Meet Clay O'Brien Cooper
World Champion TotalTeamRoping.com Instructor
You don't get into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame by merely sitting in your saddle. Clay will tell you every win was a special one for him. He's been a 7-time World Champion Heeler, has had 25 NFR qualifications, been a 3-time NFR Champion, a 3-time Reserve All Around Champion, a 3-time AQHA World Champion, a 2-time BFI Champion, a 2-time George Strait Team Roping Champion, a 4-time Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion, a 2-time Texas Circuit Champion, a 6-time Turquoise Circuit Champion, and a 2-time PRCA Tour Finale Champion. Clay started Junior Rodeo at the age of 7 and has been competing and winning ever since. Actions certainly speak louder than words!
Clay's current home is in Morgan Mill, Texas. He was born in Arizona but spent most of his childhood years on the family ranch in the San Fernando Valley close to Los Angeles. His stepfather, Gene O'Brien, worked as a wrangler on western movies and television shows such as Gunsmoke and Bonanza. Those early years also spurred a little acting out of Clay as well. When Clay was nine years old he landed the role of the youngest and smallest cowboy in The Cowboys starring John Wayne.
Clay and his wife have three children and one of them has really taken to the rodeo sports of Barrel Racing and Breakaway Roping.
Hobbies for Clay turn to a more spiritual nature. Clay has been a member of Silverado Cowboy Church under Cowboy Ministries with Dr. Dave Simmons and his wife Kathleen for 12 years and co-authored a monthly Christian article called Pressing On for ten years.