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Cooper ranked No. 1 in PRCA’s all-around title race

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Tuf Cooper, a former Decatur resident who lives in Weatherford, claimed the all-around title at the Ellensburg Rodeo in Ellensburg, Wash., after earning $10,161 in tie-down roping and steer roping throughout the traditional Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association show.

Cooper, a three-time world champion, also snared the tie-down roping title in Ellensburg with a three-run time of 24.6 after tying for fourth in the first round with an 8.8, winning the second round with a 7.7 and then winning the final round with an 8.1.

The Sept. 1-4 Ellensburg rodeo was the highest paying PRCA competition over the Labor Day Weekend. According to prorodeo.com, the other winners of $330,755 rodeo were bareback rider Richmond Champion (171.5 points on two head), team ropers Brandon Beers/Cesar de la Cruz (17.3 seconds on three head), saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw (173.5 points on two head), barrel racer Nellie Miller (51.48 seconds on three head), steer roper Corey Ross (28.6 seconds on two head), bull rider Sage Kimzey (169.5 points on two head) and steer wrestlers Taylor Gregg and Curtis Cassidy (14.2 seconds on three head).

After competing in Ellensburg, many of the world’s top pro rodeo competitors migrated to the traditional Lewiston Roundup in Lewiston, Idaho, and the Washington State Fair Rodeo in Puyallup, Wash. The two rodeos were conducted last weekend.

In Lewiston, Cooper won the all-around title after earning $3,851 in tie-down roping and steer roping. The eight-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier finished third in tie-down roping with an 8.3 ($3,008). He also won the steer roping second round with a 9.7 ($763).

In steer wrestling, six-time National Finals qualifier Matt Reeves, a native of Pampa who lives in Cross Plains, finished third in the bulldogging title race with a 4.1 ($2,728). Jacob Tally clinched the title with a 3.7 ($3,456).

Other winners of the $137,637 rodeo were tie-down roper Hunter Herrin (7.8 seconds), bareback rider Jessy Davis (86.5 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo and Robinson Bulls’ Sozo), team ropers Shay Carroll/Nano Garza (4.4 seconds), saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston (86 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo and Robinson Bulls’ Robin Hood), barrel racer Jessi Fish (17.15 seconds), steer roper Tom Fisher (21.1 seconds on two head) and bull rider Ednei Caminhas (90 points on Sankey Pro Rodeo and Robinson Bulls’ Mr. Mustachio).

At the Puyallup rodeo, Cooper earned a check in the tie-down roping event. He finished sixth in the average and pocketed $1,155.

Twenty-time world champion Trevor Brazile also finished in the money. He earned $4,473 after placing in a couple of rounds and finishing second in the average.

Cimarron Boardman clinched the tie-down roping title with a three-run time of 26.0 seconds. Other winners of the $258,753 Puyallup rodeo were bareback rider Clayton Biglow (261 points on three head), steer wrestler Baylor Roche (13.1 seconds on three head), team ropers Hayes Smith/Clint Summers (14.2 seconds on three head, saddle bronc rider CoBurn Bradshaw (253 points on three head), barrel racer Jessi Fish (41.90 seconds on three head) and bull rider Garrett Smith (174 points on two head).

After finishing in the money in Ellensburg, Lewiston and Puyallup, Cooper is ranked No. 1 in the PRCA’s world all-around title race. He’s also ranked No. 1 in the tie-down roping world title race.

PBR UPDATE

On the Professional Bull Riders circuit, defending world champion Cooper Davis clinched the title at last weekend’s tour stop in Springfield, Mo. Davis finished No. 1 after earning 700 points at the Built Ford Tough Series show, which concluded Sunday.

After clinching the title, Davis is ranked No. 3 in the world title race with 3,051 points. Kaique Pacheco is ranked No. 1 with 3,600.

The PBR’s Ford Series, which is the association’s top tier tour, will stop in Austin this weekend. The performances are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 16-17, at the Frank Erwin Center.

The PBR World Finals is Nov. 1-5 at Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena.

CBR UPDATE

At last week’s Championship Bull Riding tour stop in Laughlin, Nev., Cody Jesus clinched the average title and ranks second in the CBR’s 2017 title race with 272 points. Rookie Rugar Piva finished second in the average race in Laughlin but is ranked No. 1 in the 2017 title race with 347.5 points. The CBR’s Road to Cheyenne tour will stop in Conroe on Oct. 7.

HIGH SCHOOL UPDATE

Hadley Miller of Boyd clinched the bull riding title at last weekend’s North Texas High School Rodeo Association Boyd Rodeo, which was the 2017-2018 season opener in the NTHSRA. Miller clinched the title after turning in a score of 68. Miller is the NTHSRA’s defending bull riding, tie-down roping and boys all-around champion.

Miller also finished second in bull riding at the Texas High School Rodeo Region III season opener rodeo on Saturday in Graham after turning in an 83.

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

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