Tuf Cooper


Tie-Down Roper | 3-Time World Champion

Personal Info:

Birthday - 01/31/1990

Height - 5' 11"

Weight - 160 lbs.


Tuf's parents are Shari Cooper and Roy "Super Looper" Cooper, a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and an eight-time world champion, while his brothers Clint (who is a four-time NFR qualifier) and Clif are both PRCA competitors in tie-down roping. In 2010, Tuf, Clif and Clint became the first set of three brothers to qualify for NFR in tie-down roping in the same year. The trio repeated this feat in 2011. His sister, Shada, is married to 11-time World Champion All-Around Cowboy Trevor Brazile. Tuf Cooper's grandfather, Clifton Smith, was an NFR tie-down roper in 1960 and 1962 and his uncle, Stran Smith, is a 10-time NFR qualifier and the 2008 world champion. You can say rodeo runs in the family. He won his first all-around title at the young age 6 at the Earth High Plains Junior Rodeo Association event in 1996. Tuf achieved a personal best with a 6.6-second run at the 2009 Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. Tuf Cooper became the youngest cowboy to surpass $1 million in career earnings on Feb. 22, 2013, just three weeks past his 23rd birthday. 

Professional Accomplishments & Highlights:

World Titles Won: 1

NFR Qualifications: 3 (2014-16)

2016 world standings place: 1st

2016 NFR standings place: 1st

2016 NFR earnings: $ 195,308

2016 earnings: $374,272

NFR average titles: 1 (2016)

RNCFR qualifications: 3 (2013, 2015-16)

2017 Highlights

- Won the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days

- Won the National Western Stockshow & Rodeo (Denver, Colo.)

- Won the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show (Fort Worth, Texas)

- Won the Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.)

- Won the Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas)

- Won the Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days

- Won the St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo

- Won the Rodeo of the Ozarks (Springdale, Ark.)

- Won the Old Fort Days Rodeo (Fort Smith, Ark.)

- Won the U.S. Navy Seal Danny Dietz Ultimate Challenge (Rosenberg, Texas)

- Won the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.)

- Won the Gladewater (Texas) Round-Up Rodeo

- Won the 41st Annual Isanti (Minn.) Firefighters Rodeo

- Won the Jackson County Pro Rodeo (Bellevue, Iowa)

- Won the Elk City (Okla.) Rodeo Of Champions

- Won the Carson (Iowa) Community Rodeo

- Won the Pioneer City Rodeo (Palestine, Ill.)

- Co-champion at the Minnesota (St. Paul) Horse Exposition Rodeo

- Co-champion at the Golden Spike Rodeo (Tremonton, Utah)