Rodeo 2021: Tuf Cooper Takes Early Lead With a 7.3-Second Tie-Down Run

SAN ANGELO, TX — Timed events at the first performance of the 2021 San Angelo Rodeo brought some fireworks. Cody Snow and Wesley Thorpe in team roping scored a hard-to-beat 4.2 second run. Clayton Hass in steer wrestling snagged second overall so far with a 5-second flat time. But Jason Thomas holds the top calf wrestling time of 4.6 seconds. The scores are that close!

In tie-down roping, fans in the stands were hoping the San Angelo Kid, Ty Harris, could place. Luck was not with Harris tonight. Instead, world champion Tuf Cooper moved into first place with a 7.3-second time in tie-down roping.

In the video presented by Dierschke and Dierschke Realtors, we have highlights from the timed roping events and then we talked to Cooper and asked him what it was like to go head to head with Ty Harris in Harris’ own backyard. Watch it above.

Standings after the 1st performance of the 2021 San Angelo Rodeo:

Bareback riding leaders: 1. Cole Franks, 88 points on Northcott Macza’s Hot Flash; 2. Tim O’Connell, 86; 3. Jacob Lees, 77; no other qualified rides.

Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. Jason Thomas, 4.6 seconds; 2. Clayton Hass, 5.0; 3. Will Lummus, 5.2; 4. Tucker Allen, 6.9; 5. Blake Knowles, 7.1; 6. Ryan Lewis, 8.2; 7. Luke Branquinho, 13.5; 8. Stetson Jorgensen, 20.0.

Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Cody Snow/Wesley Thorp, 4.2 seconds; 2. Brenten Hall/Chase Tryan, 4.7; 3. Nick Sartain/Reagan Ward, 5.2; 4. Levi Simpson/Tyler Worley, 7.7; 5. Derrick Begay/Jake Edwards, 10.2; no other qualified times.

Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. Allen Boore, 83 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Texas Playboy; 2. Lucas Macza, 82.5; 3. Mitch Pollock, 81; 4. Chance West, 58; no other qualified rides.

Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. Tuf Cooper, 7.3 seconds; 2. Riley Pruitt, 8.0; 3. Cooper Martin, 8.6; 4. Westyn Hughes, 8.7; 5. Blane Cox, 8.9; 6. Cody Craig, 10.3; 7. Michael Otero, 12.4; 8. Tyler Milligan, 15.8.

Barrel racing: Second round leaders: 1. (tie) Kelly Bruner and Jimmie Smith, 14.36 seconds; 3. Keyla Polizello Costa, 14.44; 4. Leia Pluemer, 14.57; 5. Mindy Goemmer, 14.67; 6. Shelly Shields, 14.72; 7. Cassidy Champlin, 14.81; 8. Lisa Fernandes, 15.16; 9. Kristel Ising, 15.47; 10. Cristin Posey, 15.60. Average leaders: 1. Kelly Bruner, 30.28 seconds on two runs; 2. Keyla Polizello Costa, 30.62; 3. Mindy Goemmer, 30.86; 4. Cassidy Champlin, 30.89; 5. Jimmie Smith, 30.94; 6. Leia Pluemer, 31.18; 7. Shelly Shields, 31.30; 8. Lisa Fernandes, 31.54; 9. Kristel Ising, 32.09; 10. Cristin Posey, 32.22.

Bull riding leaders: 1. Laramie Mosley, 89 points on Lancaster & Jones Pro Rodeo’s Final Rainbow; no other qualified rides.

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