Mark Aug. 17, 2023, down in your history books, because Trevor Brazile notched his first win on the upcoming stallion Pride And Joyy at the Royal Crown Rope Horse Futurity in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in the 4-and-under heeling.
“Kilo,” and Brazile amassed $11,919 over three rounds of competition, headlined by a score of 652.68 on three, worth the aggregate win. The win earned the Relentless Remuda and Solo Select partnership $7,963, and $978 each for Ty Smith as the breeder and Stevie Ray Von as Kilo’s sire, respectively. The roan stallion started off quietly in round one, then topped the second round with his 164.82, worth $2,000. His rock-solid short round run in 162.51 points helped sew up the victory.
The 2019 model gelding, bred by Solo Select Horse’s Ty Smith, is by Stevie Rey Von and out of Fun N Fancy Free, by Peptoboonsmal. Before his start in the heeling, Kilo amassed $50,134 in the reined cow horse arena. Then it was off to the Relentless Remuda program under the hands of Brazile and Miles Baker. He’s had just five months of training on the heel side, but Brazile threw all the credit back to Kilo and Baker’s efforts for the meteroric rise.
“Miles has done a great job on Kilo, but that horse has also made things easy,” Brazile said. “We haven’t had any horses that made like this horse made. He’s such a natural and has made it so easy on us.”
Kilo’s win wasn’t just impressive due to his green nature in the roping pen—the Royal Crown in Rock Springs presented a unique challenge to the youngest horses at the event.
“There were a lot of runs and it was a tough setup in a lot of ways,” Brazile said. “It’s hard showing a horse like him on fresh steers because you couldn’t get in that typical jackpot throwing position. There’s so many things that can happen with fresh ones—they can sit back on you, come under or back around. It’s not your typical futurity when you’re riding in defensive positions for that horse, but I thought he handled all of it really well.”
Why Bring Pride And Joyy to the Roping Arena?
“He could have stood on his own merits as a cow horse stallion,” Brazile said.
Brazile is partnered with Solo Select Horses’ Ty and Melanie Smith on the stallion, who also previously owned his dam, Fun N Fancy Free. Kilo’s mother had her own successful record in the reined cow horse area with standout trainer Brad Lund. He noted that for all parties, the decision to move Kilo away from the reined cow horse spotlight wasn’t made lightly.
“It was the recent growth in the team roping industry that put the decision over the edge,” Brazile said. “Yes, he would have had a respected book of mares on the (reined cow horse) side, but with all the opportunities in the rope horse futurities now, we went this route. We don’t head on him, but we’ve crossed him on the right mares to not only produce heel horses, but head horses, too. He’s got the speed and is a great mover.”