Clint Cooper - Rope-N-Ride 2015

Categories: Making a Difference
Date: 18 Jun 2015 17:53

Clint Cooper and the SAYiWON’T Rope-N-Ride

Clint has been a part of Team SAYiWON'T for many years now.  Not only is he a great friend and an ambassador for the sport of Rodeo, he lives by the SAYiWON’T Creed.  Clint is a 5 time National Finals Rodeo Qualifier in Tie Down Roping. Clint is also the co-creator of the SAYiWON’T Rope-N-Ride, a crossover charity event that allows athletes from different sporting backgrounds to come together for a great cause. Clint says that the event hosts a lot of different athletes, “we have professional wakeboarders, surfers, PBR guys, to PRCA guys and we mix it up. Everybody does a little bit of everything from wakeboarding to roping to skeet shooting. The wakeboarders seem to pick up the roping and riding horses a little quicker than vice versa. The cowboys aren’t that good at wakeboarding or surfing [they’re actually really good], but we all have a good time and it’s for a great cause. What keeps us doing it every year are the people and the friends behind SAYiWON’T and for the good causes that it goes for.” This year’s event was the 4th annual and helped raise money for Julie Mankin. Julie was at last year’s Rope-N-Ride covering the event for different magazines. This year she was unable to attend due to injuries suffered in a car accident. We hope that she can be back with us for next year’s event. Due to the weather in Texas, we had to get creative and dodge the tornados, hail, lightning and record breaking rainfall. Clint states, “The show must go on, we’re here and we are going to keep doing it… rain, sleet, hail, or snow… Say I Won’t!” Normally we would start off the event with wakeboarding on Lake Texoma, but since the lake was closed due to flooding, we moved the wakeboarding to a pond at Cinderella Ranch in Whitesboro, TX. We picked the one thing that we knew had enough horsepower to pull a wakeboarder across the pond… a horse. After everyone had a go behind the horse, we swapped it out for a mule… the new Kawasaki Mule Pro FXT that is. Everyone had a blast and we used a lot less gas than we would have at the lake. There was a skeet shooting contest for the second year in a row in which the overall winner took home a new custom SAYiWON’T - Weatherby shotgun. We had teams of 4 for a round robin format in which the winning team took home trophy buckles and new Resistol Hats. Jason Jones, Alan Reiny, Jeremy Walker, and Ryan Robinson took home the buckles and hats. Jeremy Walker was the top overall shooter and won the Weatherby shotgun. We then took to the Cinderella Horses indoor arena where we did a little team roping and chute-dogging (bulldogging on foot). The wakeboarders and surfers definitely didn’t have the right technique, but they figured out a way to get the job done. Clint says, “it’s amazing to see the skill of all of these athletes when introduced to a sport that’s foreign to them. It really shows how athletic these guys are.” 

It was another great event and was just the beginning of an awesome weekend “Living The Creed” in Texas. We followed it up with the PBR’s Unfinished Business in Decatur and then Ross Coleman’s SiW Super10 Team Roping in Henrietta. Thanks to all of this year’s Rope-N-Ride sponsors for helping make it happen:  Dennard’s Farm & Ranch, Cinderella Horses, Outlaw Equine, Rednecks with Paychecks, Weatherby, Resistol, TEM, J3, and Kawasaki. Looking forward to next year! 

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