Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 | 3:33 p.m.
Cowboy champion Trevor Brazile didn’t let the glitz and glamour of the 2012 American Country Awards faze him. He went from his presenter duties at Mandalay Bay Events Center right into the heat of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ring at the Thomas & Mack Center, where he clinched his 10th all-around title, placing 3rd in team roping with partner Patrick Smith.
That means that he’s won 10 of the past 11 world titles -- and gold buckles -- including seven of those consecutively. In all, Trevor’s 17th career gold is just one shy of the all-time record held by Guy Allen, who won 18 steer-roping championships.
It also sets him up for victory at Saturday’s closing event because he’s earned $285,000, a big lead over nearest rival Bobby Mote at $146,000. Today, Trevor, from Decatur, Texas, will join more than 17 world champion cowboys and cowgirls at an all-star autograph session in the MGM Grand lobby.
Country legend Charlie Daniels opened Monday night’s “Tough Enough to Wear Pink” performances, with Terry Nettles handling national anthem duties. Tonight at Rookie Night and the sixth performance, Karli Chayne sings the national anthem with the Future of Rodeo parade.
Country singer Chris Young is at the Cowboy Fan Fest in the Convention Center. Our thanks to contributing photographer Tom Donoghue for his ringside action photos. For more coverage, check out the Las Vegas Sun’s NFR page.
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