Cooper Cooke started competing in the saddle at age five like his father brothers, and sister before him. He was instantly hooked — or maybe it was genetic.
Cooke recently breezed through the District 7 qualifiers in the bareback, bronc saddle, bull riding, team roping, and steer wrestling with top six finishes. His performance secured him a spot in the upcoming state competition despite steep competition from Madison, Rigby, Ririe, and South Fremont. The young cowboy was all smiles after a dream ride in the district arena.
“My favorite event is saddle bronc,” said Cooke. “I’ve been wanting to get on this horse, Big Mike. He bucked me off four times before, but I finally rode him.”
Cooke has his sights on a state title after last year’s competition left him with a broken wrist.
He plans to compete in all his events and is most excited to see his rodeo friends who live in other corners of Idaho. The 2019 State Finals will take place in Pocatello from June 8-15th. He will be joined by Myra Rudolph who took fifth in breakaway roping and Hunter Hill who qualified in bull riding placing third in the district.
“It’s going to be a great time,” said Cooke. “We don’t live close so it’s a good place to hang with your buddies and the rodeo is super fun.”