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Western Frontier ProRodeo: Hanson and Cooper win team roping

POCATELLO, ID – Sometimes, there are parts to having a successful team roping partnership that go unnoticed.

For instance? Before Brock Hanson and Clay O’Brien Cooper could claim the Western Frontier ProRodeo title at Holt Arena, they first had to figure out the logistics of getting Hanson’s horse to the arena when his trailer broke down in Spanish Fork, UT.

“I blew the bearings out on the trailer,” Hanson said. “I lost a wheel, and I have to replace the axle. I kind of limped into Spanish Fork and had to leave it at a shop there to get it fixed. Clay stopped by to pick up my horses and get them looked after.”

Hanson drove his truck up to Pocatello in due course and this still-new partnership – they joined forces at Odessa, TX, in January – then earned its best result yet, winning a Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour event, presented by Justin Boots.

They finished seventh in the first round with a time of 4.7 seconds and were just out of the money in the second round with a 4.3-second run, but their consistency paid off with the two-head average title and total earnings of $3,586 each.

Two-time World Champion Header Matt Sherwood and his rookie partner Dakota Kirchenschlager ended up second, four-tenths of a second back.

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“We’ve been really close (to succeeding) a lot this winter,” said Hanson, 25. “It’s mostly been my fault. I get excited and make some little mistake. Every time I’ve turned the steer for him, he’s been perfect.

“This time we just drew two really good steers, and we got the job done. Like I said, we’ve been really close all winter. Now I think we are starting to see what the problems were, and we’re working on making the right adjustments.”

Until last season, Hanson was a heeler, but he began to sense there was more of a demand for good headers than heelers and that he might be better off making the change. He started 2010 heeling for Aaron Tsingine, then shifted to heading for Travis Woodard in the spring California rodeos and finished the year heading for Brandon Bates.

Hanson still wasn’t sure which way he was going to go this year until he started talking last December to Cooper – a seven-time world champion heeler with Jake Barnes and a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame since 1997.

“Clay didn’t rodeo last year, so he didn’t have a partner, and I was still wavering,” Hanson said. “With Clay, pretty much anybody he calls is going to agree to rope with him. But he is a very standup guy, and he didn’t want to be a partner stealer.

“I’m still kind of convinced that I got the chance to rope with him because everybody else was already paired up. I was ecstatic about it, really pumped up given that I am not really proven yet.”

They didn’t have any chance to practice together before they started at Odessa, only got in a couple of days work in at Cooper’s place before Fort Worth and 4-5 days practice all together. Yet, here they are, with Hanson in 21st place in the world standings and Cooper 23rd, making a move.

The other champions at Holt Arena, on the campus of Idaho State University, were bareback rider Jason Havens (87 points), steer wrestler Dru Melvin (7.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter (86 points), tie-down roper Fred Whitfield 16.3 seconds on two head), bull rider Zeb Lanham (88 points) and barrel racer Sabrina Ketcham (30.71 seconds on two runs).

POCATELLO, ID – Sometimes, there are parts to having a successful team roping partnership that go unnoticed.

For instance? Before Brock Hanson and Clay O’Brien Cooper could claim the Western Frontier ProRodeo title at Holt Arena, they first had to figure out the logistics of getting Hanson’s horse to the arena when his trailer broke down in Spanish Fork, UT.

“I blew the bearings out on the trailer,” Hanson said. “I lost a wheel, and I have to replace the axle. I kind of limped into Spanish Fork and had to leave it at a shop there to get it fixed. Clay stopped by to pick up my horses and get them looked after.”

Hanson drove his truck up to Pocatello in due course and this still-new partnership – they joined forces at Odessa, TX, in January – then earned its best result yet, winning a Wrangler Million Dollar Silver Tour event, presented by Justin Boots.

They finished seventh in the first round with a time of 4.7 seconds and were just out of the money in the second round with a 4.3-second run, but their consistency paid off with the two-head average title and total earnings of $3,586 each.

Two-time World Champion Header Matt Sherwood and his rookie partner Dakota Kirchenschlager ended up second, four-tenths of a second back.

“We’ve been really close (to succeeding) a lot this winter,” said Hanson, 25. “It’s mostly been my fault. I get excited and make some little mistake. Every time I’ve turned the steer for him, he’s been perfect.

“This time we just drew two really good steers, and we got the job done. Like I said, we’ve been really close all winter. Now I think we are starting to see what the problems were, and we’re working on making the right adjustments.”

Until last season, Hanson was a heeler, but he began to sense there was more of a demand for good headers than heelers and that he might be better off making the change. He started 2010 heeling for Aaron Tsingine, then shifted to heading for Travis Woodard in the spring California rodeos and finished the year heading for Brandon Bates.

Hanson still wasn’t sure which way he was going to go this year until he started talking last December to Cooper – a seven-time world champion heeler with Jake Barnes and a member of the ProRodeo Hall of Fame since 1997.

“Clay didn’t rodeo last year, so he didn’t have a partner, and I was still wavering,” Hanson said. “With Clay, pretty much anybody he calls is going to agree to rope with him. But he is a very standup guy, and he didn’t want to be a partner stealer.

“I’m still kind of convinced that I got the chance to rope with him because everybody else was already paired up. I was ecstatic about it, really pumped up given that I am not really proven yet.”

They didn’t have any chance to practice together before they started at Odessa, only got in a couple of days work in at Cooper’s place before Fort Worth and 4-5 days practice all together. Yet, here they are, with Hanson in 21st place in the world standings and Cooper 23rd, making a move.

The other champions at Holt Arena, on the campus of Idaho State University, were bareback rider Jason Havens (87 points), steer wrestler Dru Melvin (7.6 seconds on two head), saddle bronc rider Bradley Harter (86 points), tie-down roper Fred Whitfield 16.3 seconds on two head), bull rider Zeb Lanham (88 points) and barrel racer Sabrina Ketcham (30.71 seconds on two runs).

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