It’s just a two-hour drive from Clint Cooper’s hometown of Lovington, N.M., to Odessa, Texas, home of the Sandhills Stock Show & Rodeo.
But over the course of an 11-year ProRodeo career, Cooper has never won the January rodeo in this West Texas community best known for its high school football legacy. Now living in Decatur, Texas, like a great portion of his family, Cooper won the tie-down roping title at this year’s event.
He placed in both go-rounds and earned more than $5,400. Cooper, a four-time qualifier to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, is one of three sons of legendary roper Roy Cooper to have qualified for ProRodeo’s championship event. Each of the past two seasons, Clint, Clif and Tuf have been part of the 15-man field in Las Vegas – this last year, Tuf, the youngest, won his first Montana Silversmiths gold buckle.
Clint was the first of his siblings to qualify for the biggest event in the sport, earning a trip to the NFR in 2004. Now he wants to add his own gold buckle to the family’s trophy case. The win in Odessa is a good way to start this year’s battle for the championship.