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Clif Cooper, Todd Suhn win big at 2010 Justin Boots Playoffs

PUYALLUP, WA – A win at one rodeo can change everything. Just ask Clif Cooper. The 22-year-old Decatur, TX, cowboy earned the biggest win of his career when he roped and tied a calf in 8.0 seconds in the final round of the Justin Boots Playoffs, Sept. 12 at the Fair & Events Center.

Cooper won $13,500 overall, and the triumph moved him from 18th to seventh place in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings, assuring him a spot in the Justin Boots Championships, Sept. 23-25, in Omaha, NE.

The middle son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Roy Cooper, Clif came into the competition unheralded and with $17,686 in Tour money. He left western Washington a different man and with total Tour money of $31,186.

“I have always said I was the late bloomer, and it was going to happen sooner or later,” Clif Cooper said.

Clif’s older brother, Clint, and younger brother, Tuf, have both qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo twice.

Along with Cooper, the final round included reigning All-Around and Tie-Down Roping World Champion Trevor Brazile (9.3 seconds), Tyson Durfey (10.7) and Joseph Parsons (17.9).

Cooper was elated to have his breakthrough come in the Playoffs with the ESPN cameras rolling.

“I was thinking, ‘I won it. I can’t believe it. I won it!'” Cooper said. “Guys started giving me high-fives back there (behind the chutes). I couldn’t believe it. It is just now starting to sink in.”

When Cooper added another win at the Lewiston (ID) Roundup over the weekend, he moved from 20th in the PRCA World Standings to join his brothers in the Top 15 at No. 9.

The top 24 qualifiers from the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour advanced to the Justin Boots Playoffs. The field was split into two groups of 12 competing in two preliminary rounds each. All scores and times were erased, and a field of eight faced off in the semifinals, followed by a clean-slate final-four round. The top 12 in the Tour are now qualified for the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha.

While the lucrative prize money paid out at Puyallup moved Cooper closer to his first Wrangler NFR qualification, it gave veteran steer wrestler Todd Suhn hope for his first world championship in his 14th appearance in Las Vegas this December.

Suhn, in what he said was his best performance at a Tour finale, won the second round and the average, then split the semifinals with Stockton Graves and prevailed in the final four. The Hermosa, SD, cowboy jumped from seventh in the Tour standings to first place. He was the overall high-money earner in Puyallup with $22,982 and sits at No. 1 in both the Tour and world standings.

Suhn went last as the highest seed, and knew he had to be faster than the 5.0 posted by Texan Matt Reeves. His focus was to make a clean run on his horse Maximus.

“I didn’t have to be really fast,” said Suhn, who clocked a 4.7 in the finals. “I made sure I got out of the barrier and threw him down.”

Bareback rider Clint Cannon also moved up to first place in the Tour standings with a victory in Puyallup. The Waller, TX, cowboy, who was previously in sixth place, scored 87 points on mare Gold Dust of Canada’s Big Stone Rodeo string.

“Last week, a good rider had some trouble with her, and I was thinking about that behind the bucking chutes,” he said. “It was a big blow out of there, and I thought, ‘She is going to really buck.'”

Cannon finished second in the Playoffs last year behind Justin McDaniel, who also made the final-four round.

“It was nice to climb up the ladder a spot,” Cannon said.

He won $18,225 in the Playoffs and tops his event in the Tour standings with $45,054.

The Playoffs helped saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere get off the Tour bubble. The Quinn, SD, cowboy was 11th coming into Puyallup, and now is in fifth place with $30,640. Elshere had a bit of a rocky time in the final four, but his 79 points on Calgary Stampede’s Majestic Rocket – on a reride – was enough to claim the title.

Bull rider Kanin Asay won the final round with an 88-point ride on Corey & Horst Rodeo Company’s North Star. Asay posted the qualified ride on his third overall attempt on the bull and was so pleased with the outcome he gave his Playoffs buckle to stock contractor Mike Corey. Previously in third place in the Tour standings, Asay won $16,348 in Puyallup and moved to first with $48,639.

Team ropers Clay Tryan and Travis Graves were safely qualified for Omaha prior to Puyallup, but they still made a statement by moving into first place in their respective standings with a solid 4.4-second run and a final-four victory. The duo won $19,066 each and lead their respective Tour standings with $48,731 apiece.

The finals of the Justin Boots Playoffs will be broadcast Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2, followed by the Justin Boots Championships broadcast at 6 p.m., also on ESPN2. Replays of both Puyallup and Omaha broadcasts will be shown on ESPN Classic and ESPN2. Check the TV schedule on ProRodeo.com for time and date listings.

PUYALLUP, WA – A win at one rodeo can change everything. Just ask Clif Cooper. The 22-year-old Decatur, TX, cowboy earned the biggest win of his career when he roped and tied a calf in 8.0 seconds in the final round of the Justin Boots Playoffs, Sept. 12 at the Fair & Events Center.

Cooper won $13,500 overall, and the triumph moved him from 18th to seventh place in the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour Standings, assuring him a spot in the Justin Boots Championships, Sept. 23-25, in Omaha, NE.

The middle son of ProRodeo Hall of Famer Roy Cooper, Clif came into the competition unheralded and with $17,686 in Tour money. He left western Washington a different man and with total Tour money of $31,186.

“I have always said I was the late bloomer, and it was going to happen sooner or later,” Clif Cooper said.

Clif’s older brother, Clint, and younger brother, Tuf, have both qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo twice.

Along with Cooper, the final round included reigning All-Around and Tie-Down Roping World Champion Trevor Brazile (9.3 seconds), Tyson Durfey (10.7) and Joseph Parsons (17.9).

Cooper was elated to have his breakthrough come in the Playoffs with the ESPN cameras rolling.

“I was thinking, ‘I won it. I can’t believe it. I won it!'” Cooper said. “Guys started giving me high-fives back there (behind the chutes). I couldn’t believe it. It is just now starting to sink in.”

When Cooper added another win at the Lewiston (ID) Roundup over the weekend, he moved from 20th in the PRCA World Standings to join his brothers in the Top 15 at No. 9.

The top 24 qualifiers from the Wrangler Million Dollar Tour advanced to the Justin Boots Playoffs. The field was split into two groups of 12 competing in two preliminary rounds each. All scores and times were erased, and a field of eight faced off in the semifinals, followed by a clean-slate final-four round. The top 12 in the Tour are now qualified for the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha.

While the lucrative prize money paid out at Puyallup moved Cooper closer to his first Wrangler NFR qualification, it gave veteran steer wrestler Todd Suhn hope for his first world championship in his 14th appearance in Las Vegas this December.

Suhn, in what he said was his best performance at a Tour finale, won the second round and the average, then split the semifinals with Stockton Graves and prevailed in the final four. The Hermosa, SD, cowboy jumped from seventh in the Tour standings to first place. He was the overall high-money earner in Puyallup with $22,982 and sits at No. 1 in both the Tour and world standings.

Suhn went last as the highest seed, and knew he had to be faster than the 5.0 posted by Texan Matt Reeves. His focus was to make a clean run on his horse Maximus.

“I didn’t have to be really fast,” said Suhn, who clocked a 4.7 in the finals. “I made sure I got out of the barrier and threw him down.”

Bareback rider Clint Cannon also moved up to first place in the Tour standings with a victory in Puyallup. The Waller, TX, cowboy, who was previously in sixth place, scored 87 points on mare Gold Dust of Canada’s Big Stone Rodeo string.

“Last week, a good rider had some trouble with her, and I was thinking about that behind the bucking chutes,” he said. “It was a big blow out of there, and I thought, ‘She is going to really buck.'”

Cannon finished second in the Playoffs last year behind Justin McDaniel, who also made the final-four round.

“It was nice to climb up the ladder a spot,” Cannon said.

He won $18,225 in the Playoffs and tops his event in the Tour standings with $45,054.

The Playoffs helped saddle bronc rider J.J. Elshere get off the Tour bubble. The Quinn, SD, cowboy was 11th coming into Puyallup, and now is in fifth place with $30,640. Elshere had a bit of a rocky time in the final four, but his 79 points on Calgary Stampede’s Majestic Rocket – on a reride – was enough to claim the title.

Bull rider Kanin Asay won the final round with an 88-point ride on Corey & Horst Rodeo Company’s North Star. Asay posted the qualified ride on his third overall attempt on the bull and was so pleased with the outcome he gave his Playoffs buckle to stock contractor Mike Corey. Previously in third place in the Tour standings, Asay won $16,348 in Puyallup and moved to first with $48,639.

Team ropers Clay Tryan and Travis Graves were safely qualified for Omaha prior to Puyallup, but they still made a statement by moving into first place in their respective standings with a solid 4.4-second run and a final-four victory. The duo won $19,066 each and lead their respective Tour standings with $48,731 apiece.

The finals of the Justin Boots Playoffs will be broadcast Oct. 17 at 5 p.m. (ET) on ESPN2, followed by the Justin Boots Championships broadcast at 6 p.m., also on ESPN2. Replays of both Puyallup and Omaha broadcasts will be shown on ESPN Classic and ESPN2. Check the TV schedule on ProRodeo.com for time and date listings.


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