Trevor Brazile has only been riding the 2015 gelding American Greed for about a week, but he's so used to roping behind his long-time partner and friend Lari Dee Guy that it doesn't matter much.
Brazile and 'Greed' lead the American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Championship's heading division by a full nine points with a 691.47 after three rounds, affirming what Guy knew about her horse all along: "He just wants to be good."
The horse has lots of experience, as Guy cracked him out at The Patriot in Fort Worth this February and rode him at the the All-Girl during BFI Week and everywhere else she's headed in between. That experience has served Brazile well during the ARHFA's three rounds—including when he drew a runner in Round 2.
"I didn’t get scared until about halfway, and he was still running really fast," Brazile laughed. "I was glad to be on him when something like that happened."
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Guy bought the horse—a full brother to her great horse Tombstone, whom she sold as an NFR mount to Jake Cooper a few years ago—as a 2-year-old, and she sent him to her friend Jeb Brown in Colorado to ride, followed by Wilson Schrock, who put another year on the horse for her.
"Then Hope (Thompson) and I just went to heading on him," Guy said. "He takes everything real serious, real personal. He really wants to please ya. He’s such a kind-hearted little horse. He wants to be your friend."
Brazile—who had four other horses entered in the futurity including three others who are also in Friday's short round—tried to talk Guy into showing her own horse, but she was up in San Angelo for the Roping Fiesta and really wanted him to show off her training efforts.
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"I really wanted her to show him," Brazile said. "But I’ve ridden behind her so much, I knew if she loves one like she does him, I knew he’d feel good. He's all but finished."
Brazile, for his part, is getting a bit more seasoned in futurity competition after disappointing himself a bit in 2019.
"I learned a lot last year," Brazile said. "I tried to maybe do too much at the show each round. At a four-head competition whether you draw perfect every time or not, you’ll get a chance for the good to come out in your horse and try to stay the course more than I did last year. Things came our way, and we didn’t try to max everything out every time. If the cattle let us do it we did, otherwise just tried to put good runs together. That’s the great thing about this event—you're not judged on one run. Whether it’s cattle or not, you can come back and make up for mistakes."
The Starlights Gypsy horses have all proven successful for the Guy/Brazile partnership, and the duo has plenty more where this one came from. They have a 3-year-old full sister to Greed about whom they're very excited, and paternal siblings include Hope Thompson's Supercrome Ink, Charly Crawford's Gypsy Sailor and Clint Summer's PKR Starlight's Chick.
Brazile and Greed won the first round, worth $4,000, and were second in the third round, as well, for another $3,000. He's also coming back fourth on the 4-year-old gelding BoomBoom Firecracker he raised by FirewaterOntheRocks out of Taras First Note, a mare he and Guy rode for years, and will also rope in the short round on Rooster Jessie Tivio, a buckskin gelding by Doc O Rooster out of Hollywood Sandy Cue, and ZT Fame, a sorrel by Kiehne Firewaterfame out of Ima Big Delight.
Dakota Kirchenschlager, aboard the 4-year-old gelding X My Ich, enters the short round second in the aggregate with a score of 682.39 on three. For full scoring, check here. TRJ