Clay O'Brien Cooper
black and white photo of Leo Camarillo heeling
Level Up
The Never-Ending Evolution of Team Roping
Chad Masters and Champ celebrating another winning run at the 2012 NFR.
rise up
Can Failure Lead to Success?
Team roper Bobby Harris heeling
What It Takes
What's Your Roping Style?
Jennings Photography
finale prep time
5 Roping.com Videos to Prep for the 2023 Ariat World Series of Team Roping Finale
A very young Clay O'Brien Cooper heeling for Danny Costa.
Breaking Bad Habits
Break the Leaning Habit
Heelers can gain all kinds of helpful information by processing what they see unfolding in front of them throughout a run.
Words of Wisdom
Let's See It: Taking Advantage of Every Visual Cue
Jake and Clay standing on either side of a trophy saddle.
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
The Short Score: Roping's Evolution
Jake and Clay standing on either side of a trophy saddle.
what it takes
"If they write an epitaph on my life, I want it to say that my life was about more than winning."
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
almost but not quite
The Short Score: Jake and Clay's Elusive 8th Gold Buckle
Jake Barnes heading a steer for Clay O'Brien Cooper.
master analyzers
Breaking It Down: Understanding Every Aspect of the Run