Tuf Cooper is likely to remain the pace setter in the race for the 2020 all-around title now that he’s launched from 12th to seventh in the PRCA | RAM World Standings for steer roping. Cooper’s move was the biggest move among ProRodeo athletes within the Top 15 of their respective events during Sept. 8-13.
The Texas cowboy is one that hardly needs an introduction, with three world titles in tie-down roping (2011-12 and 2014) and another in all-around (2017). He’s won more than $2.6 million since his rookie year in 2008, largely thanks to making 11 trips to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (2008-15, 2017-19) and three to the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping (2017-19).
Cooper is No. 2 in the tie-down roping world standings with $65,768 and seventh in steer roping with $35,069. With three remaining opportunities for steer ropers to win money before the season ends Sept. 30, odds are good Cooper will be at the NFSR this year and a contender for the all-around and tie-down roping world titles at the Wrangler NFR in Texas in December.
The race for the steer roping world title continues at the West Texas Fair & Rodeo in Abilene, which is underway through Sept. 19. The Cascade Shoot Out in Redmond, Ore., is set for Sept. 18-19 followed by the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, Sept. 25-27.
With the end of the 2020 regular season on the horizon, ProRodeo athletes competed for a collective $644,940 in prize money across 10 competitions Sept. 8-13, and 18 cowboys climbed the ranks within the Top 15 of their respective events.
Cowboys know it’s easier to maintain a position at the top than it is to play catch-up when trying to qualify for the Wrangler NFR.
Other cowboys to improve their position within the Top 15 last week include:
• Cody DeMoss moved from 18th to 14th in saddle bronc riding.
• Orin Larsen moved from sixth to third in bareback riding.
• Parker McCown moved from 14th to 11th in bull riding.
• Scott Snedecor moved from third to first in steer roping.
• Shay Carroll moved from seventh to fifth in team roping heeling.
• Junior Nogueira moved from eighth to sixth in team roping heeling.
• Tanner Aus moved from ninth to seventh in bareback riding.
• Clayton Hass moved from 14th to 12th in steer wrestling.
• Buddy Hawkins II moved from fourth to third in team roping heeling.
• Vin Fisher Jr. moved from fourth to third in steer roping.
• Trevor Brazile moved from fifth to fourth in steer roping.
• Rusty Wright moved from 10th to ninth in saddle bronc riding.
• Kolton Schmidt moved from 13th to 12th in team roping heading.
• Adam Gray moved from 13th to 12th in tie-down roping.
• Cole Reiner moved from 14th to 13th in bareback riding.
• Jim Locke moved from 15th to 14th in steer roping.
• Spencer Wright moved from 16th to 15th in saddle bronc riding.
Cowboys on the bubble for a spot in the Top 15 can find themselves a few dollars short of qualifying for the Wrangler NFR. With only a few weeks left until the end of the 2020 season, it’s noteworthy to see who is on the cusp of breaking into the Top 15.
• Chad Rutherford moved from 17th in bareback riding and is $1,095 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Brenten Hall moved from 17th in team roping heading and is $2,561 away from breaking into the Top 15.
• Dallee Mason moved from 19th in bull riding and is $1,261 away from breaking into the Top 15.
The outcome of this week’s competitions are sure to make an impact on the world standings and possibly on who will qualify for the 2020 Wrangler NFR and NFSR.
Fans can catch the rodeo action on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App this week for the following competitions:
• The Buffalo (Texas) PRCA Pro Rodeo, Sept. 18-19 at 8:30 p.m. (ET)
• The Cascade Shootout in Redmond, Ore., Sept. 18-19 at 10 p.m.
• The PRCA Xtreme Bulls Finale in Nephi, Utah, Sept. 19 at 9 p.m. (Also airing on The Cowboy Channel.)
Check back with ProRodeo.com next week to see who moved up within the Top 15 of the world standings.
Courtesy of PRCA