Equine Superstars & Everyday Heroes

Clint and Sweetness winning Reno. (Photo courtesy of Clint Cooper)

By Janis Blackwell 

There probably isn’t much that hasn’t been reported about the accomplishments of the Cooper family roping dynasty.
However, in light of the nature of this column, this month we’re taking a look at one of the Cooper’s equine partners who continues to help garner a large number of awards, money and accolades.

Truly an equine superstar if ever there was one, I am referring to Clint Cooper’s teammate in the calf roping and number one mount, Sweetness.

Sweetness, a 24- year-old sorrel gelding, has been Clint’s favorite horse to rope on for years. Originally owned by Clint’s dad, Roy, he was sold to Blair Burke when he was 10 for $45,000.

In fact, it was the Burkes who named him Sweetness after Walter Payton, #34 “The Great Sweetness” of the Chicago Bears because the gelding also wears a 34–brand.

Soon after the sale, Blair mounted Clint on Sweetness at the Dallas Tour Finale rodeo (which they won) then later at the 2007 finals. It was at this time that Clint decided, “I have to have this horse back.” One roadblock for Clint was the price on Sweetness, which was now $150,000.
Clint had shared with his wife, Amber, and his mom, Lisa Jo Seed, his determination to buy him back. Immediately, Mom was on board to help get the money together.

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