Hi there! This is Mia Prichard, and the following is my bio about my horse and myself for the WPRA CA Circuit.
My name is Mia Prichard, and I am 16 years old, a junior in high school. I have been riding horses and barrel racing for as long as I can remember, and it is something that I have an endless passion for. I have been competing in high school rodeos since I was in the sixth grade, and have progressively added more and more events and more and more horses onto my resume throughout the years! Now, I breakaway rope, tie goats, team rope, run poles and, of course, run barrels. Although I love all these events, barrel racing is where my heart truly lies.
My freshman year, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to start jockeying the mare that I am now running, Lena's Lil Prize A.K.A Macey. Macey is a 2008 sorrel mare, out of Sliden Wright By and Smokums Prize. She came to my sister, Taylor Prichard, at the age of 5. My sister put her heart and soul into Macey to get her running consistent and correct for a whole year. After that time, Taylor was kind enough to start letting me use her for high school rodeos in poles and barrels. We struggled to click for the first few months, but once we finally learned to think in sync with one another, we became quite the team.
This little (she is only 14.2 hands!) horse has carried me to more accomplishments than I ever thought I was capable of. She has qualified for high school rodeo state finals in barrels and poles the last two years, and in 2015 we won the title of 2015 State Champion Barrel Racer and Rookie of the Year for California High School Rodeo. We then went on to National Finals in Rock Springs, Wyoming. We were in the top 15 out of 500 entries at the 2015 WCBRA Finals, and 12th in the 1D at the 2016 WCBRA Finals out of 600+ entries. In addition to many other 1D finishes, she has also won numerous high school rodeos in the barrels and poles. This horse is truly one of a kind, with a heart the size of Texas. I feel very lucky for all the opportunities she has given me.
Being a part of the WPRA Circuit is something I have always strived to do, and I am very excited to explore what competing in the association holds for us in the future!