Hello CA Circuit Members:
I Congratulations to all of you CA Circuit members who are running tough right alongside all of the NFR hopefuls who are calling California home for the Spring rodeo run. Many of these tough cowgirls are also entering our good CA Circuit WPRA approved jackpots, so please be sure to say hello and give them a warm California welcome!
Ann Scott is running tough as always, and is currently leading our CA Circuit Rodeo Standing with over $13,000 won so far. Vicky Cook is sitting 2nd with just under $8,000 won, Rachel Dice is 3rd with just over $5,500, and a big welcome back for Ruth Haslip who has hit the rodeo trail hard again and is sitting 4th in the Circuit with over $5,000 won so far. Ruth won Riverdale and Lakeside – so glad to see you back on the competition trail Ruth!
Leading our CA Circuit Divisional standings is our awesome NFR cowgirl Linda Vick, with just over $6,000, 2nd is Jandee Smart with just over $4,700, and Ruth is making her mark in the Divisional standings as well, sitting 3rd with just over $3,800, and 4th is CA Circuit Rookie Kris Gadbois with just under $3,500.
Our Junior’s are also doing great this year. Caitlin Wood is currently leading the standings with over $2,800 won! Stevie-Mae Scott-Smith is 2nd with over $1600 won. Third and fourth are very tight with Karlee Wesney in 3rd place with just over $594 and Emily Mangione is 4th with $591.
Important Dates for CA Circuit Finals:
Our CA Circuit Finals Rodeo will be held this year October 16 & 17th in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Cutoff date for money won for the CA Circuit Finals is September 18th.
CA Circuit Divisional Finals Races will be held November 7th in conjunction with the Spurr Ranch Challenge Race in Shandon on November 7th (no conflict with Brawley – Brawley is the following weekend!) Our CA Circuit Divisional Finals Races will include the top 10 WPRA CA Circuit Juniors, the Top 12 WPRA Permit Holders (counting all money won at CA Circuit rodeos AND WPRA approved jackpots in the CA Circuit) and the CA Circuit Divisional Finals will be the Top 12 CA Circuit card holders, counting ONLY money won at CA Circuit co-approved jackpots. Cutoff dates for money to count for the CA Circuit Divisional Finals races will be September 30th. As always, we will give wonderful awards to each of the contestants at each of our Finals races. We will also give Montana Silversmiths Championship buckles for each Year-End Champion and a Championship buckle for the winner of each Finals race. Our CA Circuit Finals winner will also receive a beautiful Championship saddle, sponsored by the CA Circuit Finals committee at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. Money won at the Finals races will be counted toward the Year-End championship points, so it’s never over until it’s over! We well have more information about each of the Finals as the dates get closer.
Our CA Circuit helped to produce the Fifth Annual Bud Light 3000 Barrel Race on April 15th in Red Bluff at the Pauline Davis Pavilion. As a result of our participation, all the profits were donated to our CA Circuit Awards funds, and we were able to add about $2,000 for our 2015 Awards!! Thanks so much to the Bud Light 3000 Barrel race for providing the opportunity for us to produce this great race and provide a major fund-raising project for our CA Circuit 2015 Awards! We ran 221 entries in the Bud Light 3000 4-D Open race, with 54 contestants carrying their times to our WPRA side pots. WPRA side pots included the WPRA Dodge Ram Sponsored $500 Divisional, WPRA $100 Junior, WPRA $150 Futurity and WPRA $150 Derby.
The ground was exceptional throughout the race, thanks to the Red Bluff Round-Up Committee.
Steve Smart was our amazing announcer, keeping things rolling. Thank you to Katie Pascoe for gracing us by singing the National Anthem! Jeff Freitas Video captured all the action and offered it on live webcast. You can order your own copy by contacting Jeff or Stacey Freitas at http://www.jfvideo.com. Order your 8 x 10‘s by contacting Rea of Light Photography; Sarah Rea at http://sarahrhea.net/ Our epic Bikini / Cowboy Race had 19 Bikini contestants and 7 Cowboy Racers and was a big hit. We auctioned our riders Calcutta style; offering the admission paying crowd an opportunity to win something. Nicole Thompson Design sponsored an original hand beaded Bikini, which was presented to the winner of the 2015 Bikini Race Domonique Penny riding Tootsie Roll. We paid three places in Bikini Race. All Cowboys received an award for participating and we paid two places. Riding a Lita Scott horse; Jake Rodriguez was the 2015 Champion.
Congratulations to the 2015 Bud Light 3000 1D Champion and the WPRA Ram Sponsored Side Pot Champ Chloe Hoovestal on Dox Jedo Honor winning the Shiloh Trophy Saddle, Renew Gold feed, Nancy-Su Herron Pedigree and more! We handed out checks and gave awards down to all who showed up for Awards that had placed in all 4D’s. Thanks to The Rowdy Rose, Original Cowgirl Clothing Co, LameAway and Silver Lining we offered two prizes in EACH drag - fast time and one random winner.
Success was due to The Pauline Davis Pavilion offering cover from bad weather, great grounds crew, an indoor warm up pen, plenty of parking, stalls, fine hospitality and lovely location! Vendors joined us giving everyone an opportunity to pick up something they needed or wanted. Co sanctioned with WPRA, WCBRA, ACBRA, and NSBRA; offered members of each association another great race to add money, points, or race count for their individual year end finals.
Thank you to our Vendors for participating: The Rowdy Rose, Nicole Thompson Designs, Four Flat Tack, Silver Linings, LameAway, Equine Natural Care, Jen’s Custom Bling, and One Stop Tack.
Thank You to our Gracious Sponsors who made this race possible: Red Bluff Round-Up Committee, Mike Dudley, Larry Rogers, Bud Light, Renew Gold, Shiloh Saddlery, Dudley's Excavating, Dave's Tractor, Cinch, Red Barn Ranch Wholesale, Original Cowgirl Clothing Co., Jim Martins, LubiSyn, Ben's Truck & Equipment, Steve Smart Man of the Hour, Smart Panels, Jeff Freitas Video, Nicole Thompson Designs, Professional Choice, Puma Road Winery, Tanimura & Antle, Ram, Lame Away, Silver Lining Herbs, Nancy-su Herron, Barb Stocking Realty, AJ Keevie/King Kinetics, Equine Natural Care, Sam's Horseshoeing, Madonna Inn, Barrel Racing Report, Veterans Television Network, Rea of Light Photography.
Without the help of the following people this rac would not have been the success that it was: A bigThank You goes out to Red Bluff Round-Up Committee, Mike Dudley, Gina Graham, Stacey & Jeff Freitas, Sherry & Skip Hagmeir, Lauren Pai, Patti Silva, Steve Smart Man of the Hour, Lynne Mays, Brenda Mays, Vicki Mays, Jordan Mays, Vicki & Ken Cook, Carollann Scott, Holly Harris, Clifford Happy, Shelby Tuck, Sherrie Jones, Katie Pascoe, Bikini Barrel Racers, Cowboy Racers, and all entered.
Check out www.wpracacircuit.com for all details regarding race, rules, entries, sponsors, vendors and more! Our WPRA CA Circuit Face Book page offers barrel racing, rodeo news and more as does our official site www.wpra.com CA circuit page!
Our Spring Run has been going well; scattered showers have made it traditionally a bit wet during random slack and performances; then back to 90 degree heat this month. Full Rodeo Results are up on our Result page, congratulations to all of the winners.
Important Dates for CA Circuit Finals!!
Our CA Circuit Finals Rodeo will be held October 16 & 17th in Lancaster at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds. The CA Circuit Finals will consist of the Top 12 CA Circuit card holders, counting all money won at rodeos within the CA Circuit. In order to qualify for the CA Circuit Finals you must have competed at 12 CA Circuit Rodeos (or 15 CA Circuit rodeos if you are not a California resident). Cutoff date for money won to count for the CA Finals is September 18th
Our CA Circuit Divisional Finals Races will be held November 7th in conjunction with the Spurr Ranch Challenge Race in Shandon on November 7th (no conflict with Brawley – Brawley is the following weekend!) Our CA Circuit Divisional Finals Races consist of three separate Finals races: The CA Circuit Juniors, CA Circuit Permit Finals, and CA Circuit Divisional Finals. The Juniors Finals will consist of the top 10 WPRA CA Circuit Juniors, Permit Finals will be the Top 12 WPRA Permit Holders (counting all money won at CA Circuit rodeos AND at WPRA approved jackpots in the CA Circuit. The CA Circuit Divisional Race will be the Top 12 CA Circuit card holders, counting ONLY money won at CA Circuit WPRA co-approved jackpots. Cutoff dates for money to count for the CA Circuit Divisional Finals is September 30th.
As always, we will give wonderful awards to each of the contestants at each of our Finals. In addition, Montana Silversmiths buckles will be awarded to each division’s Year-End Champion and Finals Champion. Our CA Circuit Finals winner will also receive a beautiful Championship saddle. Money won at the Finals races will be counted toward the Year-End championship points, so it’s never over until it’s over! We well have more information about each of the Finals as the dates get closer.
Within the next couple of weeks, each WPRA Circuit member will receive a packet of Raffle Tickets to sell (12 tickets in a packet). This is our largest fundraiser, so please try to participate. We ask each Circuit member to purchase or sell at least one packet of tickets. The tickets sell for $10 each, and the winners of the Raffle Ticket Grand Prize will be NFR Gold Box Seat tickets for 2 for one night at the 2015 Wrangler NFR in Las Vegas! We will give additional prizes to additional raffle ticket holders when we draw for the winners at the WPRA CA Circuit Divisional Finals on November 7th. We are asking that all tickets be sold and raffle ticket money turned in to Kaci Shaffer by September 15th this year. Ticket money received AFTER the September 15th cutoff date will have a $50.00 late fee assessed. We are assessing a “late “ this year because we need this money as soon as possible so that we can use it to purchase awards for each of our CA Circuit Finals races. Remember, in order to compete at any of the CA Circuit Finals barrel races (CA Circuit Finals, CA Circuit Permit Finals, CA Circuit Juniors Finals and CA Circuit Divisional Finals) you are required to sell (or buy) at least one packet of tickets by September 15th. If you compete at two Finals (Circuit Finals AND Divisional Finals) you will need to buy 1 packet of raffle tickets for each Finals. You will receive a letter from Kaci Shaffer explaining all the details when she sends you the Raffle Tickets.
Blessings to each of you,
WPRA CA Circuit Director