OAKDALE — Even the greatest roper of all time does not succeed at every rodeo.
Trevor Brazile already knew this, but that fact was reinforced during Friday morning’s slack session of the 63rd Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo.
Brazile, the Texas cowboy who’s won 11 all-around world titles – including the last eight – and 19 overall titles, didn’t earn a penny at the saddle club arena. It came as a surprise to most observers, given the fact he’s his sport’s resident icon and he’s done well here in the past. His name was inscribed on the Bowman Trophy, which honors the Oakdale rodeo’s all-around cowboy champion, in 2010.
He’ll be hardpressed to repeat that feat, however, after he and team roping partner Paul Eaves no-timed due to a crossfire penalty during the first go-round. Brazile’s 9.4-second run in tie-down roping also left him out of the money.
The timed-event cowboys still have another go-round left in Oakdale as action turns to the main performances today at Sunday. Some entries will crisscross from Oakdale to the Clark County Fair and Rodeo in Logandale, Nev.
Money was earned with some fast times Friday at Oakdale. Winning their respective go-rounds were team ropers Brock Hanson and Cesar de La Cruz (4.7), steer wrestler Jaed Hare of Sacramento (5.1) and calf roper Reese Riemer (8.4).
No locals cashed, though three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Russell Cardoza of Terrebonne, Ore., tied for third in team roping as a heeler alongside Spencer Mitchell of Colusa. Cardoza, born in Knights Ferry, was raised in Escalon.
Today’s schedule features the parade in downtown Oakdale at 9 a.m., followed by the rodeo’s opening ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. The specialty act is John Payne, the One Arm Bandit, who herds four-legged beasts onto the top of his trailer.