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News and notes from the rodeo trail

by Tracy Renck | Sep 24, 2018

PRCA Stat of the Week
As of Sept. 24, there have been 624 rodeos during the 2018 season paying out a total of $37,663,262.

  • Cowboys competed at nine rodeos across North America, Sept. 17-23, worth $319,447 to try to secure a spot within the Top 15 and qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
  • Tie-down roper/steer roper Tuf Cooper won the coveted Big 4 Rodeo’s “Best in the Northwest” title as a result of competing at the Kennewick (Wash.) Horse Heaven Round-Up, Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup and Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up. The “Best in the Northwest” award is given to the contestant accumulating the most points while competing at all of the Big 4 Rodeo events. Cooper of Decatur, Texas, ran away with the title setting a new point record of 25 points, while competing in tie-down roping and steer roping at all four rodeos. Cooper’s combined winnings of $24,600 at the Big 4 Rodeos will help him earn his 10th trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas, and his second to the National Finals Steer Roping, Nov. 2-3 in Mulvane, Kan. Cooper will be recognized at the Big 4 Rodeo reception Dec. 5 at the South Point Resort and Casino, during the Wrangler NFR.
  • The final PRCA Rodeo Camp of 2018 is scheduled for Sept. 30 in San Bernardino, Calif. Registration is required at

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