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The Short Score: Jake and Clay’s Elusive 8th Gold Buckle
How did not winning an eighth world title affect Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper? Did it?
Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper have 56 National Finals Rodeo qualifications and seven NFR average wins between them. They won Rodeo’s Super Bowl together in three different decades—in 1985, 1994 and 2007. Dan Hubbell Photo
Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper have 56 National Finals Rodeo qualifications and seven NFR average wins between them. They won Rodeo’s Super Bowl together in three different decades—in 1985, 1994 and 2007. Dan Hubbell Photo

When Jake Barnes and Clay O’Brien Cooper first stepped on the ProRodeo scene, the bar was set at four: four world titles. That’s what Leo Camarillo (in the team roping) had won and so had Jim Rodriguez Jr. Jake and Clay would of course go on to surpass that, eventually becoming seven-time world champs. But how badly did they want an eighth gold buckle?

On this bonus Roping.com tips episode, Jake and Clay talk about the goal and what not winning it meant to them and their careers.

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