Dedicated practice makes 15-year-old calf roper champion in major rodeo circuit, as kickoff to professional future

“I rope every day. I like to rope all day.

“Sometimes I’ll rope and tie 100 calves a day. Other times I may rope five or ten. Then, I go to rodeos and roping jackpots every weekend.”

That sounds like lots of practice and hard work, but it has paid off for rodeo champion Cooper Martin of Alma, who visited Saturday after he’d just finished roping and tying a calf in 9.5 seconds, putting him in the lead at an amateur rodeo at Shelbyville, Missouri. Continue reading →