EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a story that’s been put together for the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, which will take place in two and a half months in Oklahoma City. More information can be found at RNCFR.com.
Tie-down roper Tuf Cooper added to his phenomenal 2011 season this past weekend by winning the average at the Ram Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo in Waco, clinching the year-end regional title, too.
In fact, the Decatur, Texas, cowboy is one of four who secured the Texas two-step, joining all-around champ Trevor Brazile, bareback rider Will Lowe and bull rider Cody Teel.
But unless Brazile finished second to Cooper in the year-end standings, he will not be part of the field for the 2012 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 29-April 1 in Oklahoma City. Qualifiers are year-end champs and circuit finals winners in each event from all 12 ProRodeo regions – in cases where one wins both, the year-end runner-up earns the trip to the Sooner State.
Others who won the average in Waco and earned the right to play for a new Ram truck are steer wrestler Logan Gledhill, team ropers Luke Brown and Martin Lucero, barrel racer Shelley Morgan and saddle bronc rider Jacobs Crawley. We’ll await word on who won the year-end titles in those five disciplines to see who else will travel north in just a couple of months.
Only one regional finale remains to round out the RNCFR field; the Ram First Frontier Circuit Finals Rodeo is set for this next weekend in Harrisburg, Pa.