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Clay O'Brien Cooper


Events: Team Roping (Heeling), Steer Roping
Born: 5/6/1961 Ray, Ariz.
Joined PRCA: 1979
PRCA Career Earnings: $2,912,435.00
World Titles Won: 7 (1985-89,1992, 1994)
WNFR Qualifications: 29 (1981-95, 1997-98, 2000-04, 2006-08, 2012-15)
Current Residence: Gardnerville, Nev.

2015 world standings place: 3rd
2015 WNFR standings place: 8th
2015 WNFR earnings: $123,596
2015 earnings: $219,584
Wrangler NFR average titles: 4 (1985, 1994, 2007, 2012)
Tour Finale titles: 2
   Winter: 2006
   Championship: 2006
Tour Finale qualifications: 13
   Winter: 2000, 2004, 2006
   Summer: 2002-04
   Championship: 2004, 2006-08, 2012, 2014-15
RNCFR titles: 4 (1987, 1989, 1995-96)
RNCFR qualifications: 10 (TR 1987-92, 1995-96, 2009; TD 1988)

Professional
2015 Highlights
• Won Rounds 2 and 4 and split the win in Round 5 at the Wrangler NFR, placing in five total rounds
• Won Rodeo Austin (Texas), with Derrick Begay
• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Logandale, Nev.), with Aaron Tsinigine
Career Highlights
• 2014: Won Round 6 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in a time of 4.0 seconds with Aaron Tsinigine and then placed in rounds 7-10 to finish third in the average standings and jump from 14th place to fifth in the final world standings with $145,766. Won the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, with Chad Masters. Co-champion at the Sheridan (Wyo.) WYO Rodeo, with Chad Masters
• 2013: Placed in three rounds of the Wrangler NFR with Justin Van Davis; finished 15th in the world standings with $88,179. Won the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), with Aaron Tsinigine. Won the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.) and the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Rodeo, with Justin Van Davis
• 2012: (Partner Chad Masters) Placed in five rounds en route to winning the Wrangler NFR average title in 73.4 seconds on 10 head; it was his fourth NFR average title, tying him for third on the all-time list. Finished second in the world standings with $189,666, just $1,131 behind Jade Corkill. Won the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo; the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; the Dodge City (Kan.) Round-Up; the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days and the Norco (Calif.) Mounted Posse Rodeo
 
• 2011: (Partner Brock Hanson) Won the Western Frontier ProRodeo (Pocatello, Idaho). Won Rodeo Killeen (Texas), with David Key and the Folsom (Calif.) ProRodeo, with Wade Wheatley. Finished 32nd in the world standings with $31,618
• 2010: Finished 347th in the world standings with $848
• 2009: (Partner David Key) Won the Dodge Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo (Waco); finished 75th in the world standings with $11,775
• 2008: (Partner Jake Barnes) Placed third in Rounds 5 and 10 of the Wrangler NFR. Won the Guadalupe County PRCA Rodeo (Seguin, Texas), with David Key. Finished 14th in the world standings with earnings of $87,277
• 2007: (Partner Jake Barnes)  Became 10th rodeo competitor to surpass $2 million in career earnings. Won the Wrangler NFR average title with a time of 72.60 seconds on 10 head, placing in six rounds. Barnes-O’Brien Cooper joined Leo Camarillo as the only team ropers to win an NFR average title in three decades. Won the Clark County Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.); the Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo (Moab, Utah); the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho) and the Puyallup (Wash.) Pro Rodeo
• 2006: (Partner Speed Williams). Placed in four of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and tied for first in the fifth round with a 4.0-second run. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas); the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede; the Winter Tour Finale (Tulsa, Okla.); and the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show (Belton, Texas)
• 2004: (Partner David Key) Won the Somervell County 10th Annual Rodeo (Glen Rose, Texas); RodeoHouston, and the Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver); the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and the Puyallup (Wash.) Rodeo and won the most money of all team ropers with $15,471 at the Winter Tour Finale. Was a semifinalist at the Summer Tour Finale (Omaha, Neb.) and the Tour Championships (Dallas); and placed in four of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR, tying for the win in Round 8 with a 4.0-second run. Finished the year fifth in the world standings with $136,136
• 2003: (Partner David Key) Won the Molalla (Ore.) Buckeroo Days Rodeo; the Days of ‘76 Rodeo (Deadwood, S.D.) and the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo; finished the year fifth in the world standings with $103,478
• 2002: (Partner Jake Barnes) Won the Prescott (Ariz.) Frontier Days Rodeo and  the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days
• 2001: (Partner Matt Tyler) Won the Home of Champions Rodeo (Red Lodge, Mont.)
• 2000: (Partner Matt Tyler) Won the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.)
• 1999: (Partner Jake Barnes) Won the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo (Denver) and the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ‘76 Rodeo
• 1994: – (Partner Jake Barnes) Set the NFR average record of 59.1 seconds on 10 head; set PRCA record for most team roping world titles (seven), which was surpassed in 2004
• NFR team roping average champion, 1985, 1994 and 2007
• Won Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (with Jake Barnes), 1987, 1989 and 1995-96
• Won Turquoise Circuit team roping titles, 1983-89, 1994; all-around titles, 1985-89, 1991, 1993, 1995

Awards
Horse Supai Drifter (nicknamed Ike) finished second in the PRCA/AQHA Team Roping Heel Horse of the Year voting in 2004

Personal
6-0, 200 ... Wife, Alisa (married 2004); daughters, Bailey, Quinn … Made his acting debut in the John Wayne film The Cowboys (1972) when he was 11 years old, portraying Hardy Fimps; worked in film and television through 1976, including roles in Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Marcus Welby, M.D, Cahill U.S. Marshal (www.imdb.com/name/nm0639475/#Actor) and One Little Indian
 
 
 
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