Cooper and Medlin jump from third call­back to win the Hork Dog 19 in Las Ve­gas.

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Jake Cooper and Lo­gan Medlin roped five steers in 29.51 sec­onds to win the Hork Dog 19 in Las Ve­gas, win­ning $21,700 to­tal at the South Point Ho­tel and Casino.

“I’m very hon­ored to have won it,” Medlin said. “Char­lie put on a good rop­ing.”

“It was nice—ob­vi­ously no wind in­side that build­ing,” Cooper added. “It’s such a good fa­cil­ity. It’s dif­fer­ent from the old days at Char­lie’s (Horky) house but it was still a good setup. That was our first nice lit­tle jack­pot win to­gether. He’s an ag­gres­sive heeler, but he catches a lot of steers. I knew that if I just kept turn­ing them for him and get­ting out at the bar­rier we’d have a chance.”

Their team came into the short round in the num­ber-three spot be­hind Aaron Tsinig­ine and Ju­nior Nogueira and Cole­man Proc­tor and Travis Graves, rop­ing four head in 24.09 sec­onds. Cooper and Medlin roped their short-round steer in 5.42 sec­onds, mov­ing them into first.

“I knew the steer that we had,” Medlin said. “He went ear­lier in the rop­ing and he was very slow. Jake did a good job on stay­ing be­hind the bar­rier. We just kind of drew the right steer at the right time, which al­lowed us to make up enough ground and put a lit­tle bit of pres­sure on the next cou­ple of teams.”

“I was happy with mak­ing a good run and win­ning some- thing,” Cooper said. “The team that was high call back roped good all day and had a pretty good lead on ev­ery­body, so I didn’t even think there was a chance to win first when we roped. I knew we had a good steer and we could maybe have won sec­ond and I was fine with that.”

Cooper roped on Doc, a geld­ing he bought from Kaleb Drig­gers.

“I was on Doc—a horse that I bought from Kaleb Drig­gers last year. He’s re­ally solid and scores good. He lets a guy rope. He may not be the most ath­letic horse at the rop­ing, but he’ll give you a chance at pretty much any­thing.”

Medlin heeled on a horse he calls Drago.

“He’s a horse that I’ve been rid­ing for the last cou­ple years,” Medlin said. “I bought him from some peo­ple right there where I’m from. He’s kind of what I try to ride ev­ery­where I can, most of the time.”


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