By Ann Bleiker
Dale "Tuffy" Cooper, considered a pioneer in the
sport of roping and patriarch of one of the greatest rodeo
families in the history of the sport, died Nov. 17 at his
home in Monument, N.M., after breaking his hip in a fall.
He was 88.
Cooper, an inductee in the National
Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City and the Texas Rodeo
Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, was exceptional in all three
roping disciplines and was also widely respected as a teacher
of the sport, an announcer, rodeo judge and radio reporter.
Cooper's sons, Roy, is an eight-time
world champion cowboy, and Clay Tom, twice qualified for
National Finals Rodeo as a tie-down roper and his daughter,
the late Betty Gayle, was a nine-time WPRA world champion
(3 all-around titles, 4 tie-down roping titles, 1 breakaway
roping and 1 goat tying). Grandsons Clint, Clif and Tuf
have a combined 14 NFR qualifications as tie-down ropers.
Betty Gayle Cooper-Ratliff passed away
on Nov. 12, 1999, in Durant, Okla., after a lengthy battle
with cancer. She coached the rodeo team at Southeastern
Oklahoma State University to nine national championships
and her students won more than 40 nationals titles.
In fact, Tuffy Cooper helped found the
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. He was the reserve
tie-down roping champion at the first College National Finals
Rodeo at San Francisco's Cow Palace in 1949 and won the
title there a year later.
He joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association
(precursor to the PRCA) in 1946 after three years'' service
in the Air Force during World War II, stationed in the South
Tuffy's request was to be cremated with
his ashes spread across Betty Gayle's grave at Prairie Haven
Cemetery in Hobbs, N.M.
Services will be Saturday, Nov. 23 at
2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church in Hobbs, N.M. Chapel
of Hope is handling the services. In lieu of flowers, donations
can be made to The Cooper Rodeo Foundation, PO BOX 457,
Decatur TX 76234
By Laura Lambert
On November 12, 2013 Boe Kellogg of Point, Texas lost his
long battle with cancer. He was well known in the barrel
racing community for being a great trainer and competitor.
Long time WPRA member, Randa Kellogg was his wife of 9 years.
Together they had two boys - Jace, 8 and Jett, 5. Boe also
had three boys that Randa considers her own - Hays, 18;
Jake, 17; and Jared, 15.
Starting his rodeo career early on, Boe chose bull riding
as his event. It was by chance that he started riding barrel
horses but it wasn't long before his incredible talent was
noticed and his barrel horse training career developed.
Boe rode several very successful horses in the futurity
industry and has made the finals at every major futurity,
usually more than once. He left quite a mark on the barrel
racing world. He was blessed to be with his family through
his last breath he took at home.
Boe leaves behind an amazing extended family which includes
his mother-in-law, Traci Newlin of Arcadia, Fla., who served
on the WPRA Board of Directors as the Southeastern Circuit
Director for five years.
Friends have set up a memorial fund, in lieu of flowers,
donations may be sent to:
InterBank 150 N. Harbin Dr. Stephenville, Texas 76476 Payable
to Randa Kellogg In Memo: Boe Kellogg Memorial Fund.