Cowboy Stories: Jim Ross Cooper

It’s no accident that professional
team roper Jim Ross Cooper, 29, of Monument, N.M., is an elite roper. Rodeo and
ranching are simply in his genes. Cooper
and his twin brother, Jake, are the sons of 1981 world all-around champion and
2005 PRCA Hall of Fame inductee Jimmie Cooper. In 2007, the Cooper brothers became
the first twins to qualify for the Wrangler NFR in team roping.

Cooper has won championships from Sheridan,
Wyo., to Prescott, Ariz., and the all-around hand even notched a tie-down
roping victory at the famed Pendleton Round-up in 2010. Cooper says that
winning the Justin Boots Playoffs in 2013 with Brandon Beers ranks toward the
top on his list of career highlights. He successfully teamed with Beers in June 2013
where a third-place finish at the famed Bob Feist Invitational in Reno, Nev., placed
them front-and-center in the national spotlight.

He will heel for Beers when
The American hits AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, March 2. “I’m really
looking forward to seeing what the future of rodeo looks like,” said Cooper of qualifying
to compete at the unique event. “I think having a good idea like this and
trying to do something with it to offer more money for the sport of rodeo is awesome
for us.”

Cooper plans to ride his
horse “Z,” and as an athlete who enjoys watching other professional sports, he
is looking forward to competing in the famous venue. As far as preparation
goes, Cooper intends to stick to the routine that works for him, “nothing out
of the ordinary.” The former Rookie of the Year in Team Roping (Heeling) will
have his girlfriend, Jenna; brother, Jake; dad, Jimmie; mom, Sheryl; and sister,
Jill Tanner, all rooting for him in Arlington.


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