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Awards banquet scheduled
The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Awards Banquet is scheduled for Dec. 2, at Dickies Arena, the night before the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo begins at Globe Life Field in Arlington.
The categories range from Announcer of the Year to Stock Contractor of the Year to Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
Tickets are $100 each or $1,000 for a table of 10. PRCA members may purchase tickets to the banquet at www.prcaconvention.com, starting Nov. 1.
Cooper wins match
Four-time world champion Tuf Cooper, a Childress native who has homes in Weatherford and Decatur, clinched the tie-down roping match roping title at the Cinch Roping Fiesta on Saturday (Oct. 24) in San Angelo, according to gosanangelo.com. Cooper pocketed the coveted $20,000 winner-take-all prize as the result of edging 2019 PRCA world champion Haven Meged in the 12-head match.
However, Meged, a former Tarleton State star who is from Montana, clinched the invitational tie-down roping title against a field of numerous world class ropers. He earned $8440, which will count in the 2021 PRCA tie-down roping world standings.
With the title at stake in the finals round, Meged turned in a time of 9.9 seconds on his way to finishing first in the average race with a four-run time of 41.2, according to prorodeo.com. Caleb Smidt finished second with a 41.4 and Timber Moore came in third with a 42.0.
Brazilian Marcos Costa, a former Childress resident who currently lives in Menard, tied for fourth in the average. The 2017 world champion’s total earnings were $2,648.
Brett Hoffman, a Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame member, has covered rodeos and horse show events for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for more than 35 years. Email him at email@example.com.