Trevor Brazile is in the driver’s seat to clinch a record ninth world all-around title.
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s regular season concluded Sept. 30 and the top 15 in each event advance to the National Finals, which is scheduled Dec. 1-10 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Brazile, who lives in Decatur, made the cut in tie-down roping and team roping. He also qualified for the National Finals Steer Roping, which is scheduled for Nov. 11-12 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Okla.
In the all-around standings, Brazile finished the regular season with $239,505, more than doubling No. 2-ranked Shane Proctor ($119,044).
Brazile’s big advantage is that he has qualified for the nationals in three roping events and Proctor has qualified only in bull riding.
Clayton Foltyn, an El Campo cowboy who won the 2011 Championship Bull Riding title, was honored at the weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo during a ceremony last Friday night at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth.
Foltyn won the title on Sept. 25 at the CBR Finals in Loveland, Colo. Foltyn finished No. 1 in the 2011 title race with 6,709.5 points, more than 1,400 points ahead of No. 2-ranked Chase Outlaw.
Brazilian cowboy Douglas Ferreira, who lives in Decatur when he competes in North America, earned $37,015 after winning the Professional Bull Riders Built Ford Tough Series tour stop last weekend in Charlotte, N.C. Ferreira clinched the title after turning in score of 259.75, five points ahead of second-place finisher Harve Stewart who earned $18,415.
Silvano Alves, another Brazilian who resides in Decatur, leads the PBR Built Ford Tough Series world title race after tying for eighth at the Charlotte tour stop. In the world standings, Alves is ranked No. 1 with 11,869.50 points. Valdiron de Oliveira is No. 2 with 10,438. This weekend, the tour stops in Hartford, Conn. The PBR World Finals is scheduled for Oct. 26-30 in Las Vegas.