The California native has been coming to the CTEC since 1995, only missing it once in 2006 when a family emergency kept him from competition. 

What keeps you coming back?

Obviously my love for rodeo and competition. The fact that the Timed Event allows you to be recognized as a top-level athlete without having to go day-in and day-out and reprove it again and again like the guys on the road. Full-time rodeo takes too much away from my life, being gone from my family.

What horses will you bring to the Lazy E this year?

I have my head horse Sevens there, and I’ll just borrow the rest.

Who is helping you?

Cody Cowden. We grew up in the Central Valley here and have known each other all of our lives. We've either been roping with each other or against each other since we were kids. 

What makes a good Cinch Timed Event Championship helper?

Somebody who is fundamentally sound and isn’t too much of a risk taker and can handle pressure.

Tell us about your worst wreck at the Cinch Timed Event Championship. 

Jeez, I don't know how much room you have for this. Let's just say, I know why you don’t hang on to your slack in the steer roping—it doesn’t work. I roped a steer, and I didn’t get my trip on the right side. My horse wanted to go left, and I was trying to rein him back, and he didn’t rein back in. I had a hold of my slack still holding it, and it jerked me right off and the horse about jerked the steer on top of me. I just know that holding onto your slack doesn’t work. That was early on, somewhere in the 1990s. 1997-ish. A long time ago. I’ve gotten quite a bit better in the steer roping.

Maybe that makes guessing your worst event pretty easy? 

The steer roping is the one I’ve done the least. I never did a complete steer roping run until 1995 at my first Timed Event. I’d always head, heeled, roped calves and steer wrestled. I didn’t know any steer ropers. I didn’t get to practice on the horse I borrowed. So I had never actually made a full steer roping run, just parts of one, before that first round. That’s not something I would advise anyone to go do.

What do you think about the Jr. Ironman that's happening each day during the CTEC?

I think it’s awesome. They talked to me about it. I got to go do something like that in Arkansas and Oklahoma as a kid. It was a great experience and prepared me for the real thing. I thought they’d get interest in it for the sport. It’s an awesome deal for young kids to get a chance to compete at the Lazy E. Hopefully it lets kids dream a bit bigger about doing more than one event. Hopefully it will get kids interested in doing more than one event. Rodeo is such a specialist sport now, it's awesome to emphasize kids who can do it all. 



The Helpers

Chelsea Toy has been the managing editor of Spin To Win Rodeo for five years, giving her some insight into the team roping and rodeo industries. She'll use this space to occasionally share some updates and commentary on the forces at work in the team roping world.

Lazy E Stock Photo Courtesy Andrew Hancock
There’s something about gambling with someone else’s money that’s just a whole lot of fun—unless, of course, you’re gambling with another roper’s chance at $100,000 at the Cinch Timed Event Championship at the Lazy E Arena.

The “helpers”—the fearless crew of cowboys who head, heel and haze for the Timed Event competitors—are hand selected by the cowboys themselves for their consistency in high-pressure situations and their willingness to lay it all on the line, as far as team roping is concerned, for their partner. Sometimes, they’re their ProRodeo partners. Sometimes, they’re a long-time, long-trusted friend. Every time, though, the pressure is on.

Perhaps the moment that stands out the most clearly in all of the 1,500 or so runs I’ve seen in my few times covering the Timed Event was when Charly Crawford missed on his first head loop in the final round of the heeling for Trevor Brazile. It was the first year the Timed Event would pay $100,000, and Brazile’s first year back after a brief hiatus. He had a good lead, but not a great lead, and needed to do well in that last round to win it all.

“I was riding a pretty green horse, and he scored good but he was still a little green,” Crawford said. “The steer was peeling off to the right and I kind of quit riding him. I think I split the horns. I needed to take one more swing and get a little bit closer. I didn’t ride very aggressive and wasn’t riding as good as I should of and I took a dumb shot. I ended up coiling up and taking an even dumber shot but I caught. He had a 30 second lead and I cut it down to 5. It was hard, that’s one thing a guy kind of prides himself in—consistency and not being able to crack under pressure.”

Brazile is probably the coolest competitor in the history of rodeo, though, so he didn’t let that run stop him on his route to $100,000, making the miss just a blip on the radar and something they’d eventually joke about.

“He kind of left it for me to tease about, so I pick on myself about it,” Crawford said. “It was one of those things—he makes so many runs he probably doesn’t remember it. If he’s forgotten about it that’s fine with me too.”

Crawford has helped at the Timed Event five times, and has helped Brazile, Clayton Hass and Russell Cardoza.

“I really enjoy it,” Crawford said. “That’s something, when I worked for Tyler Magnus, my job was to turn steers for his clients or people trying horses or at schools. Usually I can get a good start and run up to position and get them turned. It’s not like I have to take any chances. I have a good string of horses I feel confident in going there and riding. I’m a believer in surrounding myself with winners, and you’re there with the best timed event guys in the world. Being around Trevor and watching how good he does and how good Paul David is these last few years, it’s been enjoyable.”


Cinch Timed Event Championship Q&A with Russell Cardoza

Chelsea Toy has been the managing editor of Spin To Win Rodeo for five years, giving her some insight into the team roping and rodeo industries. She'll use this space to occasionally share some updates and commentary on the forces at work in the team roping world.

Oregon's Russell Cardoza, once crowned the World's Greatest Roper, will make his ninth trip to Guthrie, Okla., for the Cinch Timed Event Championship this year. He's known for his family-raised fancy horsepower, and he frequently mounts other competitors (including his regular-season header, Dustin Bird). Cardoza was in PRCA all-around contention in 2016, and will heel, rope calves and bull dog at the ProRodeos this year, too. He and Bird are the only full team competing against one another for the $100,000 Cinch Timed Event purse, and they'll be sure to catch all of the Jr. Ironman action each morning helping the young talent in the box and behind the chutes.

What keeps you coming back to the Cinch Timed Event Championships?

I’ve always roped calves and bull dogged and tripped, and I like doing them all. I’ve done pretty good but I’ve never won it. I really want to win it one of these years.

What horses will you bring this year?

I usually head and heel on Moe, my bay mare, but this year she's getting older so I'm not going to use her. I’m going to head on Hippie, a stud I have out of Moe (pictured above); rope calves on Black Betty, the horse I let Bird ride last year; heel on my good bay Tara; borrow a bull dogging horse; and ride my father-in-law’s tripping horse, Fred.

What's been your worst Timed Event blooper?

I think it was 2010 or 2011, I was heeling, and Charly was heading for me. I was doing pretty good, and I heeled the steer by two feet. I missed my wraps and my coils sucked around my left hand and almost pulled me off my horse. It pulled my reins off onto the ground, and she took off. I somehow reached down and got my reins and turned her around and got my dally. We were almost running into the wall. She'll do that if you lose your reins--One time I fell off her at Greeley (Colo.). She tripped as I went to throw and I lost my reins and she took off and I made a bull-dogging get off right there in the middle of the arena.

What's been your best Timed Event finish?

I won second there a few years ago and won a few rounds and won $32,000.

Who is your all-around hero?

Sam Willis, my father-in-law. He did five, shoot six, events. I’ve always thought of him as a great all-around hand.  



Gearing Up for a Busy Winter Ahead

Chelsea Toy has been the managing editor of Spin To Win Rodeo for five years, giving her some insight into the team roping and rodeo industries. She'll use this space to occasionally share some updates and commentary on the forces at work in the team roping world.

When I woke up this morning, the wind chill here in Fort Lupton, Colo., was -25 degrees Fahrenheit. Ugh. I hear it's chilly in Texas, too, and folks getting ready for the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa will likely be shivering as they back into the box for the last few practice runs, some trying to smooth things out with new partners.

Of course, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo is kicking off here in Denver this weekend, despite the fact that organizers had to cancel the opening parade because of this dreadful weather (yay moisture?!) we're having. You'll be able to count on us for pretty regular updates from the ProRodeo once it gets underway next week, as me and the kiddo will be in and out as time allows throughout. Another shoutout to the folks at the NWSS for coming up with equal money in the team roping. Bravo! 

Looking past the next month, we'll be bringing you coverage from across ProRodeo and professional team roping jackpots, including but not limited to Fort Worth, the Wildfire Open to the World, RFD-TV's The American, San Antone, San Angelo, Rodeo Houston and The Strait. 

Not to mention, we'll be doing a full blow-out of the Cinch Timed Event Championship, one of my favorite events of the year hands down. And something really, really special is happening at the Lazy E this year--the Junior Ironman Championships, held in conjunction with the CTEC. Ten kids--five invited by the Lazy E team and five who qualified through their National Little Britches Rodeo performances--competing in the mornings March 3 through 5 in heading, heeling, calf roping and steer wrestling. They'll do battle over three rounds for $20,000 in added money. 

You've got to understand how important something like this is. The Lazy E has built its legacy on all-around competition like the Timed Event, and the team there is taking a step to insure that the next generation of cowboys is well rewarded for pursuing multiple events. Putting up $20,000 for kids under 18 to shoot for should set the stage for some tough competition, making sure that guys like Trevor Brazile, Daniel Green, Kyle Lockett and Paul David Tierney will be able to someday retire knowing that the future of the cowboy is in good hands. 

Oh, and not to bury the lede, but we'll be giving away a VIP experience each week this month so you can watch the best youth and best top guns do battle in Guthrie March 3 through 5, with tickets to club seating and the Cowboy Cantina for each performance. Stay tuned to and to Spin To Win Rodeo on Facebook so you don't miss anything. 


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9/15; ACTRA Roping, Brown’s Valley, (530) 701-9456 9/28; WSTR Qualifier, Norco, (909) 223-1215 10/26; WSTR Qualifier, Riverside, (909) 223-1215
11/29-12/1; Maui Classic, Makawao, (254) 968-0002
9/1-2; ACTRA Roping, Sparks, (775) 848-9387 9/4; ACTRA Roping, Reno, (618) 670-4963 9/7; ACTRA Roping, Gardnerville, (775) 781-8861 9/7; ACTRA Roping, Fernley, (775) 690-4560 10/5; ACTRA Roping, Fallon, (775) 690-4560
8/31; ACTRA Roping, Stanfield, (541) 571-1373 8/31; ACTRA Roping, Hermiston, (541) 571-1373 8/31; ACTRA Roping, Terrebonne, (541) 815-3811 9/1; ACTRA Roping, Terrebonne, (541) 815-3811 9/7; WSTR Qualifier, Pendleton, (406) 360-2225
9/7; ACTRA Roping, Colville, (509) 680-2145 9/14; ACTRA Roping, Deer Park, (509) 951-0461 9/15; ACTRA Roping, Sunnyside, (509) 945-0422 10/6; ACTRA Roping, Sunnyside, (509) 945-0422 10/7; ACTRA Roping, Colville, (509) 680-2145


9/13-14; GCPRA Rodeo Sept., Holbrook, (254) 968-0002 9/21; GCPRA Rodeo Sept., Duncan, (254) 968-0002 9/21-22; Navajo Nation Championships, Window Rock, (254) 968-0002 10/5; GCPRA Rodeo Oct., Wilcox, (254) 968-0002
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