By Jimmie Munroe
January 1, 2022
Wow what a finish to the 2021 season. We had some great races across the board and I would like to CONGRATULATE all of our world champions – those crowned in Waco at the WPRA World Finals and the two crowned in Las Vegas.
This issue is chalked full of stories on all of these great champions as well as those rodeo committees and contract personnel that went above and beyond this past year. This is truly a team effort as the WPRA is stronger because of our members, rodeo committees, contract personnel and our partners. I can’t thank each of you enough for a successful 2021.
It was great to be back in Las Vegas and so many memories were made for our members. From Jordon Briggs joining her mother, Kristie Peterson, in the WPRA history books winning her first world title to Sawyer Gilbert realizing her dreams of being a WPRA World Champion Breakaway Roper, it was exciting to watch and be a part of this chapter in our history.
I join the Top 15 in thanking the National Finals Rodeo Committee (PRCA and Las Vegas Events), Allen Rheinheimer (NFR GM) and the ground crew at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in hand raking after each barrel racer. It was a safe and consistent race throughout the 10 rounds that resulted in a diverse group of round winners including two ties. Their hard work didn’t go unnoticed and we hope to build off of this in the future.
Speaking of future, you should have received information about the upcoming WPRA Elections. This is an important time for your voices to be heard and participate either as a candidate or by voting as we have half of our director positions up for election this year. Be sure to stay on top of deadlines for the nomination process and ballot process. Information should have been emailed to you from the office and if not please contact us. We have also included some information on the key dates on the Taking Care of Business page in this issue.
We are also accepting applications for the ProRodeo Hall of Fame Class of 2022. If you would like to submit an individual or animal athlete for consideration please visit www.wpra.com for a nomination form. Nominations are due by February 15.
While we have a few final events to wrap-up for the 2021 season with the remaining Circuit Finals, we are off and running already for 2022. We are excited for the return of rodeos like Denver, Fort Worth and Houston and from the looks of the entries so are all of you. I am looking for 2022 to be even bigger and better for our entire membership.
Let’s make this New Year one to remember - Jimmie Munroe