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7/31/14 Andrews, TX 8/8-8/10 barrel race, Junior event has been added.
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Warner, OK 7/27 & 8/24 ropings, co-approved Texas circuit.
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Newtown, ND 8/9 rodeo, approved.
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The WPRA sends their condolences to the Cooper and Kellogg families

11/20/13

Dale "Tuffy" Cooper
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 Pacific.

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

Boe Kellogg
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.


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