Crash Cooper first Canadian named Wrangler NFR barrelman | TSLN.com

Crash Cooper first Canadian named Wrangler NFR barrelman

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Crash Cooper has been named the barrelman for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, becoming the first Canadian to fill that role in the rodeo’s 53 years.

“I laughed when I heard that it was only going to be myself and barrel racer Lindsay Sears representing Canada at the NFR this year,” Cooper said. “I’m sure all of the rodeo fans at home in Canada are proud; both of their representatives will be wearing makeup at the NFR.”

The NFR barrelman is voted in by all eligible announcers and bullfighters who have participated in at least eight PRCA-approved rodeos with a minimum of 20 total performances.

Having only seen the NFR through the eyes of a fan in the past, Cooper is looking forward to being in the middle of the action.

“I would imagine that it’s got to be pretty cool to roll that barrel out there the first night,” he said. “Everybody has seen those yellow bucking chutes and the packed house there every night; but to be in the center of it looking up will be different and gratifying.”

The 38-year-old cowboy from Senlac, Saskatchewan, is humbled by the chance to perform under the bright lights in Las Vegas.

Recommended Stories For You

“I perform for the betterment of the rodeo, not for the betterment of myself,” Cooper said. “I am very appreciative that I was recognized for my work to make the rodeo I’m at better. That has always been my attitude; the rodeo is the show and I’m just a small part of it.”

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – Crash Cooper has been named the barrelman for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, becoming the first Canadian to fill that role in the rodeo’s 53 years.

“I laughed when I heard that it was only going to be myself and barrel racer Lindsay Sears representing Canada at the NFR this year,” Cooper said. “I’m sure all of the rodeo fans at home in Canada are proud; both of their representatives will be wearing makeup at the NFR.”

The NFR barrelman is voted in by all eligible announcers and bullfighters who have participated in at least eight PRCA-approved rodeos with a minimum of 20 total performances.

Having only seen the NFR through the eyes of a fan in the past, Cooper is looking forward to being in the middle of the action.

“I would imagine that it’s got to be pretty cool to roll that barrel out there the first night,” he said. “Everybody has seen those yellow bucking chutes and the packed house there every night; but to be in the center of it looking up will be different and gratifying.”

The 38-year-old cowboy from Senlac, Saskatchewan, is humbled by the chance to perform under the bright lights in Las Vegas.

“I perform for the betterment of the rodeo, not for the betterment of myself,” Cooper said. “I am very appreciative that I was recognized for my work to make the rodeo I’m at better. That has always been my attitude; the rodeo is the show and I’m just a small part of it.”

Go back to article