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Super Looper Roy Cooper Hits
$2 Million In Career Earnings

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. There's a reason Roy Cooper, 44, has been known as the "Super Looper" throughout his career. Last week the legendary roper from Childress, Texas, did what no professional rodeo cowboy has ever done make $2 million in his career.

Cooper, an eight-time world champion and the all-time PRCA earnings leader, became the first man to pass the $2 million mark in career earnings in his old home state. Cooper needed only $168 to cross the historic mark when he competed at the Lea County Fair & Rodeo in Lovington, N.M. Cooper, a Lea County native and hometown favorite, split fourth and fifth places in the first round and placed second in the average race of calf roping. Cooper's combined paychecks of $2342 in Lovington pushed his earnings to more than $2 million.

Cooper sits 16th in the Jack Daniel's World Standings in calf roping and could qualify this December for a record 19th NFR in calf roping.

In the all-around standings, Scott Johnston, Gustine, Texas, leads the pack with $131,379. He is followed by Fred Whitfield, Hockley, Texas, with $115,486; Trevor Brazile, Decatur, Texas, $112,669; Cash Myers, Athens, Texas, $92,183; and Guy Allen, Lovington, N.M., $80,850.

Standings by event:

Bareback riding: 1. Larry Sandvick, Kaycee, Wyo., $65,028; 2. James Boudreaux, Cuero, Texas, $63,587; 3. Jeffrey Collins, Redfield, Kan., $61,817; 4. Darren Clarke, Weatherford, Texas, $56,834; 5. Marvin Garrett, Belle Fourche, S.D., $51,227.

Steer wrestling: 1. Byron Walker, Ennis, Texas, $57,394; 2. Rod Lyman, Victor, Mont., $56,225; 3. Cash Myers, $51,613; 4. Rope Myers, Van, Texas, $49,261; 5. Chad Biesemeyer, Stephenville, Texas, $47,933.

Saddle bronc riding: 1. Scott Johnston, $110,766; 2. Billy Etbauer, Ree Heights, S.D., $97,757; 3. Rod Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, Canada, $88,827; 4. Dan Mortensen, Manhattan, Mont., $74,692; 5. Glen O'Neill, Water Valley, Alberta, $69,319.

Calf roping: 1. Fred Whitfield, $111,847; 2. Blair Burk, Durant, Okla., $93,395; 3. Brent Lewis, Pinon, N.M., $67,433; 4. Ty Hays, Weatherford, Okla., $65,280; 5. Trevor Brazile, $60,001.

Team roping (heading): 1. Speed Williams, Jacksonville, Fla., $91,296; 2. Daniel Green, Oakdale, Calif., $54,747; 3. Wade Wheatley, Stephenville, Texas, $54,160; 4. Kevin Stewart, Glen Rose, Texas, $52,851; 5. Matt Tyler, Weatherford, Texas, $52,726.

Team roping (heeling): 1. Rich Skelton, Llano, Texas, $91,296; 2. Kyle Lockett, Ivanhoe, Calif., $54,160; 3. Martin Lucero, Stephenville, Texas, $52,851; 4. Clay O'Brien, Cooper, Glen Rose, Texas, $52,726; 5. Kory Koontz, Sudan, Texas, $50,499.

Barrel racing: 1. Charmayne James, Gustine, Texas, $71,912; 2. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., $63,681; 3. Kristie Peterson, Elbert, Colo., $62,649; 4. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., $57,571; 5. Tona Wright, Moriarty, N.M., $48,857.

Bull riding: 1. Tyler Fowler, Theodore, Ala., $65,649; 2. Shane Drury, Weatherford, Okla., $57,460; 3. Jesse Bail, Camp Crook, S.D., $53,563; 4. Danell Tipton, Spencer, Okla., $49,537; 5. Gregory Potter, Whitt, Texas, $48,620.

Steer roping: 1. Guy Allen, $69,033; 2. Rocky Patterson, Pratt, Kan., $33,956; 3. Trevor Brazile, $31,466; 4. Buster Record Jr., Buffalo, Okla., $30,592; 5. Tee Woolman, Llano, Texas, $23,881.

     



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