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July 22, 2014 Dear California Circuit Contestants:
We hope this letter finds you doing well and looking forward to the upcoming October California Circuit Finals. At this time, we would like to remind everyone that this year's Finals will be held October 17 (7:00pm) and October 18 (1:00 and 7:00 pm) at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, California.Please remember that the Circuit cut off date for points to go toward qualification for the Finals is September 17, 2014. Also, if you think you will be short on your required rodeo count, we will need to receive your hardship letter by September 17. We cannot accept hardship letters after that date.It is very important for us to receive your dues money ($100) in a timely manner as we will not purchase extra jackets to have on hand. The cut off date for dues will be September 17. After that date, should you wish to purchase a jacket, the price will be $150. When you submit your payment, please also let us know your size. If we do not receive your dues payment, we will not order a jacket for you. Your check can be mailed to our office at the address below.Please note that even if you pay the $150 after the September 17 cut off, we cannot guarantee your jacket will be ready for pick up at the Circuit Finals. We will likely have to ship your jacket to you at a later date.Should you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact my secretary Dawn at dawn@cafinalsrodeo.com or call our office at (661) 449-8498.
Sincerely,
CALIFORNIA CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO
Johnny Zamrzla
President

July 4, 2014 Hello Circuit Members! I sent out a letter to each of you at the end of May; through spokeswoman Kaci Shaffer, which included 12 raffle tickets for you to sell and a summary of our exciting Circuit news, including all of our Finals information (Circuit Finals, Divisional Finals, Permit Finals and Juniors Finals). Please read through it carefully; it contains important information. I've attached it below in case you need to review it again. If you didn't get the letter and your raffle tickets, or if you need more raffle tickets please contact Kaci Shaffer right away and she will get raffle tickets sent out to you. Her contact information is in the letter. Thank you Kaci Shaffer and Candy Forsberg for stepping up to help with this fundraiser. We appreciate all of Dude Overton's help as well!

Salinas is right around the corner, our biggest California rodeo of the year! We will have a General Membership meeting after the slack on Thursday, July 17. There's a LOT to read in the Ground Rules for Salinas - please be sure you go to the WPRA website and make sure you know all the ground rules.

Practice Session at Salinas: Practice will be on Wednesday July 16th from 9:00am to 12:00 noon on the track. Absolutely be respectful of workers preparing for the Wednesday evening PBR Performance.
General Membership Meeting: Please be sure to come to the General Membership meeting at Salinas. This meeting will be held on Thursday, July 17th right after slack in the Crown Royal Room in the middle of the track. WPRA President Carolynn Vietor will be attending, as well as WPRA Vice President Jerri Mann, and WPRA Executive Secretary Janet Cropper. Please bring your questions and concerns to the meeting. THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY LET YOUR WPRA EXECUTIVE OFFICERS KNOW WHAT'S ON YOUR MIND!
Hospitality Tent: California Rodeo Salinas is again generously offering a wonderful Hospitality Tent for the contestants and their families near the roping chute end of the arena. They generously provide a safe place for your children to hang out, offering arts and crafts, games, and fresh strawberries from the Salinas Valley, donated by local growers.
Salinas Side-Pot: WPRA CA Circuit will again hold a side pot fund raiser during Salinas. Be sure to enter with Stacey, Jeff Freitas 916-690-7193 or Marguerite Happy 661-714-9600 for each of the first three go rounds. Entry Fees $25 for each of the first 3 rounds 3D half second split. Pay cash or make checks to CEC Inc. I encourage all entries to enter this side pot; fastest time entered wins the 1-D, but you have to be entered. This is the single biggest fund raiser for the California Circuit - please be sure to enter. You'll support the Circuit AND have a chance to win $$$. And, many thanks to Jeff and Stacey for managing this big fund raiser again for us.

We have volunteers that will help on the track during the Salinas Rodeo for the third year to help "roll" things along. If you have any questions, you can ask them. They will be giving you a heads up of where they are and who will be next. Be up close and ready to run, to ensure this runs smoothly. Salinas has graciously taken Limits off in the barrel race making it possible for members and circuit permits to enter this grand rodeo. If the barrel race does not run smoothly, this could become a thing of the past. So, again please be ready and aware of where the official arena starts. It is confusing due to the fact you come running from the track and don't enter an arena. We will have something on the fence or light pole to ensure that you know where the arena officially starts. If someone leads you up the track they need to be in full WPRA Dress code.

As you've probably already seen on our Circuit News website, we have established an agreement with some of the rodeos to add a ground rule which provides for a tractor drag after 6 contestants (if 12 are running in each drag - it would be after 5 contestants if they are only running 10 in each drag/performance). Some rodeos have had a challenge with keeping the ground consistent for each contestant, whether first or last out. It is these rodeos we've asked to include a drag half way through. Our next upcoming rodeos with this ground rule will be Salinas and Tehachapi.

Divisional Finals: The letter I sent out gives the details about this year's California Circuit Divisional Finals. In summary, this event will be held on November 15 at the Spurr Ranch in Shandon. The format has changed a little from previous years - instead of running the top 12 Divisional qualifiers and the top 12 Permit holders all together in a single race, we will have separate races. The Divisional race will consist of the Top 12 cardholders counting only money won at co-approved WPRA jackpots, the Permit Finals will consist of the top 12 Permit Holders, counting money won at all California Circuit approved rodeos AND jackpots, and the Juniors Finals, which will consist of the Top 12 Juniors, counting money won at WPRA co-approved jackpots within the CA Circuit. Wrangler has generously offered to sponsor the $1,000 added money for the Divisional Circuit Finals for each of the WPRA circuits - Thank you Wrangler! The WPRA has generously offered to sponsor the $500 purse for the Juniors Finals. We are seeking sponsors for our Permit Finals. Marilyn Peterson will be the focal point for the Permit Finals, so if you have any questions, or any ideas for sponsors, please contact Marilyn. Also, it's very important for each of you to track your own WPRA winnings. The WPRA website keeps the standings updated for the Circuit Finals, the Divisional Finals, and for the Juniors, but they don't have a separate way to record winnings specifically for the CA Circuit Permits (which includes both rodeo and jackpot money). So, Marilyn Peterson has received all the results information from the office and has set up a spreadsheet to track money won by CA Permits. Be sure to read the current Permit Standings and to contact Marilyn right away if you have a discrepancy in what we show in the Permit Standings and your actual records.

Here's the letter I sent out at the end of May:

Dear CA Circuit Members, May 25, 2014
We are including your Raffle Tickets for you to sell. This is our biggest fund raiser in California and whether you qualify or not, I would appreciate if you would sell your tickets to help support our great Circuit. All qualifiers must sell $120.00 worth of raffle tickets (12 tickets) this year to be eligible for awards at Finals.
Qualifiers are also expected to write thank you notes to our sponsors. Another reminder is when Finals roll around don't forget to enter, even if you are not in the top 12 spots. We have seen it roll down to the number 30th girl on the list, because of one circumstance or another. It will pay to have your tickets sold early.
COUNT ON MAKING THE FINALS!

For the first $120.00 of tickets you sell, please have them back to Kaci by September 1st, although we will accept them up to the Divisional Finals on November 15th, when we will draw the winning tickets. I really hope each of our members sells at least $120.00 worth of tickets and it would be nice if you sold $200.00 worth.
The tickets are $10.00 each. We will draw for 2 NFR Plaza Seats for December 8th which is the 4th performance.

NFR Plaza tickets are nearly impossible to come by and this has become a great tradition in California. Whether you make the Finals or not, please support our qualifiers. You may be in their boots next year!

Our date for our CA Circuit Finals is October 17th and 18th in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The format is changing this year with the first performance on Friday and two performances on Saturday, ending with an Awards Ceremony and Dance.
We will take the top 12 Rodeo Qualifiers with money won and their rodeo count. California Rodeo's from September 17th 2013 up until September 17th 2014 will count for the 2014 CA Circuit. Any CA Rodeos after September 17th will count for the 2015 CA Circuit Year.

This is an exciting year for the WPRA, as every Circuit will hold a Divisional Finals. California has been doing this for quite a few years, thanks to Jerri Mann and Gina Graham; past CA Directors. This year Wrangler will sponsor the $1,000.00 added money for the top 12 Divisional Qualifiers and the WPRA is graciously sponsoring $500.00 added money for our Junior Division. I am looking for sponsors interested in sponsoring our Permit Finals, which will include the top 12 Permit holders.

The qualification period for the CA Divisional, Permit and Junior Finals is from October 1st, 2013 until September 30th 2014.

Our CA Circuit Divisional Finals will be held November 15th at The Spurr Ranch in Shandon. We shall set a rain date aside in case the weather does not cooperate.

We will take the Top 12 Divisional qualifiers (WPRA Card holders counting ONLY money earned at approved jackpots within the CA Circuit) the Top 12 Permit qualifiers with money tabulated from rodeos and approved jackpots within the California Circuit, and the Top 12 Junior qualifiers with money earned at approved jackpots in the California Circuit. Our Divisional Finals, our Permit Finals and our Junior Finals will each be separate Finals races. We thank the Spurr Ranch for again hosting our California Circuit Finals races.

This year we are going to give a year end award to our Futurity and Derby high money earner and we also give awards to our ropers that are in the standings. These categories must also sell raffle tickets to earn awards.

Standings for the Divisional Finals and the Juniors Finals are kept updated on the WPRA website. The WPRA doesn't keep separate records for the CA Circuit permit winnings, so Marilyn Peterson will be calculating all money won by CA Circuit permit holders and updating the standings. Please contact Marilyn with any questions you have about the Permit Finals or the Permit Standings. The Permit standings through June 30th are now posted on our Circuit News page. Please look at these standings right away and contact Marilyn by July 30 if you have a discrepancy in your Permit money won.

Don't forget to consistently check out our official WPRA website and the California Circuit Page for official news. Be sure to LIKE WPRA CA Circuit Face Book Page and share it with your friends. Our sponsors love this page. This is your page, so be sure to share news, pictures and anything that interests you.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Kaci Shaffer 661 304-5362, Marilyn Peterson 805-441-9715, Candy Forsberg 805-829-3950 or your Circuit Director.

Send all raffle ticket stubs to Kaci Shaffer, 3611 Jenkins Rd. Bakersfield, CA. 93314 as soon as possible, so I can get awards ordered early.

Each member of the WPRA CA circuit will receive 12 tickets to sell, and this includes card holders, permit holders, juniors, futurity and derby members and our ropers. Please contact Kaci if you need additional tickets to sell.

Blessings to you all,
Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director
661-714-9600
happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com
private message on Marguerite Happy fb

May 5, 2014 Updated information regarding the Santa Barbara County EHV-1 case... May 1, 2014: No additional cases. The Quarter Horse mare confirmed positive for the non-neuropathogenic strain of EHV-1 is displaying mild neurological signs uncharacteristic of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM), specifically vestibular signs, abnormal prehension, and hypermetria of the right front for limb. Additionally, the positive laboratory test results indicated the mare had an extremely low viral load on nasal swab which indicated a low level of viral shedding from this infected horse. Based on the low viral load and atypical clinical signs, it is possible that EHV-1 is not the cause of disease in this horse. Out of an abundance of caution, the horse has been classified as case of EHM by CDFA and remains isolated under quarantine.

The epidemiologic investigation reveals this barrel racing mare did participate in the Clovis Rodeo on Friday, April 25, 2014 and immediately following her run was shipped out to the Springville Rodeo where she did not compete. Concerned owners of horses which participated in these events can monitor their horses for clinical signs and take temperatures twice daily. Any temperature over 102F should be reported to a veterinarian for investigation. At this time there is no epidemiologic link to other EHV-1 positive horses recently detected in other states. CDFA continues to monitor the situation.

For full story: http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/ahfss/animal_health/equine_herpes_virus.html

April 8, 2014 Remembering A Great Lady... When thirty-eight cowgirls joined together in San Angelo, Texas in 1948 to form the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA), Roxy Freeman was just barely five years old. Born in California, the little girl would grow up on her family’s V – T Ranch in Paso Robles, raising and training horses and mules. In fact, her family owned and trained several world champion mules.

The GRA began in Texas and Oklahoma but soon began to spread west through the efforts of pioneers like Ardith Bruce in Colorado and Sammy Thurman in California amongst others. Freeman graduated from high school in 1960, and she was already an accomplished horsewoman and a barrel racer. The GRA Finals came to Santa Maria, right down the coast from her home in 1961 and Freeman soon joined, earning card number 58.

Though just a child in the earliest years of the GRA, Freeman would become a pioneer in her own right. After graduating from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Freeman hit the road and eventually made her way to the National Finals Rodeo, a member of the 1967 class, the first in GRA history to compete along with the rest of the NFR events in Oklahoma City. She placed in one round, earning $12, but would return again in 1968 and 1969.

In 1969 as Roxy McFarland, she posted the fastest time of the NFR, a speedy 16.64 that pushed her NFR earnings to $237 for that season. Her equine partner was Lee Rider, unique in that he was blind in one eye.

“People told her, ‘he’ll never be tough again,’ when he lost his sight,” said long-time friend Marilyn Peterson. “She just said, ‘he can see good enough with the other one.’ And she was right!”

Though the GRA was spreading throughout the West, it was not an effortless process. By the early 1970’s, Freeman had married Hollywood stuntman Bill McIntosh and thrown her efforts behind the expansion of the GRA. She was elected to the GRA Board of Directors as Director-at-Large in 1972 and then followed Thurman into the Western Region Directorship in 1974. She wrote a monthly newsletter for her members, and fought for equal money for the barrel racers, for more events in the West and for better ground conditions.

McIntosh continued to compete for many years, at both GRA/PRCA rodeos and GRA All-Girl rodeos; she won a GRA World title in the team roping as a heeler in 1980. She even hauled one of her family’s World Champion mules, Mary Mule, as a back-up to her other horses for barrel racing.

Like her fellow GRA pioneers, McIntosh wore many hats. Perhaps the most important to her was the role of mom to her only son, Monty Shea. An avid horseman and trainer himself, he recalls riding Lee Rider as a boy.

“I was supposed to be in the 10 & under class but she put me in the oldest class,” he laughed, noting that he won. “It actually became a running joke between Mom and I later, he spoiled me. I never learned how to use my feet because he was so easy.”

As a young boy, Monty Shea accompanied his mother on the road. “I would wake up and ask, ‘what state are we in?’,” he laughs. “I helped mark barrels in my pj’s all the time.” He also remembers helping clear metal car parts from arenas after demolition derbies and before the rodeo.

When Monty Shea began to enter youth and high school rodeos, McIntosh curtailed her rodeo schedule. She trained more horses and gave clinics while also working full time for San Luis Obispo County as an agriculture inspector.

She threw herself into her son’s activities, serving as State Secretary of the California High School Rodeo Association for ten years and taking a turn as West Coast Region College Rodeo secretary as well. She also served as the National Secretary for the American Mule Association, helping that group write its rules.

“She didn’t want me to have to work in college so she worked two jobs,” says Monty Shea, who competed in many events growing up and often roped with his mom in the family roping at the County Fair. They won it twice. Today, he is a barrel racer and trainer as well, a profession his mom originally had reservations about.

“She never liked the 4D’s,” he laughs. “She felt you should be training for winning first . . . either your horse could compete or not. She was amazed the money you could get for a solid 3D horse.”

After years spent fighting for a place for women in professional rodeo, McIntosh remained against male barrel racers competing in the rodeos though she was happy for her son’s success in the futurities and divisional events. “After I sold one of the first horses I trained on my own, and made some good money, she told me, ‘well, I’m not going to tell you not to [do it],” laughs Monty Shea. “She was very traditional.”

McIntosh continued to compete into the 1980’s; her last great horse was Balderdash, one of the last sons of Sugar Bars. He helped her to the 1980 World title in roping as well as coming close to another NFR a couple of times. She competed many times in the Sierra Circuit Finals Rodeo.

“She was a legend, a great supporter of the WPRA,” says Peterson, one of the many cowgirls who were influenced and taught by McIntosh over the years. Peterson also hauled with McIntosh. “She was a loyal friend.”

By all accounts, McIntosh was a strong woman of honesty and integrity.

“I guess what was important to her was doing the right things for the right reasons,” says Peterson. “She didn’t care if her views were unpopular.” “I remember her telling me, ‘how could you feel good about winning if you were cheating?’ She just couldn’t understand it.” “There’s a piece of her with me always,” says Peterson.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 19 @ 11:00 a.m. at the V – T Ranch in Paso Robles. She will be laid to rest on the ranch alongside her great horses Lee Rider, Balderdash, Grey Dog and all her cattle dogs. For more information or to attend the service, Monty Shea can be reached at 951-314-0348 or sheamcintosh@aol.com .

December 9, 2013 Our Circuit held three Amazing Finals over the past few weeks - CA Circuit Finals, CA Circuit Divisional Finals, and CA Circuit Juniors Finals. We proudly gave awesome awards to all contestants of each Finals. And, we gave awards to the Year End standings for the Top 12 CA Circuit members, Top 12 Permit Holders, Top 12 Co-Sanctioned card holders, and the Top 12 WPRA CA Circuit Junior members.

Our WPRA CA Circuit Finals was one of the best yet. Held October 18, 19 and 20th in Lancaster at The Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for the third consecutive year, I am proud to report that the committee went out of their way for the barrel racers. Johnny Zamrzla our Circuit President and his crew gave us a center gate this year and tractored after six runners, during each go round for the barrel racers. This helped to keep the ground consistent and fair, making it possible to win a go round drawing up at the bottom! The weather cooperated and was beautiful all weekend long. Our Circuit Meeting went well and the contestants had the opportunity to share any questions or concerns they had. We were asked to "mingle" with the Sponsors in the VIP Tent prior to each performance. They seemed delighted that we took the time to say hi, welcome and thank them for their support and answer any questions they had. I arrived early with the big hearted Walter and Valerie Scott hauling the "awards" trailer and helping unload and set up. Susie Mills was kind enough to lend a helping hand all weekend and I am grateful to all of you who pitch in to help make our Circuit so successful. We started off with an Awards Ceremony which was graciously catered by Tootie and Teda Hudson, both competitors in their own right. The qualifiers and their families were offered delicious Top Sirloin Tri-tip sandwiches and desserts brought by our contestants. Each qualifier brought 11 gifts for a gift exchange and everyone thought of something very nice. Thanks to our generous sponsors I was able to obtain Go Round Buckles and fast time whips, qualifying buckles and spurs, Professional Choice Goodie Brush Bags filled with Awards. Each qualifier received a leather bound photo album by Cactus, Team Equine Answer Saddle Pad, Back On Track Blanket, Horse Hair Bracelets by Twink, made from the horse hair each qualifier sent in; with their horses name on a charm, Splinters Frames, Hand Made Pillows by Nicole Thompson Designs, Framed handmade pencil sketches by Sue Rogers, DVM, straw hats by Charlie One Horse, outfits, product, gift certificates and more. The qualifiers and our VP voted on Horse Of The Year, which was won by Sheena Robbins main mount Bar D Mr Dual Olena aka Shorty. Thank you Cross Country Ranch/Scottie Johnson for sponsoring the Back On Track Horse of the Year Blanket and Justin Insurance/June Hipple Roberts for the beautiful AQHA Horse of the Year Trophy. I am so grateful to have the opportunity to recognize these great equine athletes! Alli Hamner won the first annual "Hard Luck Cowgirl" Award, for competing with heart at the CCF with a broken shoulder. Another first was the Best Dressed Award won by the flashy Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, sponsored by Charlie One Horse. Jolee won a felt Charlie One Horse hat. Sue Rogers, DVM sponsor of the Pioneer Cowgirl this year was on hand to present Sammy Thurman Brackenbury her 2013 WPRA CA Circuit True Grit Cowgirl Award during the Awards Ceremony on Sunday afternoon.

Congratulations to Trula Churchill and Worm for winning the CCF Year End Saddle and Ann Scott riding Buzz for winning the CCF Average. We will be rooting for both of you at the RNCFR in April 2014.

Cameo Ranch sponsored a bale of hay to each of our qualifiers again. Thank you CCF qualifiers who surprised me with Pillow made by Nicole Thompson Designs and one of my favorite things in the world, a classy pocket knife that I will cherish and try not to lose. We will look forward to next year's CCF dates October 17, 18 and 19th, 2014! Pay your WPRA Dues prior to end of December so you don't lose any of your money won!

LANCASTER, CA 10/18/2013 - 10/20/2013 - California Circuit Finals 1st Go 1. JOLEE JORDAN (G), 17.40, $1,111.19 2. TRULA CHURCHILL, 17.42, $833.39 3. ANN SCOTT, 17.56, $555.60 4. DOLLI LAUTARET (G), 17.84, $277.80 2nd Go 1. ANN SCOTT, 17.45, $1,111.19 2. MARGUERITE HAPPY (G), 17.90, $833.39 3. COURTNEY CLINE, 17.92, $555.60 4. TRULA CHURCHILL, 17.94, $277.80 3rd Go 1. JOLEE JORDAN (G), 17.50, $1,111.19 2. TRULA CHURCHILL, 17.51, $833.39 3. ANN SCOTT, 17.56, $555.60 4. LINDA VICK (G), 17.60, $277.80 Average 1. ANN SCOTT, 52.57, $1,666.79 2. TRULA CHURCHILL, 52.87, $1,250.09 JOLEE JORDAN (G), 52.93, $833.39

Our Divisional Finals and Juniors Finals was held in conjunction with the WPRA co-approved Open 4-D at the 2013 Spurr Ranch Challenge in Shandon on Saturday, November 9th. Spurr Ranch added $10,000 to their races that weekend ($500 on Friday, November 8th and $9,500 on Saturday November 9th). With 444 total entries, it was the barrel race of the year in California!
Congrats to the winners of our CA Circuit Divisional Finals and WPRA Circuit Juniors Finals:

CA Circuit Divisional Finals Results
1. Kris Gadbois 16.326 $506.
2. Ann Scott 16.452 $440.
3. Brittany Barnett 16.565 $374.
4. Kristen Holt 16.658 $308.
5. Charlene Jespersen 16.686 $242.
6. Stacy Hampton 16.713 $176.
7. Stacey Freitas 16.75 $110.
8. Marguerite Happy 16.796 $44.

CA Circuit Juniors Finals Results:
1 Stevie Mae Scott-Smith 16.552 $320
2 Caitlyn Wood 16.678 $240
3 Savannah Osuna 17.276 $160
4 Hannah Steagall 17.719 $80

Marilyn Manning-Peterson took entries, CDF Jacket sizes, fees and secretaried our Divisional and Junior Finals. Without Marilyn I could not offer our CA Members this Year End Finals, I greatly appreciate all of her hard work and decades of dedication to our Circuit. We drew for the raffle ticket winners at this event. John Fulenwider winner of one set of portable pens; donated by Shane Parsons/Diamond Bar Arena. We then drew tickets from each of our Circuit Members who sold tickets. Congratulations to: Betty Breaux-Muzio, Becca Fullenwider, Ginia Koons, Rhonda Pensinger, Cindy Roberts, Kathy Spicer, Lyndee Stairs, and Loeghan Young. I have mailed out your gift certificates and appreciate each and every one of you who sold raffle tickets!

We held our largest fund raiser of the year with Sabrina Wheeler heading our Silent Auction! Without Sabrina and all of you who donated items, this would not have been possible. For the first year we had three Breedings donated. The Dave Young Family donated 7YS Baldy breeding worth $1,000.00 and I am sorry to report that it did not sell. I believe that the girls just did not know what he is made of. Many contacted me sharing that they ride a 7YS Baldy bred horse and LOVE them. Janel Henney Flook donated a breeding to KS Cash N Fame worth $1,000.00 which sold for $250.00 to Michelle Silva. More bids came in after the Silent Auction had closed at 2:00 pm, which I was sad that I could not accept. Jason Martin and his partner donated a breeding to Slick By Design, which is headed into this WNFR in 3rd place, his very first year of Rodeo as a six year old. Ruth Haislip was the winner of this breeding for $2,000.00.
I am proud to announce that we made $4,500.00 on our Silent Auction this year.
Thank you to each of you who supported our most successful Silent Auction ever!

Polly Reagan-Ugland our 2012 True Grit Cowgirl was on hand to present Awards. Charlene Jespersen won the 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Pioneer Cowgirl Award, sponsored by Sue Rogers, DVM and Suzanne Koch tied Sammy Thurman Brackenbury for 2013 WPRA CA Circuit True Grit Cowgirl Award. Thanks to Equerrys/Russ Paulson for sponsoring both of our True Grit Cowgirls this year along with product for each qualifier. Russ is a strong supporter of barrel racers. Brenda and Lynne Mays introduced me to his product and I have been using it ever since.

Congratulations to our Rookies! Jaime Hinton aka "Rodeo Rookie" was awarded her 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Rookie of the Year Trophy Buckle for winning more money at California Rodeos than any other CA Rookie. Congratulations to her and the Goob! Our 2013 WPRA CA Circuit National Rookie of the Year went to Emily Cary and her good horse Blackberry! Emily won more money that was counted at every rodeo inside and outside of CA. Both of these girls are winners and have huge hearts and great work ethics.

Spurr Ranch surprised the hard working Dave Spurr with a beautiful shot gun to show appreciation of all that he has done for California Barrel races. I was honored to work with the Spurr Ranch Producers, they work hard keeping the ground fair, safe and consistent. 1-D winners were spread out from early morning runs to the last runs. Taylor Nahrgang, Bailey Nahrgang, Dave Spurr, Missy Tuck, Shelby Tuck, Annie Spurr and Jaime Hinton are just a few that make up this winning team. The Divisional top 24 which included the top 12 Divisional and top 12 Permit qualifiers was held to next to last, rolling smoothly into it from the open barrel race. Last but not least were our top 10 WPRA Juniors. They are fierce competitors and we should be honored to mentor them throughout their career. I would like to thank their parents, grandparents and supporters for allowing them these opportunities.

When the dust settled we handed out Awards. Kris Gadbois, winner of the Divisional Finals won a $1,200.00 Cactus Trophy Saddle Gift Certificate. This way she can custom order exactly what she wants. Linda Vick won Year End Divisional Champion and Amy Aquino won Year End Permit Champ. We had qualifying buckles and spurs for everyone, Circuit Jackets and so many awards, that in my year end letter, next month I will specifically thank the sponsors. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors we were able to acknowledge our WPRA CA Circuit Ropers. Breakaway and Team Roping Heeling buckles were awarded to Amy Cook along with Circuit Jacket, rope bag, leather photo album and more. Noel Cosca won second in the Team Roping Heeling category and received many nice awards as well. I would like to thank both of these ladies for helping grow WPRA Roping in CA.

With a snafu with the computer system we were not able to finish handing out year-end awards at the Finals, however I mailed out the awards to each recipient the following week. I was thrilled to receive a beautiful Trophy Buckle Case made by Kathy Branco and a lovely halter for my main mount "Pardner". Thank you Circuit members who made these awards possible and I was touched by the lovely card you each signed.

A friendly reminder to pay your WPRA Dues by the end of December so that you don't lose your winnings after October 1st, which will count towards your 2014 qualifications.

Thank you to the many producers that co-sanctioned with the WPRA this past year, making it possible for anyone of our CA members to qualify to our CDF, by offering races from northern CA to southern CA!
Producers looking to co-sanction with the WPRA, you can download from the official website an application to fill out. It must be in to our office with payment 30 days prior to race and on our website www.wpra.com for no less than14 days prior, without Board Approval. I ask that you offer a Junior Race, that you check the official website that your race is advertised 14 days prior, and if you find it in your heart to charge a $5.00 fee to each WPRA entry that will be sent to me. This fee will be used for Year End Divisional and Junior Awards. This is requested, not required. If you plan on charging the WPRA Members, please make it clear in the advertisement of your race. WPRA follows the Producers Rules, so this is your option. It is a great help to the Year End Awards Pot and I am grateful to those who did this last year.

2014 WPRA CA Circuit Pioneer Cowgirl Nominees to date are: Roxie McIntosh, Marilyn Manning-Peterson, Wanda Cagliari, Marilyn Camarillo,
2014 WPRA CA Circuit True Grit Cowgirl Nominees to date are: Shelley Peterson-Boyle, Linda Vick, Linda Stenerson I am taking nominations throughout the year and the Spokeswoman and our VP will vote on the nominees, deciding who will be our next recipients. Once you have been nominated you will remain on the list for the following year's consideration.
The recipients will have the option to vote each year, along with the Spokeswoman and VP. They will also be invited to present each year and each one of them will be asked to join us for a small reunion.

Pioneer Cowgirl Criteria: Pioneer is one who ventures into unknown or unclaimed territory. One who opens up new areas of thought, research or development. A person who is among those who first enter into something or settle somewhere, thus opening it to others in the same field or region. One who is the first or among the earliest to venture into new areas. Anything that is from an earlier era and looked upon with high regard or respect. Someone who is one of the first people to do something important that is later continued and developed by others. Having been one of the first woman team ropers at the California Rodeo and competing for decades is ground breaking. You have successfully helped to pave the way for our association.

True Grit Cowgirl Criteria: True Grit refers to strength of mind. It means the courage to see through one's convictions, even in the face of strong adversities. When people said someone had "grit", it meant that person had courage and strength of will and stuck to something when things got tough. They were not only tough, but tenacious and brave in the face of adversity. It is said that having "true grit" is about the same as being utterly relentless. A person like that always moves forward against opposition, and can't even understand the word "quit"! True Grit is an attribute that most people do not possess. It is your heart telling you to do something that is right, even though it might be unpopular, or it does not go with the flow. It is courage under fire. It sometimes makes you stand out in a crowd. It is not a learned conviction, you either have it or you don't. It gives you that extra edge when peer pressure is knocking.
True Grit means that you have courage, honor, fortitude, strength, fearlessness, backbone, spirit and braveness!

If you think one of our present or past members qualify for this award, nominate them ASAP.

Congrats to the winners in our 2013 Final Year End Standings:

Year End Co-Sanction Divisional Standings:

1. Linda Vick $7,404.00
2. Stacy Hampton $5,584.00
3. Ann Scott $5,287.00
4. Bailey Nahrgang $4,761.09
5. Jandee Smart $4,085.95
6. Jere Kleinpeter $4,017.11
7. Karla Sanchez $3,771.84
8. Charlene Jespersen $3,737.47
9. Brittney Barnett $3,571.00
10. Marguerite Happy $3,389.00
11. Cynthia Williamson $3,272.86
12. Julie Martin $3,183.07
13. Virginia McClintock $3,127.00
14. Angie Harden $3,066.74
15. Melanie Southard $3,028.00
16. Stacey Freitas $2,754.86
17. Shelby Tuck $2,624.82
18. Jolee Jordan $2,422.00
19. Ginnia Desimonia $2,305.26
20. Tammy Lowe $2,181.00

Year End Permit Standings

1. Haley Aquino $2910.42
2. Kris Gadbois $2,292.70
3. Kristen Holt $1,818.29
4. Sammi Jo Morisoli $1,609.47
5. Jennifer Brown $1,511.00
6. Katie Davis $1,335.13
7. Shannon Clawson $1,255.27
8. Monica Pelosi $1,098.85
9. Dreux Clark $774.22

10. Catlin Loomis $698.00
11. Datrina Dugo $584.25
12. Julie Perry $582.00
13. Stephanie Powell $576.00
14. Lisa Marie Miller $506.16
15. Amy Singh $454.00
16. Savannah Robertson $394.59
17. Michelle Mitchell $280.00
18. Elena Potter $253.00
19. Jaime Newcomer $232.89
20. Madalaine Ward $213.00
21. Kendra Cohn $191.00
22. Carly Twisselman $185.06
23. Darby Fox $174.71
24. Lindy Gorham $159.00
25. Jamie Sweat $151.00
26. Rachel Sweeney $122.83
27. Tanya Ledbetter $96.27
28. Rebecca Simpson $92.00
29. Kristel Ising $46.26
30. Katelyn Wall $46.17

Year End Juniors Standings:

1. Caitlyn Wood $1,606.08
2. Karlee Wesney $1,452.30
3. Alyssa Conklin $917.00
4. Stevie Mae Scott-Smith $651.00
5. Cassidy Cook $534.00
6. Kayla Foster $480.38
7. Savannah Osuna $433.00
8. Cooper Wills $343.00
9. Victoria Covert $302.00
10. Mandy Trammel $231.00
11. Hannah Steagall $220.00
12. Haley Pezinni $62.50
13. Casey Mathis $35.00

From the Divisional Finals many loaded up and hauled all night to make 8:30 am slack at the Brawley Cattle Call Rodeo. These Rodeo horses really are something special; showing their "true grit" by winning first and second place and many other placing after the long weekend at Spurr Ranch. Thank you to my personal driver Clifford Happy, Michelle Burgard, DVM and hauling partners Ann Scott and Valerie Scott!

BRAWLEY, CA 11/9/2013 - 11/10/2013
1. KARLA SANCHEZ,17.46, $1,464.33
2. ANN SCOTT, 17.53, $1,255.14
3. TONI MILLER,17.72, $1,045.95
4. LOEGHAN YOUNG, 17.76, $906.49
5. APRIL DENNY, 17.77, $697.30
6. VIRGINIA MCCLINTOCK, 17.79, $557.84
7. EMILY CARY, 17.81, $418.38
8. JORDAN BASSETT,17.87, $278.92
9. BARBARA JOHNSON,17.88, $209.19
10. MARGUERITE HAPPY,17.90, $139.46

The Member in Focus this month is one of our Juniors, Hannah Steagall. Following will be Charlene Jespersen and Suzanne Koch so you can learn more about our mentors. You can find Sammy Thurman Brackenbury's bio in our Members In Focus section.

Thank you Noel Cosca for accepting the position of WPRA CA Circuit Futurity Spokeswoman under our new Futurity Director Susie McConaghie. Let's grow our Futurity's in CA and help to make those up and coming Rodeo Horses!

The 2014 WPRA CA Circuit Tour Rodeos will include Bakersfield Mounted Sheriff's Posse Rodeo in May, the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo May 29th to June 1st, and the California Rodeo Salinas 3rd week of July (which means their Limits are lifted again for the second year!) These Tour Rodeos give each of our members a chance to qualify for Unlimited Rodeos. Each Circuit chose three rodeos in their Circuit for our 2014 Tour Rodeos, so check them all out.

Calgary Stampede 2014 has been approved by your Board of Directors as has 2014 Houston Rodeo.
Our 2014 Rule Books have been mailed out, so if you have not received yours contact the office. Know your rule book, keep it with you at all times for reference. Each of you are unofficial Spokeswoman and I appreciate your knowledge. Be familiar with the Medication Policy and if you have questions please let me know. File your Lasix Form with the WPRA office now if you know you will be needing it. Think about your rule proposals for 2015, the deadline sneaks up on us and it is important we hear from you.
Congratulations to the California 2013 Justin Best Footing Award Winners, which received their award at the Star Celebration December 5th at the South Point Hotel and Casino. California Rodeo Salinas, Lakeside Rodeo, Norco Posse Rodeo and Most Improved: Folsom Pro Rodeo. Pam Minick and Hadley Barrett acted as masters of ceremonies. You can find the Award Categories and Winners on our official WPRA website under our September 16th Board Meeting Agenda and Minutes. Read these regularly; this is YOUR organization and I need YOUR input.

Congratulations to Noel Cosca who attended the WPRA World Finals at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas. Our WPRA CA Circuit Juniors was well represented by Caitlyn Wood, who is a tough competitor at a young age. If any more of our CA Circuit Members attended, please share some news from this. Remember that all official news will be found on the official WPRA CA Circuit website. Familiarize yourself with our website and check out our sponsors that are listed on the bottom of the CA Circuit Page. Please LIKE and share news on our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book page. I am looking forward to each of you sharing your awards and pictures with our sponsors and on our fb page.
However, keep in mind that we wish to keep things positive. If you have a complaint, concern or suggestion contact me personally.

You asked for it and now we offer it: RODEO PAY! How many of you have signed up for it? Please support this, by signing up ASAP.

Remember to support our National and State Sponsors each and every chance you get, without them this Circuit would be mediocre; with them we are the strongest Circuit in the Nation!

On a more somber note; I would like to extend our sincere sympathy to the John W. Jones Family, The Ashley Marie Escabar Family, The Tuffy Cooper Family, The Gene O'Brien Family and each of those who are no longer with us. The holidays will be extremely difficult and I pray for God's grace helping you to get through your loss. Don't forget to tell those close to you how much you love them and how much they mean to you, we never know what tomorrow holds. I would like to extend a Get Well to Frank Mays, he has had some issues with his heart and we wish him a speedy recovery. He is the husband of Lynne Mays, past WNFR qualifier and Brenda Mays 8 time WNFR Qualifier!

Wishing each of you a blessed, peaceful holiday season. May we each remember the reason for the season, taking time to give thanks to our Lord Almighty who makes everything we do possible!

My New Years motto is starting early; "There are no problems, only solutions!" Something to live by.

Blessed and Grateful,

Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director
happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com
661-714-9600

October 15, 2013 INFORMATION FOR THE WPRA CALIFORNIA DIVISIONAL FINALS AND WPRA CA JUNIORS FINALS...

Our 2013 Divisional Finals and WPRA CA Juniors Finals is almost here! Congratulations to the qualified member in each division. Thanks to the generosity of our many wonderful sponsors and money raised for the California Circuit awards program, we will again have spectacular awards for our Finals.

Our Divisional Finals and Juniors Finals will be held in conjunction with the WPRA co-approved Open 4-D at Spurr Ranch in Shandon on Saturday, November 9th. Spurr Ranch is adding $10,000 to their races that weekend ($500 on Friday, November 8th and $9,500 on Saturday November 9th). As in the past, you can choose to enter the Open 4-D race and have the time you run at the Divisional Finals count both for the Divisional Finals or the WPRA Junior Finals and the Open 4-D on Saturday. The Divisional Finals race will start immediately after the last contestant in the Open 4-D on Saturday, and the WPRA Juniors Finals will start as soon as the last contestant in the Divisional Finals has run.

The results have now been received by the WPRA for the standings. At the bottom of this email please find the standings for the Top 12 Permit Holders, Co-Sanctioned card holders, and WPRA California Juniors. You can go to the WPRA website for verification of these standings. You will also find the entry information for these Finals on the WPRA website under "Scheduled Events".

As a reminder, the Divisional Finals will consist of 24 entries, broken down as follows:
" Top 12 Permit Holders, counting money won both at CA Circuit rodeos and CA Circuit Co-Sanctioned barrel races.
" Top 12 card holders, counting only money won at CA WPRA Co-Sanctioned barrel races.

The Divisional Finals will have $1,000 added money and entry fees will be $50. Money won at the Finals will count toward year end standings for all divisions. A Cactus Championship Barrel Racing saddle will be given to the winner of the Divisional Finals. There will be Championship buckles, spectacular awards for each Finals contestant, including Qualifier buckles and Montana Silversmith spurs. Last year's awards were amazing - and this year is even better! Personalized Jackets will be made for each of the Divisional Finals contestants and for the Junior Finals contestants.

If you are in any of the Top 12 standings, as listed below, please email me with your jacket size no later than October 20th so Marguerite can have the right size jacket made for you. If you are in the top 12 and you know for some reason you are not going to enter, please let me know so I can notify the next person down and get their jacket size.

The California WPRA Junior Finals will start immediately following the Divisional Finals. This race will consist of the top 12 WPRA California Juniors, counting money won only for the California Circuit. There will be $400 added money to the Juniors Finals, and the entry fee will be $40. A championship buckle will be given to the Year-End Juniors Finals winner plus a championship buckle for the winner of the CA WPRA Juniors Finals. In addition, many additional awards will be given to each contestant for the Juniors Finals.

ALL CONTESTANTS FOR THE DIVISIONAL FINALS AND THE JUNIORS FINALS MUST ENTER IN ORDER TO COMPETE AT THE FINALS. To enter, call Marilyn Peterson at 805-441-9715 on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26TH, from 8-10 AM or from 4-6 pm. IF YOU DON'T ENTER, YOU CAN'T COMPETE. Marilyn will give you a confirmation number when you enter; don't just leave a message for her; make sure you talk with her. If the Top 12 Permit Holders or the Top 12 in the Co-Sanction standings do not enter the Divisional Finals or the Juniors Finals, we will drop to the next qualified contestant in each category, based on money won, who HAS ENTERED THE FINALS. We strongly recommend you enter the Divisional Finals if you would like to compete, regardless of your standings in the Circuit. It happens every year that not all qualified contestants enter, and we drop down to the next qualified member who HAS ENTERED the Finals. You must pay your entry fees to Marilyn on Saturday, November 9th, at the Spurr Ranch race. Marilyn will have her "WPRA Office" trailer set up close to the announcers stand. Entry fees must be paid by 11 AM on Saturday, November 9th.

In addition, in order to qualify for awards at the Finals, you must have sold at least 10 Raffle tickets and turned your money in to Dude Overton (or pay $100 to Marilyn for awards fees 11 AM on Saturday).

We will have the Awards Presentation for the Divisional and Juniors Finals 30 minutes following the end of the Juniors Finals. WPRA Dress Code is required to compete at the Divisional and Juniors Finals, and you must be in Dress Code for the Awards Presentation ceremony. Photographers will be taking some great pictures of our Finals and Awards Presentation.

The information regarding the Spurr Ranch 4-D race on November 8th and 9th is listed on the WPRA website. Stalls and hookups are available, but you must reserve your spots well in advance, as noted on the Entry information.

If you have any questions about the Divisional or the WPRA CA Juniors Finals, or about your money won toward the Finals, please contact:

Marilyn Peterson
805.441.9715
marilynjmanning@charter.net

TOP 12 IN CO-SANCTIONED DIVISIONAL FINALS STANDNGS:
1 VICK (G), LINDA $7,404.00
2 HAMPTON, STACY $5,408.00
3 SCOTT, ANN $4,847.00
4 NAHRGANG, BAILEY $4,761.09
5 SMART, JANDEE $4,085.95
6 KLEINPETER ®, JERE $4,017.11
7 SANCHEZ (G), KARLA $3,771.84
8 JESPERSEN (G), CHARLENE $3,495.47
9 HAPPY (G), MARGUERITE $3,345.00
10 WILLIAMSON ®, CYNTHIA $3,272.86
11 BARNETT ®, BRITTNEY $3,197.00
12 MARTIN, JULIE $3,138.07

TOP 12 PERMIT STANDINGS (the WPRA website updated today with the complete current standings for all WPRA CA Permits)
1 AQUINO, HALEY $2,910.42
2 GADBOIS, KRIS $1,786.70
3 MORISOLI, SAMI JO $1,609.47
4 BROWN, JENNIFER $1,511.00
5 HOLT, KRISTEN $1,510.29
6 DAVIS, KATIE $1,335.13
7 CLAWSON, SHANNON $1,255.27
8 PELOSI, MONICA $1,098.85
9 CLARK, DREUX $774.22
10 LOOMIS, CAITLIN $698.00
11 DUGO, KATRINA $584.25
12 PERRY, JULIE $582.00

TOP 12 WPRA CALIFORNIA CIRCUIT JUNIOR MEMBERS
1 Caitlyn Wood $1,404.08
2 Karlee Wesney $1,377.30
3 Alyssa Conklin $917.00
4 Cassidy Cook $534.00
5 Cooper Wills $430.00
6 Kayla Foster $400.38
7 Stevie Mae Scott-Smith $331.00
8 Victoria Covert $302.00
9 Mandy Trammell $284.00
10 Savannah Osuna $273.00
11 Hannah Steagall $140.00
12 Haley Pezzini $62.50

October 9, 2013 The WPRA CA Circuit will be holding a Silent Auction at the CA Circuit Divisional Finals November 9th in Shandon, CA at The Spurr Ranch. We are asking the Members and qualifiers to bring something to share in the Silent Auction. All proceeds will be used toward the WPRA CA Circuit/Divisional Finals.

We will have 3 Breedings for sale that have been generously donated. You may call 661-714-9600 from now up to 2:00 pm on November 9th to place your bid. We hope to have a Pay Pal Account set up to take payments. Buyer of each breeding will be responsible for shipping at $350.00

- Dave Young Family is offering a breeding to: Y7SBaldy aka Bentley Sired by Seven S Baldy son of Son O Leo by Leo and out of Seven S Abigail that goes back to Port Command, Freckles Lady and son O Leo, this stallion has thrown proven winners. Contact Dave Young with any questions at jdy1962@gmail.com
- Janel Henney Fook is offering a breeding to: KS Cash N Fame KS CASH N FAME, IS A SON OF THE GREAT DASH TA FAME OUT OF EASY CHARETT (DAUGHTER OF THE GREAT EASY JET!) CASH THROWS BABIES WITH HIS AWESOME DISPOSITION AND A HUGE HIP. HE CROSSES GREAT ON BOTH RUNNING BRED MARES AND COW HORSES! For more information check out www.kscashnfame.com
- Jason Martin is offering a breeding to Slick By Design:Slick By Design, has qualified for the 2014 WNFR Finals in 3rd place with $109,000.00 won. Slick is owned by Charlie Cole and Jason Martin of Highpoint Performance Horses, and the 2007 black stallion is currently being run by Michele McLeod of Whitesboro, Texas. Slick is a six year old and started the season in April due to a knee surgery. For more information check out Slick By Designs face book page or www.slickbydesign.com

September 1, 2013 IMPORTANT CHANGE: The WPRA California Divisional Circuit Finals points will end September 30th; the end of the official Rodeo Season. The Finals will be held in Shandon on Saturday, November 9th at Spurr Ranch. In last month's newsletter I had said the cutoff date would be October 8 (30 days prior to the Divisional Circuit Finals) However, the WPRA office has informed me that we need to make the cutoff date September 30th because that is the official end of the 2013 rodeo season, so, we have changed the cutoff date to Monday, September 30. This September 30th cutoff date applies to all events held at our Divisional Circuit Finals, including the WPRA Juniors Finals (top 12 Juniors) and the Divisional Circuit Finals (top 12 Permit holders (counting money won at California rodeos plus WPRA CA 4-D co-sanctioned events) plus top 12 WPRA card holders (counting only money won at 4-D barrel races which are co-sanctioned by the WPRA). Our Divisional Circuit Finals races will start right after the last contestant in the Open 4-D on Saturday. This will be a great weekend for all barrel racers --- Spurr Ranch is adding $10,000 to their Open 4-D, and as always, all WPRA members can have the time they run at the Finals carry to the 4-D Open - all you need to do is pay your fees for the Open. Our Finals races will be held at the end of the Open on Saturday, and our Finals and Year End Awards presentation will take place right after our Finals races are finished. The winner of the Divisional Circuit Finals race will win a championship saddle, and buckles will be awarded to year-end champs and reserve champs, and each contestant will receive a qualifier buckle and a set of spurs, plus so much more….I'm still getting in sponsors. More details to come. Each contestant in the Juniors Finals will get a qualifier buckle and trophy spurs as well, plus championship buckles. We have some wonderful awards to give out at the Finals - you won't want to miss this one!

You will need to call and enter the Juniors Finals and the Divisional Finals. Marilyn Peterson will be taking entries on Saturday, October 26th. Entries will be open on October 26 from 8am to 10 am and then again 4pm to 6pm. You will need to talk with Marilyn directly (don't leave a message). Marilyn will give you a confirmation number when you enter. Call Marilyn at 805-441-9715. REMEMBER: even if you are not qualified for the Juniors or Divisional Finals, ENTER UP ANYWAY! It almost always happens that some girls who qualify have other plans and do not enter the Finals. We will take the next qualifier (based on money won), but you must have ENTERED be considered for a Finals spot. Marilyn will call back those who enter who are not currently in the Top 12 and let them know if they made it in.

Cutoff date for the WPRA CA Circuit Finals has not changed - it's still September 18th. The Circuit Finals will be held October 18, 19 and 20th in Lancaster, CA at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Any money won at California Rodeos after the September 18 cutoff date will count towards the 2014 CA Circuit Finals.

The official Rodeo count for 2012 was 34 Rodeos. So this means that 12 Rodeos are required for Circuit members that are residents of California, and 15 Rodeos if you live outside of California but claim the California Circuit. Review the California Circuit standings on the WPRA website to check the amount you have won and the rodeos you have entered. If you believe there is a discrepancy, contact the WPRA office right away.

I would like to thank the Sponsors that have jumped on board for all of our Finals. We will have another amazing year. It is not too late to Sponsor something, just contact me ASAP.

Any Pro Rodeos held in the California Circuit or Co-approved with the California Circuit after September 18th will count for 2013 World Pro Rodeo Standings and 2014 California Circuit Standings.
For these Rodeo's to count for the 2014 Season, you must be a current 2013 WPRA Card or Permit Holder (so, for you Permit holders, if you win over $1,000 make sure you purchase your 2nd permit or buy your Card so you money continues to count).

WPRA CA MEMBERS: PLEASE PLEASE GET YOUR RAFFLE TICKETS SOLD AND GET THE MONEY TO DUDE OVERTON AS SOON AS POSSIBLE SO WE CAN USE THE MONEY TOWARD AWARDS FOR THIS YEARS FINALS. The Raffle Tickets that you sell help us pay for awards, which I am currently ordering. You were sent 15 tickets to sell, and, as a reminder, in order to compete for awards at the Finals you must have sold at least 10 tickets (or pay $100 at the Finals race). I want to thank the 49 members that have sent in Raffle ticket money. So many of you jumped on the bandwagon and sold 15 or more already, that gives us $6,440.00 for Awards! If you have not sent yours in, or need to pay for your tickets send to: Dude Overton, 172 East White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93313. If you have questions, call Dude at 661-203-3548. The drawing for our Raffle Ticket winners will be held at our Divisional Finals Awards ceremony on November 9th at Spurr Ranch.

We had good news when The Scotts' stolen trophy saddles and tack was located and returned. Face Book is amazing and it was found due to the posts on Facebook being seen by so many people.

Our second and final 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Qualifying Tour Rodeo was held during the California Rodeo Salinas the past July 18, 19, 20 and 21st. Thank you Dave Pedrazzi and your committee for lifting the Qualification Limits at Salinas and making this happen. We appreciate Unlimited Rodeos to give every member of our valued association the chance to compete. Salinas proved to be one spectacular rodeo. The ground was fair, safe and consistent. The Committee drags with a tractor after every six girls run and they hand rake after every runner. They go above and beyond the call of duty, working hard for the women's barrel race. Tina Dairies has a group of dedicated, hardworking helpers that are there to ensure we have the opportunity to pick up a check no matter where you draw up during the Rodeo; many thanks to Mike & Josh Dairies, Mike & Lynne Taylor, Cassie Gin and Misty. Thanks to Patti Silva and her crew of Danielle Barbieri, and Gina Aubrey for helping out on the track during the barrel race. "Get Well" wishes go out to Betty Breau Muzio - we wish you a speedy recovery and we missed you at Salinas!

A General Membership Meeting was held in the Crown Royal Room on Thursday after slack ended. A few of the main topics included Rodeo Pay and The Medication Policy. You can read about this on the official site if you have not already read about the content of the meeting. Thank you Carolynn Vietor our President, Jerri Mann our Vice President and Janet Cropper our Executive Secretary for attending.
I would like to thank Jeff and Stacey Freitas again for helping with our Salinas Side Pot. This was the largest Side Pot to date at Salinas and we brought in $700.00 for our year end awards. This is quite helpful. I have had another Circuits show interest in this idea and I referred them to the Freitas.
The fees for Salinas women's barrel race went up $50.00 per entry this year. I was asked why we had higher fees than listed in the guidelines. The reason is that The California Rodeo at Salinas is the largest Pro Rodeo in California. They work hard to make the ground fair and consistent so that it is not a drawing contest to pick up a check or win a go round. We run our horses three times and twelve of the girls run a fourth time. I believed that it would be a higher pay out for the money winners if we raised the fees a bit. Prior to raising the fees I took it to the Rodeo Approval Board and it passed. The Rodeo Approval Board is a sub-committee that was formed in the past to help make these decisions. If the Rodeo Approval Board cannot come to an agreement, it will go before the whole board of directors. There was a rule proposal sent in recently and signed by a few of our members. This rule proposal was to raise the entry fees when there is more than one go round. The majority of the Board of Directors voted this proposal down, stating that we should keep it as it is. However, there will be circumstances where some rodeos will have higher entry fees per the set of Ground Rules agreed on by the Rodeo Committee, the Circuit Director and the Rodeo Approval Board.

I am proud to announce that we now have "Rodeo Pay" available to our members. This will make it possible to deposit winnings quicker for the "Rodeo Pay Rodeo's" if you sign up on an annual basis.

Glennville Rodeo has touched base with me regarding ground rules for the 2014 year that will improve conditions for the barrel racers. They appreciated everyone that entered.

Santa Barbara Fiesta Days Rodeo went well and the weather reminded us of Salinas. I was disappointed that the "gate man" pushed the gate into the arena, making it difficult for the girls to set their run up. I have sent a letter to the Committee asking that we take note of this and educate the gate man next year.

Ventura Rodeo ground was indeed better than in the past and they showed effort in working it prior to the rodeo.

Tehachapi Mountain Pro Rodeo celebrated their 50th Anniversary and added a whopping $5,000.00 this year. They have been improving the rodeo grounds in order to give contestants great ground. This year they brought in sand in hopes of making "better ground" for the contestants. However the sand back fired on them and the ground was very deep. Although they tractored after every 10, it was difficult to pick up a check if you were not close to top of the ground. I already had made a plaque for them which I presented to them at the rodeo. Even though the ground this year didn't turn out the way they wanted it to, and the way we would have wanted it to, we let them know we appreciated their efforts, and we know they will do their best to have wonderful ground for their 2014 rodeo. We also congratulated them for their 50th Year Celebration.

During slack at Tehachapi on Saturday morning after 20 girls had run, the PRCA Judges made the decision to water and try to pack the ground to make it safer for the girls. We appreciate the judges making this call for the safety of our contestants. I will be working with the rodeo committee regarding future improvements, including dragging after every six next year.

Mary Jo Camera broke her leg when her horse fell with her during the Santa Rosa Rodeo. We hope she makes a speedy recovery.

Norco was our last official 2013 CA Circuit Rodeo. The ground has improved with their weekly jackpots and we appreciate this. I was unable to go, but I heard the barrels were not brightly colored or marked and there were a few horses who had a difficult time distinguishing the barrels. I have written to the Committee thanking them for all that they do and reminding them per our Rule Book barrels must be brightly colored or marked. I have also contacted San Dimas and asked them to make sure they have brightly colored or marked barrels.

I have heard from Woodlake Rodeo Committee and they have invited us back for the 2014 year! There was a misfortunate incident during their 2013 Rodeo this year and they have decided to "Go Pro" and have the WPRA back. This is great news, as I have heard from the membership that they would like to see more rodeos in California. This is a reminder how imperative it is to act professional at all rodeos and that we are all ambassadors of Pro Rodeo.

It was brought to my attention that members thought it unwise to spend so much money on plaques for Committees. The average cost of a plaque is $25.00 and many have been donated. I think it is wise to strengthen relationships with committees letting them know how much we appreciate them. They all deserve recognition for one reason or another. Without these Rodeo Committees volunteering countless hours, we would not have these few rodeos we have left to enter. We are grateful for their hard work and dedication to the sport of rodeo. Each rodeo may not have perfect conditions, but I see that they are working hard on improving conditions for us.

Clovis was a rodeo that many believed we should not approve; the opinions were nearly split. However we must remember that they added $2,000.00 more to the added money for the women's barrel race, than they added to the men's events in 2012. We are grateful for equal added money and especially thankful when we receive more than the men's events. Red Bluff has been known to do this as well.

We have had some very successful WPRA CA Circuit co-approved barrel races since the last newsletter. The Harold Riva Memorial Barrel Race this past July was an excellent opportunity to get your horse on the famous Salinas Track. Thank you Holly Harris for producing this event. Thank you to all of our valued producers that take the time to co-approve with our association.

I had submitted a rule proposal to request Divisional Co-Approved Producers add a $5.00 charge to all WPRA contestants that attend the co-approved races. This money would be spent on CA Circuit Divisional Finals Awards. It was brought to my attention that another Circuit was doing this. This was voted down by the majority of the board, due to the fact that they feel every barrel racing association adds added fees and this would make fees too costly, it would be too difficult to police, it would be expensive for girls trying to season their colts. I still feel that this is important to help with our Year End Awards. The WPRA does not give any extra money for "Divisional Finals". Whether the Circuit holds a Divisional Finals or not, each Director receives $3,000.00 and $1,000.00 of that money we must spend with Montana Silversmiths on Awards. California is one of the only Circuits that honors the top 12 Divisional, top 12 Permit and top 12 Juniors by holding a Divisional Circuit Finals. It was discussed that perhaps the WPRA could give Circuits extra money for Divisional Finals if they hold one. This would be in the future, not this year. There are a few producers who voluntarily add a fee and send it to me for Year End Divisional Awards and I greatly appreciate that added help.

I have WPRA jackets available to purchase. These jackets have our official blue logo on the back of these nice red hooded, pocketed, fleece lined jackets and WPRA embroidered on the front in blue. I have already sold quite a few and have some available in these woman's jackets! The money I make off of these jackets will go towards our Awards! If you are interested, let me know. I have sold more than 5 and I don't think I have many sizes available. They sell for $85.00 plus shipping. I have a picture of these jackets on our Circuit Facebook page if you want to take a look. I also have WPRA Rodeo Log Books and would like to thank Janel Flook for her help with this endeavor. They are $20.00 if you pick one up from me and $25.00 if I mail them to you.

If you are running a competitive horse, be sure to hustle the stallion owner and ask them to become a PESI member. This will be beneficial for both the breeder and owner of the horse. Contact Robyn Hoffman for more details.

A shout out to Linda Stenerson who suffered a terrible barrel racing accident. I would like her to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers. Linda is a talented horsewoman and one of our own. She has a rough road ahead of her and many producers are raising money for her bills. If you would like to help out contact Selena Roberts = Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte, San Diego, CA 92128, Phone 487-1866, email selena@bernardowinery.com.

If there are any potential sponsors that would be interested in helping out with the Futurity Division or Roping Division please let me know. I would like to see the Futurity and Roping Divisions grow in California. We have plenty of great woman ropers and futurity riders, and I'd like to be able to offer events throughout California with a year-end Finals! If anyone would like to get on board please let us know. We need producers, sponsors and representatives to help me make this possible.

Please support our Sponsors:
On our official WPRA CA Circuit Face Book page scroll to the bottom to find our official California Circuit Sponsors. I hope you support them every chance you get.
Thank you to our current 2013 Circuit and Divisional sponsors:
Golden Construction and Excavation/ Kaci Shaffer, Shane Parsons/Diamond Bar Arena/WCBRA , Sea Mist Farms, Jo Mora Trust, Sue and Larry Rogers, Equerry's/Russ Paulson, Silver Horse Design/Dianne Partington, Billy, Joe, & Linda Vick/AAA Paving,
Ray Franscioni Wines, Barrel Horse News, Dash Ta Fame/Bob and Darian Burt, Ranch Performance/Ritchie Copenhaver, Stacy Hall/Hall Management Corp., Alma's Flea Market, Teda Hudson/Threadbear Weaving, Tootie Hudson/2T Leather, Out West, Montana Silversmiths, Re-Ride, Jamie Hinton, Rodeo Log Books/Janel Flook, Janel Flook/KS Cash N Fame, Joni Martin/A Lazy J Ranch, Bio Care/Amberly Snyder, Dave Elliott Bits, Vetericyn, Smooth Run Equine, Dave Young/Y7S Baldy, Platinum Performance, Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, Sturdy Oil Company, Ropers Sports News, Trailer Trash/Bonnie Rosser, Andrus Farms, The Rusty Crown/Vicki Andrus, Back On Track, SAYiWONT, Spurr Ranch, Petaluma KOA Campground, Animal Element, , Stephens Hay and Grain, Ace-High Custom Boot Repair, Go Forth Equine, John Koons Drywall, Tech Mix Equine Product, Renew Gold, Pure Form Equine Health., Lame Away/Brian Walker, Hold Out Ranch, Stunt Rigs Inc., Thanks 4 The Ride/Designs by Twink, Dick Huntszinger/Equisports Massager, Sharon Camarillo/Rafter Productions, Fox Feed and Tack, Justin Insurance, Cross Country Ranch, Erika Kauzlarich Bird, Hadley's Barrel Wraps, Tres Rios Silver, Modern Plumbing & Supply Co.,
If you have made a commitment and do not see your name up here, please contact me.

We have received three breedings:
The Dave Young Family has graciously donated one breeding to: Y7S Baldy. The bids are starting at $350, which is quite a great deal for this horse that goes back to Son O Leo on top and bottom, Port Command, and Freckles Lady 81. WE GREATLY APPRECIATE OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS!

Jason Martin has donated a breeding to: Slick By Design the stud that has qualified Michelle McLeod to the WNFR this year, currently sitting 4th in the world. 2007 Stallion (Designer Red x Dreams of Blue-Dream on Dancer). LTE $170,000 Standing at Highpoint Performance Horses. Owned by Charlie Cole & Jason Martin. Bids will start at $350.00.

Janel Henney Flook has donated one breeding to KS Cash N Fame; KS Cash N Fame is a son of the great Dash Ta Fame, out of Easy Charett (daughter of the great Easy Jet!) Cash throws babies with his awesome disposition and a huge hip. He crosses great on both running bred mares and cow horses! Bidding will begin at $350.00.

The three breedings donated will be offered on our WPRA CA Circuit FB Page and the "Silent Auction" will carry through November 9th at Spurr Ranch in Shandon during our WPRA CA Divisional Finals Silent Auction. Winner of each breeding will be responsible for shipment of semen, $350.00 per shipment.

Remember our Silent Auction Fund Raiser on November 9th. Please bring something to donate to our Auction. This fundraiser starts off our 2014 Year!

I'd like to share with all of you the letter sent from our Circuit President Johnny Zamrzla:

Dear California Circuit Contestants:

We hope this letter finds you doing well and looking forward to the upcoming October California Circuit Finals. At this time, we would like to remind everyone that this year's Finals will be held October 18, 19 and 20 at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds in Lancaster, California.

Please remember that the Circuit cutoff date for points to go toward qualification for the Finals is September 18, 2013.

Due to the current economic situation and the difficulty we are finding with raising funds from sponsors, we do not envision having money to do what we did last year for the added money and pay anything additional toward jackets.

Therefore, it is very important for us to receive your dues money ($100) in a timely manner as we will not purchase extra jackets to have on hand. The cutoff date for dues will be September 18. After that date, should you wish to purchase a jacket, the price will be $150. When you submit your payment, please also let us know your size. Based on the vote at last year's annual meeting, if we do not receive your dues payment, we will not order a jacket for you.

Please note that even if you pay the $150 after the September 18 cut off, we cannot guarantee your jacket will be ready for pick up at the Circuit Finals. We will likely have to ship your jacket to you at a later date.

Should you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to contact my secretary Dawn at dawn@cafinalsrodeo.com or call our office at (661) 449-8498.

Sincerely,
CALIFORNIA CIRCUIT FINALS RODEO
Johnny Zamrzla
President

Attention CA Circuit Contestant dues checks are made payable to California Circuit Finals Rodeo and are mailed to the below address.
If you have not paid your Circuit Dues, send in a check ASAP.

Thanks.
Dawn Babers
Secretary to Johnny Zamrzla
California Circuit Finals Rodeo
2229 East Avenue Q
Palmdale, CA 93550
dawn@cafinalsrodeo.com
(661) 449-8498 Phone
273-8839 Fax

The $100.00 Circuit Dues that the top 12 Rodeo Girls are requested to pay will guarantee that you receive a Circuit Jacket. This does not include your Raffle Tickets sales. The money we receive from your Raffle Ticket sales goes towards awards. Circuit dues plus Raffle Tickets sales are expected from California Circuit Finals barrel racing contestants.

Ladies, just a reminder, we are all so blessed to belong to the oldest women's professional sport -- The Women's Professional Rodeo Association. Many women before us worked hard and sacrificed to make this happen.

I just received the news of the passing of Dick Gillott from Chualar/Salinas area. He was a long time rancher and cowboy who lived life to the fullest. I wish to extend sympathy to his wife Naomi; children Lyndal, Jim John, Nancy and Shanna and to his grandchildren. I so greatly appreciate all of the opportunities that the Gillott Family afforded me. This is a reminder of how precious life is, enjoy every minute and tell those you care about how much they mean to you.


Good Luck to you all and travel safe.

Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director

July 6, 2013 I would like to start off by thanking the 2013 WPRA CA Circuit/Divisional Finals sponsors. Many have made a second year commitment and I anticipate we will have two of the best Circuit/Divisional Finals to date, offering each qualifier some very special Awards! Our sponsors and our raffle ticket sales make this possible. Please get your raffle tickets sold and if you have not received any, please contact me asap. I had thought we were going to have to reprint tickets, however this is not the case. The tickets you received originally are the ones you will sell. One of our WPRA CA Circuit Junior members, Kayla Foster, sold a whopping $300.00 worth of raffle tickets during Glennville Rodeo. Way to go Kayla! The rodeos are the perfect opportunity to sell these tickets; many of the fans would love to win the 2 WNFR Plaza Seats that are offered!

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The Divisional Circuit Finals points will end 30 days prior to the scheduled CA Divisional Finals in Shandon on November 9th at Spurr Ranch. October 10th will be the cutoff date for the CA Divisional Finals. . They have $10,000.00 added at this time for their Open 4-D Race being held Nov 8, 9 and 10. I want to thank everyone involved with putting on the barrel races at Spurr Ranch; they always go the extra mile to do whatever they can to make it good for the contestants, trying to keep the ground safe, fair, consistent. They work remarkably well as a team - The Spurr's, Tucks and Nahrgang families

Cutoff date for the WPRA CA Circuit Finals has not changed - it's still September 18th. The Circuit Finals is scheduled for October 18, 19 and 20th in Lancaster, CA at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Any money won at California Rodeos after that date will count towards the 2014 CA Circuit Finals.

We had the first annual side pot at Redding Rodeo first go round run, which brought in some awards money. Thank you Lee Ann Rust for donating her "winnings" from the side pot back to our Circuit! Redding Rodeo had a bit of rain and it made a difference where you drew up. However, during the rainy performance the horses handled the ground quite well. This just goes to show what a special horse it is that makes a "Top Rodeo Horse" handling all types of ground conditions.

The WPRA CA Circuit is proud to have presented plaques of appreciation to Bakersfield Rodeo Committee, Stonyford Rodeo Committee, Sonora Rodeo Committee, Bennett Gooch and the Redding Rodeo Committee, Russ Fields and the Hayward Rodeo Committee, The Ramona Rodeo Committee, Lee Rosser and the Marysville Rodeo Committee, Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Committee, and the Glennville Rodeo Committee! Thank you to some of our presenters, including; Jerri Mann, Mary Walker, Susie Mills, Jolee Lautaret Jordan, Karla Sanchez to name a few! I greatly appreciate your help. This has been a positive achievement for us, and it lets our committees know how much we appreciate their efforts in making the barrel race safe and consistent throughout their rodeo.

Congratulations to California girls Trula Churchill and Sheena Robbins who are in the Top 25 World Standings. Trula is currently also leading the CA Circuit standings, and Sheena is sitting 3rd. Linda Vick is 2nd, Ann Scott is 4th, and Rachel Primm is currently 5th for the CA Circuit standings. Our Divisional standings are led by Rookie Jere Kleinpeter with over $4,000 won, Linda Vick is 2nd with over $3,400 and Stacy Hampton is 3rd with nearly $3,300. Haley Aquino has a big lead for our Permit Standings with nearly $3,000 won, and Jennifer Brown is 2nd with over $1500 won, Monica Pelosi is 3rd with nearly $1100 won. Caitlyn Wood currently leads the CA Circuit Junior standings with nearly $1,000 won. Alyssa Conklin is 2nd with $495 and Kayla Foster is 3rd with $400.

Well the summer run (aka Cowboy Christmas) is just about to begin and many entries have already closed. Many of you are looking forward to our largest Rodeo in California and one of the top 15 in the nation -- the California Rodeo Salinas July 18, 19, 20 and 21st. This is the first year that Salinas will be unlimited and also a WPRA Tour Rodeo! I want to thank Dave Pedrazzi and Tina Dairies for helping to make this change. Please read the information below about the Salinas rodeo - important information including practice time and the WPRA General Membership Meeting are covered.

California Rodeo Salinas-Gold Tour & WPRA Tour Arena:Salinas Sports Complex Perfs/Time:Three + Finals: July 18 6:00pm; July 19 6:00pm; July 20 1:00pm; Finals July 21 1:00pm Slack:See Ground Rules
Stalls: Yes $50/week 800-771-8807
Added:$23000
Eligibility:All Cards/Circuit Permits Only Contact:David Pedrazzi - (883) 180-9499 EOO:June 17 10:30am
EC:June20 10:30am
Location: 1034 N. Main Street
Indoor / Outdoor:Outdoor
Stock Contractor: Western Rodeos, Inc
Member Dues: June 12 5:00pm
(6/4/13) Ground Rules: Format will be Three Rounds back to back + Finals, 12 contestants will compete in the finals. No prize money will be issued prior to the last performance. No conflict will be guaranteed at all Gold and Silver tour rodeos (if possible), as long as the contestant does not create the conflict by giving a conflicting preferences.(1). Trade Rules: Anyone who enters the California Rodeo Salinas remember there are two types of trades. Trades because of conflicts and free trades per the WPRA rulebook. All first go round trades must be done through PRCA Trade Line 719- 548-4877 by July 11 5:00pm whether a trade because of a conflict or a free trade. When you trade your first go round run, you trade every run with that girl. You get her draw and she gets your draw on all runs. Second or third go round trades can be made through the rodeo secretary, first come first served. When you fill out your trade sheet, please put your cell phone number on it in case the rodeo secretary needs to call you for any reason. You will need the WPRA card number for both you and the person you are trading with and two signatures. Remember you may not trade a slack for slack run or a performance for performance run. The trades must be slack to performance or performance to slack. (2) Practice Session: Practice will be on Wednesday July 17th from 9:00am to 12:00 noon on the track. Absolutely be respectful of workers preparing for the Wednesday evening PBR Performance. (3) Entry Fees will be $395.00 plus Pro Com Fee of $21.00 equaling a total of $416.00 (this is a special ground rule: $50.00 higher than our Rule Book and will result in a higher pay out). (4) General Membership Meeting: A meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18th one hour after slack in the Crown Royal Room in the middle of the track. WPRA President Carolynn Vietor will be attending, as well as WPRA Vice President Jerri Mann, and WPRA Executive Secretary Janet Cropper. Please bring your questions and concerns to the meeting. (5)Hospitality: California Rodeo Salinas generously offers a wonderful Hospitality Tent for the contestants and their families near the roping chute end of the arena. They generously provide a safe place for your children to hang out, offering arts and crafts, games, and fresh strawberries from the Salinas Valley. (6) Slack & Performance Times: Slack will begin at 9:30 am all three days. Thursday morning it may be delayed due to the Miss California Rodeo Horsemanship contest on the track. Thursday and Friday Performance will begin at 6:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday performance will begin at 1:15 pm. The top 12 girls in the average will come back Sunday for a short go round run. The short go draw will be drawn randomly. Tractor drag after every 6 contestants in slack and the performances. All contestants that draw a performance will be REQUIRED to enter through the paddock. (7) Please be up close and ready to run when your name is called so that the barrel race is run quickly and efficiently. Double Timers will be used. WPRA CA Circuit will hold a side pot fund raiser during Salinas. Be sure to enter with Stacey or Jeff Freitas or Marguerite Happy for each go round. Entry Fees $25 first 3 rounds 3D half second split. Pay cash or make checks to CEC Inc.

There is no other Pro Rodeo in California like Salinas, enjoy yourselves and I hope to see you there. While in Salinas/Monterey County support the businesses of sponsors! This is our way of saying thank you for your support.

Speaking of sponsors I would like to give thanks to those who have agreed to sponsor us this year:

Golden Construction and Excavation/ Kaci Shaffer, Shane Parsons/Diamond Bar Arena/WCBRA , Sea Mist Farms, Jo Mora Trust, Sue and Larry Rogers, Equerry's/Russ Paulson, Silver Horse Design/Dianne Partington, Joe and Linda Vick/AAA Paving, Barrel Horse News, Dash Ta Fame/Bob and Darian Burt, Ranch Performance/Ritchie Copenhaver, Stacy Hall/Hall Management Corp., Alma's Flea Market, Teda Hudson/Threadbear Weaving, Tootie Hudson/2T Leather, Out West, Montana Silversmiths, Re-Ride, Jamie Hinton, Rodeo Log Books/Janel Flook, Joni Martin/A Lazy J Ranch, Bio Care/Amberly Snyder, Dave Elliott Bits, Vetericyn, Smooth Run Equine, Dave Young/Y7S Baldy, Platinum Performance, Santa Maria Elks Rodeo, Sturdy Oil Company, Ropers Sports News, Trailer Trash/Bonnie Rosser, Andrus Farms, The Rusty Crown/Vicki Andrus, Back On Track, SAYiWONT. If you have made a commitment and do not see your name up here, please contact me.

Good Luck to each of you, travel safe,
Marguerite

May 9, 2013. We have had quite a bit of "robbery" in the past week in California. Ben and Tracy Scott's tack room in Aqua Dulce was robbed of three trohpy saddles and unlimited bridles. Two other places near them were also robbed.

Dude and Bill Overton from Bakersfield returned home from CA Rodeo's and Jack pots this past Sunday evening to find they had been robbed as well. I would like to warn our members to be on the look out for equipment being sold or traded. Trailers as well are being broken into at Rodeos of all levels, jackpots and play days. So beware!

Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director

May 8, 2013. More May News...Heads Up / Reminder: Our 2013 WPRA CA Circuit and WPRA CA Divisional Circuit rodeo/divisional co-approved barrel race final events is September 18th this year. All rodeos and co-approved barrel races after that date will count for the 2014 WPRA Season. So mark your calender and attend events throughout September 18th to count for this years Circuit Finals.

Per WPRA Rule 8.8.2. Forty Perdent (40%) rule. Rule 8.5.2.1 #1. and # 2.
2013 Required Participation: California had 34 Rodeos last year. Residents will have to attend 12 Rodeos / Non Residents will have to attend 15 Rodeos for the 2013 CA Circuit Finals. I have many of you that would like Co-Approved Rodeos to count for Rodeo Count, not just earnings. I also have members that believe 15 Rodeos for non-residents is too many (3 more that residents). I recommend that you send in a rule proposal change if you feel strong enough regarding these concerns. The only way to change the rules is by submitting rule proposals by May 15th for the following year. Click here to see the Rodeo Count summary for all circuits...

I have been trying to negotiate with Santa Barbara Rodeo and Ramona Rodeo to add a WPRA Junior Barrel Race to their Pro Rodeo. Both have a Youth Race, giving the younger girls the opportunity to run during a performance at a Professional Rodeo. Both have confirmed after meeting with their respected Rodeo Committee Board that they will not add a WPRA Junior Race this year. I would recommend that if anyone has any ties to a local Pro Rodeo, get in contact with them asking them to consider adding a WPRA Junior Race during their Rodeo. The Committee’s that offer a Youth Race confirm that this draws in many local spectators to watch their local girls race, making for a larger attendance count. I will continue to work on this, but any help is appreciated.

Our first WPRA CA Circuit Qualifying Tour Rodeo was held May 3rd and 4th during the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Day Rodeo in Bakersfield. We had the best in the World competing. I would like to thank Georgina Puentes Rodeo Committee Member for helping to make this happen! During the Saturday Performance Jerri Mann, Vice President of the WPRA presented Georgina Puentes a plaque of appreciation to the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo Committee, for their participation in our WPRA World Qualifying Tour Rodeos. We greatly appreciate the dedication of Nick, the tractor driver. PRCA Judge Rocky Steagall and our VP Jerri Mann deserve recognition for making sure our ground was safe. Levi Grantham’s horse went down during the team roping, so Rocky and Jerri took extra efforts with the ground prior to slack. Thank you both for your consideration and extra efforts!

Riverdale Rodeo was beautiful and cool weather was welcomed! I spoke to the PRCA Judge and the Ground Committee regarding the ground. Next year we will remember to distribute the water evenly throughout the arena, it appeared that the ground became a bit shifty due to lack of water in some spots. This is a fine small rodeo and it is nice to support these committees for their effort.

Stonyford Rodeo also received a plaque of recognition for their annual rodeo. Stony Creek Horsemen’s Association Rodeo Committee work hard, volunteering hours of their time to make sure this rodeo happens. We are grateful for each and every volunteer.

Happy Trails,
Marguerite

May 5, 2013. WPRA CA Circuit Member Noel Cosca headed up a Silent Auction April 27th at Cooks Arena in Clovis at the Women's Timed Event Challenge to raise money for our CA Divisional Circuit Year end Awards. I want to thank her for making this possible and the money is earmarked for an addition to our Divisional Circuit Finals, adding Futurity Riders and/or for a Roping CA Circuit Finals. We are currently working this out. We were really happy with the silent auction, raising $340.00 for year-end awards. NFR Balcony tickets were offered, but started at $150.00 each and they did not sell. We still have those available if anyone is interested.

The big seller was one a WPRA World jacket which sold for $100, a John Deere dump truck toy sold for $35.00 and the Boot Barn donated an Ariat Gear Bag with a $25.00 gift card that sold for $40.00 those were our big ticket items. I would like to thank the following people for making this happen. Amy Cook for producing the WPRA event and Noel's sister Cheryl Tague and her son Cody Cosca for helping with the fundraising booth. It would not have happened without them. Noel had all the ladies sign a thank you card which she will scan and send to all the donors. The WPRA CA Circuit would like to thank the donors: Susan Long 2U Barrel Horses, WPRA, Marty Wardle, Mike Monisori, Kirk James, Madera Midland Tractor, Tom Sawyer, Valley Rod & Gun/Kristyn Sanders, Evans Feed Madera, Boot Barn, Hatcher Family, Lyndee Stairs and Amy Cook.

Last year we were blessed with sponsors and they were quite impressed with the personal Thank You notes they received from our members. Many have contacted me, to hop on board as a 2013 Sponsor already. So I am grateful that Noel is sending thank you notes out.

If there are any potential sponsors that would be interested in helping out with the Futurity Division or Roping Division please let me know. I would like to see the Futurity and Roping Divisions grow in California. We have plenty of great woman ropers and futurity riders, and I'd like to be able to offer events throughout California with a year-end Finals! If anyone would like to get on board please let us know. We need producers, sponsors and representatives to help me make this possible.

There were 6 breakaway ropers, 4 teams in the team roping and Amy Cook was the one tie down roper. Even with many other events going on that weekend this was a successful day. They offered a Futurity Barrel Race as well.

A BELATED CONGRATULATIONS TO DUDE OVERTON FOR BEING AWARDED THE WPRA OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL AWARD DURING 2012 WNFR.
Dude did not get a chance to thank the WPRA for recognizing her, because they ran out of time during the 2012 WNFR. This is what Dude wanted to have said: "Greetings to you all, when I received this phone call from Janet, frankly I thought she had the wrong number! Haha! As I thought about it, what comes to mind is selling and processing a ton of raffle tickets & organizing a church service at the last minute. Then remembering being a Director many years ago when Jimmie and Pam were at the helm. Many miles and years of pulling into truck stops for coffee and random rodeo grounds together at 3:00 am for 8:00 slack. Those memories, the camaraderie of my rodeo family, and lifelong friendships developed rank high. I am blessed to have my partner and coach, Mr. Bill, always helping me so that I can serve, as we tenaciously and passionately travel down the rodeo road! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this honor.
Dude Overton"

Rodeo News:
Red Bluff Rodeo again went above and beyond offering a practice session to the contestants and spending much time working the ground. 2012 WNFR World Champion Mary Walker was kind enough to present Dave Ramelli, Mike Dudley and the Red Bluff Roundup Rodeo Committee plaques of appreciation from our CA Circuit. Thank you!

Lakeside Rodeo had television coverage and many of those involved in the rodeo were interviewed. Thank you Susie Mills for all of your hard work and dedication to Lakeside. Brenda Mays the 2012 WNFR Average Winner presented a plaque of appreciation to the Lakeside Rodeo Committee during the last performance on Sunday.

WPRA member Hayle Gibson presented a plaque of appreciation to the Auburn Wild West Stampede Board of Directors, commemorating the fact that until this season the rodeo board was an "all-girl" ProRodeo board, the only one in the PRCA. Thank you Karla Sanchez for getting the plaque to Hayle to present.

The 99th Clovis Rodeo has ended and it was a warm and sunny weekend in Clovis. I was asked to share in the ground rules next year that there is a "mote" near the right barrel and some thought it spooked their horses. This mote is there to fence off a drain in the arena and is there for safety issues. The arena is long and narrow, so the first two barrels are set closer to the fence than in many arenas. Congratulations to one of our own Sheena Robins on winning Clovis Rodeo! We ended up with a total of 31 contestants from the CA Circuit and 29 from various Circuits. Clovis Rodeo was Limited to a total of 60 contestants. The Rodeo nor winnings count toward our year end Circuit Finals. Money will be counted for World Earnings.

Springville Sierra Rodeo again was as hospitable as ever, offering the contestants a Hospitality Tent! We greatly appreciate this beautiful site in the mountains. The bucking horses are delighted to be turned out on the mountain side to graze during their stay in Springville. Susie Mills WPRA Contestant, Rodeo Secretary and Rodeo Committee Member presented Springville Sierra Rodeo with a plaque.

Our first WPRA CA Circuit Qualifying Tour Rodeo will be held during the Kern County Sheriff Reserve Stampede Day Rodeo in Bakersfield on May 3rd and 4th. The second will be held at The California Rodeo Salinas, July 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. Thank you Dave Pedrazzi and your committee for lifting the Limits at Salinas and making this happen. We appreciate Unlimited Rodeos to give every member of our valued association the chance to compete.

Attention California Circuit Members:
You will have received raffle tickets and they were written incorrectly. I must have given the incorrect information when they were printed. So, please make note that Golden Construction and Excavation/ Kaci Shaffer were the donors of the set of tires, not Golden Excavation. We value our Sponsors and I want to make this right by this generous company and Kaci! So, if perhaps you can make the buyer aware of the correct name, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your understanding.

Speaking of sponsors, please try to "hustle" sponsors for our CA Circuit year end awards. We can put them up on our official WPRA CA Circuit Page and our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book Page. If you have not checked it out yet, please go to News, then click on Circuit News, then click on California and scroll to the bottom to find our California Sponsors under our National Sponsors. Please support our sponsors throughout the year! If you need help, contact me and I will walk you through how to obtain potential sponsors.

Oakdale and Logandale Rodeo Slack was conflicting this year. I worked on getting it changed, but this did not happen in time to do any good. However, next year I have been promised that Oakdale Slack will be in the morning, so that you could make it to Oakdale morning slack and then drive to Logandale for slack after the first performance, if necessary. Thank you Oakdale Saddle Club Rodeo Committee and Julie Herman, Wilderness Circuit Director for working with me!

Wishing you all a successful Spring Run.

Marguerite Happy

May 1, 2013. A BELATED CONGRATULATIONS TO DUDE OVERTON FOR BEING AWARDED THE WPRA OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL AWARD DURING 2012 WNFR.

Dude did not get to thank the WPRA for recognizing her, because they ran out of time. This is what Dude wanted said!

Greetings to you all, when I received this phone call from Janet, frankly I thought she had the wrong number! Haha! As I thought about it, what comes to mind is selling and processing a ton of raffle tickets & organizing a church service at the last minute. Then remembering being a director many yrs. ago when Jimmie and Pam were at the helm. Many miles and yrs. of pulling into truckstops for coffee and random rodeo grounds together at 3:00 am for 8:00 slack.

Those memories, the camaraderie of my rodeo family, and lifelong friendships developed rank high. I am blessed to have my partner and coach, Mr. Bill always helping me so that I can serve, as we tenaciously and passionately travel down the rodeo road!

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this honor.
Dude Overton

April 17, 2013. April newsletter... I had the opportunity to attend our annual General Membership Meeting in Colorado Springs, CO March 23 and 24th.

The agenda was posted and by my name it did not show that I had that I shared, so I abstained from accepting those minutes. Hopefully I will soon have a revised set of minutes from the meeting which includes my input, and I'll share that with you as soon as I have it.

I would like to welcome 4 new Spokeswoman for our Circuit. The Board Of Directors voted to accept the following; Marilyn Manning-Peterson, Dude Overton, Pattie Mackie and Kaci Shaffer. Look to your Spokeswoman for advice. Thank you to all of my Spokeswoman and those in our Circuit that do such a wonderful job representing our Circuit.

I enjoyed meeting and working with our New President, Carolynn Vietor and all of the Directors. Each one is an asset to our association and brought some great ideas to the table.

Here is some information from the meeting I would like to share with you. When the Minutes are finalized they will be up on our official WPRA website. Here are a few things we discussed:

Clovis Rodeo: The Clovis qualifications and ground rules remain as approved. I was personally disappointed that Clovis Rodeo earnings and Rodeo Count will not count towards our CA Circuit Finals. The winnings will count toward World earnings. We only have one Limited Rodeo in California and that is Clovis. I feel that the girls that have worked hard and won, deserve to enter and have the money and rodeo count for their Circuit. We are doing everything possible to promote UNLIMITED Rodeos.

I worked quite hard trying to negotiate with the Clovis Rodeo Committee Chair and I did the best that I could. I was happy to see that 28 of our Circuit girls qualified: 10 qualified under the World Standings and 18 qualified through the Circuit Standings. Leaving 32 contestants from other Circuits qualified. We will represent nearly half of the entries. There were a total of 17 drawn out.

Soon our qualification policy will change: As of July 14th of the rodeo year we will take 50% from current year and 50% from previous year. Look for this change on our WPRA official website.

I am excited to share with you that the California Rodeo Salinas has taken their limits off of their July Rodeo and will be one of our WPRA Qualifying Tour Rodeos. Kern County Sheriff Reserves Association Stampede Days Rodeo aka Bakersfield in May will be our other Qualifying Tour Rodeo.

If you enter Salinas, be ready to run when your name is called so that the committee is willing to offer Unlimited entries in the future as well. This will be a "test" year so to speak. They will watch how efficiently we run the slack each day. So, again, please be ready. We have scheduled a General Membership Meeting during Salinas and will have more details soon.

Audit: 2012 net revenue exceeded preliminary estimates.

Rule 18 WPRA Drug Rules and Forbidden Substances Title Change: The rule has been changed to Equine Medications and Prohibited Substances.

Equine Medications and Prohibited Substances Policy Change: This program will not be accepting any anonymous donations. Sponsorships are acceptable. We are now referring to it as the Equine Medications Program.

Member Log In On Website: This feature will be made available later in the year.

Our co-approval forms will be updated and easier for the producer to fill out.

Increasing Member Communications: Look to the WPRA website for updated information and be sure to talk with your Director. CA also offers a Face Book Page: WPRA CA Circuit, however I am reminding you that all official business will be posted on our WPRA CA Circuit Page. Don't expect any mailings, be pro active and read your site.

Timers: A timer maintenance program will be offered to contractors and secretaries.

Women's Pro Rodeo News: The WPRA magazine made $14,000 in 2012 based on an increase in membership and importantly a successful advertising sales pilot.

I had the opportunity to visit our WPRA Headquarters and it is very nice. Something to be proud of for sure.

Many of you have asked me to push for a "Rodeo Pay" Program within the WPRA. I have brought this subject up numerous times to let the office know how we all depend on our Rodeo Winnings to get to the next one. We are grateful when we receive our winnings in the mail quickly and quite frustrated when there is a long delay in receiving our checks. The office has actively been looking into this, however it will not be in effect as quickly as I had hoped for. I can confidently share with you that they are working on it and we will be pleased when it happens.

Last year we held 23 Board Meetings and many sub-committee meetings; your Directors work very hard for you.

If you are running a competitive horse, be sure to hustle the stallion owner and ask them to become a PESI member. This will be beneficial for both the breeder and owner of the horse. Contact Robyn Hoffman for more details. When the Directors were asked what the PESI Program could do in the future for the members there were suggestions to pay more at the Circuit Level. As it stands, the fastest time run at the Circuit Finals that is a PESI enrolled horse wins PESI money. It was suggested that each go round winner AND the average winner win PESI money which would spread out the PESI money out a bit more. California was one of three Circuits that actually submitted and was paid their PESI winnings. Congratulations Ann Scott and Fallin For Fame on this achievement! There were nine Circuits where PESI money was not paid out. PESI also offers Ropers PESI money at the WPRA World Finals. Enroll those great head, heel, calf and break-away horses to take full advantage of this program.

Be sure to deal with our National and California State Sponsors. Those are the folks that support our organization. Let's give back to them by doing business with them and thanking them for their help.

The WPRA is accountable to the membership. In 2008 the Business Committee was formed and every receipt that comes through the office must be approved by this committee. This includes the President, Vice President and appointed Circuit Directors. Our financial situation has turned around from Red to Black since the Business Committee was formed.

If you are at a jackpot and you watch a competitive 1-D horse and rider, encourage them to become Permit members of the WPRA. I expect my Spokeswoman to be doing this, but every member of the California Circuit should educate others regarding the benefits of our association.

Our Total Rodeo Count:
2012 - 468
2011 - 480
2010 - 465
Divisional Co-Approval Count: In 2012 - 110 in CA Circuit, 866 Nationally.
In 2011 - 122 CA Circuit, 736 Nationally
2010 - 132 CA Circuit, 905 Nationally.

I am going to start asking Divisional Co-Approved Producers if they would request a voluntary charge of $2.00 extra to the WPRA contestants. This money would be spent on CA Circuit Divisional Finals Awards. This is being done in another Circuit and is working quite well. I hope you are open to this idea.

We have 2 1/2 million people in our fan base and this is something you can offer to potential sponsors. For their sponsorship, their official website/logo will go up on our official WPRA CA Circuit Page and we put them up on our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book page.

Support our National Sponsors: Panhandle Slim is our official outer Wear; Wrangler is our official jeans and shirt; Montana Silversmiths is our official silversmith; Ram Dodge is our official Rodeo Truck; Super 8 is our official lodging; and Cactus is our official saddle! Let's show our support by wearing, driving, or riding these products or sleeping over night at this establishment.

RFD Woman's Pro Rodeo Today has done very well and if you have not tuned in to this station, you are missing out on Rodeo Action caught on screen.

On our official WPRA CA Circuit Face Book page scroll to the bottom to find our official California Circuit Sponsors. I hope you support them every chance you get.

We are constantly asked why we went with the United States Equine
Federation for our Medication Policy. By working with the USEF there is much less risk and limited liability by being a part of this reliable and respected Group that has been around for 30 plus years. Others that follow their guidelines are the AQHA, Polo, and the Olympics. Doug Cory, the chairman of the Equine Medication Program Committee, visited with us during our Board Meeting, answering any questionsk and concerns that the Board of Directors and their members had. I have confidence that we have placed reliable, trustworthy people on our Equine Medication Program Committee.
By self policing our sport, we stay in the drivers seat and keep others from dictating how to test our equine partners. The USDA could come in and shut our sport down if we did not take positive action. There is a "Horse Protection" Act and by being pro-active we will control abuse and the health, safety and welfare of our equine partners. Keep the USEF phone number handy. Call them and let them know what you are feeding your horse. Supplements such as Devil's Claw may test positive, so check with them. I believe that Supplements will not incur a penalty. The Board will re-evaluate the policy in one year.

I have been working with Woodlake Rodeo trying to get a WPRA Barrel back. They are open to having us back, however have not obtained a sponsor for our event. I believe that by next year, we will have found a sponsor and we will add Woodlake back to our Circuit Rodeos.

Make note that our WPRA CA Circuit Finals will be held in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds October 18, 19 and 20th. We will take the top 12 qualifiers with most money won at rodeos and those that have filled their rodeo count (12 rodeos for the 2013 season for residents, 15 for non-residents). The 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Divisional will be held November 9th in Shandon at the Spurr Arena. In the event we are rained out, I am working with Sherrie Jones in Morro Bay for a back up. We will accept the top 12 Permit Holders (including winnings from rodeos and co-approved jackpots), top 12 Divisional card holders (including only money won at co-sanctioned WPRA events). We will also hold a Finals for our Juniors. At this time we plan to take top 6 Juniors, and we will increase this number if we continue to get more sponsors for the Juniors. I would like to also include futurity riders if we can obtain enough sponsorships. So, if you can help in this area, please step up.

The Rodeo Count and earnings cut off date for BOTH the Circuit Finals AND the Divisional & Juniors Finals will be September 18th. This decision was made by the WPRA Board of Directors. Anything won after that date will count towards the 2014 Circuit & Divisional Finals. Remember that you must ENTER both of these finals. There will be more details in the future.

I am working with Santa Barbara Rodeo and Ramona Rodeo trying to add a WPRA Junior Race during their respective rodeos.

We will be giving plaques of appreciation to many of our Rodeo Committees this year during one of their performances. If you have a vested interested in any of our California Rodeos, please contact me so that you can be included in the presentation if possible.

Carry your rule book with you and perhaps a few WPRA applications to hand out to those you believe should be a part of our membership. We have many different avenues these days and much to offer a multitude of women.

WPRA Rules will always apply over our Policy, then practice and procedure.

If you have someone you would like to be "spot lighted", let me know. Any interesting news or views will be shared on our face book page and we like hearing from our members. Send pictures that can be shared to the face book page! We all enjoy a great picture.

I want to shout out to Dolli Lautaret, one of our CA Circuit members, to get well quick. She broke her hand at the Dixie futurity in March. Congratulations to Jolee Lautaret and Allan Jordan, Jr on their March 23rd wedding! We wish you much happiness.

Welcome to our 2013 Rookies, forgive me if I have left anyone out!
Good luck to you and if you have any questions I and my spokeswoman are here to help you and answer questions.
14 Rookies as of April 1st. Randee Hedrick,Sydney Wheeler,Jaime Hinton, Emily Cary,Brittney Barnett,Tyla Treasure,Jenna Koons,Cynthia Williamson,Victoria Benedetti,Pamela Scheer,Jere Kleinpeter,June Rust,
Brigette Mickels and Pamela Wilken.

As of April 2nd we have 14 Junior Members in our Circuit. The WPRA has a National Junior Representative: Susie McConagie (our past Futurity Director) volunteered to take the Leadership role for the WPRA Juniors this year. Daune Trammell has volunteered to be the California Juniors representative for our Circuit. We appreciate the time and effort volunteered by these women. A big Welcome is extended to our CA Junior members: Mandy Trammel, Victoria Covert, Kayla Foster, Alyssa Conklin, Stevie May Scott-Smith, Sienna Kelly, Cooper Wills, Caitlyn Wood, Savannah Osuna, Sophie Finneron, Tiffany Lujan, Casey Mathis, Haley Pezzini and Karlee Wesney.

I got some additional information from the WPRA office that I thought you might be interested in:

As of April 1 California circuit has 225 members:
201 are from California
4 from Arizona
1 from Canada
1 from Idaho
1 from Nebraska
12 from Nevada
5 from Texas

How many WPRA members nation wide? As of April 1= 2,160

California Circuit had 34 professional rodeos in 2012
How many nationwide? Based off of 2012 = 478

How many Limited Rodeos do we have in the Nation?
Based off of 2012 we had 23 not including circuit finals or All American Finals.

How many Limited Rodeos in CA?
Based off of 2012 - 2 ; Clovis and Salinas. Good news, California Rodeo Salinas has taken the limits off for their 2013 rodeo. Be sure to thank them.

How many Limited Rodeos have not counted the money and rodeo count for their specific Circuit?
Based off of 2012 - 1-San Antonio

The Rodeo Season is in full gear. Good luck to those of you entered and I hope to see you!
Marguerite Happy

March 21, 2013. The following are the revised Clovis, CA rodeo ground rules. Please review them...

Ground Rules: Trade deadline- April 18 5 PM. Barrel Race will run at $15,000.00 added money. Limited to 60 Qualification Standings based on winnings seven days prior to entry closing 70% from 2013 World Standings / 30% from 2013 WPRA/PRCA California Circuit Standings based on winnings seven days prior to entry closing. If we don't fill 30% from 2013, we will go to 2012 CA Circuit Standings. Format: One run + progressive. First round Friday April 26, 9:00 am slack. Top 24 (plus splits) based on the fastest time from the first go-round, will advance to a progressive go-round held during the first and second performance. Slowest to fastest; random draw in each performance. Top 12 in average will advance to the finals held during the third performance (Random Draw). If splits/ties result in the final round, refer to WPRA Rule 10.3.5.5 for clarification. We drag after 12. We will not drag during the perf if more than 12 due of splits. Prize money will not count toward CA Circuit 2013 Finals money, points or rodeo count. The 30-hour replacement policy will be in effect. Trades between first and second performance must be made with in one hour at the end of first go round run during slack. Entries fees per the rule book- $295 + procom fees. All contestants will enter arena through the center gate on the west end of the arena directly south of the timed event chute and exit through the gate on the northwest corner of the arena. Contestants must adhere to parking regulations. No horses will be tied to any chain link fence. Tie in specified arenas only. Contestants are asked to join the Clovis Rodeo Committee with their Special Rodeo on Sunday at 12:45 pm in arena.

March 4, 2013. We have exciting news! California Circuit has chosen their two WPRA Qualifying Tour Rodeos for 2013! The first will be The Kern County Sheriff's Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo in Bakersfield on May 3rd, 4th and 5th. The second will be The California Rodeo Salinas July 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st. We are excited that these Rodeo Committees said yes, when they were asked. For more information refer to our official WPRA website.

Dolli and Jolee Lautaret have chosen California as their designated Circuit for the 2013 rodeo year. We extend a big welcome to these fine competitors and WPRA supporters. They bring a wealth of WPRA knowledge with them! They have made a good start in the 2013 rodeo year already by picking up checks at Buckeye and Tucson. And, congratulations to Jolee on her upcoming marriage to Allan Jordan Jr., long-time PRCA judge and always a strong WPRA supporter. They will be married in March!

Other CA Circuit members who have done well on the "winter rodeo" run early this year include Trula Churchill at Ft. Worth, San Angelo and San Antonio; Reiney Hatch at Odessa; Sheena Robbins at Ft. Worth and Belton. Congratulations to Lauren Crivier for winning the Buckeye rodeo with a smokin' time of 16.87! Ann Scott and Dolli Lautaret were also happy to bring home Buckeye money!

Yuma was one of the first rodeos in the calendar year of 2013 and naturally counted for Circuit points - congratulations to Haley Aquino and Jan Duquette for picking up check at Yuma. Although Yuma was one of the first rodeos in 2013 for California Circuit money, there was a LOT of money to be made at the many WPRA co-sanctioned 4D races in January and February! You had your pick from a lot of locations in California to go and win money, including Bakersfield, King City, Santa Rosa, Morro Bay, Riverside, Santa Maria, Acton, and Paso Robles…that's a lot of coverage across this big state! Many thanks to the awesome producers who continue to keep their barrel races co-approved with the WPRA.

Remember that our CA Circuit Year ended September 19th 2012; 30 days prior to our CA Circuit Finals 10-19-12 per our rule book. Although Bakersfield, Poway, San Bernardino and Kingman money counted toward you 2012 NFR Earnings; any money won at those rodeos did not count toward the 2012 CA Circuit Finals, they counted toward your upcoming 2013 CA Circuit Earnings. This year will be the same. Our CA Circuit Earnings will be counted until September 18th, 2013; any and all CA Circuit Rodeo's after that date will count toward our 2014 CA Circuit Earnings. The NFR year, however will again end September 30th, 2013.

The CA Permit Standings has been updated for 2013, so please click the "Permit Standings" link on this page to see the current Permit standings. As a reminder, the California Permit standings includes all money won at rodeos AND co-sanctioned events for our Permit holders to qualify for the 2013 Permit Finals. Marilyn Manning-Peterson keeps track of information with the help of the WPRA office. If you have any questions on your Permit standings, please contact Marilyn. All other standings for California can be found on the WPRA Website, including standings for the WPRA CA Pro-Rodeo (Circuit) standings, CA Divisional (Co-sanctioned) standings, and WPRA CA Junior standings. Just click on "Standings" on the WPRA home page and you can access all of this information regularly.

I am currently working on 3 PRCA/WPRA CA Rodeos; Redding, Santa Barbara and Ramona, asking them to add a WPRA Junior Barrel Race during their Rodeos. The Juniors would run after the WPRA contestants and the barrels would be moved a bit off our markers. Redding has shown interest and my hopes are that Santa Barbara and Ramona would be interested as they currently offer a Youth Race during their Rodeo! If this goes through, any money won will count toward the Junior Year End Finals!

As a reminder, our CDCF Finals (Permit, Co-Sanctioned and Juniors Finals) will be held at the Spurr Ranch in Shandon on November 9th. Cut-off date for points to count for the CDCF Finals is 30 days prior to the Finals date, so October 10 is the cutoff date for money won to count toward the 2013 CDCF Finals. The Circuit Finals will be held on October 18 & 19 at the Showdown Rodeo in Lancaster. The cut-off date for the Circuit Finals is 30 days prior to the beginning of the Finals, so September 18 is the cut-off date for rodeo money won to count toward the 2013 Circuit Finals.

We want to be able to give awesome awards to our girls at ALL of our Finals again this year, so we are already in high gear to get sponsors and donations for our Circuit. Letters are being sent out to potential sponsors and I hope you are trying to obtain sponsors for our Circuit as well. Be sure to check out our official website at the bottom of the page to see our National and California Sponsors. Support them when you can and be sure to let them know you appreciate their support! I am getting Spurs for EVERY qualifier this year from our National Sponsor Montana Silversmiths. Montana Silversmiths Spurs are beautiful and it will be an award you should be quite proud to earn!

You will be receiving your 2013 Raffle Tickets soon. We hope to have them printed up by Redding Rodeo and will try to start handing them out there. This will save on mailing costs. If you don't pick up your Raffle tickets at the Redding Rodeo, Dude will mail them to you shortly after the rodeo. We are excited to offer a Raffle winner prize of 2 NFR Plaza Seats for the Saturday, December 7th, performance. In addition to the NFR seats, we will have a set of tires donated by Kaci Shaffer and a set of portable panels offered by Shane Parsons! So, we will draw 3 winners at our Raffle Ticket drawing and winners can choose which prize they want. This should make it even easier for you to sell your raffle tickets! We will give you 15 tickets to sell in hopes that you sell all 15 AND that you need to ask Dude for more tickets to sell! This is our biggest fundraiser of the year. Remember that in order to be eligible to receive awards you must sell at least 10 tickets (or pay $100 to the Circuit) in order to receive your year end awards. If you qualify for more than one Finals you will need to sell 10 tickets for each Finals, including the ropers!

I have WPRA jackets available to purchase. These jackets have our official blue logo on the back of these nice red hooded, pocketed, fleece lined jackets and WPRA embroidered on the front in blue. I have already sold 5 and still have every size available in these woman's jackets! The money I make off of these jackets will go towards our Awards! If you are interested, let me know. They sell for $85.00 plus shipping. I have a picture of these jackets on our Circuit Facebook page if you want to take a look.

Our 2012 True Grit Award Winner Polly Ugland fell and broke her shoulder this week. She is currently in rehab trying to get strong enough to go home and take care of herself. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Polly has dealt with a lot of sadness recently. Her husband, Rudy, passed away in December. The Celebration of Life for this "bigger than life" cowboy and motion picture mogul was held in February and was well attended by his many friends and family. Polly told some great stories about Rudy, and was glad to see so many friends and family come to pay their respects. Polly is truly a living example of what our "True Grit" award represents!

Betty Grohl seems to have made a spectacular comeback after her accident and we want her to know we are thinking of her. Marilyn Manning-Peterson has had some eye surgery and has been laying face down for quite some time, allowing the eyes to heal. Get well quick Marilyn!

Always remember that the WPRA official website is where you will find all of your business information; it is up to you as a member to look and stay informed on any and all changes! Our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book Page is unofficial, but fun to watch! Do not expect to see any mailings from our Circuit; all news will be found on our official WPRA website.

I have spoken with Woodlake Rodeo and they are willing to have the WPRA back, however they do not have a sponsor for the Barrel Race. If anyone has any connections and can find a sponsor for Woodlake, please contact me. We would need to find a sponsor (or sponsors) for $1250 in added money. This rodeo is held in early May, so if we are going to get it WPRA approved, we'll need to find sponsorship right away.

If you have not received your rule book by now something is wrong; call the WPRA office and let them know. It is up to you to familiarize yourself with our rules! Keep your rule book with you when you travel so you can verify the rules when you are on the road. Also, be sure to keep your confirmation number when you call PROCOM to enter and call back for rodeos; that's what you need to prove you entered and the draw you were given.

Our election results:
3/1/13 Congratulations to our elected officers and directors! The WPRA election ballots have been tallied and certified by the WPRA auditing firm of Logan, Thomas & Johnson. The results are:

PRESIDENT
1. Carolynn Vietor 229
2. Jimmie Munroe 204

VICE PRESIDENT
1. Jerri Mann 223
2. Amber West 207

CIRCUIT DIRECTORS

COLUMBIA RIVER
1. No candidates- Board to appoint in March

FIRST FRONTIER
1. Eileen Lang-Kramme 21

MONTANA
1. Dillon McPherson 31

MOUNTAIN STATES
1. Melanie Luark 32
2. Jennifer Noble 21

SOUTHEASTERN
1. Doreen Wintermute 25

TEXAS
1. Robyn Herring 54
2. Lynn K. Brown 19

WILDERNESS
1. Julie Herman 19

FUTURITY
1. Ryann Pedone 111
2. Kindell McKamie 50

Thank you to all of you that voted and I hope that in the next election more of you will take the time to cast your ballot! I would like to thank Jimmie Munroe for her years of service and dedication to the WPRA.

If your horse is eligible for a Pro Elite Stallion Incentive be sure to register him or her to make yourself eligible for added PESI Money.

Please remember to use your horses Registered Name, so that equi-stat has an easier time keeping accurate track of your horses earnings.

I would like to thank the following sponsors to date that have agreed to sponsor our two CA Circuit Finals. Without them we would not be able to go above and beyond, presenting all of our qualifiers awards they will be proud to own!
Be sure to support our Sponsors for their dedication to the WPRA CA Circuit!
*Montana Silversmiths, *Professional Choice, *Cactus, Jo Mora Trust, Sue Rogers,* Bob Berg Buckles, Tres Rios Buckles, *Equerry's, Silver Horse Design, Doug & Debbie Forzanni, Jene Marlow Mathis, *Joe & Linda Vick/Triple AAA Kennedy, *Barrel Horse News, *Bob & Darian Burt/Dash Ta Fame, Ranch Performance/Ritchie Copenhaver, Hall Management Corp., Alma's Flea Market, Tedda Hudson, *Tootie Hudson/2T Leather, *Out West, Kaci Shaffer/Golden Construction & Excavation, Re-Ride, Rodeo Log Books/Janel Flook, *Jamie Hinton, Tina Bird/Spring Fling Arena Producer, Joni Martin/A Lazy J Ranch, *Syd & Sabrina Wheeler/Modern Plumbing and Supply Co., *Bio Care.
Many of these sponsors are advertised up on our official WPRA CA Circuit Page, below our National Sponsors. We have a faithful following to our site, so we are excited to offer this to our Sponsors!
Last year I did not even start obtaining sponsors for our Circuit until around May, so you can see that we have a heads start on our Finals this year. Get on board, go out and find a sponsor and send them to me!

Brenda and Lynne Mays will be offering two clinics while they are here on our CA Spring Run. March 30th a one day clinic in Salinas at the Quail Creek Covered Arena and April 6th and 7th at Happyland in Santa Clarita. Take advantage of their knowledge and attend one of these clinics! If you are interested, contact me for more information.

If you have something you would like to share, please contact Marguerite Happy or Marilyn Manning-Peterson.

I again would like to thank my Spokeswoman for being out there ready to answer questions and help at our Rodeos and Divisional Co-Approved jackpots when needed.

I would like to welcome some of our newest members of our Circuit. If you see a Junior or Permit Holder introduce yourself and make them feel welcomed!

Respectfully,

Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director

February 5, 2013.Summary of January CA Circuit Meeting....

On January 27th we held a WPRA CA Circuit Spokeswoman and Friends of Rodeo meeting at my home. There were 7 in attendance and 6 on phone conference. Thank you to all who attended.

After reviewing the returned surveys, I put an agenda together. The following was the outcome of our meeting.

One of the main concerns of our members is how we might be able to get some California Rodeos back. We did some research with the help of the WPRA office, and it turns out that going over the numbers of Pro Rodeos in California for the past 3 years, it has not varied much. We average 35 Rodeos per year, not counting rodeos co-sanctioned with other states. I have spoken with Woodlake and they are willing to have us back if they are able to find a sponsor. I spoke with San Juan Capistrano last year and left a message recently. In reviewing the rodeos we've lost, it appears that the main reason is lack of sponsorships due to the economy. We believe we lost Palm Springs due to PETA. Remember to be thoughtful in the way you reprimand your horse at Rodeos. This is a reflection on the WPRA, it's against the WPRA rules, and hidden cameras are always a threat. If you have a connection with a rodeo committee that we have lost, get in touch with them and see what the issues are. A few that we have lost that come to mind are: Truckee, Hesperia, Indio, Palm Springs, Barstow...

The Qualifying World Tour began in 2012 with each Circuit counting one rodeo. This year we have been asked to find two rodeos in our Circuit that have fair, safe, consistent ground, plenty of parking, a wonderful committee to work with, and unlimited entries. It was voted on that California Rodeo Salinas, Bakersfield and Poway would be the three to choose from. I need to speak with the committees to figure out which two would be willing.

We lost two of our spokeswomen simply due to the fact that they won't be going to many rodeos in 2013. I would like to thank Gina Kilgore Graham and Sonia Gorrell for their past contribution to our CA Circuit.
I have a list of possible replacements and will have to wait until the WPRA Board of Directors approves them at the end of March. We will be voting on Dude Overton, Kaci Shaffer, Ali Hamner & Pattie Mackie, if they accept the service.

It was voted that the 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Divisional Finals Jackets will ALL say 2013 CA Divisional Finalist. We will not designate Divisional/Permit/Junior specifically; all categories will say 2013 WPRA CCDF. The Finals are set for Spurr Arena in Shandon November 9th. We are working on rain dates. Be aware that the rain date arena will probably not have the same amount of added money in their open race, but we are looking at keeping it on the same weekend (Sunday instead of Saturday). The Jones Ranch in Morro Bay has a covered arena and Sherrie Jones is willing to be a back-up arena for our Finals. Marilyn Peterson has again agreed to accept the role of CCDF coordinator. This will include organizing, taking entries and call backs, and secretary the Finals.

We will give a gift certificate for the saddle given to the Year End 2013 WPRA CA Circuit Divisional Finals Winner. This way the winner can order exactly what she wishes.

It was decided that in 2014 if there is $10,000.00 or more added to an open barrel race, I will try to combine our Circuit Divisional Finals with that producer even if the arena is not centrally located. This will give the girls who enter our Finals and the Open race a chance to win more money.

We welcomed the Juniors; Cooper Wills, Savannah Osuna, Sienna Kelly, Alyssa Conklin, Stevie Mae Scott, Kayla Foster, Victoria Covert, Mandy Trammel, Caitlyn Wood, Sophie Finneron, Tiffany Lujan and Casey Mathis. Many of the co-approved producers have agreed to add a WPRA Junior Race at this time. There must be at least 3 entered in the Youth/Junior race for your winnings to count toward year end earnings. There could be only 1 WPRA Junior and 2 Youth entered and the money would count.
I would like to thank the Junior parents who have volunteered to represent the Junior Division this year. They are Duane Mena, Leanea Wolanski & Sheryl Burgeson Covert Nichols. If any other parents can help, let me know! This promises to be a successful year for the Juniors. The Juniors themselves will be interviewing other Juniors to be Members In Focus. So be sure to check out our official WPRA CA Circuit Page regularly. We are in the process of asking Santa Barbara Rodeo and Ramona Rodeo if they would allow a WPRA Junior Race during their Rodeo along with their youth race. In the future when I contact a rodeo committee, I will ask if they are interested in a Junior Race. Right now I am focusing on the two mentioned above because they have offered a youth race for years.

As new members come into our Circuit I will send them a welcome email and tell them to check the WPRA website for our list of Spokeswomen and I'll cc our Spokeswomen on the email so they are all aware we have a new barrel racer to welcome to our Circuit.

We will continue with our Traditional "True Grit" and "Pioneer" Award. Please submit any nominees you have in mind. It was decided that the Spokeswoman and the previous award winner from 2012 will vote on the nominees.
True Grit Criteria: A member who is sure, reliable, trustworthy, faithful, dependable, sincere, authentic, & genuine. Someone who has shown: nerve, courage, fortitude, mettle, guts, & spirit. A woman who refuses to throw the towel in no matter how tough her personal situation has been. The first honoree was Polly Reagan Ugland.

Pioneer Criteria: One who prepares the way for others, a pathfinder, scout, and explorer. This should go to someone who was one of the first in their field. Our first honoree was Sue Rogers.

Neither of these awards has to go to Gold Card Members. They should be mentors of both young and old! They should have some significant contribution to the sport of rodeo.

It was decided that WPRA CA Circuit award for "Horse of the Year" will again be awarded to the Rodeo Horse of the year that has qualified for the Circuit Finals. The horse will be voted on by the qualifiers of the Circuit Finals. The 2012 "Horse of the Year" winner was R Will He Tell, Linda Vick's main mount. The "Reserve Champion Horse of the Year" went to Xtrared ridden by Christina Richman. The vote was so close we gave a "Reserved Horse of the Year" out in 2012.

We will continue recognizing our CA Circuit Rookie, the one who wins the most money at CA Rodeos only. We will also recognize our CA Circuit Rookie who wins the most money at Rodeo's throughout the Nation. Our 2012 CA Rookie was Brianna Trepanier and our CA Circuit National Rookie was Rachel Primm.

We will continue to honor our WPRA CA Circuit Team Ropers as best we can. We honored: Victoria Benedetti, Destri Devenport, Macy Devenport, and Judy Gillum. However, the ropers will all be expected to sell Raffle Tickets the same as the barrel racers in order to receive awards.

Awards we would like to add:
Pro Rodeo Photographer, the winner in 2012 was Gene Hyder.
Secretary of the Year, Timer of the Year, PRCA Judge of the Year. Send in your nominations.

There are plans of giving a Best Dressed Award at our CA Circuit Finals. The qualifiers will be voted on by the Committee, secretaries, timers and judges.

We gave plaques of appreciation to Santa Maria, California Rodeo Salinas, Santa Barbara and Poway last year. We are going to try to give more plaques this year, ultimately one for each rodeo.

We will continue to award our CA Circuit girls who qualify to go to the NFR something special. We gave Jody Reese halters to Trula Churchill and Worm and Christina Richman and Stitch this year.

Remember these awards will be given only if we get the sponsorship money that will allow for this.

The Happy Family is going to Award an Edith Happy Connelly Award in 2013. Criteria will be: Someone who fights for women's rights, innovative thinker, inspirational, longevity, with superb integrity. Someone who has dedicated a major part of their life to the sport of rodeo. This will be given from the WPRA CA Circuit, but the honoree does not have to be a member of the CA Circuit. This will be Nationwide. Send in nominations.

We will get raffle tickets out to each of our members and hope that every member sells at least 10 to 15. As in the past, in order to receive awards at the Finals races, you must sell at least 10 raffle tickets (or donate $100 to our Circuit). We will have three drawings, one for 2 NFR Plaza Seats, the second for a set of tires donated by Kaci Schaffer, the third a set of portable panels donated by Shane Parsons. Dude Overton has again agreed to Head the Raffle Tickets Committee.

We will hold Silent Auctions at the Year End Divisional Finals and we must choose another venue. If anyone would like to take charge on a Silent Auction at their barrel race, it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you to Jeanne Malone and Sabrina Wheeler who manned the two we held last year.

The California Rodeo Salinas Side Pot will continue, run by Stacey and Jeff Freitas. We will try to hold a Side Pot at Red Bluff and Clovis as well. This has always been a successful fundraiser for our Circuit.

Lita Scott is being recognized by the Reno Rodeo Committee for her contributions to the sport during the Reno Rodeo this year. They are making up a poster of Lita! I am sending a letter of recognition and a pendant to Lita from the WPRA CA Circuit.

Our survey suggested that we post Board Meeting Agendas prior to WPRA Board Meetings to get thoughts and ideas from members. I am asking the office to put the agenda up on our official site.

Our WPRA World Finals will be held in Waco, TX this year. The dates are October 23-27, 2013 and tentative dates for 2014 are October 22-26. I hope CA Circuit girls can attend and represent CA.

We discussed the survey responses that were sent back and many issues that were raised will be discussed with the Board.

Karla Sanchez and Marilyn Peterson brought with them to the meeting a very nice pair of spur straps with beautiful buckles. I was told that our members contributed even more money at our CDCF and requested that I be given another gift of appreciation from the members. Thank you Circuit members who helped make this possible; I'm very grateful. I'm honored and happy to represent you!

Best Regards,
Marguerite Happy
WPRA CA Circuit Director
happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com
661-714-9600

October 6, 2012. FINAL STANDINGS, PERMIT, CO-SANCTIONED & JUNIOR
The standings for the California Permit/Co-Sanctioned Finals and Juniors are updated and listed below. These are the FINAL STANDINGS, showing all money won through 9/30/12. If you have any discrepancy in the money shown for your winnings, please contact me right away. Any discrepancies must be reported to me by Monday, October 15, in order to be changed. You can call me at 805-441-9715 or email me at marilynjmanning@charter.net. Be prepared to support your discrepancy with records of the amount of money you won, the location, and the date.

Remember: You must enter to be qualified to compete! Entries will be taken on Saturday, October 20th. . Call me to enter between 8am and 10am or between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, October 20th. . My phone number is 805.441.9715. You must speak with me directly; don't just leave a message. Even if you don't qualify, I encourage you to enter the Finals - almost every year there are people who are qualified who do not enter for one reason or another. The Finals slots will be filled by the next contestant based on money won, who HAS ENTERED the Finals! When you enter I will give you confirmation number, and if you are not in the Top 12 I will give you a call-back time so you will know if you are entered.

Please look on our WPRA CA Circuit News for the article Marguerite has written about the spectacular awards that will be given for all of our Finals races. Marguerite has done an awesome job of getting sponsors, and in encouraging members to get sponsors, and the results of the efforts are clear in the "Awards" article. Please thank Marguerite when you see her for all her efforts on behalf of our circuit. And, if you don't see her, you can always email her at happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com.

As a reminder, our CDCF and Juniors Finals will be held at the Spurr Ranch in Shandon on Saturday, November 3. Our Finals will be held in conjunction with the Spurr Ranch 2012 Barrel Racing Challenge Open 4-D, which has $5,000 added, and is WPRA co-sanctioned. Please refer to the WPRA website under "Events Scheduled" for complete information for the November 3rd Spurr Ranch Open barrel race. The Open 4-D will start at 11 AM, and the CDCF will start as soon as the Open Race has run all contestants other than the CDCF Finals contestants; the Juniors race will immediately follow the CDCF Finals. Time-onlys will be from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM. The Spurr Ranch is also hosting a WPRA co-sanctioned Open 4-D on Friday, Nov 2 at 7pm.

As in the past, you can choose to also enter the Open 4-D race and have the time you run at the Finals be your time for the Open race as well. Entries for the Open race are taken on the day of the race. Be sure to tell the secretary when you enter the Open that you will actually make your Open run at the Finals so that they will not put you somewhere else in the draw. Also, if you are planning to run more than one horse in the Open, be sure to tell the secretary so she can place you in a drag that is far enough away from the Finals for you to make any changes necessary. If you have any questions about this, call me.

We will have our Silent Auction on Saturday, November 3rd. PLEASE bring something that you can allow us to auction off; all of the proceeds will be used for obtaining awards for our 2013 Finals. This is our circuit fundraiser kickoff, so please help us get off to a good start. Your item can be new or used. If you are not going to be there but you have something to donate, please see if someone can bring it for you. If you have trouble finding someone, let me know. We are also looking for volunteers to help with our Silent Auction - if you can take a shift or help in any other way, please let me know.


Permit standings are listed on the WPRA California Circuit News - there is a link for Permit Finals standings. The Co-Sanction and Junior standings are listed below:

WPRA CA Co-Sanction Standings - through 9/30/12. FINAL STANDINGS
1 Dude Overton 4,998.80
2 Bailey Nargang 4,060.12
3 Renee Ryckebosch 4,052.59
4 Reiney Hatch 3,151.42
5 Melanie Southard 2,986.00
6 Lita Scott 2,882.53
7 Ann Scott 2,779
8 Stacy Hampton 2,669
9 Brianna Trepanier 2,363.00
10 Rachael Ross 2,235.00
11 Cathy Cagliari 2,139.06
12 Charlene Jespersen 2,056.33
13 Loeghan Young 1,984.89
14 Mary Jo Camera 1,865.11
15 Lindsey Bonner 1,728.53
16 Susan McWhorter 1,696.00
17 Lauren Pai 1,682.30
18 Chris Rose 1,617.00
19 Cathey Vallerga 1,541.35
20 Karlie Boles 1,517.10
21 Kimberli Quinn 1,393.24
22 Susie Gunter 1,374.42
23 Angie Hardin 1,224.80
24 Betty Grohl 1,192.14

WPRA CA Junior Standings - through 9/30/12 - FINAL STANDINGS

1 Stevie Scott-Smith $630
2 Caitlin Loomis $276
3 Victoria Covert $231
4 Alyssa Conklin $147
5 Kayla Foster $22
6 Mandy Trammell $21

Congratulations to all the qualifiers for our CDCF Finals and Juniors Finals! I look forward to seeing you in Shandon on November 3rd.

Marilyn Peterson
805-441-9715
marilynjmanning@charter.net

October 4, 2012. Attention California Circuit Finals Qualifiers... click here for Qualifier Information Letter... click here for Awards letter.

****REVISED 9/12/12 *******Information for the 2012 California Circuit Finals, California Circuit Divisional Finals (CDCF),and the WPRA California Juniors Finals

**Note: The cut-off date for the California Permit & Co-Sanction and Juniors Finals has changed from 9/19 to 9/30. Money won at San Bernardino, Poway and Bakersfield on your Permit will count toward your Permit standings for 2012.**

CALIFORNIA FINALS EVENTS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
September 30 is the cut-off date for money won to be counted toward the California Circuit Finals, the California Permit & Co-Sanction Finals (now called the California Divisional Finals, or CDCF), and the Junior Finals.

California Circuit Finals - October 19, 20 and 21

The California Circuit Finals will be held October 19th, 20th, and 21st in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. As always, the top 12 WPRA card holders will qualify to compete at the Circuit Finals. Money counted toward the Circuit Finals standings consists of all money won at California rodeos and at rodeos held out of state that are co-approved with California. You must have competed at 14 rodeos if you are a California resident; 15 rodeos if you are not. Outstanding awards will be presented to each contestant at the Circuit finals. Marguerite has worked hard to get prizes sponsored and money donated to purchase great awards for all three of our California Finals! A saddle will be awarded to the year-end Circuit champion. A championship buckle will be awarded to the average winner of the Circuit Finals rodeo

California Divisional Finals (CDCF) and WPRA Junior Finals - November 3

Our Permit & Co-Sanctioned Finals is now officially called the California Divisional Circuit Finals (CDCF). The CDCF and the WPRA California Junior Finals will be held in Shandon on Saturday, November 3. There is $1,000 added to the CDCF Finals, and the winner of the Finals will receive a Cactus Championship saddle, and the Finals Reserve Champion will be awarded a Cactus Championship saddle pad. Montana Silversmith buckles will be awarded to the Year End Co-Sanction Champion and to the Year End Permit Champion. The Marguerite is having jackets made for each of the contestants for the CDCF Finals - so, enter up and win! Money won at the Finals race WILL count toward your year-end standings for awards.

The WPRA California Divisional Circuit Finals (CDCF) will consist of 24 contestants: The Top 12 Permit Holders (including money won at rodeos and co-sanctioned events), and the Top 12 Card Holders (including money won ONLY at co-sanctioned events). YOU MUST ENTER THE CDCF IN ORDER TO COMPETE. If you are not in the Top 12 Permit or Co-Sanctioned standings, you may enter anyway and if all positions are not filled, eligibility will drop down to the next highest money winner WHO HAS ENTERED the CDCF.

Entry Fee for the CDCF Finals is $55, and it will be a WPRA straight payout. WPRA dress code is required for the CDCF. You must pay your entry fees to me by 10:30 AM on November 3rd.

This year the WPRA CDCF will be held in conjunction with the Spurr Ranch 2012 Barrel Racing Challenge Open 4-D, which has $5,000 added, and is WPRA co-sanctioned. Please refer to the WPRA website under "Events Scheduled" for complete information for the November 3rd Spurr Ranch Open barrel race. The Open 4-D will start at 11 AM, and the CDCF will start as soon as the Open Race has run all contestants other than the CDCF Finals contestants. Time-onlys will be from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

As in the past, you can choose to also enter the Open 4-D race and have the time you run at the Finals be your time for the Open race as well. Entries for the Open race are taken on the day of the race. Be sure to tell the secretary when you enter the Open that you will actually make your Open run at the Finals so that they will not put you somewhere else in the draw. Also, if you are planning to run more than one horse in the Open, be sure to tell the secretary so she can place you in a drag that is far enough away from the Finals for you to make any changes necessary. If you have any questions about this, call me.

The Spurr Ranch is also hosting a WPRA co-sanctioned $500 added Open 4-D race on Friday night, November 2nd. Again, check the WPRA website for details of their November 2nd race. There are some hookups available, you can set up portable pens, there is plenty of parking. For information regarding the Spurr Ranch race or facilities, contact Bailey Nahrgang at 805.264.3425.

The WPRA California Junior Finals will be held immediately following the CDCF Finals. There will be a minimum of $250 added to the Junior Finals, and entry fees will be $50. A championship buckle will be awarded to the Year End Junior Champion and a very special award will be presented to the winner of the Junior Finals race. Money won at the Junior Finals will count toward the Year-End standings. As with the CDCF contestants, the Junior contestants can enter the Open in addition to the Junior Finals and have their run at the Finals be their run for the Open race as well. WPRA dress code is required for the Junior Finals.

As in the past, I will be taking entries for the CDCF and for the Junior Finals. You must enter to compete. Entries will be taken on Saturday, October 20th. . Call me to enter between 8am and 10am or between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, October 20th. . My phone number is 805.441.9715. You must speak with me directly; don't just leave a message. Even if you don't qualify, I encourage you to enter the Finals - almost every year there are people who are qualified who do not enter for one reason or another. The Finals slots will be filled by the next contestant based on money won, who HAS ENTERED the Finals! When you enter I will give you confirmation number, and if you are not in the Top 12 I will give you a call-back time so you will know if you are entered.

If you have not yet sold your raffle tickets, please get them sold and send the money in to Dude right away so the money can be used to purchase awards for our Finals. Make checks payable to Marguerite Happy. As a reminder, you must sell 10 raffle tickets (or pay $100 in lieu of ticket sales), in order to be eligible for awards at our Circuit Finals, Junior Finals, and the CDCF. Send your ticket stubs and money to Dude Overton, 172 East White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307. For questions contact Dude at 661-203-3548 or Marguerite at 661-714-9600.

The standings for the California Circuit, California Divisional (co-sanctioned), and California Juniors are updated regularly on the WPRA website. I keep track of the Permit Standings and I publish the standings on our Circuit News page. The Permit Standings are currently posted for money won through September 3rd. If you have any questions about your money won for the Divisional and Circuit Finals, contact Kelsey at the WPRA office. If you have questions about the money you have won for the Permit Standings, contact me directly. Please check your records against our reported standings as soon as possible; don't wait until the last minute to determine you have a discrepancy in what is stated and your record of winnings. If you have a discrepancy in the Permit standings, please email me with your record of winnings (date, location, amount) and I'll check it against my records.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Finals!

Marilyn Peterson
Cell phone: 805.441.9715
Email: marilynjmanning@charter.net

September 10, 2012. Information for the 2012 California Circuit Finals, California Circuit Divisional Finals (CDCF),and the WPRA California Juniors Finals

CALIFORNIA FINALS EVENTS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
September 19th is the cut-off date for money won to be counted toward the California Circuit Finals, the California Permit & Co-Sanction Finals (now called the California Divisional Finals, or CDCF), and the Junior Finals.

California Circuit Finals - October 19, 20 and 21

The California Circuit Finals will be held October 19th, 20th, and 21st in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. As always, the top 12 WPRA card holders will qualify to compete at the Circuit Finals. Money counted toward the Circuit Finals standings consists of all money won at California rodeos and at rodeos held out of state that are co-approved with California. You must have competed at 14 rodeos if you are a California resident; 15 rodeos if you are not. Outstanding awards will be presented to each contestant at the Circuit finals. Marguerite has worked hard to get prizes sponsored and money donated to purchase great awards for all three of our California Finals! A saddle will be awarded to the year-end Circuit champion. A championship buckle will be awarded to the average winner of the Circuit Finals rodeo

California Divisional Finals (CDCF) and WPRA Junior Finals - November 3

Our Permit & Co-Sanctioned Finals is now officially called the California Divisional Circuit Finals (CDCF). The CDCF and the WPRA California Junior Finals will be held in Shandon on Saturday, November 3. There is $1,000 added to the CDCF Finals, and the winner of the Finals will receive a Cactus Championship saddle, and the Finals Reserve Champion will be awarded a Cactus Championship saddle pad. Montana Silversmith buckles will be awarded to the Year End Co-Sanction Champion and to the Year End Permit Champion. The Marguerite is having jackets made for each of the contestants for the CDCF Finals - so, enter up and win! Money won at the Finals race WILL count toward your year-end standings for awards.

The WPRA California Divisional Circuit Finals (CDCF) will consist of 24 contestants: The Top 12 Permit Holders (including money won at rodeos and co-sanctioned events), and the Top 12 Card Holders (including money won ONLY at co-sanctioned events). YOU MUST ENTER THE CDCF IN ORDER TO COMPETE. If you are not in the Top 12 Permit or Co-Sanctioned standings, you may enter anyway and if all positions are not filled, eligibility will drop down to the next highest money winner WHO HAS ENTERED the CDCF.

Entry Fee for the CDCF Finals is $55, and it will be a WPRA straight payout. WPRA dress code is required for the CDCF. You must pay your entry fees to me by 10:30 AM on November 3rd.

This year the WPRA CDCF will be held in conjunction with the Spurr Ranch 2012 Barrel Racing Challenge Open 4-D, which has $5,000 added, and is WPRA co-sanctioned. Please refer to the WPRA website under "Events Scheduled" for complete information for the November 3rd Spurr Ranch Open barrel race. The Open 4-D will start at 11 AM, and the CDCF will start as soon as the Open Race has run all contestants other than the CDCF Finals contestants. Time-onlys will be from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM.

As in the past, you can choose to also enter the Open 4-D race and have the time you run at the Finals be your time for the Open race as well. Entries for the Open race are taken on the day of the race. Be sure to tell the secretary when you enter the Open that you will actually make your Open run at the Finals so that they will not put you somewhere else in the draw. Also, if you are planning to run more than one horse in the Open, be sure to tell the secretary so she can place you in a drag that is far enough away from the Finals for you to make any changes necessary. If you have any questions about this, call me.

The Spurr Ranch is also hosting a WPRA co-sanctioned $500 added Open 4-D race on Friday night, November 2nd. Again, check the WPRA website for details of their November 2nd race. There are some hookups available, you can set up portable pens, there is plenty of parking. For information regarding the Spurr Ranch race or facilities, contact Bailey Nahrgang at 805.264.3425.

The WPRA California Junior Finals will be held immediately following the CDCF Finals. There will be a minimum of $250 added to the Junior Finals, and entry fees will be $50. A championship buckle will be awarded to the Year End Junior Champion and a very special award will be presented to the winner of the Junior Finals race. Money won at the Junior Finals will count toward the Year-End standings. As with the CDCF contestants, the Junior contestants can enter the Open in addition to the Junior Finals and have their run at the Finals be their run for the Open race as well. WPRA dress code is required for the Junior Finals.

As in the past, I will be taking entries for the CDCF and for the Junior Finals. You must enter to compete. Entries will be taken on Saturday, October 20th. . Call me to enter between 8am and 10am or between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, October 20th. . My phone number is 805.441.9715. You must speak with me directly; don't just leave a message. Even if you don't qualify, I encourage you to enter the Finals - almost every year there are people who are qualified who do not enter for one reason or another. The Finals slots will be filled by the next contestant based on money won, who HAS ENTERED the Finals! When you enter I will give you confirmation number, and if you are not in the Top 12 I will give you a call-back time so you will know if you are entered.

If you have not yet sold your raffle tickets, please get them sold and send the money in to Dude right away so the money can be used to purchase awards for our Finals. Make checks payable to Marguerite Happy. As a reminder, you must sell 10 raffle tickets (or pay $100 in lieu of ticket sales), in order to be eligible for awards at our Circuit Finals, Junior Finals, and the CDCF. Send your ticket stubs and money to Dude Overton, 172 East White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307. For questions contact Dude at 661-203-3548 or Marguerite at 661-714-9600.

The standings for the California Circuit, California Divisional (co-sanctioned), and California Juniors are updated regularly on the WPRA website. I keep track of the Permit Standings and I publish the standings on our Circuit News page. The Permit Standings are currently posted for money won through September 3rd. If you have any questions about your money won for the Divisional and Circuit Finals, contact Kelsey at the WPRA office. If you have questions about the money you have won for the Permit Standings, contact me directly. Please check your records against our reported standings as soon as possible; don't wait until the last minute to determine you have a discrepancy in what is stated and your record of winnings. If you have a discrepancy in the Permit standings, please email me with your record of winnings (date, location, amount) and I'll check it against my records.

Looking forward to seeing you soon at the Finals!

Marilyn Peterson
Cell phone: 805.441.9715
Email: marilynjmanning@charter.net

August 21, 2012 WPRA CA Circuit Members: Just a reminder! By this time you should have all received a mid year earnings summary report from the WPRA office. This report will have every rodeo you have entered (sanctioned by the WPRA & PRCA) between October 1st, 2011 and July 4, 2011. It is a mid year report. It will have your winnings as well. The WPRA office encourages you to review your summary carefully. You only have until August 27th to challenge this letter. You must submit a written letter to the WPRA office and it must be received by August 27th!

This is important for Circuit Finals Count as well as NFR Count. Take the time to look this over, as well as your rodeo count and earnings over. Thank you! Marguerite

August 15, 2012 WPRA California Circuit Finals information -
Written by: Marilyn Peterson

CALIFORNIA FINALS EVENTS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER!
September 19th is the cut-off date for money won to be counted toward the California 2012 Circuit Finals, Co-Sanction/Permit Finals, and Junior Finals.

California Circuit Finals

The California Circuit Finals will be held October 19th, 20th, and 21st in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds.. To all of you Rodeo Cowgirls, remember that we lose Poway, San Bernardino and Bakersfield this year as rodeo count for the 2012 rodeo season. They will count for the 2013 rodeo season. Per our rule book the cut off date is 30 days prior to our Circuit Finals. We have Santa Barbara, Ventura, Tehachapi and Norco remaining. As always, the top 12 WPRA card holders will qualify to compete at the Circuit Finals. Money counted toward the Circuit Finals standings consists all money won at California rodeos and at rodeos held out of state that are co-approved with California. You must have competed at 14 rodeos if you are a California resident; 15 rodeos if you are not. Outstanding awards will be presented to each contestant at the Circuit finals. Marguerite has worked hard to get prizes sponsored and money donated to purchase great awards for the Circuit Finals. A saddle will be awarded to the year-end champion. A championship buckle will be awarded to the average winner of the Circuit Finals rodeo


Co-Sanction/Permit Finals and WPRA Junior Finals

Our Permit & Co-Sanctioned Finals will be held in Bakersfield on Sunday, October 14th at the Sundance Feed Lot arena in Bakersfield. There is $1,000 added to the Finals, and the winner of the Finals will receive a Championship saddle. Buckles will be awarded to the Year End Co-Sanction Champion and to the Year End Permit Champion. Marguerite is having very special awards made for each of the contestants for the Co-Sanction/Permit Finals - so, enter up and win! Money won at the Finals race WLL count toward your year-end standings for awards. As a reminder, the Co-Sanction/Permit Finals consists of 24 barrel racers: the Top 12 card-holders counting ONLY money won at the WPRA Co-Sanctioned races, plus the Top 12 Permit holders, counting money won both at CA Circuit rodeos and Co-Sanctioned races. As in the past, the Finals will run in conjunction with the WPRA Co-Sanctioned 4-D race sponsored by JBS productions. . The Co-Sanctioned/Permit Finals will begin as soon as the last Open 4-D contestant has competed. The time you clock at the Finals race will be the time you will have for the Open 4-D race (assuming you enter both races). The drags will be the same as for the rest of the Open race. If you plan to enter more than one horse in the Open, make sure you let the secretary know when you enter the Open so that she can enter you in the Open draw with your second horse. The Open-4D starts at 11:30 am


The WPRA Junior Finals will be held immediately following the Co-Sanction/Permit Finals. There will be a minimum of $250 added to the Junior Finals. A championship buckle will be awarded to the Year End Junior Champion and a very special award will be presented to the winner of the Junior Finals race. Money won at the Junior Finals will count toward the Year-End standings. If you can help to sponsor the Juniors with added money for the Finals or sponsorships, please contact Marguerite or Jerri Mann as soon as possible. We need some help here!

Entry fees for the Finals races are in accordance with the WPRA rulebook. Entry fees for the Co-Sanction/Permit Finals will be $55. Entry fees for the Junior Finals will be $50. The straight WPRA payout will be used to pay out the Finals races.

As in the past, I will be taking entries for the Co-Sanction/Permit Finals and for the Junior Finals. You must enter to compete. Entries will be taken on Saturday, September 29th. Call me to enter between 8am and 10 am, or between 4pm and 6pm on Saturday, September 29th. My phone number is 805-441-9715. You must speak with me directly; I will give you a confirmation number for your entry. Even if you don't qualify, I encourage you to enter the Finals - almost every year there are people who are qualified who do not enter for one reason or another. The finals slots will be filled by the next contestant based on money won, who HAS ENTERED the Finals! When you enter I will give you a call-back time and an entry confirmation number.

If you have not yet sold your raffle tickets, please get them sold and send the money in to Dude right away so the money can be used to purchase awards for our Finals. Make checks payable to Marguerite Happy. As a reminder, you must sell 10 raffle tickets (or pay $100 in lieu of ticket sales), in order to be eligible for awards at our Circuit Finals, Junior Finals, and the Permit/Co-Sanctioned Finals. Send your ticket stubs and money to Dude Overton, 172 East White Lane, Bakersfield, CA 93307. For questions contact Dude at 661-203-3548 or Marguerite at 661-714-9600.

The standings for the California Circuit and for the California Co-Sanctioned races are updated regularly on the WPRA website. I keep track of the Permit Standings and I publish the standings on our Circuit News page. If you have any questions about your money won for the Co-Sanctioned and Circuit Finals, contact Kelsey at the WPRA office. If you have questions about the money you have won for the Permit Standings, contact me directly. Please check your records against our reported standings as soon as possible; don't wait until the last minute to determine you have a discrepancy in what is stated and your record of winnings. If you have a discrepancy in the Permit standing, please email me with your record of winnings and I'll check it against the WPRA totals.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Marilyn Peterson
805-441-9715
marilynjmanning@charter.net

August 10, 2012 The California Rodeo Salinas was again a huge success. On behalf of every entry I want to thank the California Rodeo Committee; especially David Pedrazzi, Tina Dairies, Tom Petit, the tractor driver and all the rakers for their dedication in making Salinas Rodeo one of the favorites among the contestants. I don't know of many Pro Rodeo's that tractor after every six runs, keeping the ground safe, fair and consistent! Congratulations to the winner Brittany Pozzi and everyone who placed! Including all of our California Girls!

On behalf of the WPRA CA Circuit we awarded Mr. Pedrazzi and Mrs. Dairies a plaque of appreciation during Saturday's performance. If you have a favorite committee that you think is deserving of an appreciation plaque, please contact me so we can acknowledge them during their rodeo. I believe this good will act of appreciation on our behalf will encourage these hard working volunteers on the rodeo committees to continue their great effort to keep our sport of Pro Rodeo alive and well.

We were able to practice a bit more on the straight away on Wednesday and I want to thank Jerri Mann, Tina Dairies, Patti Silva, Stacey Freitas and all that helped to keep an eye out for workers crossing the track during this time. Thank you girls for being respectful to all, you all are true professionals!

With the help of Stacey and Jeff Freitas they ran the largest "side pot" that our CA Circuit had ever seen at Salinas. We made $623.00 for our Circuit -that money will benefit all of the Circuit Finals races coming up quickly in October. Thank you to all that supported this "side pot."

I had the help of Betty Breaux Muzio, Sharon Vulich, Patti Silva, Jerri Mann, Stacey Freitas, Sandy Travis (if I am forgetting anyone please forgive me). The Salinas Track is such an unusual set-up that getting some of the contestant's horses up close to the line takes awhile. The volunteers were helping out by calling the next six contestants so they would be up closer and ready. This made the barrel race go more smoothly for the rodeo committee and for the contestants. Thank you all for your help!

The announcer did a fine job announcing the order of the girls rather than the back numbers. This was a great help to the contestants! It was also very nice of the committee to change the way that they ran the short go round. Instead of running slowest to fastest, they had a random draw. This makes the short go round fair and square. Thank you California Rodeo Salinas! Congratulations to everyone that picked up checks at Salinas and to those consistent horses that placed in the average!

I was told that the WPRA General Membership meeting at Salinas drew more members than any of the previous meetings. Thank you to those who took the time to make it to the meeting, I so appreciate hearing all of your opinions. The meeting went quite well and many members opinions were heard. That is what these meetings are about. Our WPRA President Jimmie Munroe flew in along with our executive secretary Janet Cropper. Also in attendance were our Vice President Jerri Mann and myself. I was late so I am uncertain of other directors that may have attended. There was discussion about the pros and cons regarding limited entry rodeos, if the WPRA should approve Calgary, and if it is approved how much of the money should count toward the NFR. There were a few that spoke up and stated they did not like the WPRA Qualifying Tour Rodeo idea. When I asked for a vote approximately 7 voted for it, 7 voted against it, a few abstained and no one else voted at all. There were about 56 girls in the room at that time! So maybe only 16 out of 56 members in attendance voted on it. I am not sure if many of the girls even understand what it is about. I encourage you all to read up and at least understand what is affecting your association. Know your rules, read your rulebook! Another topic brought up is that the members wish to be heard on major topics that affect the association. It is difficult waiting to hear back from each member before we/Jimmie gets back to these Rodeo Committees. So we would have to communicate quickly by email. I know I personally have tried to contact many of you California members and I hear back from very few of you. However, at least we would give you an opportunity to voice your opinion. Another topic was that our minutes should be an open book and you should know how the directors vote on matters. The General Membership Meeting minutes are available on the front page of the WPRA website: look for the icon that says "General Membership Meeting Notes". The minutes of the WPRA Board Meetings are also available by clicking on "WPRA Board Meetings". I agree that the members should know how the directors voted, this may influence the way they vote on the future Circuit Director when the time comes. If you communicate with you Director it may influence the way she votes, so be sure to take part in the surveys taken and speak up! Your opinion is important. The last topic was the Drug Policy that the WPRA is working on. Questions were asked and answered. There will be more on this on our main WPRA official web page. I believe that we will all become more educated on the use of all prescription drugs and homeopathic drugs that are administered to our horses. The WPRA Board will take everything that was said at the general membership meeting into consideration when we next get together to make decisions.

Girls, please remember that when you enter a rodeo AND when you call back get a confirmation number. Then remember to bring that confirmation number to the rodeo in case there is any discrepancy on your draw. If you make a trade, be sure to get your confirmation number and the confirmation number of the gal you traded with; if that may be the case. Take both of those confirmation numbers to the rodeo, again in case there is a discrepancy when you arrive at the rodeo.

Out of 500 rodeos we have 23 that are Limited Rodeo's...always remember to enter, regardless if they are limited or not. We have the 30 hour replacement rule in place, so you still have a chance to get into those limited rodeo's, but only if you had called into pro com and entered in the first place. We have 49 rodeo's that add over $10,000.00! We are trying to always use a double timer at any rodeo with $10,000.00 or more added. Thank you WPRA for making this happen!

Our Circuit Finals are coming up quickly. To all of you Rodeo Cowgirls, remember that we lose Poway, San Bernardino and Bakersfield this year as rodeo count for the 2012 rodeo season. They will count for the 2013 rodeo season. Per our rule book the cut off date is 30 days prior to our Circuit Finals. We have Santa Barbara, Ventura, Tehachapi and Norco remaining. Marilyn Peterson has written an article specifically focusing on all information regarding each of the Finals - please read it on our WPRA CA Circuit News page.


I am excited to say I have raffle ticket money coming in and I am thankful to you girls who are actually out there selling them. This is the first year I didn't just buy them myself and I have been pleasantly surprised at how easily they have been to sell, when I remember to just ask friends.

I wish to give thanks to our sponsors that have stepped up to the plate to help us with Awards:

Sponsors, Donations & Fundraisers

Sea Mist Farms has made a substantial donation and this will allow me to offer nice awards at both Circuit Finals! Sea Mist Farms is one of the largest producers of artichokes. I wish to thank the Boutonnet Family; specifically Ed and Rosa. Ocean Mist expanded prior to World War II, into Broccoli and, in the 50's and 60's, added Fava Beans, English Peas, Cabbage and Cardone. In 1970, Ed Boutonnet, President of Ocean Mist Farms and native of the Salinas Valley, joined the company, bringing with him Sea Breeze Farms, later renamed Sea Mist Farms, and Boutonned Farms (mixed vegetables) to further diversify Ocean Mists' offerings. I can not thank Sea Mist enough for their support of our Circuit Finals!

Ray Franscioni Wines made a generous saddle donation and that will cover our WPRA Divisional Circuit Finals in Bakersfield!
Ray Franscioni is a third generation Monterey County farmer. Ray and family have gained a reputation for providing the finest grapes to some of the industry's best known producers. Vintners like Kendall-Jackson, Mer Soleil, Morgan, Cru, and Joullian purchase fruit for their best vintages from the various Franscioni estates. It is only recently, though, that wine lovers could collect wines from the Franscioni vineyards under the family's own labels. From the Santa Lucia Highlands, San Benito County and Monterey County, Ray Franscioni and family have introduced their limited Puma Road, Pedregal, and Lilia releases. Wines with a delicious sense of place, the result of two decades winegrowing experience. If you are a wine drinker, please support RF Wine!

Buckle Sponsors:
AAA Paving in Rialto, CA (Joe and Linda Vick) Walter, Valerie and Ann Scott Canyon Country, CA Craig Andrus Farms Thank you Craig and Vicki Andrus Salinas, CA Lame Away/Lindsey Walker Buckle AND 42 Bottles of Lame Away Hercules, CA Vita Bran/Charlie Blackburn Buckle AND 12 Bags of Vita Bran Feed for Permit Finals Lodi, CA (Thank you Pamela Scheer for obtaining this sponsor)

Other Sponsors:

Professional Choice: A few surprises at our finals this year! Working with me on some great discounts!

Overton Cowboy Hotshot, Bakersfield, CA (Bill and Dude Overton) donated a $100.00 Gift/Fuel Card.

The Wine Country Silent Auction that Jeannie Malone put together produced over $700 for our Circuit Awards. Thank you Jeannie and all who helped and donated for this silent auction fund-raiser. I donated 6 of my 12 NFR Gold Card Balcony seats which brought in $650 for the Circuit.
Candleabra: Shane Parsons Diamond Bar Arena He has also offered portable panels for next years raffle!

All Sponsors with Company Logo's will be added to our WPRA Official Web Site under our National Sponsors as our Official California Sponsors.

Tootie Hudson: Hand Made Breast Collar He is available for any other Awards girls, if you are interested, contact me!

Letter to vendors for sponsorship

One of our girls asked if I had anything that she could take into her local feed/western store to ask for donations/sponsorship. This is what I sent her...please feel free to use this if you think it will help you get sponsors.

Let me introduce myself. I am Marguerite Happy the newly elected as of March of 2011 Woman's Professional Rodeo Association California Director. One of my responsibilities as Director is to obtain Awards for our two year-end Finals. I have asked our WPRA California members to help me.

Any money I receive in donations will be spent on Awards. Our first California Finals Circuit Finals will be held October 14th in Bakersfield at the Sundance Feedlot. This Finals will include the top 12 WPRA Permit Holders, the Top 12 Co-Sanctioned Card Holders, and the Top 6-10 California WPRA Junior barrel racers. I will be obtaining Awards, including jackets for each of these 26-30 girls. It will be a one go round barrel race. A saddle will be awarded to the winner of the barrel race and I am hoping to award buckles to the qualifiers, however I need many sponsors to make this dream come true! I will for sure be awarding buckles to the year end qualifiers in each category. You may want to donate the added money for the open Finals: we are starting at $1,000.00; or the Junior Finals: starting at $250.

The second Finals will be held in Lancaster October 19, 20 and 21st. It is the PRCA/WPRA Circuit Finals Rodeo. The top 12 Rodeo Barrel Racers will qualify from money and rodeo count, supporting California Rodeo's during the 2012 Rodeo Season. Johnny Zamrzla and his hard working Showdown rodeo committee have sub-contracted the CA Circuit Finals, they and generous sponsors are donating a saddle and buckle to the year end winner. We should have $12,500. added per event paying 4 in each go round and 4 in the average. I would like to see each qualifier walk away with some spectacular awards to remember their year for generations to come!
These are the best Cowgirls in California and the Nation. Many have qualified to run at the National Finals Rodeo and some are on their way to the NFR this year as well!
These cowgirls support our California Rodeos and help our sport stay alive by entering and traveling up and down the road even with the high cost of fuel, feed and general expenses. I hope they have supported your businesses in the past, present and future.

I will be pleased to honor them and their equine partner with nice awards that they can be proud of the very first year I am elected their director, rewarding them for their hard work. I have asked my members to help obtain sponsors as well.

Thank you for helping to make this possible with your generous donation, whether it is a product or monetary donation. Along with your donation, If you give me your company logo, I would like to add it to our official WPRA WEB SITE as an official California sponsors, directly under our National Sponsors! You will also be mentioned on our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book web site!

Think about jumping on board on a yearly basis and help keep the sport of Rodeo alive and well in California.

Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!

Sincerely,
Marguerite Happy

To all members: Please Like WPRA CA Circuit face book page and please Like California Rodeo Finals face book page. I met with Johnny Zamrzla Committee Chairman of the California Circuit Finals Rodeo sub-contracted by Showdown Rodeo and Sandy Travis committee woman this past Tuesday. Things are moving right along and we are blessed to have them on board. They have reached their goals earlier than expected and believe that there will be quite a large purse at our Circuit Rodeo. Until it is official on our WPRA web site I don't want to speak out too soon. However, I can guarantee that the top 12 will not be disappointed. Please be sure to Like the California Rodeo Finals face book page to get the latest news. They are doing everything they can to meet my high expectations and I hope that we can do something for them as well. If you are asked to sign autographs, or meet VIP's or just mingle in the crowd; please be available. This committee is working hard on our behalf to give us everything that we are requesting. Let's be sure to give them something back in return girls! They are asking that all of the qualifiers stick around for the awards ceremony on Sunday after the last performance. We need to do this, to show support to our year end winner and our average winner; and for the sponsors. Whether we win or lose, let's all be sure to be there. It is the least we can do for this wonderful committee that has given up their July Showdown Rodeo to sub-contract our California Circuit Rodeo, making sure California Cowboys and Cowgirls don't go without a Circuit Rodeo Finals! There will be more on both Circuit Finals in the near future! The most updated information will be posted not only on the WPRA official Web Page, but also on the WPRA CA Circuit face book page.

I feel so blessed and grateful this past month for the support and donations I have recieved. If I have been able to obtain the above, just think what YOU can do! Get out there and ask your local feed stores, western stores, companies that you do business with, friends and family if they will support you by sponsoring a buckle, spurs, horse blanket, anything!

Until next month,
Marguerite Happy

August 2, 2012 Announcing the 2012 Rodeo Hall of Fame Inductees and Honorees

The Rodeo Historical Society of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is proud to announce the 2012 inductees into the Rodeo Hall of Fame and the recipients of the Tad Lucas and Ben Johnson Memorial Awards. Voting on a slate of nominees for induction into the Hall of Fame is one of several privileges of membership in the Rodeo Historical Society. For RHS membership information, call (405) 478-2250 or join online.

Attend Rodeo Weekend, September 21-22, to honor these pillars of professional rodeo. Check back soon for reservation information. An invitation is not required to attend, as events are open to the public to purchase reservations. However, to receive an invitation, call (405) 478-2250, Ext. 269.

2012 Living Inductees:
Pete Fredericks—Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling
Brad Gjermundson—Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Roping, Team Roping
Jim Houston—Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling
Sammy Thurman Brackenbury—Barrel Racing, Team Roping, Calf Roping

2012 Deceased Inductees:
Emma “Pee Wee” Burge (1919-2011)—Ladies’ Saddle Bronc Riding, Trick and Fancy Riding
Bill McMacken (1913-1967)—Saddle Bronc Riding, Bareback Riding, Steer Wrestling, Calf Roping

2012 Directors’ Choice Inductee:
James “Russ” Madison Jr. (1879-1956)—Saddle Bronc Riding

Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees are selected by vote from the members of the Rodeo Historical Society.

PLUS!
Formal Recognition of 1988 PRCA World Champion All-Around Cowboy Dave Appleton
Tad Lucas Memorial Award Recipient Vicki Adams
Ben Johnson Memorial Award Recipient Bill Smith
Make plans to attend Rodeo Weekend, September 21-22

July 2, 2012 Important Information for Salinas:
1. Trade Rules:
Anyone who entered the California Rodeo Salinas remember there 2 types of trades, trades because of conflicts and free trades per the WPRA rulebook. All first go round trades must be done through PRCA Trade Line 719-548-4877 by July 12 5pm whether a trade because of a conflict or a free trade. When you trade your first go round run, you trade every run with that girl! You get her draw and she gets your draw.

Second or third go round trades go through the rodeo with the secretary, first come first served. When you fill out your trade sheet, please put your phone number on it in case the rodeo secretary needs to call you for any reason. You will need the WPRA card # for both your and the person you are trading with.

Remember you may not trade a slack for slack run or a performance for performance run. The trades must be slack to performance or performance to slack.

2. Practice Session: It will be on Wednesday, July 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon on the track. Absolutely be respectful of workers preparing for the Wednesday evening PBR Performance.

3. General Membership Meeting: A meeting will be held on Thursday, July 19th one hour after slack in the Crown Royal Room in the middle of the track. Water will be generously provided by the California Rodeo Committee. WPRA President Jimmie Gibbs Monroe will be attending as well as WPRA VP Jerri Mann and WPRA Executive Secretary Janet Cropper. and our WPRA Please bring your questions to the meeting!

4. Hospitality: California Rodeo Salinas offers a wonderful Hospitality Tent for the contestants and their families near the roping chute end of the arena. They generously provide a safe place for your children to "hang out", offering arts and crafts, games, and fresh strawberries from the valley!

5. Slack & Performance Times: Slack will begin at 9:30 all three days. Thursday and Friday Performance will begin at 6:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday performance will begin at 1:00 pm. The top 12 girls in the average will come back Sunday for a short go round run. The short go draw will be random this year!

6. Looking for a Jackpot: ACBRA is offering a WPRA Divisional Co-Approved Jack Pot at Quail Creek Arena a few miles south of Salinas! Information will be on the WPRA CA Circuit face book page!

Marguerite Happy
California Circuit Dirctor

June 21, 2012.
Rodeo update:

Santa Maria Rodeo had sell out crowds and was well received by the WPRA Cowgirls with one run instead of two. The ground appeared to be better than normal and there were some very fast times! Karla Sanchez had the phenomenal idea of presenting Seth Doulton and the Santa Maria Elks Rodeo Committee a plaque from the WPRA thanking them for their vested interested and continued support for the women of rodeo and the WPRA barrel race. Karla donated this plaque from her own funds and I want to thank her for taking care of this. This is a great example of how just one of us can make a huge difference in our association. The Committee was thrilled to be recognized and it was long overdue! Jerri Mann our WPRA VP, past NFR qualifier, present competitor, horse trainer and friend, Cindy Rosser WPRA Gold Card member, veteran secretary and successful bull breeder; along with myself presented the Plaque of Appreciation to Seth Doulton during the last performance on Sunday. I am still trying to figure out how to post those shots on our WPRA CA Circuit face book page.

This was so well received that I plan on awarding more committees Plaques of appreciation from this moment forward. If you have a "favorite" Rodeo Committee and would like to thank them, please let me
know. If anyone is willing to "sponsor" a plaque for a committee, (they are approximately $48.00, possibly less) please contact me and I will take care of it.

Most Improved Ground/Best Ground is very important to these Rodeo Committees and they take their job quite seriously! Everyone can't be a winner during the NFR, but we can show our appreciation with these Plaques during their rodeo. Be sure to pay attention to the ground and vote when the time comes. As I said, the Best Footing Award means a lot to these committees!

Livermore was beautiful and we thank the committee for their Hospitality and serving the contestants like they do. The ground was great and we appreciate the effort that the tractor driver put into their Round-UP Rodeo! The weather was beautiful and the crowds at Livermore were spectacular. Livermore is known as The World's Fastest Rodeo!

My first trip to Glennville proved to be exciting. You can't ask for a more beautiful location or drive. One must drive safely because of the windy, steep roads. I was told a cattle trailer went over the side of the road about 3 months prior and one of the cowboys leaving on Sunday had a horrible incident when his truck burnt up during his descent down the hill. I believe everyone including livestock was safe, but he lost his truck! While at the rodeo we ran into a Committeeman that remembered my husband from when he was a young boy running around the grounds, traveling with his mom and dad who worked for Andy Jauregui! Rodeo is such a small world and we make lifelong friendships. The team roping on Saturday drew many entries, including Katy Varian, one of our tough California runners. Following was a wonderful jackpot the evening before which drew nearly 90 entries. It was well run, and quite competitive. Hopefully next year it will be a WPRA Divisional Co-Approved Barrel Race! Dude Overton won first with a blazing run and Ann Scott was right on her tail winning second...these girls set the pace for the evening. The Committee worked hard on the ground trying to make it as safe as possible. They had brought sand in during the year and it could get deep and shifty without water, so they were obliging to keep the ground as safe as possible throughout the weekend. Keep this rodeo in mind when you vote later in the year.
Glennville is the World's Largest One Day Rodeo and if you have never been, I would advise that you enter next year!

Turlock, Reno, Folsom, Prescott are a few rodeo's coming up and I wish everyone much luck! Keep watching the books as there will be many rodeo entries closing...don't miss them.

The California Rodeo Salinas is right around the corner. We are scheduling a practice session for the WPRA Barrel Race contestants for Wednesday morning. Keep watching our Official WPRA Web Site to find out what time! In the past it has been in the afternoon, but this year it will be in the morning. Jeff and Stacey Freitas have again volunteered to manage the "Salinas Sidepot" which has always been a great fundraiser for the Circuit. The Salinas Sidepot is $25 per go round, and it's paid in a 3-D format with ½ second between divisions. Thank you Jeff & Stacey! The WPRA Board is putting together a General Membership Meeting and it is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, one hour after slack, in the Crown Royal Room. The General Membership meeting is expected to run approximately 1 1/2 hours. Your President Jimmie Monroe and Vice President Jerri Mann plan to be there so you won't want to miss this one. Come and listen to what your Board is doing for you and if you have any questions, this is a great time to ask them. This is YOUR organization run by a Board that YOU voted in... please come and be heard so they can best represent you! Last year many girls told me they couldn't find the meeting. If you can't find it ASK, and we will try to have it well posted. I have asked the Committee if it would be possible to announce the number of the girl running instead of the back numbers, during Salinas, and I was told this could be done this year. This will be very helpful for us to know when to be ready to run. I am also asking for a random draw during the short go round, instead of slowest to fastest. If it is not changed this year, it will hopefully be changed next year. Tina Daries (a past California Rodeo Champion Barrel Racer herself) is a huge asset during Salinas and if you see her be sure to thank her for her hard work and dedication. They will hold their Hall of Fame Ceremony on the Director's Patio on Thursday and if you do not draw up in slack, you may want to go and support The Class of 2012. The Miss California Rodeo Salinas Queen Contest, as I understand, does not have over four entries, so their Horsemanship Contest which begins at 8:30 am on the track before the barrel race should not put us behind our scheduled slack time. The Personality and Appearance portion of the contest will be held Wednesday Evening 7pm at the Salinas Community Center Auditorium. If you want to enter the Salinas Rodeo, enter up. Don't be intimidated because of the Limited Entries. You may be drawn out, however you could be placed back in the draw with the 30 Hour Replacement Rule. You will not be placed back in the draw during the 30 Hour Replacement Rule if you have not initially entered! The California Rodeo has a "Special Rodeo" that long time supporter Pete Pedrazzi started. It is on Saturday before the performance. Please come join the kids in our Official Dress Code on the track and if you have a 'dog gentle' horse you could share, let me know! This means the world to these kids and it is the least we can do to show Salinas how much we appreciate all that they do for us! Don't forget to get your stalls ordered: Call 800-771-8807 and for $50.00 for the week your horse will be comfortable. Salinas does not allow portable pens until all stalls are sold out and they are not allowing "hot wire" this year!

There is a Revision for the Norco Rodeo Entries! Entries open August 14th 10am / Entries Close August 15th 10am. Always check for revisions on the official WPRA site.

WPRA Divisional Co-Approved Update:
For those of you who want a fun barrel race to attend it will be July 7th on the Salinas Track in memory of Harold Riva who worked the ground during the rodeo for many years. Holly Harris for West Coast
Barrel Racing is hosting this barrel race and it will be a fun one. You can find information on our WPRA CA Circuit face book page. There is $500.00 added and $65.00 entry fee. She will also ask for donations for the WPRA CA Circuit Finals...possibly a Cookie Jar for "Tips/Awards" set up when you sign up for the barrel race. It is a pot luck so plan your dish you would like to share. There will be a co-approved race during the Salinas rodeo. It will be after the performance on Saturday at Quail Creek Arena - more info to follow soon.

We have many Divisional Co-Approved Barrel Races coming up including the Cohn Arena in Portola Valley July 1st and Open Barrel Race Under the Lights July 14th at C & C Arena 5 miles east of Ramona. A new co-approved race is Moonlight Mania at Spurr Ranch Arena June 23rd AND July 27th in Shandon with $2,000 added and a $65 entry fee. The Jones Ranch in Morro Bay has been hosting some brilliant Co-Approved Barrel Races, and you can't ask for any producer more professional and fun to work with. It's a real "family affair" with Sherrie, Katie and Shannon in the office (and on horses), and Johnny at the gate giving us all a hard time! Lots of fun, well run, excellent ground.

Circuit Finals Update:
Remember that to qualify for the CA Circuit Finals you must have 14 Rodeo's if you are a resident and 15 if you are not. Our CA Circuit Rodeo Count ends earlier than the official NFR Rodeo year. Per our rule book, it will end 30 days prior to the Circuit Finals, which is October 19, 20 and 21. So, the end date for qualifying for the Circuit Finals is September 19th. So we will lose some rodeos for this year's counts including Poway and San Bernardino and Barstow.

Our WPRA Permit & Co-Sanctioned Finals and the WPRA Junior Circuit Finals will be held October 14th at the Sundance Feed Lot in Bakersfield. We felt this was a central location for our members. It will be held in conjunction with JBS Open 4-D barrel race. As always, this Finals will include the Top 12 Permit Holders (counting money won at rodeos and co-sanctioned races) and the Top 12 Card Holders, counting ONLY the money won at the Co-Sanctioned barrel races. The end date for qualifying for the Permit/Co-Sanction Finals is the same as for the CA Circuit Finals - September 19th. The updated Permit standings are updated by Marilyn Peterson and posted on the California News section of the WPRA website. The Circuit Co-Sanctioned standings is updated by the WPRA office and is on the WPRA website on the "Standings" tab. Our Permit/Co-Sanctioned Finals will have $1,000 added money. Our WPRA Junior Finals (top 10 WPRA Juniors ) will have $250.00 added. If you would like to donate to the "added" money or awards, please contact me. Thank you Jerri Mann and Marilyn Peterson for your help in producing these Finals. We will also have a Silent Auction these Finals which will be a major fund-raiser for the California Circuit awards. So please donate something for these auctions!

I am ordering Awards for ALL of our Finals, so I hope you are busy selling your Raffle Tickets. This is a huge help to me! Send them back to Dude Overton and if you are NOT going to sell them, please send them back to Dude so someone else can sell them. These raffle tickets were not cheap.

I have obtained a couple Buckle Sponsors and hope you are trying to get your local feed/western stores and others to sponsor one as well! We will offer the opportunity to be a saddle sponsor and horse blanket sponsor as well. We will monogram their company name on the horse blanket. If you are too shy, but know of a potential sponsor give me their name and number so I can contact them.

I have not received help from any of the Juniors parents, so if you are interested in helping please call me! Let's make this a great Finals for our Top 10 Juniors.

If you have a contact for any awards, please let me know. We do give our WPRA Major Sponsors First Right of Refusal, but I would like bids to compare.

Jeannie Malone is kind enough to host a "Silent Auction" at the July 1st Wine Country Barrel Race in Temecula at Casner's Arena. This is a great co-sanctioned barrel race with $2,000 added $75 entry fees. Please bring or send Silent Auction Items to her. The money raised at this Silent Auction will benefit the WPRA CA Circuit Finals and the Co-Approved/Permit and the Junior Finals! I am donating 12 NFR Seats for the first performance 2012. These are Balcony Gold Card Seats, but they are good ones; U 229 J seats 1 to 5 and U229 K seats 1 to 7. They are all together, it would be fun for a big group to go together. The price will start at $100.00 for each ticket, and go up from there. If we are able to get all tickets sold at the silent auction it will bring $1,200 into the CA Awards funds! I'm working on room sponsorships, nothing yet set in stone though. If you can help, let me know!

GENERAL NEWS:
Always check for revisions on our Official WPRA Web Site, the magazine is usually not 602 up to date because of early publication deadlines.

Remember to vote for Sammy Thurman Brackenbury for induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame. Call the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and tell them you want a $35.00 membership and voting rights for the 2012 Rodeo Hall of Fame Nominees. Do this now! Sammy helped pave the road for the rest of us.

Thank you again to you members who always step up to the plate to support the WPRA. I may be contacting you to sign autographs, mingle with VIP's or simply help at the Special Rodeo's. This is greatly
appreciated and admired by the Committee's.

Please be sure to LIKE and ask YOUR friends to LIKE the WPRA CA Circuit Facebook page and the California Finals Rodeo Facebook page. The sponsors are more willing to help us out if they see a huge outreach from these sites! Also please support California Pro Rodeo and LIKE these pages. The website for the CA Finals is www.cafinalsrodeo.com.

Welcome to our Rookies who are kicking it with some big wins, including Brianna Trepanier, Reiney Hatch and Sydney Wheeler to name a few. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Our next profile
will be on one of our Rookies, stay tuned!

Does anyone have any questions to ask of one of our members who you highly respect? I still haven't heard from you?

A reminder to read your Rule Book! You are all spokeswoman for our sport, and RESPONSIBLE to know your rules - so make sure you do!

We have a Pro Elite Sire Incentive Program in place. This includes $500.00 at each Circuit Finals which will be paid to the contestant with the fastest run. So, don't forget to let me know if you are riding a PESI Horse, which would make you eligible for this incentive money. PESI also pays a Bonus at the NFR to those who are riding PESI horses!

A gentle reminder that we have a Drug Testing Policy in our Rule Book. The WPRA is in the process of actually randomly testing horses! Say No To Drugs!

Happy Trails,
Marguerite Happy

May 14, 2012. Happy Mother's Day to all of you wonderful moms and grammas - Enjoy your day!

Thank you Dude Overton for your hard work and dedication to our Circuit. By now each of you should have received your Raffle Tickets in the mail. If you have not, please contact me. This is our main fundraiser for awards for our Circuit Finals, WPRA Divisional Co-Approval Finals, Permit Finals and Junior Finals! We are one of the few Circuits that has Finals in so many categories, supporting many different aspects of the WPRA. However, the awards money runs low so I need your help and support in obtaining sponsors. If every member sells their tickets, this will be a huge help! If you need more, contact Dude Overton.
With the added money at our CA Circuit Finals predicted to reach over $10,000.00, many of you will haul extra hard to qualify! We are so blessed to have CCP President Johnny Zamrzla and his crew working hard for us, obtaining such a huge purse. If you haven't already please "Like" California Finals Rodeo and our new face book page WPRA CA Circuit. This will give you updated information. Don't forget however that our WPRA website, is still the official site for Pro Rodeo news!

I have thrown a question out to you. Since we have so much added at our Circuit Finals would you like to see it pay more places. It pays 4 in each go round and 4 in the average. The consensus/majority said they would like to keep it the same. Second place thoughts were pay another hole or two in the go rounds and keep the average as is, paying 4 monies. Thank you to everyone that has responded to me.

I still have not heard from any of the Junior Members parents regarding the help I need in this area. I need someone to step up to the plate to gather donations specifically for the young members we are mentoring. I wish to thank all of our members that so kindly acted as ambassadors during The Sherry Cervi Spring Bling at Diamond Bar Arena. Including, but not limited to Sis Buttrey, Sheena Robbins, Lyndee Stairs, Janel Flook, Bailey Nahrgang, Betty Grohl, and Jacque Hannon. They kept an eye on the juniors and encouraged many of them to join the WPRA as a junior member. Lita Scott one of our spokeswomen suggested that next year we raffle off Junior Memberships and a WPRA membership as a way to earn money for our Finals. I have to look into this and make sure it is legal and perhaps we can do this next year. I will need enough sponsors who are willing to donate the money to buy these memberships I would like to raffle next year.

Spring Rodeos are successfully underway and our California girls are some of the toughest in the business winning consistently. The level of horses and riders is quite high and I believe it is because we have so many good days to go and ride our ponies. We don't suffer the severe weather many other circuits have to deal with. You better be on your game when you show up!

Oakdale was a bit wet, however girls placed in slack and each performance. You girls showed a lot of guts running in the "muck" and you showed how talented your equine partners are under not the best conditions. Oakdale Saddle Club was gracious to have a beautiful Hospitality Tent serving 3 meals a day to contestants and their families. They also had some beautiful baseball caps for the contestants. This is above and beyond and we certainly appreciate these "perks". Thank you to Betty and Ron Grohl for offering your equipment to prepare Oakdale Ground, we all appreciate your generosity.

I would like to thank Red Bluff Rodeo Committee, specifically Mike Dudley. Through our past Director Gina Graham, together they made it possible for our girls to get in the arena and work their horses. I am sorry that some did not hear about this, it was posted on our official WPRA site and our face book page. I learned that I should have posted it at the secretary's office and next time we have a designated time to practice; I will also try to post it at the rodeo! I also am sorry about the mix up on our second run at Red Bluff, next year things will hopefully go smoother. Red Bluff made it possible to trade second go round runs if you were in the performances and they changed from reverse order in slack/slowest to fastest in the perfs to "random" draw. The girls greatly appreciate this change this year.
The warm up race on Wednesday was a huge success and we can thank Gina Graham, The Red Bluff Rodeo Committee and many local businesses that made this possible. The enthusiasm for the "Bikini" Barrel Race was contagious. Hats off to all the girls that had the heart to enter. Congratulations to Bailey Nahrang on her win!
I would like to thank Linda Vick, Brenda Mays and the other Red Bluff Contestants that took the time to go up to the VIP Box and Sky Box to introduce themselves, shake hands and thank those sponsors and guests for their support of Red Bluff Roundup.
This meant a lot to the committee.

Clovis Rodeo Committee and grounds people went out of their way to seal the arena prior to the storm arriving. They made sure that we had the best ground possible and it showed by the times that were being officially posted. Fast winning times were clocked even at the bottom of the ground. This is what we strive for; competitive ground no matter where you draw, giving everyone the opportunity to take home a check. Thank you Melanie Southard, Brenda Mays and the other contestants who took the time on Sunday to support the "Special Rodeo" Clovis hosted. What a heartwarming experience and I personally never get tired of donating time with those adorable kids with such spunk! They teach us so much especially about "having a good attitude" no matter what cards we are dealt. The format changed this year and we thank Clovis Committee for "random" drawing and allowing trades in the perfs. This helps other rodeo committees out as well as the contestants. It is a win/win situation. Thank you Clovis for being so wonderful.

Springville Rodeo is such a charming location. Upon arriving the aroma of fresh orange blossom is unforgettable. The weather put a damper on a barrel race that Gina Graham hosted at Linda and Bobby Adairs only for a few days. It was postponed from the scheduled date to let the arena dry out.
Linda Vick had some bad luck when the halter lead rope of the horse she was ponying got under the tail of her horse. Linda looked like a prize fighter after her horse she was riding bucked her off onto asphalt. Then during her rodeo run her horse slipped on the first barrel and off she came. I don't know anyone with more heart and soul than Linda. She is in our thoughts for a speedy recovery and by the time this letter is posted I am sure her name will be in the winners circle again. You can't keep a good cowgirl down! I wish to thank the Springville Rodeo Committee for their Hospitality Tent, serving the cowboys and cowgirls food and drinks.

Many have suggested that Santa Maria Rodeo would benefit more WPRA members if they changed their two go round format to one. Checks would pay more and more girls would enter. Gina Graham tried very hard to accomplish this last year, however the committee insisted on two go rounds. With the help of Karla Sanchez, another of your spokeswoman I was able to speak with Seth Doulton regarding your concerns and suggest one go round. Mr. Doulton is the one to thank ultimately, if you see him during Santa Maria. Karla is also working hard on sponsors and I appreciate all of her effort.

I have missed many CA Rodeos so don't have news on the others, but it is appreciated if anyone does have news or thanks to give that we get it out there.

My goal is to communicate with as many of the committees as possible and suggest they work their ground for the safety of horse and rider. Also to let them know that we are there to help them if they need it. So as rodeo approvals come into me, I connect with the committee introducing myself. This has already led to autograph sessions and simply going up into their VIP section and mingling. The committees seem very grateful for our extra effort.

We have been asked to send a few Redding Contestants to Wal Mart before slack for 1 1/2 hours. I will be calling some of you to ask if you are available. If you are not, no worries and if you are interested it will be greatly appreciated. Redding is holding a WPRA approved jackpot on tuesday evening May 15th and you will be able to run in the Rodeo Arena. This is a nice gesture and much appreciated by us.

I want to thank you all for your adhering to our new Dress Rule during rodeos. I have had many WPRA Divisional Co-Approved Jackpots come through to approve. We are co-sanctioned with the main producer and I can not require that you wear WPRA Dress Code, but I certainly will request it.
I came up admiring our "old school" competitors. I watched Wanda Bush, Sammy Thurman Brackenbury, Alma Evetts, Charlene Jesperson, Cindy Rosser, Polly Reagen Ugland and many more legends always dress with great pride and they looked professional when the made a run. Even at a jackpot. I was visiting with Polly Reagen Ugland recently and she brought up a great point. She believed that those "toughs" dressed like this as much for the psychological benefit as anything else. How professional do you want to be? If you dress the part it helps you to believe in yourself!
Another thing I would like to see happen at the WPRA Divisional Co-Approved jackpots is that the producer make sure that the pattern size is posted and who marked the pattern. Just like we do at the PRCA Rodeos. Again, I can not require this, but I sure would like to request it.
I appreciate all of the calls I have received with your personal concerns and suggestions. Ultimately your concern affects the whole membership and it helps me to know what you need and want. It will help me to better represent you during our Board Meetings.

Marilyn-Manning Peterson is my right arm and she edits everything I write. She has taken on the task of keeping track of the Permit Standings an she has posted them here. These are current from October 1, 2011 to April 26, 2012. The top 12 permit holders will include all money won in the 1D at co sanctioned races plus any rodeo money they won. For the Co Sanctioned races, we will take the top 12 cardholders with money won onyx at the co- sanctioned races in the 1D. We will take the top 12 Permit holders to the Permit Finals, and they will run against the top 12 cardholders with money won ONLY fom co-santcion rodeos. These 24 will run together to make the Permit/Co-Sanction Finals, and outstanding awards will be given at that the finals for all contestants, including a saddle to the Finals winner.If you have any questions about the standings contact Marilyn at the email address she has listed under the standings. Thank you Marilyn we are forever indebted to you for your time and dedication to our Circuit.

Getting back to another question I threw out to our members; How do you feel about Calgary? Not one person I heard from wanted Calgary money to count toward the NFR earnings. Your Board who you voted into office has already voted on this and I ask that you support their decision. The decision was based on future growth of the WPRA as a whole. There is a committee working out the details, but I assure you that when this is said and done you will not be disappointed. I will write more about this issue later as soon as things develop. Your board is working very hard coming up with a way to give every member a chance to qualify to run at Calgary. Please be patient.

The WPRA is trying to find an application that makes their web site compatible with your I Phones and Droids, so that when you are out on the road you will have access to all information on the web site. This has been a major concern I hear from many of you.

The WPRA is also working on a system to make it possible for your winnings to be directly deposited into your bank accounts at Rodeo Pay rodeos. With any luck, this will be in place for the 2013 season.

Please keep in mind that you are the "cream of the crop." The best cowgirls out there riding the best horses. Be humble and continue representing the WPRA with pride and enthusiasm. Know your rulebook, read it and read it again. The way my memory works, I may rely on YOU to answer a question regarding our rules. Although we have official spokeswoman remember that each of you can help our organization more than you may realize. Independently each of you are spokeswoman for our sport...let's keep it alive and well! Simply by bonding with the rodeo committees, judges, secretaries, contract personnel and the PRCA we shall continue working as a team creating better opportunities for each of us.

I want to thank one of our own, professional horse trainer and rider Jerri Mann your WPRA Vice President for her dedication to each and everyone of you.
Also, Lyndee Stairs another spokeswoman for her barrel racing advise that she so freely gives, mentoring so many with a happy heart.
Thank you Candy Forsberg, Lyndee Stairs, Betty Breax Muzio, Lyndalee Whipple, Cathy Cagliari, Bonnie and Lee Rosser and so many others for offering your place to cowgirls and their horses while on the road.
Thank you Pattie Mackie for your rule change proposal. We all think about making one, but you actually took the time to write it out and send it in.

We will again have our "side-pot" during the California Rodeo Salinas. Stacey and Jeff Freitas will be in charge of it and I know you will be in good hands because they have successfully been doing this for quite a few years now.

I am still looking for sponsors who are interested in placing an ad on our WPRA CA Circuit Web Site. This is seen by many on a daily basis and would be a great opportunity for them to advertise! They will also be mentioned on our face book page!

Be on the lookout for two interviews that will soon be posted. The first will be on Sammy Thurman Brackenbury who has been nominated by The Rodeo Historical Society of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahomna City as a 2012 Living Inductee. The general membership will soon vote on the inductees. I encourage each of you to buy a $35.00 membership to this worthy organization and vote for Sammy Thurman Brackenbury. Rodeo Hall of Fame inductees are selected by vote from the members of the Rodeo Historical Society. For membership information, call 405-478-2250 or join online.
Congratulations Sammy!

If anyone is interested in a question/answer section we will do this. Just send me your questions and I will get them answered.

You are lucky to have such committed, dedicated people working for you at our WPRA office. If a mistake is made, remember that we are all human.

Be blessed and grateful,
Marguerite Happy

Edited by: Marilyn Manning Peterson

April 5, 2012. Dear WPRA Members, On March 12th I met with Johnny Zamrzla our PRCA CA Circuit Finals Rodeo Committee Chairman President, and with Sandy Travis who is one of the Committee Persons who worked so hard in making our Finals the success it was last year. They called to see if we could get together to discuss our 2012 Finals. I invited them over to our home and they made the trip from Lancaster with great news that we have a home and date for our CA Circuit Finals, so we won't be scrambling at the last minute like last year. The dates are set for October 19th, 20th, and 21st.

What a class act both of them were to deal with! First of all Mr. Zamrzla saved our bacon! When our CA Circuit was in debt from bad luck in 2011, Showdown Rodeo took it upon themselves to step up to the plate and put an umbrella over our Finals for the year 2012, which helped us to continue with the tradition of a Circuit Finals. Thank you Showdown Rodeo! Without them we may not have had a Circuit Finals. They now are offering a home for our Circuit Finals and we will work as a team to become the best in the business!

A few of the things we discussed at this meeting were:
(1) Center Gate for the girls this year with bar buried for safety. They will try to accommodate this if possible.
(2) Better ground. The ground is just not the best in this arena and they did a phenomenal job working it to make it as good as it could possibly be for 2011. They know the ground needs less water in the evening, more water in the day if it is warm. We discussed possible dirt sponsors. Some facilities store dirt outside and cover it. We would really benefit from a Ground Sponsor! Any ideas?
(3) Stalls were an issue last year....a bit too large and not enough of them. Stalls will be smaller this year. They need a stall committee, but so far they have a lack of volunteers. Here again, it would be very helpful if we could get stalls donated -- perhaps by Priefert? Anyone know of anyone willing to donate stalls for Circuit Finals for signage?
(4) Feed Store; possibly a local Feed Store offering Shavings and feed? Heme Hay?
(5) The sound system had a few flaws that will be worked out next year.
(6) I asked if we could have hand raking after each girl this year; they are going to take this to their committee and let me know.
(7) Year end Championship saddles will go to year end Circuit high money winners for each event. This will include all circuit money won through the cut-off date PLUS money won at the Circuit Finals.
(8) Championship Saddles will be donated by Mr. Zamrzla's Sponsors respectively. The saddles for each event will all match and will be presented to the winners on the other side of the arena after the rodeo is over at a quick Awards Ceremony. Contestants are expected to be present! They were Corriente Saddles last year and they are going to get a bid from them this year as well. We will order a 14" seat for the Barrel Racing Champion.
(9) Buckles will be given to CA Circuit Average Winners donated by Mr.Zamrzla's sponsors respectively. Again they will be presented after rodeo and contestants will be expected be there to receive their awards. Thank you Mr.Zamrzla.
(10) I recommended a Horse of the Year Award for each event in our CA Circuit to be voted on by our CA Circuit Members.
(11) I recommended a Rookie of the Year in each event. If the Rookie of the Year did not qualify for the Circuit Finals she will be invited to the Finals to receive her Award. We are asking Montana Silversmith to donate a Rookie Buckle; this is in discussion now.
(12) Mr. Zamrzla would like to see each event receive the same awards. He is going to have the jackets made up this year. I am going to ask the WPRA if they have a patch that we could put on the barrel racers jackets. Mr. Zamrzla would take care of having the patches on the CA Circuit Finals jackets this year. They will be very nice jackets. When we wear our jackets they will represent the WPRA and the RAM CA Circuit Finals rather than have two jackets. As always, we can wear them proudly!
(13) Sandy Travis recommended we have a WPRA flag during our Circuit Finals, which is a wonderful idea. I will try to have one with me at all times.
(14) We are talking about having a Team Roping and 4-D Speed Spectacular/WPRA Co-Sanction Barrel Race just a few days before the Circuit Finals. Maybe we could give a buckle to a "local" cowgirl...and present the buckle during the Circuit Finals evening performance; this is in discussion.
(15) Talk of a printed Finals Program to offer advertisement. They would need more volunteers to help with this...anyone in Lancaster that would be willing to help with this effort?
(16) The ultimate goal that I proposed is that the stalls, entry fees, and rooms for each contestant be paid for by sponsors for our 2013 Finals. This is not unheard of, and I asked for it now to put the idea in their heads...never hurts to ask nicely. It won't be possible for the 2012 Finals, but maybe for 2013. Heck you never know. What a nice end of the year bonus. After all, this is California's NFR!
(17) My goal this year is to give buckles to each qualifier. We will first get a bid from Montana Silversmith, the WPRA National sponsor. We can then compare the bid from Montana Silversmith with other bids we may get

This is a question to any of you girls that were at the CA Circuit Finals in Lancaster last year....could you hear the announcer by your trailers? I need answers from as many as possible. They want to know how good the sound system got out to the trailers. Just Facebook me or email me at happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com. Thanks.

If you have any news regarding Rodeos, jackpots or anything newsworthy let me know and also Facebook Shawn Nelson who has put together a Facebook site for California Ram Circuit Finals. She would greatly appreciate any news or pictures from any of our barrel racers or rodeo events.

Dude Overton will be managing our raffle ticket sales again this year - thank you Dude! You will be handed raffle tickets at rodeos or they will be mailed to you. We have 3 great prizes for the raffle winners this year. If your name is drawn as a "winner", you will be able to choose which of the 3 prizes you want. As always, we will be raffling off 2 NFR Plaza Seats for the 4th Perf which is December 9th 2012. In addition, we will have 2 Fuel/Gift cards from Bank of America valued at $100 each. All raffle tickets will cost $10 each. As an additional incentive to get your money in early (so we can spend it on awards for you!!), IF you get your 10 tickets sold and money in to Dude by August 1st, we will put a raffle ticket with YOUR name on it into the pot, so you'll have a chance to win a raffle prize also. AND, as an additional incentive, the member who sells the most raffle tickets will be awarded a $100.00 Bank of America Fuel/Gift Card.

Many incentives this year....We have 190 members...so I hope that each of you sells at least 10 of these tickets. When we include the $100.00 Fuel/Gift card, it makes it easier to sell to co-workers who could care less about rodeo. This should really help us out in getting the tickets sold. Remember, if you qualify for the Circuit Finals, Co-Sanction Finals, or the Permit Finals, you must sell at least 10 tickets or pay $100.00 to be eligible for any awards at the Finals. Overton Cowboy Hotshot has donated one of the $100 Fuel/Gift cards to be raffled off - thank you Bill & Dude!

Here's a few additional ideas I had about the Finals: Give a prize for fast time in each go-round...pop up barrels or something....anyone willing to donate some pop up barrels or anything else? Now remember we have 3 runs at the Circuit Finals and Jerri Mann is looking into our Co-Sanction Finals in Bakersfield...we are looking into having a 2 or 3 header there! So let's think big girls! Lots of prizes! I need sponsors to step up to the plate...call me, get on board now. Maybe even work out a 50/50 deal.

I would love to sell blankets to sponsors. The sponsors pay for the blanket and they get to write their name on the horse blanket and we give these blankets at the Finals...This would be great for any of the breeders! I need to find a blanket company to work with to get a price, anyone know one? Breeders call me to get on board.

I need a gear bag company also. I want to give all of our qualifiers gear bags and sell the gear bags to sponsors and the sponsors can have their names written on the gear bags we give our top girls in California.

If we start early, and that means NOW, we can do anything! I can't do it all by myself. Each of you could help me in a small way and I would greatly appreciate it. I also hope you are reading your rule book, so you can represent us correctly. And girls don't ever be afraid to ask a question if you don't understand something, that is how we learn.

My acceptance letter has been mailed to each of you and, despite my requests for input, my phone is not ringing off the hook. What's up? I need a Junior Representative to help with the WPRA Juniors! Come on mom's, help me help them.

The Board meeting was wonderful; we got a lot accomplished. As soon as the minutes are approved, I'll share the information with you. Until then, have safe travels and May God Be With You!

Marguerite
661-714-9600 - cell
Email: happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com

March 31, 2012. This article was first published in Ropers Sports News 12-11 and is being shared with us with permission from Lyndee Stairs and Stephanie Reynolds.

More Winning Ways With Lyndee Stairs

I thought it would be fun to do this column and share some tips and tools that have worked for me over the years. This is not the only way to approach barrel racing, training or horsemanship but these techniques have worked for me and may work for you too.

THE IMPORTANCE OF A SOLID FOUNDATION
I used to ride cutting horses (what a thrill), then I realized that I did not like paying for someone else’s opinion. Since then, there has been a long series of good quality consistent horses in our barn. At the Stairs Ranch we have about a dozen barrel horses in training at all times. The excitement of starting a young horse on barrels is what keeps me doing this year after year. The competition is what keeps me coming back. I like the clock.

A consistent barrel horse is a well trained, really broke horse that will move all five body parts including his legs on cue. He will work off your legs, reins, body and voice commands and not fall apart under pressure.

There is no magic recipe to make a barrel horse. Just repeat the same correct things over and over at the right time from the beginning and the horse will learn. Don’t get in a hurry, but continue to advance your training a little at a time. Put increasingly more pressure on your horse by adding small increments of speed as he gets solid on the pattern. I also use a lot of praise. Be sure to back off the speed if your horse starts to get frustrated. Speed up, then slow down, then speed up again. It sounds simple but requires a lot of patience. Horses, like people, do not learn from the beginning going at a gallop-start slow. When my colts are loping a good solid pattern, then I pick up the speed.

The foundation is only the beginning. Seeing how a horse learns and matures into a seasoned barrel horse is exciting. There is no way to do this except by hauling and many hours in the saddle. He needs to go and see the banners flapping and hear the people screaming, etc. Seasoning is just getting a horse used to everything he may encounter on the road.

Getting a horse from the first stages of training to that of making good solid runs requires patience and consistency. A trainer must take his time to make a good finished product. Never be afraid to go back to basics if the horse seems to be having problems. I have found if a portion of the foundation of a horse’s training is missing, you will get into trouble later on when the speed hits.The futurity season is here, but don’t forget, all of your training should be based on the long haul and making a solid barrel horse. We all want a horse that will continue running and winning after their futurity year.

So until next time, just enjoy the process.

March 12, 2012. Thank you for your faith in electing me as your new California Circuit Director. I was running against a phenomenal athlete and business woman, Lita Scott, whom I highly respect. I intend on working closely with Lita to share ideas which will benefit our Circuit....two heads (or more) are always better than one!

In my profession as a stuntwoman I usually hit the ground rolling, but I am excited to hit the ground running in this case!

I am making arrangements to fly to Austin, TX on March 23rd for our annual WPRA Board of Directors physical meeting on March 24th and 25th. I will have more news to share with you after this meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know so I can get some answers for you during this upcoming meeting. Also, very important, if you have anything you want me to bring up at this Board meeting, please email or call me as soon as possible.

Marilyn Peterson has been kind enough to offer her services as our Official Newsletter Writer. She and I will work together to keep our site updated with news that will affect you as members. I kindly ask that if anyone has any news they would like to share to please contact Marilyn or myself. We would like the WPRA California News site to be our "go to" place for updated information.

I intend on adding a question/answer section to the news column. If anyone has a question they would like answered please let me know. If you have someone specifically in mind you would like to answer these questions, I will try to get answers from that specific competitor. Our own Lyndee Stairs is writing a "More Winning Ways" column section in the Ropers Sports News and it is very informative!

Please let me know the names of women you might be interested in knowing more about in our Circuit. We will continue profiling our members so we all get to know each other a little better. If you are interested in interviewing and writing any of these profiles, please contact me. I would like to see profiles done for our Spokeswomen, Permit Holders, Juniors and past WPRA members who have been the backbone of our industry.

Let me know if you are interested in sharing expenses by finding a "buddy" to enter a Rodeo with. I already have one of our girls who would like to find someone to "buddy" with. She lives in Acton! We could put your name and number out there so that you can "buddy up" with someone in our Circuit and cut down on expenses.

Each of us hopes to make it to our Circuit Finals and/or our WPRA Co-Sanction & Permit Finals. It is early enough in the year to make this goal a reality. I would like to see both Finals continue to be something we are proud to qualify for. Please help me lock in sponsors for our Finals. We will be getting raffle tickets out to you soon. We are asking that each and EVERY member sell raffle tickets to support our Circuit. And, as always, you must sell 10 raffle tickets (or pay $100) in order to qualify for awards at any of our Finals. Dude Overton has again volunteered to help with managing our raffle ticket sales program. We are offering an incentive this year to get your raffle tickets sold early this year. If you turn in your raffle tickets by mid-June, you will receive one free ticket to be drawn in your name when we raffle off the 2 Plaza Seats to the NFR!

I would like to offer an added incentive to sponsors who donate money and/or product to our Circuit. I would like to propose that we will wear their "patch" on our Finals Jackets. I would also like to create a printed Program for the Circuit Finals, and then the sponsors can advertise in our Circuit Finals Program. We already have a Circuit Finals location; it will be held again in Lancaster. The Committee is excited and proud to host our Circuit Finals in their town, and we will be running at more money than last year. Once we have a date for the 2012 Circuit Finals, I'll let you know.

Please keep in mind that when we obtain product from our sponsors, we would ideally need 46 products to give out as awards. We will need to cover awards for the top 12 for the Circuit Finalists, top 12 for the WPRA Co-Sanction Finalists, top 12 for the Permit Finalists, as well as the top 10 WPRA California Junior Finalists. Of course, if they are unable to give us 46 items, we will be grateful for what they can donate for us. If they would like to sponsor a buckle, the buckle cost is $300.00. I'm not sure of the cost of the saddle yet, but will be finding out soon and will get that to you asap. Don't be afraid to ask for a saddle sponsorship though….they could also donate a portion of a saddle as well.

At the meeting held at the 2011 Circuit Finals there was discussion about every event being included in an awards banquet. So when you hustle for sponsorship, please include the men's events if possible.

I intend on asking each qualifier to bring a gift for every other qualifier, just as they do at the NFR....after all this is "our" NFR!

I plan on including the WPRA Juniors in our Awards; this will mean more sponsors and donations. We need to mentor these young cowgirls as they are the future of our organization! I need someone who is willing to take on the role as the spokeswoman for our California Junior Membership. This person will write news every month for our column and obtain sponsors and awards for the Juniors. This should be someone who is close to these young gals and knows what is happening with them. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested!

I have been in contact with Lyndee Stairs and she has offered to continue working alongside Tanya Randal taking on the task of getting results from each Pro Rodeo to Equi-Stat. This will give our equine partners the kudos they deserve. Thank you Lyndee and Tanya for your dedication to our horses!

Safe ground is another issue that I hope to continue to make a very high priority. It's important that we get information to the rodeo committees long before our competition. We need to continue to educate them on the importance of tearing the ground up, putting it back and watering. Working with the PRCA Judges, I would like to see the barrel patterns set as far enough down the arena that we have plenty of pull up room after we cross the eye coming home.

We will catch more flies with honey than vinegar, so let's be positive and professional representatives when we communicate with Rodeo Committees, Stock Contractors, Secretaries and our Judges! I plan to work closely with spokeswomen (or any other members) who have good contacts with specific California rodeos. If you are well connected with any of the California rodeos, please let me know and we'll work together as needed to effectively achieve our goals.

I am grateful to Gina Graham, Jerri Mann, Elaine Kilgore and all past directors for their commitment to our Circuit. I have big boots to fill and I intend on calling upon them for advice! Also Stacey Freitas and her wonderful husband Jeff have been so helpful and have gone above and beyond to make sure important things got done correctly for our Circuit all year long. I am hopeful that our Circuit can continue to benefit by their knowledge and continued help! Thank you Dude and Bill Overton for your help with Raffle Tickets and being fine ambassadors of our sport. Stacey Dial has also been an integral part of our success and I wish to extend my gratitude to her for her dedication to our association; it has not gone unnoticed! I wish to thank our Spokeswomen, present and past, for their time and dedication to our sport. They are always working toward the betterment of our Circuit! To all of the Arena Operators who hold co-sanctioned barrel races, we wish to thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This offers members the opportunity to compete for WPRA money at our great 4D races. If you are interested in having any of your 4D events co-approved, please contact me and I'll work with you to make it happen.


Our current spokeswomen are:
Chris Azevedo (760) 221-6377
Stacy Dial (760) 726-9560
Stacey Freitas (916) 690-7193
Sonia Gorrell (559) 978-2255
Marilyn Peterson (805) 441-9715
Pam Ross (209) 617-0743
Cindy Rosser (530) 755-8748
Karla Sanchez (805) 714-7023
Lyndee Stairs (559) 779-2430
Marguerite Happy (661)714-9600

If there is anyone out there that is willing to help in anyway with fundraisers, please contact me! I welcome ideas and potential income for our Circuit Finals!

If you have any questions on our WPRA Rule book ask. As professionals in Rodeo, we need to know our rules! If they are not clear, let's clarify the meaning. I will be having informal meetings at some rodeos so we can get together and talk about concerns you have and ideas you have. Our first one will be at the end of April and I will post the rodeo and date as soon as I can confirm when and where.

Please keep the Bush family in your prayers. The loss of Stanley hits us hard, as Stanley, Wanda and Shannon have been an asset to our sport for many generations.

Again, I am honored to represent some of the strongest and most gifted woman and equine partners in our nation!

I look forward to hearing from you - you are the members that I'm here to represent! Until then may God keep us and our animals free from harm!

Marguerite Happy
WPRA California Circuit Director
happyrodeo77@ca.rr.com
661-714-9600 cell
661-296-9512 home

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