The upcoming National Finals Rodeo competition in Las Vegas is looking to make history. For the first time ever three members of an extended family will be competing at the show for top honors.

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One of them is a personal favorite of ours – Shada Brazile. Shada and her APF Pro partner, Dial It Fast, will be competing for national honors in barrel racing.

But the domination of the two Texas families, the Coopers and the Braziles, is historic.

Before Shada was a Brazile, she was a Cooper, and now she, along with her husband, Trevor Brazile, and her brother, Tuf Cooper, will be competing at the event to take place at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV December 5th through the 14th.

Trevor Brazile and his brother-in-law, Tuf Cooper, are currently #1 and #2 in the overall standings nationally.

Shada, despite her famous pedigree and her outstanding talent, has not had the kind of luck that, when coupled with amazing athletic ability, can take you to the top. But all that has changed.

The time is right for Shada Brazile

CHEYENNE – Timing is everything.

It’s what kept Shada Brazile from pursuing barrel racing full time.

But timing now has Brazile in the hunt for her first National Finals Rodeo berth.

Whether it was family life or not having a good horse that got in the way, Brazile didn’t compete in much more than regional events.

Then, when she had a good horse, fate conspired against her.

Brazile had two horses die within two days in January 2012 – one contracted salmonella and the other crippled itself in the pasture.

“That was a rough time,” the Decatur, Texas, cowgirl said. “Really rough.”

But a conversation her husband, Trevor, had with another barrel racing competitor brought her the horse, Dial It Fast, and the rest, as they say, is history.

And now we have history in the making.

Good luck, Shada! You go, girl!

And good luck to Trevor and Tuf!

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