Cooper is Tuf again in Lovington

LOVINGTON, N.M. – It seems like three-time tie-down roping world champion Tuf Cooper has had success up and down the PRCA trail.

And, the Lea County Fair and Rodeo is no different.

For the second year in a row, Cooper took top honors at this Wrangler Million Dollar Tour silver rodeo (Aug. 5-8) at Jake McClure Arena with an average winning time of 17.7-seconds on two head. 

“I drew well and my horse, Big Flick really worked good,” Cooper said. “Big Flick just got back in action at Salinas, Calif., (in July). He was actually at Outlaw Equine for a full year. He had a few things (injuries) going on and he finally got healed up and they rehabbed him back and now he’s back in action and he’s working really well for me. I will probably use Topaz and Big Flick the rest of the season.” 

Cooper wasn’t spectacular in Lovington, but plenty consistent. The Decatur, Texas cowboy was sixth in the first round with an 8.9-second run and he finished sixth in the second round at 8.8 seconds. Cooper made both his runs on Aug. 6 and collected $5,574 for his performance - $3,808 for capturing the average title.

The second-consecutive win at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo was extra special for Cooper because his family has deep roots in nearby Hobbs, N.M.

“We still have a family ranch out there, and the calf roping at this rodeo was dedicated in my grandfather’s name Tuffy Cooper,” Tuf said. “Plus, the Jake McClure Arena is the same arena that my father Roy has been in and won at, so to win here is just awesome.”

A year ago, Cooper was the all-around cowboy at the Lea County Fair and Rodeo by winning $7,421 in steer roping and tie-down roping. He actually won the tie-down roping in 16.2 seconds on two head.

This season, Tuf has had another banner year and he was third in the Aug. 5 Windham Weaponry High Performance PRCA World Standings with $70,968 just $553 behind first place Marty Yates.

“It’s pretty cool that the race is so tight,” Cooper said. “With all the money at Las Vegas (at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo) this year, things are going to be different. Big leads aren’t as big of a deal as they used to be and we will see what happens in Las Vegas.”

Other winners at the $232,165 rodeo were all-around cowboy JoJo LeMond ($4,855 in team roping and steer roping), bareback riders Jake Brown (87 points on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Sadie's Gal), Clayton Jon Biglow (87 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Scarlet’s Web), steer wrestler Cooper Shofner (7.6 seconds on two), team ropers Chad Masters and Travis Graves (10.2 seconds on two head), saddle bronc riders Cort Scheer (86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Showgirl) and Cody Wright (86 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Sweet Maria), steer roper Cody Lee, (41.5 seconds on three head), barrel racer Carley Richardson (17.70 seconds), and bull rider Cody Teel (88 points on Pete Carr’s Classic Pro Rodeo’s Lonestar).

Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo

Lovington, N.M., Aug. 5-8


All-around cowboy: JoJo LeMond, $4,855, team roping and steer roping.


Bareback riding: 1. (tie) Jake Brown on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Sadie's Gal and Clayton Biglow on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Scarlets Web, 87 points, $4,683 each; 3. Kaycee Feild, 86, $3,004; 4. Evan Jayne, 85, $1,944; 5. (tie) Ryan Gray and Clint Laye, 83, $1,060 each; 7. (tie) Tyler Scales and Caleb Bennett, 82, $619 each. 


Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Tyler Pearson, 3.3 seconds, $1,930; 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.6, $1,679; 3. Stockton Graves, 3.7, $1,427; 4. (tie) Wade Sumpter, Cooper Shofner and Christian Pettigrew, 3.9, $923 each; 7. Monty Eakin, 4.0, $420; 8. Seth Brockman, 4.1, $168. Second round: 1. Nick Guy, 3.2 seconds, $1,930; 2. Jacob Shofner, 3.5, $1,679; 3. (tie) Cole Edge and Casey Martin, 3.6, $1,301 each; 5. (tie) Tyke Kipp and Cooper Shofner, 3.7, $797 each; 7. Tyler Waguespack, 3.8, $420; 8. (tie) Bray Armes and Cody Kroul, 3.9, $84 each. Average: 1. Cooper Shofner, 7.6 seconds on two head, $2,896; 2. Tyler Pearson, 8.1, $2,518; 3. (tie) Tyler Waguespack and Bray Armes, 8.2, $1,951 each; 5. Dean Gorsuch, 8.3, $1,385; 6. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Seth Brockman, 8.6, $818 each; 8. Dakota Eldridge, 8.7, $252. 


Team roping: First round: 1. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 5.1 seconds, $1,842 each; 2. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 5.2, $1,602; 3. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4, $1,362; 4. Clay Tryan/Jade Corkill, 5.6, $1,121; 5. (tie) Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira and Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson, 5.8, $761 each; 7. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9, $401; 8. Nathan McWhorter/Wesley Thorp, 6.0, $160. Second round: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds, $1,842 each; 2. (tie) Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Chad Masters/Travis Graves, Aaron Macy/Chad Williams and Bubba Buckaloo/Russell Cardoza, 4.8, $1,121 each; 7. Cale Markham/Buddy Hawkins II, 4.9, $401; 8. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 5.0, $160. Average: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 10.2 seconds on two head, $2,764 each; 2. Clay Smith/Paul Eaves, 10.4, $2,403; 3. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.7, $2,043; 4. Travis Tryan/Jett Hillman, 11.3, $1,682; 5. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 11.8, $1,322; 6. Jake Barnes/Junior Nogueira, 11.9, $961; 7. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 13.1, $601; 8. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 14.0, $240. 


Saddle bronc riding: 1. (tie) Cort Scheer on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Showgirl and Cody Wright on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Sweet Maria, 86 points, $4,235 each; 3. Sam Spreadborough, 84, $2,717; 4. Isaac Diaz, 83, $1,758; 5. (tie) Jesse James Kirby and Allen Boore, 82, $959 each; 7. (tie) Tyrel Larsen and Spencer Wright, 81, $559 each. 


Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Marty Yates, 7.9 seconds, $2,539; 2. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2, $2,042 each; 4. Shane Hanchey, 8.5, $1,545; 5. Sterling Smith, 8.6, $1,214; 6. Tuf Cooper, 8.9, $883; 7. J.D. Kibbe, 9.1, $552; 8. (tie) Monty Lewis and Tyler Thiel, 9.3, $110 each. Second round: 1. Stran Smith, 7.6 seconds, $2,539; 2. Cory Solomon, 7.8, $2,208; 3. Cade Swor, 8.3, $1,877; 4. Blane Cox, 8.6, $1,545; 5. Ace Slone, 8.7, $1,214; 6. Tuf Cooper, 8.8, $883; 7. Marcos Costa, 9.0, $552; 8. Jesse Clark, 9.2, $221. Average: 1. Tuf Cooper, 17.7 seconds on two head, $3,808; 2. Marcos Costa, 18.5, $3,312; 3. (tie) Sterling Smith and Blane Cox, 19.0, $2,566 each; 5. Bradley Bynum, 19.2, $1,821; 6. Adam Gray, 20.0, $1,325; 7. Stran Smith, 20.2, $828; 8. Riley Pruitt, 20.3, $331. 


Barrel racing: 1. Carley Richardson, 17.70 seconds, $4,330; 2. Jessica Frost, 17.74, $3,464; 3. (tie) Hailey Kinsel and Janet Staton, 17.83, $2,490 each; 5. Alicia Stockton, 17.84, $1,732; 6. Michelle Lummus, 17.87, $1,299; 7. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 17.89, $1,082; 8. Paige Conrado, 17.91, $974; 9. Meghan Johnson, 17.92, $866; 10. Kenna Squires, 17.95, $758; 11. Dawn Lewis, 17.97, $649; 12. Christine Laughlin, 18.00, $541; 13. Jackie Ganter, 18.04, $433; 14. (tie) Jill Wilson and Ivy Conrado, 18.12, $271 each. 


Steer roping: First round: 1. Troy Tillard, 11.6 seconds, $1,969; 2. Vin Fisher Jr., 12.0, $1,629; 3. Jason Evans, 12.2, $1,290; 4. Neal Wood, 12.6, $950; 5. J.P. Wickett, 12.8, $611; 6. Dan Fisher, 13.0, $339. Second round: 1. Guy Allen, 11.6 seconds, $1,969; 2. Rocky Patterson, 11.9, $1,629; 3. Ralph Williams, 12.1, $1,290; 4. (tie) Brodie Poppino and J. Tom Fisher, 12.5, $781 each; 6. Cody Lee, 13.5, $339. Third round: 1. Shay Good, 10.1 seconds, $1,969; 2. Chet Herren, 12.1, $1,629; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.5, $1,290; 4. (tie) Neal Wood, Brent Lewis and Guy Allen, 12.6, $634 each. Average: 1. Cody Lee, 41.5 seconds on three head, $2,953; 2. Brodie Poppino, 41.7, $2,444; 3. Guy Allen, 42.0, $1,935; 4. Troy Tillard, 43.1, $1,426; 5. Chet Herren, 45.3, $917; 6. Corey Ross, 57.3, $509. 


Bull riding: 1. Cody Teel, 88 points on Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo's Lonestar, $5,048; 2. (tie) Bryce Barrios and Sage Kimzey, 84, $3,365 each; 4. (tie) Casey Huckabee and Bayle Worden, 82, $1,514 each; 6. Corey Granger, 78, $841; 7. Tanner Learmont, 75, $673; 8. Dallee Mason, 73, $505. 


Total payoff: $232,165. Stock contractors: Pete Carr's Classic Pro Rodeo and Pete Carr Pro Rodeo. Sub-contractors: Lancaster & Pickett Pro Rodeo and Salt River Rodeo. Rodeo secretary: Sandy Gwatney. Timers: Sandy Garland and Anna Willis. Announcer: Andy Stewart. Specialty acts: Mandy Payne and Cody Sosebee. Bullfighters: Clay Heger and Jake King. Clown/barrelman: Cody Sosebee. Flankman: Chad Lancaster. Chute boss: John Gwatney. Pickup men: Jeremy Willis and Jeremy Hight. Photographer: Peggy Gander. Music directors: Charlie Rogers Barks and Ben Bendele III.