By Kevin Wilson
CLOVIS — Buster Record has spent more than a decade making his name as a steer roper in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.
Even if technically it isn’t his name.
“It’s really a nickname,” said Record, who was named Tommy at birth, “but it’s the only name I’ve ever been called. It’s even on my Social Security card.”
He’s made a pretty good name for himself, as he came into Wednesday’s Steer Roping Classic as the defending PRCA world steer roping champion.
Record, who has concentrated mainly on steer roping since 1992, was one of several names taking part in Wednesday’s activities at the Curry County Mounted Patrol Arena.
A name even bigger than Record might have been Trevor Brazil, the defending PRCA World Champion All-Around Cowboy. At least that’s what Record would tell you.
“He’s just young, athletic and can really rope,” Record said. “Right now, he’s so athletic. It’s tough to compare me to somebody half my age that’s that athletic.”
Brazil, 26, is a little more than half of Record’s 47, but he’ll take the compliment all the same. After all, he figures he’s got to work pretty hard to get any type of compliment in the all-around competition.
“There are a lot more people that go into (events), you’re doing two times, if not three times the work,” said Brazil, who also does team roping and calf roping. “It’s so competitive, you can’t cut corners. You’ve got to work as hard as steer ropers do, as hard as calf ropers do, as hard as team ropers do.
“You’ve got to pay the price or your performance, for sure, will suffer.”
Brazil also participated in track and basketball when he went to high school in Anson, Texas. However, as the 5-foot-11 Brazil joked, “the NBA wasn’t knocking down my door.”
Besides, rodeo was and is his first love, just like it was when his father Jimmy competed in rodeos.
“I get to do for a living what I do for love,” Brazil said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The first of two rounds of the steer roping event was completed before it was halted because of bad weather.