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RODEO NOTES: Tie-down roper Cooper Tuf and fast enuff at Stampede

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Tuf Cooper bested a who’s-who posse of tie-down ropers Tuesday at the Calgary Stampede.

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So how’s he gonna celebrate such a stellar start to the second pool of rodeo action?

By bringing his legendary father, Roy, up to Calgary for the rest of the show.

“I told my dad if I won the first day, I better fly him up — it’s 106 degrees down there in Texas,” Cooper, of Decatur, Texas, said on Sportsnet. “It’s beautiful here at the greatest show outdoors.

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“Sir …” he said turning to the camera and talking to Roy through the TV, “pack your bags!”

While dear ol’ dad is the 1983 world all-around cowboy, a six-time global tie-down roping champ and the 1996 Stampede king, Cooper himself is a two-time Stampede champ — and the event record-holder at 6.3s — looking for a third crown this week.

If he can’t cop that, then … well … he’ll just enjoy the ride here this week.

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“Oh my goodness — this is where every cowboy wants to be,” continued Cooper. “This is where you can make or break your year. This year, the Stampede counts in the world standings, so this is huge. We’re just fortunate to be back here competing and going after a Calgary championship.”

With Tuesday’s solid 7.2-second performance, he’s off to a fabulous start ahead of young Quade Hiatt, another Texan who put together a quick trip on Day 1 of Pool B competition. Cooper pockets $5,500, while Hiatt takes home $4,500 for his runner-up run. Third for $3,500 was another heralded tie-down name in Cory Solomon, a three-time Stampede champion who’s back defending his 2021 crown.

GOOD NEWS FOR ALBERTAN ANDERSEN

California’s Lefty Holman was alrighty on Day 1 of the saddle-bronc contest.

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But Albertan Ben Andersen was even better.

Anderson edged Holman with his 90-point ride on Daunting News after Holman came out of the chutes first to post a whopping 88.5 score aboard Mr. Major. That’s $5,500 for Andersen and $4,500 for Holman.

The winner of the first go-round in Pool B action was so excited that he got out front of the flag girls — instead of following them, as tradition dictates — on his victory lap to lead the celebration around the ring.

Good on him.

“This stage is so cool,” said Anderson, of Rocky Mountain House, Alta. “Just to ride around this arena with the legends that have and to do the same thing in their footsteps like (uncle) Roddy Hay and my dad (Chris), I’m just so excited that I’m living every moment of it.”

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Third for $3,500 was Texan Sterling Crawley after his sterling 87-pointer on Elvira.

• First out on the track Tuesday, Idaho cowgirl Jessie Telford put down the fastest barrel-racing trip of this Stampede in 17.29 seconds.

But then Oklahoma’s Wenda Johnson — aboard six-year-old Mo — clipped that with a 17.20-second run around the cloverleaf to claim the top Day 1 payday of $5,500.

“I ran (my other horse) Mac at Ponoka, and so I said, ‘Alright, Mac, it’s your turn,’” Johnson said on Sportsnet. “We’re gonna start out on him and see how it goes.”

It couldn’t have went much better, Wenda.

Telford held onto second and $4,500, while third and $3,500 went to Texan Kassie Mowry after her 17.33s effort.

Fast start, indeed, for the barrel racers.

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• The bulldoggers got faster as the round went on Tuesday.

After a slow-ish start, the times picked up in steer wrestling, with Ohio’s Riley Duvall recording a 3.9-second wrap-job for $5,500.

He edged out a heap of contenders — Kansas bulldogger Tanner Brunner (4.1s), Minnesota’s JD Struxness (4.2s), Lousiana’s Tristan Martin (4.3s) and Iowa’s Talon Roseland (4.8s) — in what was a super tight and uber entertaining finish on the first day.

• Creek Young has figured out the Stampede pretty quickly.

Then again, the 2021 PRCA bull-riding rookie of the year has figured out everything in the pro rodeo business in fairly fast fashion.

Especially if an event has a giant spotlight on it.

“These big stages just get my motor running, get me feeling like I can ride anything,” said Young on Sportsnet. “It just gets me in that state, you know. It gets you in that mind-set to where you have to ride. There’s so many people watching that you don’t want to do bad.”

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Young, of Rogersville, Mo., did pretty darn good Tuesday, scoring the top mark of 87.5 points on Flight Risk, who left the chute and went round and round and round to the right, playing into the 21-year-old’s hand.

He picked up a payday of $5,500, while Saskatchewan’s Dakota Buttar put up 87.0 points on Positively Banging for the $4,500 runner-up prize and Lonnie West, of Cadogan, Alta., rode to 83.5 points and $3,500 on Slam Dunk.

AROUND THE CHUTES

Jaret Cooper won the Stampede’s novice saddle-bronc title. The kid from Vernon, B.C., put up a two-day total of 135.0 points after his Tuesday ride of 66.0 on Empire Warrior. B.C.’s Tyrel Roberts had the best ride of the event’s second day with a 68.0 score aboard Endless Delight, but he slots in second overall on 132.0 points. Saskatchewan’s Carter Udahl was the only other of the six cowpokes to ride the full eight seconds on both days after his 58.0 trip on Crushed Crystal … Best-dressed cowboys of Pool B? Nevada bareback rider Trenton Montero, with those stand-out mint-green chaps, and Solomon with a snazzy mint-green shirt. Love it. A few other cowpokes, such as Minnesota bareback star Tanner Aus, sported darker green in the wardrobe, which stands out, as well …  Day 6 of the Stampede rodeo goes Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. (Sportsnet West).

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STAMPEDE SCOREBOARD

BAREBACK

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Rocker Steiner (Weatherford, Texas), Little Rotten, 87.5 points, $5,500; 2. Caleb Bennett (Corvallis, Mont.), Road Crush, 86.0, $4,500; 3. Leighton Berry (Weatherford, Texas), Xceptional Margarita, 84.0, $3,500; 4. Ty Taypotat (Regina, Sask.), Mucho Dinero, 82.0, $2,500; 5. Trenton Montero (Winnemucca, Nev.), Passing Through, 80.5, $500; 5. Shane O’Connell (Rapid City, S.D.), Erotic Tango, 80.5, $500; 5. Jacob Raine (Mount Pleasant, Tenn.), Sheer Ice, 80.5, $500; 8. Pascal Isabelle (Mascouche, Que.), Leading Lady, 78.5; 9. Tanner Aus (Granite Falls, Minn.), Dusty Dan (re-ride), 76.0; 10. Strawbs Jones (Clermont, Australia), Cash N Carry, 59.5; — Taylor Broussard (Esterwood, La.), Fired Up, bucked off.

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BARREL RACING

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Wenda Johnson (Pawhuska, Okla.), 17.20 seconds, $5,500; 2. Jessie Telford (Caldwell, Idaho), 17.29, $4,500; 3. Kassie Mowry (Dublin, Texas), 17.33 $3,500; 4. Ivy Saebens (Nowata, Okla.), 17.56 $2,500; 5. Lynette Brodoway (Brooks, Alta.), 17.61; 6. Lexie Goss (Redmond, Ore.), 17.68; 7. Jill Wilson (Snyder, Texas), 17.78; 8. Lois Ferguson (West, Texas), 18.06; 9. Shelly Holman (Brentwood, Calif.), 18.07; 10. Nancy Leischner (Olds, Alta.), 18.31; 11. Sissy Winn (Chapman Ranch, Texas), 23.86.

TIE-DOWN ROPING

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Tuf Cooper (Decatur, Texas), 7.2 seconds, $5,500; 2. Quade Hiatt (Canyon, Texas), 7.3, $4,500; 3. Cory Solomon (Prairie View, Texas), 7.6, $3,500; 4. Michael Otero (Millsap, Texas), 8.1, $2,500; 5. Bryson Sechrist (Apache, Okla.), 9.6, $1,500; 6. Kincade Henry (Mount Pleasant, Texas), 10.5; — Jon Douch (Huntsville, Texas), no time; — Ty Harris (San Angelo, Texas), no time; — Shad Mayfield (Clovis, N.M.), no time; — Marty Yates (Stephenville, Texas), no time; — Shane Hanchey (Sulphur, La.), no time.

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SADDLE BRONC

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Ben Andersen (Rocky Mountain House, Alta.), Daunting News, 90.0 points, $5,500; 2. Lefty Holman (Visella, Calif), Mr. Major, 88.5, $4,500; 3. Sterling Crawley (Stephenville, Texas), Elvira, 87.0, $3,500; 4. Brody Cress (Hillsdale, Wyo.), Ice Cube, 82.5, $2,500; 5. Dawson Dahm (Duffield, Alta.), Diamond Crystal, 81.0, $750; 5. Logan Hay (Wildwood, Alta.), Legends and Lies, 81.0, $750; 7. Tegan Smith (Winterset, Iowa), Elected Liberal, 78.0; 8. Cash Wilson (Wall, S.D.), One More Reason, 76.5; 9. Logan Cook (Alto, Texas), Second Thoughts, 69.0; — Damian Brennan (Injune, Australia), Mushroom Cloud, bucked off; — Jake Finlay (Goondiwindi, Australia), Aloha Margie, bucked off.

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STEER WRESTLING

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Riley Duvall (Checotah, Ohio), 3.9, $5,500; 2. Tanner Brunner (Ramona, Kan.), 4.1, $4,500; 3. JD Struxness (Milan, Minn.), 4.2, $3,500; 4. Tristan Martin (Sulphur, La.), 4.3, $2,500; 5. Talon Roseland (Marshalltown, Iowa.), 4.8, $1,500; 6. Tyler Waguespack (Gonzales, La.), 5.2; 7. Tyler Pearson (Akota, Okla.), 7.6; 8. Dakota Eldridge (Elko, Nev.), 15.4; — Jacob Talley (Keatchie, La.), no time; — Jesse Brown (Baker City, Ore.), no time; — Harley Cole (Okotoks, Alta.), no time.

BULL RIDING

Tuesday — Pool B, Day 1

1. Creek Young (Rogersville, Mo.), Flight Risk, 87.5 $5,500; 2. Dakota Buttar (Eatonia, Sask.), Positively Banging, 87.0, $4,500; 3. Lonnie West (Cadogan, Alta.), Slam Dunk, 83.5, $3,500; 4. Alan de Souza (Taubate, Brazil), Jack Knife, 79.5, $2,500; — Todd Chotowetz (Major, Sask.), Sandpit, bucked off; — Trey Kimzey (Strong City, Okla.), Smog, bucked off; — Shane Proctor (Grand Coulee, Wash.), Close To The Devil, bucked off; — Jacob Gardner (Fort St. John), I’m Not Crazy, bucked off; — Tyler Bingham (Howell, Utah), Switch Back, bucked off; — Maverick Potter (Waxahachie, Texas), Crank It Up, bucked off; — Coy Robbins (Camrose, Alta.), 2 Guns, bucked off.

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NOVICE SADDLE BRONC

Tuesday

1. Tyrel Roberts (Charlie Lake, B.C.), Endless Delight, 68.0 points; 2. Jaret Cooper (Vernon, B.C.), Empire Warrior, 66.0; 3. Dixon Tattrie (Youngstown, Alta.), Expect Dust, 65.5; 4. Carter Udal (Maple Creek, Sask.), Crushed Crystal, 58.0; 5. Devon Hay (Wildwood, Alta.), Dealing Marvelous (re-ride), 57.0; — Colten Powell (Innisfail, Alta.), Expensive Bubbles, bucked off;

Aggregate — After final round

1. Jaret Cooper (Vernon, B.C.), 135.0; 2. Tyrel Roberts (Charlie Lake, B.C.), 132.0; 3. Carter Udal (Maple Creek, Sask.), Crushed Crystal, 116.0; 4. Colten Powell (Innisfail, Alta.), 68.0; 5. Dixon Tattrie (Youngstown, Alta.), 65.5; 6. Devon Hay (Wildwood, Alta.), Dealing Marvelous (re-ride), 57.0.

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