I hope this is a great summer for all of you. While weather is never always perfect, so far it has been kind to most all of our July rodeos across the country. With so many rodeos to go to, there are many opportunities for our members to compete and make their dreams come true. And that is really what the WPRA is about. While each of us has our own specific goals, we joined the WPRA to compete at a professional level in the barrel racing sport that we love. So here is what I think of when I say the words “Women’s Professional Rodeo Association”.
WOMEN’S…. This is the only “Women’s” professional barrel racing association in the world that will take you to a competitive level that no other association can. The programs we offer provides opportunities for every member to achieve their dreams. Whether it’s the Wrangler NFR, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, your Circuit Finals or a Roping World Champion, you can do it here.
PROFESSIONAL… Yes, that’s what we are and that is what gets you to the top. Barrel races at rodeos are fast, exciting and professional. Our rulebook sets the standard for safety (for you and your equine partner), for fair competition (so everyone has a chance to win) and how we present ourselves. From how we look in our western attire with beautiful button down collared shirts, and exciting western hats to how we conduct ourselves at a rodeo, we are role models, so always remember to be one. Other contestants, aspiring barrel racers, rodeo committees and the public, love our event and follow what we do. That makes me want to be positive, kind and above all grateful.
RODEO… That is what we love. It is the energy, the excitement and the competition, that makes rodeo so special. We are the only recognized women’s event in professional rodeo. Through our partnership with the PRCA, our cowboy professional counterpart, we get to showcase what we do and compete on a level like no other at rodeos across the country. Our rodeo partners put up a lot of money (as added money and to pay for the rodeo production), they work hard (many times all year long working to get ready and with unpaid, volunteer staff) and do everything they can to give you their best platform to compete. We appreciate our committees and PRCA Stock Contractors for their efforts in producing rodeo events.
ASSOCIATION… That’s what we are. An association of women, of members. Our association was started by women and our association is managed by a Board of women. Our association is a reflection of our members. As an association, take the time and look back at our bylaws and remember what our purpose is. While there are several points to our purpose, a key one was and continues to be to raise the standards of our sport to among the foremost in American sports. What a powerful aspiration and one that past, current and I am sure future members will want to achieve.
WOW, what a great Cowboy Christmas!! It was awesome to see all of our talented and amazing WPRA members and their athletic equine partners compete, win and earn money to go to their Circuit Finals and the Wrangler NFR! There were over 35 rodeos in just one week alone. That takes a lot of planning, traveling and creativity to make it happen. Congratulations to Taylor Jacob as the top Money winner with $28,270. What a great accomplishment. Cowboy Christmas moved Taylor up into the top 10 of the World standings. Way to Go!!!
I got to attend part of the Calgary Stampede and what a great experience. The Calgary Stampede Rodeo Committee was so welcoming. They treated me (as I represent you) like a part of their family! Over and over again, they made it clear that they couldn’t be happier with all the WPRA qualifiers and the role the WPRA and our barrel racers play in their event. They tried hard to make the ground good, consistent and fair (mother nature sometimes made that a bit challenging). They raked after each run, they took the tractor in during intermission and then AGAIN before they set the barrels up for the race. I offer a big THANK YOU to Mr. John Rule, Mr. Robert Wise, Mr. Barry McGrath and their entire team for all the efforts they put into an amazing event and the barrel race. It is truly the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!
A big CONGRATULATIONS to MARY BURGER for winning the Calgary Stampede. Mary and Mo were the talk of the town. The crowd went wild when they entered the arena and even got a standing ovation. The Stampede committee was very happy! I just love making good memories with an awesome rodeo family.
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