★  About Roy  ★
Professional Rodeo has been Roy Cooper's life for more than 35 years. In 1976 Roy won his first of eight World Titles and has qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 32 times, winning the prestigious NFR average title eight times. Roy became one of only 10 men in ProRodeo to win the prestigious Triple Crown of World Championships in 1983. Roy was inducted into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979. Roy has won nearly every major Rodeo across the U.S. and Canada.

The rodeo world had no idea what it was in for when Betty Rose and Tuffy Dale Cooper's first son was born in November of 1955 in Hobbs, NM. Given Tuffy's love of roping, it was given that, Roy and his brother and sister, would be exposed to it. But exposure doesn't always evolve into obsession and greatness. Tuffy deserves all the credit for teaching Roy how to rope. Tuffy gave up his roping career for the kids (Roy, sister Betty Gayle, and brother Clay Tom) Betty Rose drove them to most of the junior rodeos. Roy has three children Clint, Clif, & Tuf, and they all make their homes in Decatur, Tx. The boys have all qualified for the National Finals Rodeo.

Let Roy pass on the lessons that he's learned from Tuffy, Betty Rose, and many others. It's proven to work, he's already gotten his three sons to the National Finals. He'll give you the inside of rodeo from entering, roping, horsemanship, to vet care. Sign up today to take your roping and rodeoing to the next level.






Birthdate:  November 13, 1955 Hobbs, NM

Hometowns:
Monument, NM
Durant, OK
Childress, TX
Decatur, TX (Current)

Events:  Steer Roping, Calf Roping, Team Roping

Joined PRCA: 1976

World Championship Titles: 8

World Champion Calf Roper, 1976, 1980-84

World Champion Steer Roper, 1983 

World Champion All Around Cowboy, 1983

PRCA Champion Calf Roper, 1976-78

National Finals Steer Roping Qualifications: 13 (1980-81, 1983-88, 1990, 1992-93, 1996, 1999).


Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Calf Roping Qualifications: 19 (1976-1987, 1989, 1991-93, 1995-96, 2000).

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Team Roping Appearances: 1 (1981, heeled for World Champion Team Roper H.P.Evetts)

Career Earnings: $2 Million plus

Professional Career Highlights

* Has won virtually every major rodeo in the country.

*1976 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year

* In 2000, became first cowboy to cross $2 million in career earnings.

* Most Wrangler NFR and NFSR aggregate titles with eight.

* World all-around runner-up (1980-81, 84, 95-96).

* National Finals Rodeo calf roping aggregate champion (1976, 1979, 1983, 1995).

* National Finals Steer Roping aggregate champion (1984-85, 1993, 1996).

*Fasted time ever on 10 steers at the National Finals Steer Roping, 131.5 in 1996

*1996 — Won Calgary Stampede and $50,000 bonus.

* Texas Circuit calf roping champion (1992).

* Prairie Circuit all-around champion (1981, 1987-88).

* Calf roping champion (1976, 1980-83, 1985 and 1987).

* PRCA season winner in calf roping (1976-78).

Hall of Fame Honors:

Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame-Colorado Springs, CO

National Cowboy Hall of Fame-Oklahoma City, OK

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame-Fort Worth, TX

Injuries:

1979-Wrist caught in a practice coil snapping his navicular bone sidelining him for four months.   Required three surgeries to pin and screw the roping wrist back together.  Learned to rope left handed while healing.  Came back to win the 1979 NFR with a new record on 10 calves.

1990-Surgery to remove a disk in upper back-an injury from horses falling with him throughout career.   Later broke left wrist in a car accident catching a ride from the Lazy E Arena to Will Rogers Airport in OKC after watching sister Betty Gayle rope at the Professional Women’s Rodeo Association Finals.  The accident kept him from roping in the 1990 finals. 

1994—Shoulder surgery on both shoulders—both had been worn out. 

2006-Shoulder surgery again on left shoulder.

Education

Cisco (Texas) Junior College; Southeastern Oklahoma State University (Durant).

“Fast Times” Book published 1997-Authored by Kendra Santos.  A pictorial diary of Roy ’s legendary roping career from childhood through 1996.    A must for any rodeo fans collection.

Personal

6-2, 200... Parents:  Tuffy and Betty Case of Monument, NM; Stepdaughter, Shada, married to world all-around champion Trevor Brazile; sons, Clint (2004 NFR Calf Roping Qualifier), Clif and Tuf all of Decatur, TX. Nickname is "Super Looper." ... Member of the inaugural class of ProRodeo Hall of Fame in 1979; regarded as one of greatest calf ropers in history.

Favorite Calf Ropers to watch:

Toots Mansfield, Don McLaughlin, Dean Oliver, Phil Lyne, Tom Ferguson, Gary Ledford, Ernie  Taylor, Joe Beaver, Fred Whitfield, Cody Ohl, Trevor Brazile and my 3 sons. 

Favorite Steer Ropers to watch:

Guy Allen, Guy Allen, Guy Allen and Trevor Brazile

Favorite Horses:

Topper, Whit, and Charlie

Reason for putting out “Roping My Dreams”

“I wanted to document my life while still alive and have a visual piece of work to motivate people from all walks of life”

 

Honors
1976
Resistol Rookie of the Year
6th All Around Cowboy $37,990
Calf Roping Champion $37,370

1978
2nd All Around $69,669
Calf Roping Champion $67,153

1980
2nd All Around $88,902
Calf Roping Champion $77,026
4th Steer Roping $11,469

1982
All Around Champion $99,190
Calf Roping Champion $95,694


1984
2nd All Around $109,457
Calf Roping Champion $89,703
4th Steer Roping $19,755

1977
World Standings $5,733
4th All Around $46,158
Calf Roping Champion $45,713

1979
7th Calf Roping $38,974


1981
2nd All Around $105,814
Calf Roping Champion $94,476
13th Steer Roping $9,193

1983
All Around Champion $153,391
Calf Roping Champion $122,455
Steer Roping Champion $30,530

1985
3rd All Around $111,390
2nd Calf Roping $85,521
3rd Steer Roping $26,585

1986
8th All Around $102,411
4th Calf Roping $77,680
3rd Steer Roping $24,731

1989
9th All Around $83,798
3rd Calf Roping $74,442

1992
4th All Around $91,123
10th Calf Roping $68,345
6th Steer Roping $23,734

1996
2nd All Around $157,980
5th Calf Roping $116,464
4th Steer Roping $41,546

1987
15th All Around $59,116
11th Calf Roping $46,351
12th Steer Roping $12,765

1990
15th All Around $53,700
6th Steer Roping $22,999

1993
5th All Around $101,155
12th Calf Roping $62,932
3rd Steer Roping $38,222

1996
Calgary Stampede $50,000 Bonus Winner & Calf Roping Champion


1988
3rd Steer Roping $29,080



1991
15th Calf Roping $42,333


1995
2nd All Around $108,734
5th Calf Roping $92,593







Most NFR Qualifications in all events -- 32 Qualifications
Most NFR Qualifications in Calf Roping -- 19 Qualifications
Set 4 Calf Roping NFR Arena Records: 1976, '79, '83, '95
Set 4 Steer Roping NFR Arena Records: 1984, '84, '93, '96
Holds the Steer Roping Finals Fastest Time Record Average: 131.5 seconds on 10 Head (1996)