Silcox wins world title at National Finals Rodeo

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Trevor Brazile became the first PRCA triple-crown winner since 1983 on Saturday night, winning the tie-down roping world title in the 10th and final round of the National Finals Rodeo.

Brazile, from Decatur, Texas, won the tie-down roping title with $189,640, edging Houston Hutto of Del Rio, Texas, by about $4,000. Brazile stayed in front of Hutto by earning $14,278 for finishing fifth in the aggregate standings with a time of 101.70 over 10 rounds. Hutto earned $9,783 with a third-place finish in 7.8 during the 10th round. Brazile didn't place with a time of 15.40, taking two loops to secure his calf.

Brazile came into the NFR with the steer roping title and clinched the all-around title during the eighth round. He's the first triple-crown champ since his father-in-law, Roy Cooper, accomplished the feat 24 years ago. Brazile finished the season with PRCA-record $425,115 in all-around earnings.

"It's awesome," Brazile said. "You're talking about Roy Cooper and Jim Shoulders (a triple-crown winner in 1958), and they're the greatest cowboys to ever live. Anytime you're on the same page as those guys, it's a great accomplishment and means a lot to me."

Aggregate standings champion Cody Ohl of Hico, Texas, had a 10-head time 90.80 seconds, while Stran Smith of Childress, Texas, was second with 10 in 97.80. Ohl also earned an NFR-event record $103,521 and finished third in the world standings with $183,117.

Clint Cooper of Decatur, Texas, and Blair Burk of Durant, Okla., tied for first in the 10th round in 7.3 seconds.

In bareback riding, event aggregate champion Will Lowe of Canyon, Texas, sealed his second straight title when he won the round with an NFR-record score of 91.5 on Magic Wars. Lowe tied the NFR and Thomas & Mack Center arena record set earlier in the week by Justin McDaniel of Porum, Okla.

Three-time world champion Lowe had 10 successful rides for an NFR-record 846 points, while Jessy Davis of Payson, Utah, was next with 10 rides for 830 points. Lowe is the first bareback rider to win consecutive aggregate titles outright since Bruce Ford in 1979 and 1980.

Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., took the world title with $207,183. Lowe, who earned $116,213 at the NFR, was second with $190,632.

"It's been five years in the making, so it feels good," Mote said about his first world title. "Every year I've come here I've tried (to win a world title), and I ended up second again last year. So, to finish it off is great, especially with this field of bareback riders."

In steer wrestling, Jason Miller of Lance Creek, Wyo., won both the world and aggregate championships when he finished in a three-way tie for third place in a time of 4.8 during the 10th round.

Miller was No. 1 in the world with $178,767 and won the aggregate in a time of 42.7 for 10 rounds during his second NFR.

"I didn't make a great run, but I placed in the round, and that's what I needed to do in order to have a chance (to win both titles)," Miller said. "I think I could have made a better run, but just like every night I wanted to get a good start and win something in the round."

Canada's Lee Graves, who also tied for third, finished second in the world with $164,703.

Luke Branquinho of Los Alamos, Calif., won his second consecutive NFR round with a time of 3.5 and ended up third in the world with $151,680.

In team roping, Chad Masters of Clarksville, Tenn., claimed his first header world title with $183,101, and Walt Woodard of Stockton, Calif., the oldest NFR competitor at age 52, won the world championship for heelers with $177,132.

Masters was partnered with Allen Bach of Weatherford, Texas, and Woodard's header was Clay Tryan of Billings, Mont. Partners Jake Barnes of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Clay O'Brien Cooper of Morgan Mill, Texas, were the aggregate champs with a time of 72.6 over 10 rounds.

David Key of Caldwell, Texas, and Kory Koontz of Sudan, Texas, placed first with a time of 4.1. Tryan and Woodard earned a check by placing fourth in 4.7.

In saddle bronc, NFR rookie Taos Muncy of Corona, N.M., won the world championship with $201,132. He sealed the title when he earned a $34,110 prize for finishing second in the aggregate standings with a score of 651.5 on eight successful rides.

Muncy, who is on the Panhandle State University rodeo team, is the first saddle bronc rider to win collegiate and world titles during the same year.

"I was a nervous wreck every round," Muncy said. "I was just trying to hide it from everybody. I just didn't say anything."

Canada's Rod Hay won the aggregate championship with 826 points on a 2007 NFR-best 10 successful rides. Hay also was second to Muncy in the world standings with $187,594, including $113,569 at the NFR.

Billy Etbauer of Edmond, Okla., won the round with an 89.5 on Mullin Hill.

In barrel racing, world standings and aggregate champion Brittany Pozzi-Pharr of Victoria, Texas, set an event record by earning $259,712. She won the NFR aggregate standings title with a time of 140.18 over 10 rounds. Pozzi-Pharr's world title was her second in a row.

"It ended up being five girls not to hit any barrel. That's phenomenal," Pozzi-Pharr said. "This has been the toughest Finals I've ever seen."

Canada's Lindsay Sears finished second in the world with $230,796 while Debbie Renger, also from Canada, was the aggregate runner-up in a time of 141.00 over 10 rounds.

Sears earned an event-best total of $119,254, but fell short of the record of $126,932, set by Janet Stover in 2001.

Molly Powell of Stephenville, Texas, won the round with a 13.72-second run.

In bull riding, Wesley Silcox of Payson, Utah, finished first for the second consecutive round with a score of 91.5 on Wolf Can Do and claimed both the world title with $228,941 and the aggregate crown with 596 points on seven bulls.

Kanin Asay of Powell, Wyo., was second for his second straight round with an 85.5 on Rompus and finished second in the world standings with $218,597. Chance Smart of Philadelphia, Miss., was the aggregate runner-up with 502.5 bulls on six bulls.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-12-15-07 2220MST

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