Interview With Cooper Kanngiesser

Cooper Kanngiesser has been one of the faces of Championship Bull Riding over the last few years, and he is coming off another solid season in 2010.  The Kansas bull rider finished 12th in the final season standings after finishing the season on a strong note.  Kanngiesser's best season came in 2008 when he led the standings for several months before finishing as the runner-up for the CBR World Title.  He has also qualified for the National Finals Rodeo on multiple occasions.

Cooper Kanngiesser is definitely one of the fan favorites in the CBR, and I was pleased to get the opportunity to interview him.  We talked about his close call in 2008, his multiple CBR event wins, his goals for 2011, and much more.  If you have anything to add, please visit our Facebook page or email me at:  Enjoy!

Cody:  Cooper, thanks a lot for taking the time to do this interview.  I'm going to start with your great 2008 season.  You came very close to winning the CBR World Title that year before finishing second.  How bad do you want to put yourself in that position again in the future?

Cooper:  I would love to be in that position again, only better.  I would like to go into the Tour Finale in a position where nobody could catch me.  2008 was a good year, but it wasn't the best because I didn't win it all.  It was good, but it was kind of a let down.

Cody:  You have a number of CBR wins in your career.  Which one means the most to you?

Cooper:  The win last year in Nashville, TN, is probably the most memorable of my career.  I was 90-plus three times, and I won $25,000.

Cody:  You won the first night at Tulsa this season and finished 12th in the final season standings.  What are your thoughts on your 2010 season?

Cooper:  2010 was a good season.  It had its ups-and-downs, but I wasn't consistent enough by my standards.  I came on pretty hot at the end of the year, but I want to be hot all year and not just parts of it.

Cody:  Your 93-point ride on Luca Brazzi this season was one of the best all year.  Where does it rank on your personal list of favorite rides?

Cooper:  The 93-point ride was one of my most memorable because I picked the bull when nobody else wanted him.  He is Brad Vogele's bull, and I like to ride his bulls and give him crap about it.  That being said, it was probably my second favorite ride.  My favorite came last year at a rodeo in Canby, Oregon.  I rode Little Juicy of Don Kish and was 90 points, and it was by far my best ride ever.

Cody:  You had a couple top-three finishes the last month of the 2010 season.  How much confidence will that give you heading into 2011?

Cooper:  My confidence is higher than ever, and I'm craving bull riding more than ever right now.  I'm going to go into 2011 with a bang and try to win everything I enter.  I just want to get on as many bulls as I can.

Cody:  That's great news for your fans!  Sticking to the same subject, what are your goals for the 2011 CBR season?

Cooper:  My goal is to win the CBR World Title of course.  I also want to make it to the National Finals Rodeo and win more money than anybody in the world next year.

Cody:  Switching gears a little, who are some of your favorite CBR riders to watch?

Cooper:  I enjoy watching Luke Kelley, Jake Littlefield, and Bradley Harris.  They are my best friends and traveling partners, and when they are hot, nobody does it any better.

Cody:  List a couple CBR bulls you enjoy watching but haven't had the chance to get on yet.

Cooper:  Directory Assistance, Black Gold, and Mooseknuckle.

Cody:  I know I'd definitely like to see all those match-ups, and maybe we will in 2011.  Who introduced you to bull riding, and when did you get on your first bull?

Cooper:  My dad introduced me to it, and he put me on my first calf at age 4.  I got on some of my first junior bulls at age 9.

Cody:  Who were some of your heroes growing up (in or out of rodeo)?

Cooper:  My heroes are my dad and grandpa because they are the best people in or out of the arena.  My grandpa has never been around rodeo, but he can tell you all about it and is the best person I've ever met.  As far as my dad, he has taught me everything I know.

Cody:  What other things do you enjoy doing when you aren't riding bulls?

Cooper:  I love hunting, fishing, golfing, ranching, and raising bulls.  Most of all, I enjoy hanging out and playing with my son because it's like having my best friend around me all the time.

Cody:  What profession would you be in if you weren't a bull rider?

Cooper:  I'd be farming and ranching which is the same thing I do now when I'm not riding.  I love working with cattle every day.  It's fun being a cowboy, and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Cody:  Cooper, thanks again for doing this interview.  In closing, are there any sponsors or any others you would like to thank?

Cooper:  I would like to thank the following sponsors:  Cinch, Waggin' Train, Western Hauler, and Logan Western Supply.  I also want to thank my family.  Without them, I couldn't get anywhere.