Hometown: Gardnerville, Nevada
Weight: 200 lbs.
Rookie Year: 1981 years
World Titles: 7
Clay O’Brien Cooper
Clay O’Brien Cooper, 7-time World Champion Team Roper, has competed professionally since 1981. Cooper is a well-known cowboy in the rodeo industry. He is also known as “The Champ”.
Originally from Arizona, Cooper now lives in Gardnerville, Nevada with his wife and has three kids. He enjoys teaching people how to rope and is an instructor on the popular television show, Total Team Roping. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and family and skiing and playing golf in his spare time.
You don’t get into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame by merely sitting in your saddle. Cooper will tell you every win was a special one for him. He’s been a 7-time World Champion Heeler, has had 25 NFR qualifications, a 3-time Reserve All Around Champion, a 3-time AQHA World Champion, a 2-time BFI Champion, a 2-time George Strait Team Roping Champion, a 4-time Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion, a 2-time Texas Circuit Champion, a 6-time Turquoise Circuit Champion, and a 2-time PRCA Tour Finale Champion. An interesting fact about Cooper is when he was nine years old he landed the role of the youngest and smallest cowboy in The Cowboys starring John Wayne.
CLAY O’BRIEN COOPER Q&A
Q: What do you want the fans to know most about ERA?
A: This is the top tier of our sport.
Q: How did you get your start?
A: I was raised around a team roping jackpot arena.
Q: Who was your mentor or role model at the start of your career?
A: Leo Camarillo and Walt Woodard
Q: What does practice look like to you?
A: Working on weaknesses.
and every steer I run. Just like at a rodeo you only have one run to make. You don’t get a second chance, so I try to be perfect on each run.