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Clay Smith

Events: Team Roping (Heading), Tie-down Roping
Born: 4/26/1991 Texarkana, Texas
Joined PRCA: 2013
PRCA Career Earnings: $1,201,794.00
World Titles Won: 2 (2018-19)
Wrangler NFR Qualifications: 5 (2015-19)
Current Residence: Broken Bow, Okla.

2019 World standings place: 1st
2019 Wrangler NFR standings place: 6th
2019 Wrangler NFR earnings: $118,308
2019 earnings: $268,820

2020 Highlights- Partner Jade Corkill

• Won the Waller County Fair & Rodeo (Hempstead, Texas)
• Won the California Circuit Finals (Lancaster, Calif.)
Career Highlights
• 2019: (Partner Jade Corkill) Won his second consecutive world title by winning Round 2 and placing in five rounds to rank sixth in the average with 47.3 seconds on eight head at the Wrangler NFR. Won the team roping and co-champion in all-around at the Apache (Okla.) Stampede, with Jade Corkill. Won the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede, the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo and the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), with Jade Corkill. Co-champion at the Kansas (Phillipsburg) Biggest Rodeo, with Jade Corkill. Won the all-around at the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days and the 50th Annual Cowboy Capital Of The World PRCA Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas). Won the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Kissimmee, Fla.), the Texas (Waco) Circuit Finals Rodeo, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver, Colo.)and the Ropin Dreams (Jourdanton, Texas), with Jake Long. Won the San Angelo (Texas) Cinch Shoot-Out Rodeo, with Paul Eaves
• 2018: (Partner Paul Eaves) Won his first team roping heading world championship at the Wrangler NFR after finishing with a single-season record of $289,921. Placed third in the average at the Wrangler NFR with 34.4 seconds on eight head, earning $174,577. Placed in seven rounds. Won Rounds 2 and 5
•Won the All American ProRodeo Finals (Waco, Texas). Won the San Angelo (Texas) Rodeo, the RAM Texas (Waco) Circuit Finals, the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.), the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo and the XIT Rodeo & Reunion (Dalhart, Texas)
• 2017: (Partner Paul Eaves) Finished fifth in the world standings with $197,556. Finished 9th at the Wrangler NFR with $84,462. Placed in five rounds. Won the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo, the Rancho Mission Viejo Rodeo (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), the Black Hills Roundup (Belle Fourche, S.D.), the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo (Mercedes, Texas), the Laramie (Wyo.) Jubilee Days, the Mineral Wells (Texas) Rodeo, the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots (Rapid City, S.D.) and the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.). Won the tie-down roping at the Kitsap Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.). Co-champion at the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Greeley (Colo.) Stampede. Won the all-around and team roping at the Rose City Roundup (Tyler, Texas). Won the all-around at the Comal County Fair & Rodeo (New Braunfels, Texas), the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.), the Goliad (Texas) County Fair PRCA Rodeo and the PRCA Rose City Round-Up (Tyler, Texas)
• 2016: (Partner Paul Eaves) Placed in six rounds to rank second at the Wrangler NFR. Finished fifth in the world standings with $218,611. Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas), the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver, Colo.), the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots, the Dodge City, (Kan.) Roundup Rodeo, the Canby (Ore) Rodeo, and the Lawton (Okla.) Rangers Rodeo. Won the all-around and team roping at the Butterfield Stage Days PRCA Rodeo (Bridgeport, Texas), wiith Wesley Johnson. Won the all-around and co-champion in team roping at the Strawberry Days Rodeo (Pleasant Grove, Utah). Won the all-around at the Amarillo (Texas) Tri-State Fair and Rodeo
• 2015: (Partner Paul Eaves) Placed in four rounds to rank 11th at his first Wrangler NFR. Won the Deadwood (S.D.) Days of ‘76 Rodeo, the Mountain Valley Stampede (Heber City, Utah), That Famous Preston (Idaho) Night Rodeo and the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo. Co-champion at the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.). Finished 13th in the world standings with $115,498
• 2014: (Partner Jake Smith) Won the Longview (Texas) PRCA Rodeo and the Drummond (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo; finished 41st in the world standings with $27,647
• 2013: (Partner Jake Smith) Won the Farm-City ProRodeo (Hermiston, Ore.), the Livingston (Mont.) Roundup and the Breckenridge (Colo.) PRCA ProRodeo. Co-champion at the Guadalupe County & PRCA Rodeo (Seguin, Texas) and the State Fair of Louisiana (Shreveport). Finished 28th in the world standings with $40,059
• 2012: (Partner Jake Smith) On PRCA permit, won the Mesquite (Texas) Pro Rodeo Series on June 23, July 21 and Aug. 18

Finished fourth in the National High School Finals Rodeo team roping in 2010, with his brother Jake Smith

5-11, 155 … married, wife, Taylor; son, Jade O'Brien Cooper (4/23/18) … Father, Mark, is a horse trainer in Broken Bow, Okla., and he was a roper; mother, Tammy, is a third-grade teacher … Younger brother, Jake … In 2009, Clay and Jake won the U.S. Team Roping Finals in Oklahoma City and earned $141,000 … Youngest brother, Britt, is also a roper and he won a truck at an amateur event … Clay and his brothers got their start in rodeo from their father … Appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno when he was 7 years old with his brother Jake to talk about their love of roping … Clay is named after seven-time world champion team roper and ProRodeo Hall of Famer Clay O’Brien Cooper, who also is his rodeo idol … When Clay isn’t rodeoing, he’s training horses … Listens to all type of music, but specifically likes old country music and Merle Haggard … Favorite sports teams are the Texas Rangers and Oklahoma City Thunder … Favorite TV show is Shark Tank … Favorite movie is “Quigley Down Under
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