Horse Showing

It’s All About Trust

December 1, 2010

Trust makes all the difference to this cowboy.

Trevor Brazile and Real Cool Dual go bridleless.

From America’s Horse

Not sure cowboy Trevor Brazile trusts his horse, “Texaco?” Can’t be certain Texaco loves his job? Worry not.

Trevor and Texaco (registered as Real Cool Dual) punctuated any such questions with an exclamation point by leaving the bridle back at the barn when they made their run in the Fort Worth Stock Show AQHA tie-down roping class late in January 2010. Their 7.8-second blur blew the competition away, both literally in terms on time and figuratively in terms of talent and awe. So, why’d he do it?

“I didn’t even know I was going to do it before I did it,” Trevor says. “(Three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo tie-down roper) Cade Swor said it wasn’t fair I was riding Texaco, unless I didn’t use a bridle. I told him to go get a good seat. It would have been nice if I’d had a warning and could have tried it once at home. But that’s not how it happened, so we just had to roll with it.”

Trevor did it on a dare, but there was a hitch: Trevor and Texaco were disqualified, per the AQHA rule that requires that “in all western classes, horses will be shown in a western saddle and appropriate bridle, snaffle bit or hackamore for the duration of the class.”

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Trevor didn’t know he’d get a zero going in. But he doesn’t regret taking the risk. “The way I look at it is, ‘Would Texaco be remembered more for qualifying for the World Show with 500 other horses or for this?’” he says. “That run caught on like wildfire on Youtube, and people from all over the world went crazy over it. It shows how much I trust my horse, and how much he trusts me. That’s pretty cool. I’m very proud of my horse. He’s so broke and is just a true partner.”

Trevor hasn’t ridden Texaco, a two-time AQHA-Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association tie-down horse of the year, much lately due to soundness concerns. If in doubt, the pampered 15-year-old prince of Trevor’s roping string has the run of his Decatur, Texas, ranch while the rest of the crew is out on the road.

“He’s my baby,” Trevor says. “He’s a great horse, and I have total confidence in him. He’s very special.”

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