Tuf Cooper is known for making quick strap roping runs when he wants them most. One of the quickest of his vocation came at the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo in 2017.
He set up the quickest run in the rodeo’s set of experiences when he halted the clock in 6.8 seconds. It’s a run he recalls like it was yesterday.
“I totally recall that run,” said Cooper, a four-time PRCA World Champion. “It was at the finish of the subsequent round. I had an extraordinary calf that ventured off to one side and some of the time in Guymon things get quick in a rush.”
Cooper is back in Guymon contending this week. He said the rodeo generally draws out the hardest rivalry with many ranchers in the draw consistently.
“There are 150 calf ropers here every year and shoot the intensity gets turned up in Guymon,” he said. “You must be on your ‘A’ game to leave with the success that is without a doubt.”
The 13-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier is at present sitting third in the PRCA | RAM World Standings with $65,600. He recognized while it’s a long season getting the late spring run started off on the right foot is key even in May.
“It’s typically one of my most memorable rodeos outside for the year, so it’s generally great to get things rolling in the correct heading,” Cooper said. “Everyone is arranging out their mid year and fall runs at this moment. Every one of the large rodeos are back and ideally this will be one more great season for me.”
Ranchers will attempt to add their names to the Guymon record book this end of the week. The NFR Playoff Series introduced by Pendleton Whisky stop runs May 6-8 and will be communicated in real time on The Cowboy Channel and gushed on the PRCA on Cowboy Channel Plus App.
The following are the other record holders at the Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo.
Guymon Pioneer Days Rodeo records
Absolute payout: $376,535, 2007
All-around: $14,107, Cody Ohl, 2003
Without any protection riding: 90 focuses, Matt Mosher, 2005 (172/2, Jason Havens, 2004)
Steer wrestling: 2.9 seconds, Jason Miller, 2008 (Blake Knowles, 7.6/2, 2020; Luke Branquinho, 10.9/3, 2008; Kirby Kaul, 16.3/4, 2001)
Group roping: 4.2 seconds, Nick Sartain/Blaine Vick, 2020 (Erich Rogers/Paden Bray, 9.9/2, 2020; Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 20.0/3, 2015; Frank Graves/Monty Joe Petska, 35.5/4, 2001)
Saddle bronc riding: 91 focuses, Glen O’Neill, 2005 (Glen O’Neill, 172/2, 2005)
Secure roping: 6.8 seconds, Tuf Cooper, 2017 (Hunter Herrin, 23.6/3, 2012; Fred Whitfield, 33.4/4, 2006, Justin Smith/Hunter Herrin, 16.8/2, 2020)
Barrel dashing: 15.83 seconds, Cassie Moseley, 2007 (Tammy Key-Fischer, 33.32/2, 2008; Cassie Moseley, 49.76/3, 2007)
Steer roping: 8.6 seconds, Dan Fisher, 1990 (Darin Suit, 47.1/4, 2021; Brian Garr, 41.0/3, 2017; 63.1/5, Landon McClaugherty, 2009; 77.4/6, Guy Allen, 2000)
Bull riding: 93 focuses, Tyler Smith, 2013 (Wesley Silcox, 179/2, 2007)
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