By Doreen Wintermute
May 1, 2018
May is a month to look back at the many great events that happened in April and to capture even more in the month ahead. The Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo was awesome. I want to thank the committee for all their hospitality and support.
We recently joined with the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in announcing the 2018 Inductee Class to ProRodeo Hall of Fame. We are so excited to have Billie McBride, Kristie Peterson and French Flash Hawk, aka Bozo, representing the WPRA in this year’s class. Make a plan to attend the inductions on Saturday, Aug. 4 in Colorado Springs, Colo., and to see all the exhibits displaying the history and talents of those in rodeo. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame should be on everyone’s bucket list.
I had a great trip to the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up and enjoyed visiting with James Miller the General Manager. I want to thank him for inviting me to be a part of this year’s event. The visit was very beneficial and they have a great crew that makes it happen year after year. The ground was great, the crowd was great, they had great food, the rodeo talent was top notch and it was just a great experience all the way around. A huge thanks to the committee for raking during barrel racing slack. While in Red Bluff, I had the opportunity to visit with members, committees, judges, and secretaries. I also had the opportunity to visit with the Clovis (Calif.), Canby (Ore.) and Reno (Nev.) Rodeo Committees. We are so fortunate to have such great rodeo committees like these across the United States providing opportunities for our members to chase their dreams.
As the WPRA continues to work hard to look for better ways to operate more efficiently at the direction of the Board of Directors, the Business Committee is meeting weekly. They are working on details and implementation plans to move the Association forward. As we continue to move, we will keep everyone informed. Please check-in with your circuit director if you have any questions. There is nothing better than working hard for an Association that is always on the rise.
In closing just a reminder that rule proposals are due to the office no later than May 14. This is a great way for you to help strengthen the WPRA organization.
May is also the month we get to celebrate our moms, so I am wishing all the moms out there a very special and Happy Mother’s Day!
March 1, 2018
February was a busy month of meetings with more to come in March. I am encouraged and excited about the future of our sport of rodeo. The National Finals Rodeo Committee (NFRC) meeting in San Antonio, Texas, was great. The NFRC works on many ways to improve rodeo, specifically the NFR. I want to thank Keith Martin and his wife, Tracy, for their awesome hospitality at the San Antonio Rodeo. They care so much for the sport of rodeo and it shows in San Antonio, with sold out performances and their contestant hospitality is top notch. They try very hard to do the best for everyone in our sport of rodeo.
I had the pleasure to meet the new PRCA CEO President George Taylor and his wife, Chris. It was a great visit and I look forward to working with George and his team at the PRCA to make rodeo better. I also had a great meeting with our WPRA Business Committee on the future vision of the WPRA. We are very excited about the health of our Association coming off the 2017 year with some inspiring numbers. Our membership is the highest in the history of the WPRA with well over 3,000 members and although the audit isn’t complete preliminary numbers are looking very positive. This is just a quick indication of how strong we are and how important it is for the WPRA officials and our office team to continue to work hard on keeping the engine running efficiently.
The WPRA Board of Directors will be meeting in Colorado Springs in March for three days to work on many topics. This is the part of my position, as a President, to work on the topics that grow each program. The WPRA is a strong and healthy Association and one of my goals is to provide the most transparent communication to every member of the WPRA that we can.
As we continue to make the most of our opportunities, we also hold our values and traditions that brought us to this point as we celebrate 70 years of Women in Rodeo in 2018. Over the next several months in the WPRA News we will recognize milestones and individuals that have brought us to where we are today. From the vision of the 38 women that met in San Angelo, Texas to form the Association in 1948 to our record number of over 3,000 members today, there is a lot to celebrate and be thankful for.
Congratulations to Sadye Simpson for winning the $5,000 bonus for being the best dressed barrel racer in the final round in Fort Worth and being honored with the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award. We thank the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum and Jerry Ann Taylor’s family for making this award possible in Fort Worth and the Wrangler NFR.
We are also approaching the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and there are many of you planning to compete at an event where one can win over $33,000 that counts towards the world standings. Taking the top circuit champions and the average champions from each circuit, as well as top two from Mexico, makes this event different from any other rodeo in the world. Our circuit system is strong because of the many opportunities that are given throughout the year at all levels. At the end of the day, the best rise to the top and the RNCFR event showcases the talent of the PRCA/WPRA from across the country. Much thanks to Osceola County and the Kissimmee Rodeo Team for giving all our members the opportunity to be a part in making dreams come true!
Good Luck to ALL and Safe Travels!!!
February 1, 2018
I know I have probably said this before but I just can't believe how time just flies by. Here we are already in the second month of the 2018 year, but we are in the fifth month of the rodeo year. Wow, this train is moving fast.
There are many circuits in full swing with both rodeo and co-approval action. The opportunities the WPRA will be offering in 2018 is huge. Don't miss out!
As of the second week of January all the 2017 Circuit Finals Rodeos are in the books. All circuit champions and average champions have been crowned and have punched their tickets to run at the Ram National Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida. I want to congratulate the 24 qualifiers, plus two ladies from Mexico, that will have the opportunity to compete for $94,764, thanks to Osceola County, Florida. We are very excited to know that the committee for the Ram National Finals Rodeo has hired the grounds team that the Wrangler NFR has hired for the past two years. They are working on ground samples and we have the confidence that they will provide good safe ground for all events.
The All American ProRodeo Series consists of PRCA Rodeos with total purse of $30,000 or less. The top 30 in the standings as of Sept. 3, 2018 will qualify for the All American Finals, held in Waco, Texas in October right before the WPRA World Finals. Contestants receive one (1) point per dollar earned at each rodeo for the standings. Members must compete in a minimum of 30 All American ProRodeo Series Rodeos. This is a great series to pursue if you want to branch out of the circuit system but not ready to go full-time for the NFR. It is a great avenue to use to open more doors to help your dreams come true.
We are excited to welcome the new PRCA CEO George Taylor to our rodeo family! There is so much to look forward to and I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with him.
The WPRA Business Committee will be meeting in our office in Colorado Springs this month to work on the future vision for the WPRA and the WPRA Board of Directors will be meeting, March 16- 18th also in the Colorado Springs office. Your office team, Board of Directors, President and Vice President work many hours to stay strong and keep the WPRA growth potential positive!
Reminder for those of you that have entered the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and hope to make the finals - be sure to wear your most outstanding outfits, as there will be another Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award of $5,000 to the Best Dressed Barrel Racer in the Final round. The WPRA thanks the Jerry Ann Taylor Foundation and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum for all their support in recognizing the importance of dressing up and showing the beauty in our sport of Rodeo.
Good Luck to all, safe traveling!!
January 1, 2018
The 2017 year has come to an end and what a year it was with so many things to be thankful for and celebrate.
I would like to wish all of you a healthy, and happy 2018 New Year. There is nothing better then coming off the December month celebrating the holidays and experiencing another awesome year in Las Vegas at the 2017 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo! We saw arena records, we had the leaderboard change every night, we had the best Top 15 show their talent, with the best equine athletes. Congratulations to Nellie Miller for taking the title as the 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion. It was amazing to watch!!!
The most memorable moment I had was at the 2017 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Star Celebration. We had the largest turnout in the history of the WPRA with a count of over 600 attendees to come Celebrate the 2017 WPRA Top 15 qualified. Their Determination, Dedication, Professionalism, and hard work makes them the best in the World! I want to say thank you to all our sponsor and members as we had an amazing 2017 year and appears 2018 will be even bigger and better as long as we continue to work as a team to make this Association the best it can be. We are strong and we couldn’t gain strength without our sponsor partnership. As I had the opportunity to visit and see our rodeo committees, stock contractors, judges, secretaries, timers and every volunteer that puts their heart and souls into rodeo, I praise all of you - the PRCA/WPRA membership could not do what we love without any of you. It was so incredible to see everyone that attended the 2017 WPRA Star Celebration, I felt so Blessed to be a part of a great event.
I would also like to commend the Top 15 for competing for the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award at the Wrangler NFR. I thought everyone helped bring lots of color and style to the event. A special congrats to the top three winners - Kimmie Wall, Tiany Schuster and Kathy Grimes. Great job ladies. Keep it up and don't forget to bring your bling to Fort Worth for another shot at the title.
The field for the 2018 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo will be set in mid-January after the conclusion of the Montana and First Frontier Circuit Finals. The Texas Circuit wrapped up their season on Dec. 30 crowning their average and year-end champion and two more punched their tickets to Kissimmee, Fla., in April.
Who will be next? Help us determine who the next WPRA inductees will be to earn enshrinement into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. We are currently taking applications for the 2018 inductees and nominations are due by Jan. 31. The forms can be found at www.wpra.com. Take a moment to send in your nominations to whom you think (individual or equine partner) has the history and success in rodeo that deserves this honor.
This is a very humbling time of year for me, as I rewind many memories, I feel so grateful to be the President of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association!