By Tiffany Williams
Rolling on barrels, walking on stilts and telling jokes are just a few of the many tricks up the sleeves of rodeo clown CrAsh Cooper.
Cooper is one of the most entertaining and popular rodeo entertainers in North America. He has been named Canada’s Entertainer of the Year three times and has performed at many finals in the United States.
Cooper has excellent interaction with the cowboys, fan’s and announcers. Long time announcer Les McIntyre says that Cooper is very spontaneous and that the two of them never rehearse their conversations. The first year that McIntyre was announcing at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Cooper helped to ease him into the show.
“CrAsh and I had worked together lots and he had also worked with my co-announcer Wayne Brooks a few times. The second night we were comfortable, he was walking towards us and he said to Brooks who’s your new partner?” said McIntyre. “Now I know you two you’re Brooks and Dumb. Everyone knew me and it was just the ice breaker that everyone needs. It was a good joke on me because CrAsh and I are experts at making jokes at each other!”
CrAsh or Ash Cooper is also very talented in other entertainment mediums including artwork and television. He stars each week as the host of the TV hit Cowboy Country. He explores beautiful western homes, working cowboys, artists and helps to try out different recipes in the Cowboy Kitchen.
Cooper is a self-taught western artist and his time on the road gives him time to explore and perfect his talent. He produces watercolours, cartoons, graphite and pen and ink work.
Cooper is one of the Leanin’ Tree’s favourite artists and does much work for them. His work can be found on greeting cards, notepads, coffee mugs and more. He is also an award-winning member of Cowboy Cartoonists International and regularly shows his work at the Canadian Finals Rodeo, Wrangler National Finals and at the Ponoka Stampede Art Show.
Cooper is an asset to the Ponoka Stampede and the crowd is lucky to have his talents during the show. He has a humour and knowledge of the sport that can’t be denied.