A strong Christian faith and family history with rodeo are two of the reasons Tuf Cooper is atop the tie down roping world standings at this point of the season.

His faith gives the Decatur, Texas, cowboy the confidence to handle the highs and lows of his sport.

“Without God, we wouldn’t be able to do anything,” he said during the 71st Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo. “He’s always here for us and always wants to guide us and help us stay focused and committed. That’s what God gives us; the ability and energy to stay focused.”

Maturity that comes with three years of pro experience along with the skill and knowledge from a lifetime growing up around rodeo helps too.

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