By Doreen Wintermute
March 1, 2020
March the month where we celebrate the color green on St. Patrick’s Day and in the sport of rodeo we celebrate that same color with some big payouts including RodeoHouston for the barrel racers and RFD-TVs The American for the breakaway ropers.
What an exciting time to be a breakaway roper in the WPRA. A huge thanks to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for stepping up and being a significant catalyst in propelling breakaway roping to the forefront at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. From the reports I received it was very well received by the fans in Fort Worth and I thank every roper that competed for your professionalism in this new arena. I am excited about the future of this event and the future of two women’s events at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. While we know there will be challenges and bumps along the way as we venture into uncharted territory, we ask for your patience with the directors, office and rodeo personnel as we work together to grow this event.
I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Jimmie Smith on being named the 2020 Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award winner in Fort Worth, Texas. What a cool outfit you had and I loved the sparkle and professional look you had. You truly honored the late Jerry Ann Taylor with your outfit and hope to see it make many more appearances on the road.
Next month Kissimmee, Florida and Osceola County will host the 2020 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and what a great group of ladies we have qualified to compete for the WPRA. This will mark the first year for the Maple Leaf Circuit to have its own team and that is very exciting for the sport as we have many great rodeos and athletes north of the border. While this year’s event will not count toward WPRA World Standings, you can still bet that each cowgirl will bring their A-game for a chance at this prestigious title.
We will be holding our annual WPRA Board of Directors meeting in conjunction with the RAM NCFR this year. We will be welcoming many new members to the Board of Directors, so would like to take this time to thank those who have faithfully served in these positions in the past. Each of these ladies served the Association out of the passion they have for the sport and I think them for their tireless effort in moving the Association forward. Those that will be going off the board include Stacey Freitas (California), Toni Karre (Turquoise), and Patti McCutchen (Roping Director). Next time you see these ladies be sure to thank them for their time and dedication to the sport of women’s rodeo. An early thanks to those that have stepped up to take their positions and look forward to working with you to advance our Association in this new decade.
A reminder to check the website, www.wpra.com, for the latest in Association News including upcoming General Membership meetings.
Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much.
January 1, 2020
As one year comes to a close, a new one brings about a new beginning and opportunity to make it the best one yet! The 2020 rodeo season brings great excitement to WPRA members specifically the breakaway ropers as we work with the PRCA to develop and expand a second women’s only event into PRCA sanctioned rodeos from coast to coast. There will be growing pains and lots of work but I am excited to see what the future holds.
The Association was well represented once again at the 61st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. What an exciting start to the event with NFR Rookies Emily Miller and Dona Kay Rule taking the victory laps and ended with NFR veterans Hailey Kinsel and Ivy Conrado-Saebens being crowned world and average champions, respectively. I would be remiss if I didn’t also congratulate Stevi Hillman for turning in the fastest time of this year’s event in the ninth round with a 13.53 second run and 13-time NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart bringing the event to a close with her 10th round win with a 13.71 as the last barrel racer to round the cloverleaf pattern in 2019.
I would also like to congratulate Amberleigh Moore for joining the $1 million club after surpassing the mark in career earnings during the 2019 Wrangler NFR. Moore became the eighth WPRA barrel racer to accomplish this feat. Hailey Kinsel came oh so close to becoming the ninth but remains just under $60,000 from that mark.
Congrats to Jessica Routier for taking home the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed award for the second straight year at the Wrangler NFR. Don’t forget to “Bring Your Bling” to Fort Worth as a $5,000 bonus will be given once again to the Best Dressed WPRA member competing in the final round.
It was an honor once again to recognize not only our Top 15 but all the hard working committees and contract personnel with the WPRA annual Committee and Justin Best Footing Awards during the Star Celebration in Las Vegas. It was a diverse and great group of individuals this year and we are forever grateful for all their time and effort in giving our members a place to accomplish their dreams.
There is so much to be thankful for, as I rewind the 2019 year. The WPRA Sponsors, we couldn’t do it without all of you, our WPRA Office staff, all Circuit Directors, and every outside resource we depend on, thank you for completing another successful year for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
With lots of positive and proactive thinking, LETS ALL BRING IN A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!
Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much.