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2018 PRCA World Champions


Trevor Brazile


One of the most decorated rodeo careers in PRCA history ended on a high note. Trevor Brazile won his 14th PRCA-record All-Around gold buckle a few weeks after announcing that the 2018 season marked the last time he would rodeo full time. He now has an abbreviated schedule so he can spend more time with his family. Full story...

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Tim O'Connell


Tim O’Connell spent the 2018 regular season proving he could battle back from whatever rodeo threw at him. He had no trouble doing the same at the 60th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. O’Connell won his third straight bareback riding world championship after his final ride in 2018 (at the Wrangler NFR), winning with $319,801. Full story...

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Tyler Waguespack

Steer Wrestling

Tyler Waguespack is once again the king of PRCA’s steer wrestlers. The Gonzales, La., cowboy won his second world championship in the last three years with a memorable run Dec. 15 at the 2018 Wrangler
National Finals. Waguespack won the gold buckle by earning $260,013 ($180,429 of that at the Wrangler NFR), the most of any steer wrestler. Full story...

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Clay Smith

Team Roping (Heading)

Although team roping header Clay Smith entered the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in first place and heeling partner Paul Eaves was in second – both with $115,345 – the duo had a long race ahead of them for the gold buckle. Full Story...

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Paul Eaves

Team Roping (Heeling)

Eaves said the steer was a big factor in the victory. “The steer was really good, one of the better steers we’ve drawn,” said Eaves, 28. “Tonight, he was pretty straight, and it makes a difference to be fast. Everything came together.” Full Story...

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Wade Sundell

Saddle Bronc

Eight might be Wade Sundell’s lucky number. Thanks to picking up eight checks during his eighth trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Boxholm, Iowa, cowboy was crowned the 2018 Saddle Bronc Riding World Champion. “Words can’t explain it, it’s amazing,” Sundell said. “I’ve been trying to do it since the first time here, but I’m glad it came and hope there’s more to come.” Full story...

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Caleb Smidt

Tie-Down Roping

Cowboys like Shane Hanchey, Tuf Cooper, Tyson Durfey and Trevor Brazile were prominent in the conversation when talking about the potential 2018 PRCA Tie-down Roping World Champion. Caleb Smidt, the 2015 Tie-down Roping World Champion, flew under the radar. But following Round 10 at the 2018 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the Bellville, Texas, cowboy was basking in the spotlight with the gold buckle. Full story...

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Sage Kimzey

Bull Riding

Sage Kimzey continued to write PRCA history when he won his fifth consecutive world title with $415,263. He is the first bull rider to do so since the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo started 60 years ago. Only four bull riders have as many world titles as Kimzey, and all of them are ProRodeo Hall of Famers: Smokey Snyder (1931-32, 1935-37), Harry Tompkins (1948-50, 1952, 1960), Jim Shoulders (1951, 1954-59) and Don Gay (1974-77, 1979-81,1984). Full story...

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Scott Snedecor

Steer Roping

With a gold buckle at stake in the last round, Scott Snedecor shined. The Fredericksburg, Texas, cowboy earned his second-consecutive gold buckle by winning Round 10, with an impressive 9.0-second time at the 2018 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan. Full story...

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