RENO, Nev.—June 23, 2010 –Tuf Cooper is only 20 years old, but has been to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) twice, won over $350,000 and is one of the youngest and most successful tie-down ropers on the circuit.
The Decatur, Texas resident took the lead in the first round of competition at the Reno Rodeo just prior to the sixth performance with a blazing fast 8.7 second run. He came back during the performance and roped and tied his second calf in 10.2 seconds. His total of 18.9 seconds has him currently sitting in third place in the over-all standings and he is including the Reno Rodeo in his schedule on Saturday night.
The top 12 contestants in each event will be competing for over $400,000 in prize money and the prestigious championship spurs that go along with being Reno Rodeo’s best. Other contestants that moved into the top of the standings on Wednesday night are Wade Sundell and D.V. Fennell. Both of these men qualified for their first WNFR last year.
Fennell is a bareback rider from Neosho, Mo. He rode the horse named Cow Camp for 83 points to tie with Elko, Nevada’s Paul Jones who rode Y-10. Both horses came from Growney Brothers. Their 83-point efforts are leading the second round. Fennell had an 78 here on Tuesday and has a total of 161. He is in second place in the over-all standings.
Sundell also had an 83-point ride on a Growney horse. His success came in saddle bronc riding. He also moved into second place over-all with a total of 161 points on two head.
There are just two performances left here before Saturday night’s finals. The seventh performance of the “Wildest, Richest Rodeo in the West” begins at 7 p.m. Thursday. Tickets range from $12 to $25 and are available at www.renorodeo.com or by calling 800-225-2277 . For more information, please call 775-329-3877
RENO, NEV., June 23, 2010 --- Following are results after the sixth performance of the Reno Rodeo.
Bareback Riding: 1, (tie), Paul Jones, Elko, Nev., on Growney Brothers Y-10 and D.V. Fennell, Neosho, Mo., on Growney Brothers Cow Camp, 83 points each. 3, (tie) Steven Peebles, Redmond, Ore., and Jared Smith, Cross Plains, Texas, 80.
Steer Wrestling: 1, K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 3.9 seconds. 2, (tie) Zack Cobb, Pampa, Texas; Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, S.D.; and Travis Carnine, Moro, Ore., 4.1.
Team Roping: 1, Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo., and Joe Roderick, Loma, Colo., 10.2 seconds. 2, Brandon Thone, Damascus, Ark., and Clay logan, Granbury, Texas, 10.5. 3, Chris Weaver, Phoenix, Ariz., and Dusty Watkins, Bakersfield, Calif., 16.5. 4, B.J. Campbell, Bewnton City, Wash., 20.2.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa, 83 points on Growney Brother’s Billy the Kid. 2, (tie), Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D., and Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont., 81. 4, Isaac Diaz, Davie, Fla., 80.
Tie-Down Roping: 1, Cade Swor, Crafton, Texas, 8.5 seconds. 2, Justin Maass, Giddings, Texas, 8.7. 3, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 10.2. 4, Cole Wilson, Lehi, Utah, 13.2.
Barrel Racing: 1, Lynn Hinds, Waller, Texas, 17.18 seconds. 2, Katy Varian, Parkfield, Calif., 17.36. 3, Haley Jochims, Riverside, Calif., 17.47. 4, Theresa Walter, Billings, Mont., 17.66.
Bull Riding : (one ride) Dustin Jenkins, Missoula, Mont., 75 points.
The following are current leaders –
Bareback Riding : (first round) 1, Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta, 83 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Wind Chimes. 2, Craig Wisehart, Stephenville, Texas,a 82. 3, (tie) Bo Casper, Fort Scott, Kan., and Eric Swenson, Denison, Texas, 81 points each. 5, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 80. 6, Dave Worsfold, Queensland, Australia, 79. 7, (tie) Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, and Cody DeMers, Kimberly, Idaho, 78 points each. (second round) 1, (tie) D.V. Fennell, Neosho, Mo., on Growey Brothers Cow Camp and Paul Jones, Elko, Nev., on Growney Brothers Y-10, 83 points each. 3, (tie) Heath Ford, Elkhart, Texas; Ethan McNeil, Grantsvile, Utah; Jared Keylon, Fort Scott, Kan.; Matt Bright, Azle, Texas; Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.; and Jessy Davis, Payson, Utah, 82. (total on two) 1, Dusty LaValley, Bezanson, Alberta, 162. 2, Fennell, 161. 3 (tie) Matt Bright, Azle, Texas; Joe Gunderson, Agar, S.D.; and Wisehart; 159. 6, Will Lowe, Canyon, Texas, 158. 7, Tilden Hooper, Carthage, Texas, 157. 8, (tie), Royce Ford, Briggsdale, Colo., and Paul Jones, Elko, Nev., 156.
Steer Wrestling: (first round) 1, Dean Gorsuch, Gering, Neb., 3.9 seconds. 2, Dane Hanna, Starkville, Miss., 4.0. 3, Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 4.1. 4, Luke Branquinho, Los Alamos, Calif., 4.3. 5, Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Idaho, 4.5. 6, Matt Reeves, Pampa, Texas, 4.6. (second round) 1, Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 3.7. 2, (tie) Branquinho, and K.C. Jones, Decatur, Texas, 3.9. 4, Gorsuch, 4.0. 5, (tie) Shawn Greenfield, Lakeview, Ore.; Travis Carnine, Moro, Ore.; Zach Cobb, Pampa, Texas; and Tyler Haugen, Sturgis, S.D.; 4.1. (total on two) 1, Gabe LeDoux, Kaplan, La., 7.8. 2, Gorsuch, 7.9. 3, Branquinho, 8.2. 4, (tie) Ken Lewis, La Junta, Colo., and Andy Weldon, Greenleaf, Idaho, 9.0 seconds each. 6, (tie) Matt Reeves, Pampa, Texas, and Greenfield, 9.1.
Team Roping: (first round) 1, Colby Siddoway, Hooper, Utah, and Matt Zancanella, Aurora, S.D., 5.3. 2, (tie) Pace Freed, Pocatello, Idaho and Jason Werner, Chubbock, Idaho; and Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas; 5.5. 4, Kaleb Driggers, Albany, Ga., and Cody Doescher, Oklahoma City, Okla., 5.7. 5, Caleb Mitchell, Pollok, Texas, and Casey Chamberlain, Colorado City, Texas, 5.8. 6, (tie) Charly Crawford, Prineville, Ore., and Russell Cardoza, Farmington, N.M.; Justin Davis, Madisonville, Texas, and Cole Davison, Madisonville, Texas; and Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas, and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; 5.9. (second round) 1, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Randon Adams, Logandale, Nev., 5.3. 2, Matt Funk, Hermiston, Ore., and Bucky Campbell, Benton City, Wash., 5.4. 3, (tie) Luke Brown, Stephenville, Texas and Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas; and Lovell and Koontz; 5.7. 5, Justin Parish, Mineral Wells, Texas, and Trey Johnson, Midland, Texas, 5.9. 6, (tie) Chad Masters, Justin Dvais, Madisonville, Texas, and Cole Davison, Madisonville, Texas, 6.0. (total on two) 1, Lovell and Koontz, 11.2. 2, Brown and Lucero, 11.6. 3, Davis and Davison, 11.9. 4, Masters and Corkill, 12.0. 5, Parish and Johnson, 12.2. 6, Crawford and Cardoza, 12.3.
Saddle Bronc Riding: (first round) 1, Heith DeMoss, Heflin, La., 85 points on Rosser Rodeo’s Flood Light. 2, Jesse Wright, Hurricane, Utah, 84. 3, (tie) Anthony Bello, Kamas, Utah and Shaun Stroh, Dickinson, N.D., 81 points each. 5, Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., 80. 6, Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 79. (second round) 1, Rusty Allen, Eagle Mountain, Utah, 88 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s Spring Planting. 2, (tie) Cody DeMoss, Heflin, La.; Jace Garrett, Alliance, Neb.; and Wade Sundell, Boxholm, Iowa; 83. 5, (tie) Ty Atchison, Jackson, Mo., and Cody Taton, Mud Butte, S.D., 81. (total on two) 1, Allen, 167. 2, Sundell, 161. 3, Bello, 157. 4, (tie) Cort Scheer, Elsmere, Neb.; Jesse Kruse, Great Falls, Mont.; Jesse Wright, Milford, Utah; and Taton; 156.
Tie-Down Roping: (first round) 1, Tuf Cooper, Decatur, Texas, 8.7. 2, Scot Meeks, Wills Point, Texas, 9.0. 3, Joe Parsons, Marana, Texas, 9.3. 4, (tie) Seth Hopper, Stanfield, Ore., Jack Vanderlans, Temecula, Calif., and Stetson Vest, Childress, Texas, 9.4 seconds each. (second round) 1, Clint Robinson, Spanish Fork, Utah, 7.5 seconds. 2, Bradley Bynum, Sterling City, Texas, 7.6. 3, Trent Creager, Stillwater, Okla., 8.3. 4, Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 8.4 seconds. 5, Cade Swor, Crafton, Texas, 8.5. 6, Jay Adams, Logandale, Nev., 9.1. total on two) 1, Jerrad Hofstetter, Portales, N.M., 18.7 seconds on two. 2, Joseph Parsons, Marana, Ariz., 18.8. 3, Cooper, 18.9. 4, Hunter Herrin, Apache, Okla., 20.9. 5, Austin Adams, Logandale, Nev., 21.1. 6, Jack Vanderlans, Temecula, Calif., 21.8. 7, Curtis Cassidy, Donalda, Alberta, 24.3.
Barrel Racing: (second round) 1, Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 16.95 seconds. 2, Brittany Pozzi, 17.05. 3,Tana Poppino, Big Cabin, Okla., 17.07. 4, Jolene Stewart, Springer, Okla., 17.15. 5, Kyna Johnson, Middleton, Idaho, 17.16. 6, (tie) Marcie Jarvis, Spanish Fork, Utah, and Lynn Hinds, Waller, Texas, 17.18. 7 (total on two) 1, Stewart, 34.29. 2, Pozzi, 34.33. 3, Lindsay Sears, Nanton, Alberta, 34.56. 4, Timi Lickley, Jerome, Idaho, 34.62. 5, (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and Nellie Williams, Cottonwood, Calif., 34.66.
Bull Riding: (first round) 1, Wesley Silcox, Santaquin, Utah, 90 points on Flying Five Rodeo’s #689. 2/3 (tie), Ben McPherson, Nephi, Utah, and Steve Woolsey, Payson, Utah, 83 points each. 4, Corey Maier, Timber Lake, S.D., 82. 5, Rankin Lindsay, Hillsboro, N.M., 81. 6, Corey Navarre, Weatherford, Okla., 80.