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Cooper continues to lead all-around

By Brett Hoffman | Published Wednesday, September 12, 2018
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When defending world all-around champion Tuf Cooper competes in steer roping on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, there’s no playing it safe.

Cooper, 28, of Decatur, is very aggressive in every round. He’s not overly concerned about winning the average.

“I just changed my approach,” Cooper said. “I’m done just trying to tie them all down and stay in the average. I go at every steer like there’s no average. If I end up catching them all and getting them all down, the average is just a bonus.”

His strategy is working. Cooper leads the PRCA’s 2018 steer roping and all-around world title races. His steer roping success has helped put him atop the all-around race.

He’s been aggressively going for a round check each time he and his horse burst out of the box.

If Cooper places in the steer roping average title race at a rodeo, he obviously feels a sense of accomplishment. But if he places in only a round or two, he also feels like he was successful.

“Sometimes it [placing in the average title race] works out,” Cooper said. “But other than that, I’m not going to miss out in any money in each round. You can rope two of three good ones and get down to the last round at a steer roping and then you make a small little bobble and it costs you big because you never won any money along the way. I tried that for a few years.”

PRCA/WPRA UPDATE

The top competitors on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association circuit competed in the Sept. 6-9 Washington State Fair Pro Rodeo in Puyallup, Wash.

It was the final stop in the 2018 Wrangler ProRodeo Tour.

Tyson Durfey of Weatherford clinched the tie-down roping title after winning the final round Sunday, with a blistering time of 7.4. Durfey, the PRCA’s 2016 tie-down roping champion, earned $15,109.

The other winners at the $471,100 rodeo were bareback rider Richmond Champion (90 points); steer wrestler Curtis Cassidy (4.0 seconds); team ropers Clay Tryan/Travis Graves (4.6 seconds); saddle bronc rider Ryder Wright (89.5 points); barrel racer Jimmie Smith (14.41 seconds); and bull rider Parker Breding (86 points).

PBR UPDATE

On the PBR circuit, Kaique Pacheco, a Brazilian who lives in Decatur, clinched the title and earned $38,776 at last weekend’s Unleash The Beast tour stop in Springfield, Mo. Pacheco also is ranked No. 1 in the world.

This weekend, the PBR’s top tier tour stops in Atlantic City, N.J. The tour also stops in Austin on Sept. 28-29. The 25th annual World Finals are scheduled for Nov. 7-11 at Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena.

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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