California Circuit Newsletter — December 2016


Marguerite Happy



Congratulations to Mary Burger – 2016 WPRA World Champion Barrel racer, and her great horse Mo for winning a total of over $277,000 for the 2016 rodeo year, including $86,000 from her runs at the NFR.  Congratulations to Amberleigh Moore, 2016 WPRA Reserve World Champion Barrel racer, who won the most NFR money at over $187,000, and her great mare Paige, who tied the arena record fast time with the 13.57 run she made to win Round 8.  Congratulations to Lisa Lockhart on her consistently super great equine partner “Louie”, who set a new arena record for the NFR Average of 137.98 on ten runs, and winning over $67,000 as NFR Average Champ.  Lisa’s total NFR money won was over $157, 000, which put her in 3rd place for the 2016 WPRA Barrel Racing Champion standings with total 2016 earnings of nearly $250,000! 

And, congratulations to each and every spectacular cowgirl and their equine partners at the 2016 NFR – what a show!  We’ve never seen so many incredible runs, almost all in the 13 second range.  There were rounds where less than a 10th of a second separated first from sixth place.  What an exciting show for the audience, both at home and in the stands in Las Vegas.  This is the first year we can truly say the ground was awesome for the barrel race.  What a difference from last year; and thanks to all of you who signed the petitions and spoke up for requiring improved ground for this year’s NFR. You were heard; it was done!  Thanks to the great ground committee for keeping it fast and safe for all 10 rounds.

Marguerite will be updating the Circuit News within a couple of weeks to let us know what went on at the Board Meetings during the NFR.


We had a spectacular WPRA CA Circuit Divisional Finals on November 6th at Spurr Ranch in Shandon.  Thank you, Spurr Ranch, for again providing us with a wonderful venue for our Divisional Finals, and for having a $10,000 Open Race in conjunction with our Finals.  The entire Spurr Ranch team put on another great barrel race, and we thank them so very much!

Congratulations to Leah Baize for running the fast time of our entire 3 Divisional Finals races with her smoking run in the Divisional Finals of a 16.340 – Leah was the proud winner of our 2016 WPRA CA Circuit Divisional Finals Championship Saddle certificate, generously sponsored by Cactus Saddlery!

Each qualifier for each of our 3 Divisional Finals races won incredible awards, and we sincerely thank our many wonderful sponsors for allowing us to offer these awards!


Leah Baize won the Divisional Finals race with her fast time of 16.340, winning $864.  Second went to Katie Pasco with a 16.411 winning $648, 3rd was Kathy Petska was a 16.652 winning $432, and 4th was Cathy Vallegra with a 16.730 winning $216.  Best Dressed Divisional Finals winner was Darlene Alves, with a shout-out to Lacey Lockhart.  Here’s our 2016 Divisional Finals Standings after our Finals race.  Congratulations to Darlene Alves winning over $14,000 total Divisional money for the 2016 rodeo year!



Congratulations to Briana Jenney for running the fast time of the Permit Finals with a 16.806, and taking home the honors of the Permit Finals Champion (and $560 bucks!).  Second place was Ryan Smith with a 16.941 winning $420, 3rd went to Jessica McBain with a 17.116 winning $280 and 4th went to Savannah Fichtner with a 17.311 winning $140.  Best Dressed was awarded to Kendall Doud. Here are the 2016 Final Year-End Permit standings, after money won at the Permit Finals:



Our Juniors were spectacular this year, with Masyn Powers running a 16.396 winning the Junior Finals Championship along with a check for $440.  Second was Madison Baute with a 16.424, winning $330, Haliegh Grant was 3rd with a 16.473 winning $220, and 4th was Casey Mathis with a 16.888, winning $110.  Our Best Dressed Junior award went to Haliegh Grant with a shout out to Casey Mathis.  Our Final Year End Standings for the WPRA CA Circuit Juniors was:


We also honored our CA Circuit Futurity and Derby girls and our CA Circuit Ropers with buckles and awards.  

In addition, we honored Charlene Jespersen, co-winner of our 2016 True Grit Cowgirl Award, by presenting her a plaque in the arena, surrounded by her friends and supporters.  Charlene is an amazing woman, and the epitome of a True Grit Cowgirl.  Charlene also received a beautiful hand-carved leather photo album, which she can fill with all her great barrel racing photos!  Thanks to Russ Paulson and his great products of Equerry Plus for his continuing sponsorship of our True Grit Cowgirl awards.

I wish each and every one of you a Blessed Christmas, and a very happy New Year!
Marilyn Peterson
CA Circuit Spokeswoman/Permit Advisor
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