Cooper ranked first in world all-around standings

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Throughout pro rodeo’s National Finals this year, Texas competitors will receive lots of attention. Going into the National Finals, six of the 10 world title races will be led by a competitor with a Texas residence.

Tuf Cooper of Weatherford is ranked No. 1 in both the all-around and tie-down roping standings. Tiany Schuster of Krum is at the top of the barrel racing standings. Jacobs Crawley of Boerne has the lead in saddle bronc riding. Jason Evans of Glen Rose leads the steer ropers, and Junior Nogueira, who lives in Burleson, is at the top of the leader board in team roping heeling.

When the regular season concluded on Sept. 30, the top 15 in each event advanced to the Dec. 7-16 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas or the Nov. 10-11 National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan.

Cooper, a three-time world champion, and his brother-in-law Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion, made the cut in two events. They both qualified for the nationals in tie-down roping and steer roping.

In the 2017 world all-around standings, Cooper, a former Decatur resident, is ranked No. 1 with $214,131. Brazile, who lives in Decatur, is ranked No. 2 with $180,487. (The standings won’t be official until after an audit).

On the last weekend of the regular season, world class competitors rode in rodeos in cities ranging from Pasadena to Sioux Falls, S.D., to either secure a National Finals berth or to improve their ranking going into the NFR.

For example, Nogueira was ranked No. 2 in team roping heeling in the Sept. 25 PRCA weekly world standings. He clinched the team roping heeling title at the Wrangler Champions Challenge on Sept. 29 in Sioux Falls (for $3,944 in prize money) and then finished fifth at the same type of rodeo in Sioux Falls on Sept. 30 ($928). After all that, Nogueira took the lead in the team roping heeling world title race.

Last year, Nogueira clinched the PRCA’s all-around title at the NFR and became the first Brazilian to snare a PRCA title. This year he’ll attempt to become the first Brazilian native to win a single event title (team roping).


The PRCA’s 2018 regular season began on Sunday, Oct. 1. The prize money earned from all rodeos that were held either on or after Oct. 1 will count toward qualifying for the 2018 National Finals.

For example, the prize money earned at the Sept. 28-30 Comal County Fair and Rodeo in New Braunfels counted toward qualifying for the 2017 NFR. But the earnings from the Oct. 1 Xtreme Bulls show in New Braunfels counted toward qualifying for the 2018 NFR.

Last weekend’s PRCA rodeos in Hempstead and Rosenberg counted toward qualifying for the 2018 NFR. In the South Texas town of Rosenberg, Brazile clinched the all-around title after earning $7,697 in team roping and steer roping. Brazile also won the steer roping and team roping titles. He clinched the steer roping title with a time of 36.2 seconds on three runs. Brazile finished No. 1 in the team roping heading title race after he and his heeling partner, Wesley Johnson, turned in a 4.7.


Eazee E, which is owned by Kevin and Sydney Knight of Weatherford, is ranked No. 2 in the National Cutting Horse Association open division world title race with $92,115 in regular season earnings (released Thursday, Oct. 5). The mare has been shown this season by Weatherford trainers/riders R.L. Chartier II and Tatum Rice.

Deluxe Checks, which is owned by Louisiana residents Amanda and Rhein Standish, is ranked No.1 in the open world standings with $98,495. The mare has been ridden this year by Sam Shepard, Brett Davis and Austin Shepard.

In the non-pro world title race, April Widman of Weatherford has a commanding lead with $92,933. She’s shown That Sly Bob (gelding) and Woodys Baby (gelding) this season.

Kylie Knight Rice of Weatherford is ranked second in the world standings with $80,001. She has competed on Snap Crackle Cat (gelding) throughout the year.


On the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association circuit, South Plains College is ranked No. 1 in the NIRA’s Southwest Region team title race after competing in the first two rodeos of the 2017-2018 regular season.

South Plains won the Sept. 21-23 Eastern New Mexico Rodeo and finished fourth in the Sept. 28-30 Vernon College Rodeo. After all that, South Plains is No. 1 with 385 points. Weatherford College is No. 2 with 325.

Odessa College is ranked No. 1 in the regional men’s team title race with 725 points. Tarleton is ranked No. 2 with 695.


On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, Dakota Buttar, a Canadian cowboy, clinched the title at last weekend’s Built Ford Tough Series tour stop in Nampa, Idaho. He earned $32,860. After clinching the title, Buttar is ranked No. 27 in the world title race with 935.83 points.

Defending world champion Cooper Davis finished second in Nampa. He’s ranked No. 2 in the world title race with 3,908.33 points. Eduardo Aparecido is ranked No. 1 with 4,105. Aparecido lives in the Decatur area.

This weekend, the Ford Series (the association’s top tier tour) will stop in Raleigh, N.C. The 2017 World Finals is Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.


On the North Texas High School Rodeo Association circuit, Gracie Henderson of Decatur clinched the walk-up goat tying title race after turning in a time of 6.814 at the Azle High School Rodeo last weekend in Fort Worth. Henderson also finished sixth in the ride-up goat tying title race with a 10.108.

Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades.

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