Trevor Brazile competes in the tie-down roping event during the tenth and final go-round of the National Finals Rodeo Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in Las Vegas. Brazile won the all-around world championship.
This week in Las Vegas, the world's top cowboys are gathered for the National Finals Rodeo, to compete for $6 million in prize money. So far, much of the limelight has gone to one man, Trevor Brazile, who broke a world record this week when he won his 10th all-around gold buckle. Brazile joins the show from Las Vegas.
On how it felt to win his 10th all-around title:
"Its a milestone that I really, to tell you the truth, i never even made it a goal just because it would have sounded ridiculous when I started out to think that we could have came this far. We're really excited."
On what it means to be an all-around champion:
"The all-around championship is for the cowboy who works more than one even. I do all the roping events, anything that has to do with the rope, that's my event. I do steer roping, tie-down roping and team roping. Team roping is the only true team event in pro rodeo, where you have a header and a heeler: Two cowboys, two horses and a 600-lb steer. You have to rope his horns the you turn him off and then my partner comes in and ropes his feet. That's is just like how they always doctored big cattle in pasture because they were too big to get down any other way."
On how dangerous rodeo is:
"Anything that has to do with animals is extremely dangerous. Just knowing that and never taking that for granted its probably one of the least dangerous events in rodeo. There's a lot of guys that lose a lot of fingers, because when you rope the steer you have to wrap the rope around the saddle horn and you're talking about a lot of weight with a 600-lb steer, and if your finger gets anywhere close to that its off no questions asked."
On his special relationship with his horse Sic Em:
"Siccem has just been a blessing in our family, just the fact that he babysits my little boy… Everything that I do involves the horse, so they're our partners, it's like a quarterback and receiver, the timing is so important and its crucial. Great horses make great ropers. It took a lot longer to trust him with my [5-year-old] son. The horse is so unique, most horses that are that intense, that have that kind of speed and athletic ability just can't snap out of it. But there's just something special about that horse that when I throw his little saddle on him he totally changes his demeanor.'"
On why rodeo is an important tradition to continue:
"I think modern America needs rodeo and the Western heritage as its rock. It just seems like our world keeps evolving further and further from the way it started. I think this industry is the cornerstone that keeps everything back to the basics and I just think its important in today's time more than any."