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Cooper to be inducted into Rodeo Hall of Fame

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Clay O'Brien Cooper

Clay O’Brien Cooper, who has won seven rodeo world championships and calls Gardnerville home, will be inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Rodeo Hall of Fame this weekend in Oklahoma City.

Cooper, 55, will be honored as part of the Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend festivities today and Saturday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Cooper won world team roping championships — as a heeler, in 1985-89, 1992 and 1994. He has also been the National Finals Rodeo average champion four times (1985, 1994, 2007, 2012). In 1993, he combined with partner Jake Barnes to set the NFR average record of 59.1 seconds on 10 head.

Cooper joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 1979 and was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1997.

He even made a mark as a child actor in Hollywood, having made his 1972 screen debut in “The Cowboys,” featuring John Wayne.

Other Hall of Fame inductees who will be recognized Saturday are Jake Barnes, Ote Berry, Walt Linderman, Dan O. “Bud” and Jimmie Gibbs Munroe, and Wick Peth. Two other honorees are Amberley Snyder as the Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipient and Jack Roddy as the Ben Johnson Memorial Award recipient.

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