Clay Smith

Clay Smith is a two-time PRCA world champion header from Broken Bow, Oklahoma. The eight-time NFR qualifier has had his PRCA card since 2012, and he’s never not qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo since his first appearance there in 2015.

Smith won his first title with Paul Eaves in 2018, and he repeated the next year in 2019 in a split title with Wesley Thorp.

Smith grew up winning dummy ropings across the country, and along with his brother Jake appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno to demonstrate rope tricks as a kid. He’s named after seven-time World Champion Clay O’Brien Cooper.

Smith’s got a string of horses now with his Premier Rope Horses, but he first rose to fame on Marty—the legendary grade gelding that Smith won both gold buckles aboard.

Clay Smith heading a steer for Coleby Payne at the 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Clay Smith and Coleby Payne Score $20K Victory at Fort Worth, Payne's Biggest ProRodeo Win Yet
Clay Smith heading on roan stallion Bet Hesa Ginnin.
2024 Breeder's Guide
Bet Hesa Ginnin
Roger Nonella
Nonella's ctec redemption
Roger Nonella to Replace Clay Smith in 2024 Cinch Timed Event Championship
Clay Smith Apache Promise Rope Horse
Biggest Stage
Clay Smith's 6-Year-Old 'Apache Promise' Shines as First Futurity Head Horse to Win NFR Go-Round
NFR Team Roping Victory Lap
Traffic Jam
Begay & Todd, Smith & Bray, Summers & Long Tie for NFR 2023 Round 7 Win
Clay Smith reaching for a steer in the first round of the 2023 Cinch Playoffs Governor's Cup in Sioux Falls.
throw some line
The Short Score: Reaching Fundamentals with Clay Smith
Puyallup team roping's Travis Graves, Jonathan Torres and Hunter Koch
Do-or-Die Time
Sudden-Death Day in Puyallup: Here are the 2023 Team Ropers in the Top 8
Brian Winn Matt Liston
David vs. Goliath Showdown
Days of '47 Short Round Field Set with Winn & Liston, Arnold & Profili Advancing from Set 4
Understanding Clay Smith's New Horsemanship Focus
Clay Smith Apache Promise
Clay Smith's Superstar Mare Apache Promise Cashes In at ARHFA RedBud