WPRA History on Display at ProRodeo Hall of Fame
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In anticipation of the 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on August 5, the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the Women's Professional Rodeo Association opened a historical exhibit on Friday, March 31.
This exhibit will be housed in the 101 Gallery at the front of the Hall until September 1. Visitors can learn the history of the Association from when 38 women met in a hotel room in San Angelo, Texas, in 1948 to start the Association called the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA) through the historic 2017 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductions, that will include barrel racers for the first time ever. In addition, there is a flair for fashion clothing display showing the clothing trends through the years, a look back at the 1988 and 2002 Olympic Command Performance Rodeos held during the Olympic Games in Calgary and Salt Lake City, respectively and a Horsepower section honoring the horses that have been awarded with honors such as AQHA Horse of the Year, Horse With the Most Heart and Rising Star Award.
Apr 29, 2017, 14:40
Schuster Setting the Earnings Bar in 2017
No. 1 ranked Tiany Schuster enters RodeoHouston later this week in Super Series II having won more money in the WPRA than any other barrel racer in the history of the sport at this time of the year. On March 6, the Krum, Texas, cowgirl had already raced her way to $72,637 in earnings at 22 rodeos.
In 2016, when Mary Burger set a new regular season earnings record in August, she didn't cross the $70,000 mark until after her big win at RodeoHouston. In fact her total following her win in Houston was $78,795 on March 21, 2016. Burger eventually finished the 2016 regular season (prior to the NFR) with record earnings of $190,977.
Mar 12, 2017, 11:05
Taylor Takes Title in Fort Worth
Fort Worth, Texas—The legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been a tradition in Texas for 120 years. With a huge committee purse, and high entry limits, the rodeo itself is one of the “bucket list” victories for rodeo competitors, one everyone wants to be able to claim.
That fact is even more true for Texas cowboys and cowgirls. 2014 WPRA World Champion Fallon Taylor does not live in Fort Worth but she grew up and still lives nearby, making the FWSSR about as close to being a hometown rodeo as she can get.
Taylor practically grew up in a rodeo arena, making four appearances at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) as a young girl back in the 1990’s. Though the FWSSR had been going strong for nearly a century when Taylor starting running barrels professionally, it was not a stop for the ladies of the WPRA until 2004. By then, Taylor had moved on to other pursuits, such as acting and modeling.
Feb 20, 2017, 10:42
The USTRC Scholarship Program will award $100,000 in scholarship funds annually
1) The USTRC Scholarship Program will award $100,000 in scholarship funds annually. Sixty (60) scholarships will be awarded to the top point earners during the 2017 season (November 1, 2016 thru October 31, 2017). Scholarship amounts will be awarded as follows:
Jan 15, 2017, 08:25
WPRA ProRodeo Hall of Fame Barrel Racing Nomination Form Now Available
The announcement made at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that the WPRA in partnership with the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will start inducting barrel racers into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame this summer marks a significant milestone in the association's history.
The WPRA barrel race is a very important element in every rodeo’s success. It is fast, exciting and provides a huge “wow” factor that fans love. So it makes sense that the WPRA barrel racers be recognized in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and have a permanent place to honor those that have left their mark on the sport.
Jan 14, 2017, 07:55
Burger Wins Second World Championship in Dramatic Fashion
She came into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1, and through 10 rounds of fierce competition, Mary Burger remained No. 1. However, a tipped barrel in Round 10 had Burger uncertain of the results.
“I had went back to the stall and was unsaddling my horse because I hit a barrel, and I had no idea on numbers – I had no idea I had won it. They had to come back to get me at the barn,” she said with a laugh.
Dec 13, 2016, 12:55
Burger Blasts To The Top of the Leaderboard in Rd. 7
After setting a regular season earnings record, Mary Burger earned the No. 1 back-number for the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. In Round 7, she earned No. 1 again – this time in the form of a first place check and go-round buckle. She and Sadiesfamouslastwords “Mo” were 13.58 seconds.
|Mary Burger NFR Run 2017|
“Mo was really running tonight. He is just able to cover a lot of ground,” Burger said of her 7 year old buckskin gelding. “His first and second barrels were awesome, but he ran off the third quite a bit. But even so, he was running so hard that he clocked very well. I was happy with him.”
Burger was also complimentary of the ground conditions, “I am just really pleased with how the ground has held, and its been a great experience to come see the ground good and run on it. Its just been really nice.”
Dec 8, 2016, 08:36
Wall Wasted No Time in NFR Round 2
Only 11 hundredths of a second separated first through sixth in Round 2 of the WPRA Barrel Racing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. At the top of the leaderboard was Roosevelt, Utah’s Kimmie Wall with a 13.79 second run.
“It was really tough! I think everyone seems to be liking the ground, and handling it well,” Wall said following her first victory lap at her first Wrangler NFR. “It’s totally thrilling. Moving up two spots on the ground was helpful, but Foxy knows her job well and she really, really fired tonight.
"Foxy is quite a little fire cracker,” she added about the 8 year old mare, TKW Bullys Famous Fox. “I’m very proud of the fact that we raised her too. Her training is actually a family affair in a way – we ride as a family every day. So, I feel that they put in as much time as I in keeping Foxy fit and ready to run.”
Dec 8, 2016, 08:33
Moore Makes Memorable Run to Win Her First Round at the NFR
After consistently placing fourth or fifth in the first four rounds, Amberleigh Moore and CP Dark Moon “Paige” caught a gear to win Round 5 of the WPRA Barrel Racing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
“On the first barrel she’s been slipping every night, and tonight I gunned her in there knowing I was getting top of the ground being further up (7th position)," said Moore of her 13.62 run on Paige. "Tonight she didn’t slip, so as soon as I felt her snap that first barrel, I knew it was my advantage to take it. So I asked her for everything she had tonight.”
Moore purchased the Darkelly mare as a 3 year old from Cody Hyde. She competed on her during her futurity and derby years. Paige is now 7 years old, and continues to be a phenomenal equine partner for Moore. “She has never let me down, and she continues to get stronger and faster everyday.”
Dec 8, 2016, 08:31
Csabay Repeats as Canadian Champion
Edmonton, Alberta Canada—Just two months ago, reigning Canadian champion barrel racer Nancy Csabay had no expectation of defending her title. In fact, she wasn’t even making plans to pack for Edmonton, the home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo (CFR) since its inception 43 years ago.
The reason? Csabay was ranked 14th in the Canadian standings with just one event left on the schedule and only the top 12 earn a chance to compete at Northlands Coliseum during the CFR.
Nov 20, 2016, 13:21
WPRA Rookie of the Year-Cayla Melby Makes Dream Come True
There aren’t too many 3-year-olds who set lofty yet realistic goals for their future, let alone many young kids who go on to achieve those goals. But Cayla Melby’s had one thing on her mind for the past 15 years – making it to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo when she was 18. And she’s done it.
“When I was 3, I told my mom that when I turned 18 I was going to go to the NFR,” she said. “Ever since then we’ve been working on getting me there.”
Melby has plenty of experienced help around her to lend a hand. Her mom is Jane Melby, a two-time NFR qualifier herself and Cayla’s dad Ryan is a PRCA member and horseshoer and trainer. Her older brother, Colton, is also a competitor and there are dozens of rodeo friends to lend a hand.
Setting out with such a big goal in her rookie season, Melby now finds herself in the history books for another reason too. Because of all the hard work she’s put in to making it to Las Vegas this December, she also captured the Rookie of the Year title. Since she’ll compete at the NFR her total money won for the year isn’t cemented yet, but what is certain is that the Rookie title is hers.
Nov 10, 2016, 08:26
Burger Becomes Just Third Barrel Racer to Wear NFR Back No. 1
It’s a special honor and privilege for any contestant to pin on the No. 1 back number at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
For only the third time since 1967, when the barrel racing was added as an event at the NFR, a WPRA barrel racer will pin on the prestigious No. 1.
Mary Burger of Pauls Valley, Okla., set a new regular season earnings record in the WPRA in 2016 en route to the top spot with $190,977. Although Burger usually just goes with the flow, once she realized that she could be the 2016 top regular-season money earner, she had a new focus.
Nov 7, 2016, 08:23
Holeman Bids a Sad Goodbye to Sparky
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — A ranch known for raising bucking stock is an unlikely spot to find a champion barrel racing horse; the Sutton family in South Dakota has raised numerous PRCA Bucking Horse of the year winners but their ranch also produced an AQHA/WPRA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year.
|June Holeman and Sparky|
The accolades for the horse registered Sparky Impression were possible only due to a lucky pairing between the son of Barnone Impressive and veteran barrel horse trainer June Holeman of Arcadia, Neb.
Oct 20, 2016, 09:19
WPRA Honors Those Who Work Behind the Scenes in Rodeo
The Potter Family will be recognized with the Lifetime Family Heritage Award. As noted on their website: A lifetime of experience is the foundation for success at Potter Ranch. The program is a true family affair.
Potter Ranch was established in 1973 when Mel, Wendy, and their middle daughter, Jo Lynn moved to Marana, Ariz., from the east edge of Tucson. Shortly after that their youngest daughter, Sherry, was born. Wendy, a WPRA Gold Card member, qualified for the NFR three times aboard Auto Dial.
Mel’s interest in Driftwood horses, the foundation of the Potter Ranch, started back in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s when many of the top ropers in Arizona and California were riding these horses to rope on. He had the opportunity to rope on several of these horses during this time and learned to appreciate what great rodeo athletes they were first hand. Some of these horses included Poker Chip Peake, Driftwood Ike, and Speedywood.
Oct 17, 2016, 16:51
Moore To Make 1st Trip To Wrangler NFR
Rodeo veterans will tell you that there are only two days in a season when pro rodeo standings really matter.
The first is following the 10th round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) each December, when the World Champions are crowned.
The other is October 1, the day after the final day of rodeo’s regular season when the field for the WNFR is finalized based upon the top 15 money winners.
Oct 17, 2016, 16:47
Conrado's Tibbie Named 2016 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of The Year
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —The AQHA and the WPRA annually honors the top equine partners that carry WPRA members to the winners circle. In 2016, the top 25 voted CFour Tibbie Stinson (Tibbie) as the Barrel Horse of the Year. Tibbie is owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado and the 7-year old mare has carried Ivy to her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Ivy and Tibbie enter their first Wrangler NFR ranked fourth with $111,160 in the world standings after a phenomenal year that included major wins at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and set a new arena record at the Wrangler Champions Challenge event in Spanish Fork, Utah, to name a few.
Oct 17, 2016, 16:46
Hillman Has Big Payday at All American Finals
Waco, Texas—It’s hard to imagine any horse could have more decisively shown her range in the last month than Stevi Hillman’s mare Morning Traffic.
In less than a week in September, the five year old daughter of PESI stallion Frenchmans Guy out of Evening Traffic placed third on a 14-second pattern at the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., and then won the famous Pendleton Round-Up, a course that runs 29-seconds in length.
Hillman noted at the time that she was headed home to Texas to get her horse back indoors to prep for her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, less than two months away in Las Vegas December 1-10.
Oct 17, 2016, 16:43
Walker Winds Down 2016 Season With More Wins
Pueblo, Colorado—The temperatures in North Texas have been typically hot this summer but that doesn’t worry 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary Walker one bit.
That’s because Walker hasn’t spent much time in her hometown of Ennis this summer, instead making Montana her summer residence as she and her amazing equine partner Latte have kept cool while burning up the standings.
Walker made the change to the Montana Circuit in 2016 and has spent time going around the state, rising to third in the standings both nationally and in the circuit. In fact, she’s only left the boundaries of Montana for a few select events such as stops along the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots and for such prestigious events as the Calgary Stampede and Cheyenne Frontier Days.
Sep 13, 2016, 20:03
Cervi Chasing a 19th Wrangler NFR Berth, Wins Caldwell Title
Caldwell, Idaho—Rodeo fans are amongst the most loyal and dedicated in the entire sports world but there’s one place where the fans are actually part of the event itself. Every year at the Caldwell Night Rodeo, the spectators are divided into the “Civies" and the “Rowdys" and pitted against each other during each of the five performances in their own competition to see who can be the best at cheering on the professional rodeo athletes inside the arena.
“The crowds are always amazing,” notes four-time WPRA World Champion Sherry Cervi.
Aug 22, 2016, 19:31
WPRA PRESIDENT'S UPDATE
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”.
Aug 16, 2016, 12:55