A preview of ERA World Championship Week. Don’t miss out on any action!

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO RETURNS TO DALLAS THIS WEEKEND
WITH 2016 ERA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AT AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER

Fans can only see rodeo’s biggest stars – Brazile, Mote, Feild, Taylor, Cooper, Begay and more – in Dallas Nov. 11-13

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ERA World Championship Week kicks off with ERA Last Chance Qualifier and ERA EXPO

After 11 events, six cities and $1.4 million paid out in prize money, the 2016 ERA Premier Tour, the place where rodeo’s biggest stars compete, culminates its inaugural season with the ERA World Championship, taking place Friday – Sunday, Nov. 11-13 at American Airlines Center.

Featuring more than 100 competitors and the biggest names in rodeo, to include 23-time World Champion Trevor Brazile; four-time World Champion Bareback Riders Kaycee Feild and Bobby Mote; four-time World Champion Tie-Down Roper Tuf Cooper; 2014 World Champion Barrel Racer Fallon Taylor; fan favorite Team Ropers Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper; 11-year old Barrel Racer Chayni Chamberlain, and more, the ERA World Championship is bringing championship rodeo competition back to Dallas where it began.

ERA World Championship week begins on Wednesday, Nov. 9 with the Last Chance Qualifier. This three-day, double-qualifying event takes place at Dallas Fair Park Coliseum and offers up-and-coming rodeo talent a fast-track opportunity to qualify for the ERA World Championship and RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN’s semi-finals.  The Top 2 finishers in each discipline at the Last Chance Qualifier will advance to compete alongside the best rodeo athletes in the world for their share of $1 million in prize money.

The action begins at 2 p.m. on Wednesday with steer wrestling and barrel racing. The competition continues on Thursday at 10 a.m. with Tie-Down Roping, Bareback Riding, Bull Riding and Saddle Bronc Riding.  The Team Ropers will compete Friday morning at 9 a.m. at Will Rogers Coliseum. Each session is free to the general public.

At 8 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will open its doors for the ultimate fan experience, the ERA EXPO.  The four-day Western lifestyle celebration will offer a shopping mall with 100 vendors, live music, entertainers and rodeo related events every day. It will be free to the general public and give fans numerous opportunities to meet their favorite cowboys, get autographs and take pictures. Anthony Lucia, the voice of the ERA Premier Tour, will also be on site with his show Live with Lucia for a little “real talk with real cowboys” for fans to enjoy.

The ERA EXPO also will feature the Dummy Roping World Championship for Kids on Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at 10:30 a.m. Two categories of children – 8 years old and under and between 9-12 years of age – will compete. The top three finishers in each category will meet on the ERA World Championship arena floor pre-show on Saturday evening at American Airlines Center to determine the winners.

All of the ERA EXPO excitement and entertainment runs from Thursday, Nov, 10 – Sunday, Nov. 11.

On Thursday evening at the ERA EXPO, the ERA Night of Champions celebration will be the official kick-off party for the ERA World Championship.  Fans will enjoy athlete introductions featuring the presentation of their competition back number by a Dallas official. There will also be live music by Texas country artist Joey Green and a silent auction whose proceeds will be donated to the families of the fallen Dallas Police Department officers. Fans are invited to attend.  The party starts at 6 p.m. and is free to the public.

Before the competition begins on Friday evening, ERA World Championship ticketholders are invited to attend the pre-event meet & greet session with all of the competitors.  Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, the ERA athletes will join their fans on the arena floor to sign autographs, take pictures and personally thank the people who have supported their rodeo passion. It’s a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with the biggest stars in the sport.

Then, at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday the competition begins.  For two and a half hours the world’s most talented cowboys, including 37 World Champions who hold 135 world titles, will go head-to-head in hopes that after three days of the most intense competition of their careers, they can claim a share of the $1 million total purse and emerge as the first ERA World Champions.

As they head into Dallas, the ERA athletes atop the event leaderboard are:

Bareback Riding: Steven Dent (Mullen, Nebraska)

Saddle Bronc Riding: Isaac Diaz (Desdemona, Texas)

Bull Riding: Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas)

Steer Wrestling: Tyler Pearson (Louisville, Mississippi)

Tie-Down Roping: Shane Hanchey (Sulphur, Louisiana)

Team Roping: Derrick Begay (Seba Dalkai, Arizona) and Clay O’Brien Cooper (Gardnerville, Nevada)

Barrel Racing: Lisa Lockhart (Oelrichs, South Dakota)

Bareback Riding – For the past decade Bobby Mote, Kaycee Feild and Will Lowe have battled each other for Bareback Riding world titles. The battle that had been taking place in Las Vegas, can only be seen in Dallas this year with less than 300 points separating the Top 5 men.

Saddle Bronc Riding – Isaac Diaz is a saddle bronc riding machine. Throughout the 2016 ERA Premier Tour Diaz hasn’t placed lower than sixth at any event. He has been “Mr. Consistent” all year long and is currently tied with barrel racer Lisa Lockhart for having earned the highest total tour points this season.

Bull Riding – The race to become the first ERA Bull Riding Champion is very close.  The leader, Neil Holmes, just competed at the 2016 PBR World Finals and is headed to Dallas for the ERA World Championship barely a week later. He leads Canadian ERA bull rider Beau Hill, another former PBR competitor, by only 25 points and PBR alum Cody Campbell by only 100 points. This 8-second competition will be very tight with anyone in the Top 5 having a chance to claim the title.

Barrel Racing – The ladies are also in a battle to win the ERA Barrel Racing World Championship.  While Lockhart and her horse Louie are tied with Diaz for earning the most tour points this season, right behind her in the barrel racing standings is 11-year old Chamberlain (Stephenville,TX). Initially, some felt Chamberlain was too young to compete at this professional level, but their reservations have been silenced.  After recording the fastest time this season – 13.3 seconds – with her horse Flo Jo in Salt Lake City, Chamberlain’s incredible talent has been kicking butt and has placed her just 162.5 points behind Lockhart.

Tickets for the three-day ERA World Championship start at $31 and can be purchased online at www.Tickemaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster kiosks located inside Fiesta Foods, Macy’s, Walmart, and the Shops at Willow Bend Mall. Tickets are subject to additional fees. Fans are encouraged to visit one of Cavenders Boot City’s Metro locations for a voucher good for $10 off any ERA World Championship Ticket.

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, visit www.erarodeo.com.

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FOX SPORTS 2, SIRIUS XM’s RURAL RADIO & FLOSPORTS.COM TO AIR 2016 ERA WORLD RODEO CHAMPIONSHIP FROM DALLAS

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FOX SPORTS 2, SIRIUS XM’s RURAL RADIO & FLOSPORTS.COM TO AIR 2016 ERA WORLD RODEO CHAMPIONSHIP FROM DALLAS

Trevor Brazile, Bobby Mote, Luke Branquinho, Kaycee Feild, Fred Whitfield, Tuf Cooper, Derrick Begay, Fallon Taylor, Chayni Chamberlain and more to compete Nov. 11-13
at American Airlines Center

The inaugural 2016 Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship, a three-day “Live” event taking place on Nov. 11-13 at the American Airlines Center, will also be broadcast across three popular media platforms, including FOX Sports 2 and SiriusXM’s Rural Radio, along with Florodeo.com.

Broadcast scheduling for the ERA World Championships:

  • FOX Sports 2 – Championship Sunday’s Final Round, Monday, Nov. 28 (9 p.m. EST)
  • SiriusXM Rural Radio (Channel 147) – Live coverage all three days
  • Florodeo.com (FloSports.com) – Live stream all three days

The $1 million 2016 ERA World Championship is the season-ending event of the 2016 ERA Premier Tour where only the world’s best rodeo athletes and livestock compete. After 11 tour stops awarding more than $1.4 million in prize money in its inaugural season, the 2016 ERA Premier Tour culminates with the ERA World Championship which will determine the season’s best in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing.

Only at the ERA World Championship in Dallas will fans be able to see the world’s biggest rodeo stars. Trevor Brazile, the 23-time World Champion; Luke Branquinho, the five-time World Champion Steer Wrestler; Tuf Cooper, the three-time World Champion Tie-Down Roper; Fallon Taylor, the 2014 World Champion Barrel Racer; Derrick Begay and Clay O’Brien Cooper, World Champion Team Ropers and more fan favorites will only compete for world championship titles at the ERA World Championship this season. The leaders in each event going into Dallas are:

Bareback Riding: Steven Dent (Mullen, Nebraska)

Saddle Bronc Riding: Isaac Diaz (Desdemona, Texas)

Bull Riding: Neil Holmes (Houston, Texas)

Steer Wrestling: Tyler Pearson (Louisville, Mississippi)

Tie-Down Roping: Shane Hanchey (Sulphur, Louisiana)

Team Roping: Derrick Begay (Seba Dalkai, Arizona) and Clay O’Brien Cooper (Gardnerville, Nevada)

Barrel Racing: Lisa Lockhart (Oelrichs, South Dakota)

The contestant roster for the ERA World Championship represents 135 world titles and will make this week’s competition the must-see event of the season.

Tickets for the three-day competition start at $31 and can be purchased online at www.Tickemaster.com, by phone at (800) 745-3000, at the American Airlines Center Box Office or Ticketmaster kiosks located inside Fiesta Foods, Macy’s, Walmart, and the Shops at Willow Bend Mall. Tickets subject to additional fees. The competition begins at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 11-12 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

The ERA World Championship week will kick off on Nov. 9-10, with “The Last Chance Qualifier,” a double-qualifying event taking place at Fair Park in Dallas. A partnership between the ERA World Championship and RFD-TV’s THE AMERICAN is offering aspiring rodeo athletes a fast track opportunity into the ERA World Championship and THE AMERICAN’s semi-finals, which will be held Feb. 15-17 in Fort Worth, Texas, at Cowtown Coliseum. The Top 2 finishers in each discipline at the Last Chance Qualifier will advance. The Last Chance Qualifier begins at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9 with barrel racing and steer wrestling. The action begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, featuring tie down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Each session is free to the general public.

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will open its doors for the ERA Expo, the ultimate fan experience offering a western shopping mall with 100 vendors and live country music. It will be free to the general public and provide plenty of opportunities for fans to meet their favorite cowboys, get autographs and take pictures.  Anthony Lucia, the voice of the ERA Premier Tour, will also be on site with his show Live with Lucia for a little “real talk with real cowboys” for fans to enjoy.

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, visit www.erarodeo.com. Tour stop #11 in Sheridan, WY will air Monday, November 21 at 9 pm ET on FOX Sports 2.

The Dynamic Duo, Derrick Begay and The Champ

“If you can’t handle it, don’t do it.” These were the words that Derrick Begay’s dad would tell him. He hated it. He also lived and breathed by them.

“My dad (Victor) is old school and that’s how I was raised. It helps me out and makes me mad at the same time. In roping I get frustrated when things aren’t going right. When I’m tired and I don’t want to feed the steers, he’ll come up to me and say, if you can’t handle it, don’t do it. But he already knew I had it in me, he knew I wouldn’t quit,” Begay said. “It’s true in ever aspect of your life but if you want to really rodeo and rope for a living, you have to love it so much that anything that comes up, you get through it.”

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Begay, a professional team roper and header since 2013, put his dads words to good use when last year he was given the opportunity to rope with legendary heeler and 7-time world champ Clay O’Brien Cooper, one of the best in the business.

Cooper is a well-known cowboy in the rodeo industry. He’s known as “The Champ”.

Once again, Victor was the common denominator.

“I’ve know Derrick and his family and I used to Rodeo with his dad, Victor. I’ve seen Derrick grow up and start his rodeo career and be successful at it,” Cooper said. We joined a partnership and last year we hit it off really good. We had a really good year, a really good finals in Las Vegas and then at the beginning of the year, turned around and won the AMERICAN.”

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On Feb 28, 2016, the two greats, together, won $100,000 each at the one-day rodeo, THE AMERICAN with an impressive time of 3.85 seconds.

“I’ve been around long enough and made enough runs with Derrick that I can pretty much read how he is setting up the run. And being able to react to it and get it done,” Cooper said.

To that, Begay just said, “I just have to turn the steer for The Champ.”

The ever-so modest cowboys prefer to compliment each other rather than accept compliments. But they do complement each other because they have the same work ethic.

“Just by who he is, there is a lot of added pressure because I don’t want to mess up for him but then on the other hand he is one of those partners that gives you comfort. I don’t have to bring anything because he brings out a lot of good in me.,” Begay said. “I pretend he’s my dad. They are the same age. My dad is the most comfortable person I rope with. He is my comfort zone and Clay feels just like my dad.”

Cooper agrees, “I think the magical formula to being successful is your work ethic and how much you love to work at what you do. The work part and the practice part are what prepare you to compete. So, that for me, always has been the key to having the opportunity to win.”

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Originally from Seba Dalkai, Arizona, Begay now calls Winslow, Arizona home. Begay is 100 percent Native American Navajo Indian.

“I used to make up scenarios when I was a kid. I used to bet people if I made this time or under, you would have to buy me a soda or a coffee. And now I’m roping for $1 Million. But to think about all those moments growing up back home, to actually have it come into reality and to actually do it, it’s a lot cooler,” Begay said. “There are a lot of things that seem like they are impossible. But when you get up to do them and you get close and then you do it, you look back and say, hey, that wasn’t so hard. I did it.”

Originally from Arizona, Cooper now lives in Gardnerville, Nevada with his wife, Alisa, and has three girls, Bailey, Quinn and Jessica. He enjoys teaching people how to rope and is an instructor on the popular television show, Total Team Roping.

“The advice I always give is, you have to be willing to pay the price with your work ethic. AND prepare in every area that it takes to do the job. It’s just not roping. It’s preparing your horses to having the right horse that ts you and having the right partner,” Cooper said. “And there is a lot of different things that goes into having the chance to be successful at it. But because it is a very competitive business and way of life so the one thing that is the most fanatical about the process are the ones that do the best.”

It’s a 24-7 way of life for Cooper because you don’t get into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame by merely sitting in your saddle. Cooper will tell you every win was a special one for him. He’s been a 7-time World Champion Heeler, has had 25 NFR quali cations, 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. An interesting fact about Cooper is when he was nine years old he landed the role of the youngest and smallest cowboy in “The Cowboys” starring John Wayne.

“When I was young I didn’t foresee thirty years down the road. I was just in the moment. I just thought about the present but when you do something you love doing and you love to work at it; and you are able to be successful at it to a certain degree, slowly but surely time passes by and one day you wake up and decades go by and you are still doing what you want to do. “

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Fitness Q & A with Clif Cooper

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What are some of your workouts? “I’m not a big ‘go to the gym’ guy so
my training getting ready for the ERA season have been strenuous, focusing on training to be an elite athlete. My trainer Acea Pickens of ITS personal training has been working on getting me quicker, faster, stronger. We work on cardio, agility, strength, balance, and being a well rounded athlete. Acea has a unique way of fitting everything into one work out.”

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How do you stay motivated?CC: What drives me and keeps me motivated has always been my faith and my family. I want to be the best person i can possibly be, physically, mentally, and spiritually.

RFM: What is your favorite supplement you take?CC: When my wife came home and said she was going to be selling
a supplement called Thrive, I was immediately skeptical. But after a few days of being on it I love it. Its give me energy, and all the vitamins and minerals my body needs. I also like advocare for the post recovery workout and protein it gives my body.

RFM: When do you find time to get your workouts in?CC: I typically build my schedule around my workouts, I feel it is
so important to keep my body in the best shape it can be. It has become a life style for me, not just something I squeeze in. My routine starts with a bible study to get get my spirit going then we go into our workouts.

 

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