The All-Around Cowboy

Trevor Brazile’s newchapter in life involves a lot more chrome.

By Abigail Boatwright

Trevor Brazile is arguably the most successful rodeo cowboy of all time. The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Hall of Famer has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 53 times from 1997 to 2018, won a record 26 PRCA world champion titles and holds the record for most all-around cowboy world titles at 14—and those are just the highlights.

The Cowboy Calling

Trevor grew up in Gruver, Texas, on a feedlot surrounded by cowboys and always knew he wanted to emulate the men he saw working cattle. “I think anybody who is as passionate as I was about being a cowboy just wants to find a way to be able to make a living doing what they saw their heroes do,” Trevor said. “That was always my goal, just to be able to rope for a living. World championships, that would have been amazing, but I didn’t ever know that might be a possibility. I loved what I did so much, and I just wanted to be able to do it for a living and not have to do anything else.”

Trevor’s grandfather loved horses, and both dad Jimmy and mom Glenda competed with horses at a high level. He learned a lot from them. Trevor also worked for trainer Jess Elrod in high school, filling in his horsemanship education.

“He helped bridge the gap from the finished product of where you want to be [with roping] and how to get there if you can’t go buy a horse off the shelf. He helped me learn how to make a horse,” Trevor said. “But even with my dad and grandpa, we always made our own horses. It was always about ending up with a better horse each time and learning from each horse.”

This is an excerpt from the Fall 2023 issue of Chrome—get Chrome magazine by becoming an APHA member at apha.com/join.