One of Tuf Cooper's goals this season is to rope a second world all-around title.
He took a step in his attempt to reach that goal by clinching the all-around title at the June 12-15 Parker County Sheriff's Posse Frontier Days and PRCA Rodeo in Weatherford. He earned $2,985 in tie-down roping and steer roping.
After all that, Cooper, the 2017 Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world all-around champion, was ranked No. 4 in the PRCA's 2019 world all-around standings (released June 17) with $63,985. Caleb Smidt of Bellville was ranked No. 1 with $84,738.
Cooper, who has residences in Weatherford and Decatur, is a grandson of two-time National Finals Rodeo tie-down roping qualifier Clifton Smith of Childress and a son of eight-time PRCA world champion Roy Cooper of Decatur.
Four-time National Finals qualifier Jake Brown clinched the bareback riding title at the Weatherford rodeo with a 90 on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Good Times Charlie. Other winners were saddle bronc riders Jacobs Crawley (84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Hired Gun) and Kobyn Williams (84 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Big Tex); team ropers Tanner Green and Jake Clay (4.4 seconds); steer wrestler Shane Frey (3.9 seconds); tie-down roper Treg Schaack (7.7 seconds); barrel racer Cindy Smith (17.34 seconds); bull rider Koby Radley (86 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo's Coal Chamber) and steer roper Brodie Poppino (34.2 seconds on three head).
Trevor Brazile, a 24-time world champion from Decatur, won the steer roping second round with an 8.9 and earned $987. Brazile was ranked No. 2 in the PRCA's 2019 steer roping world title race (in standings released June 17) with $39,982. Vin Fisher Jr. of Andrews was ranked No. 1 (in the standings released June 17) with $41,612. Fisher finished second in the second round at the Weatherford rodeo with a 9.4 and earned $817.
The June 12-15 Weatherford rodeo offered competitors $100,359 in prize money.
The Weatherford rodeo’s organizing committee also produced a PRCA Xtreme Bulls show on June 11, which offered competitors $12,596. Three-time NFR qualifier Trevor Kastner clinched the title with a score of 88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo's Butter Bean. He earned $3,833.
College National Finals
Before three of his team members competed in the College National Finals Rodeo’s final round last weekend in Casper, Wyo., Clarendon College coach Bret Franks gave them some sound words of advice.
“I texted the boys that made it back [to the final] and told them that this is where we don’t get pressured up, we go do our job, we do the best we can and let the chips fall where they may and they did,” Franks said.
When the dust settled, Clarendon College’s Riggin Smith had clinched the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association’s 2019 saddle bronc riding title. Smith’s cousin, Tegan Smith, had finished third in the saddle bronc riding title race. Dylan Jones had finished No. 4 in the team roping heeling title race.
All that helped Clarendon College finish No. 3 in the NIRA’s 2019 men’s team title race at the June 9-15 CNFR.
“I couldn’t have asked for them to do any more than they did this [past] week.” Franks said of his team members.
Riggin Smith, a sophomore from Winterset, Iowa, entered the Saturday night 12-man final round at the Casper Events Center with a commanding lead in the saddle bronc riding title race after turning in scores of 78, 77 and 79.5 during the prelims. During the final, Smith turned in a solid 76.5. He finished No. 1 in the title race with a four-ride aggregate score of 311 points.
Franks, a three-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo saddle bronc riding qualifier, said Smith has been a model student.
“He was really consumed with learning,” Franks said. “He really has worked at it. He’s got to where he’s one of the best I’ve ever taught.”
Clarendon College competes in the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region. Some of the other schools in the region are Tarleton State, Ranger College, Cisco College, Texas Tech and Weatherford College.
Panola College clinched the men’s team title at the 2019 College National Finals with 825 points. Hill College came in second with 675 and Clarendon College finished third with 660. Tarleton State finished sixth with 492.5.
Panola College received tremendous help from Daylon Swearingen who snared the bull riding and men’s rookie titles.
McNeese State clinched the NIRA’s women’s team title for the second consecutive year. Tarleton State finished third in the women’s team title race.
Beau Peterson of Oklahoma Panhandle State and Mia Manzanares of McNeese State shared the goat tying title. Peterson and Manzanares each finished the rodeo with a four-run time of 26.1.
Manzanares also clinched the women’s all-around title for the second consecutive year.
Haven Meged, a Tarleton State competitor, clinched the tie-down roping title with a four-run time of 36.7 seconds. Kasen Brennise of Weatherford College finished seventh in the tie-down roping title race.
Chance Ames of Sheridan College snared the bareback riding title. Leigthon Berry of Weatherford College finished fifth in the bareback riding title race.
Ashtyn Carlson of the College of Southern Idaho clinched the barrel racing title. Bristan Kennedy of Weatherford College finished sixth in the barrel racing title race.
Colton Campbell of California State claimed the men’s all-around title. Hailey Finnegan of Lassen College clinched the women’s rookie title. Other champions were breakaway roper Taylor Munsell of Northwestern Oklahoma State; steer wrestler Bridger Anderson of Northwestern Oklahoma State; and team ropers Dalton Titsworth and Kolton White of Southeastern Oklahoma State.
FW Stockyards Rodeo
The weekly Stockyards Championship Rodeo at Fort Worth’s Cowtown Coliseum began a 10-week series of PRCA shows last weekend. Two-time National Finals qualifier Buddy Hawkins II and his partner, Tate Kirchenschlager, clinched the team roping title with time of 5.6 at the May 14-15 rodeo. The weekly PRCA series in the Fort Worth Stockyards runs each Friday and Saturday night through Aug. 17.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has reported on rodeos and horse shows for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than three decades. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.