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11/21/14 Clarksville, AR 11/28-30 co-approved barrel race, cancelled.
11/19/14 Verndale, MN 11/28-30 co-approved & junior barrel races, approved.

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2014 WPRA World Finals, Waco, TX Information

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Junior Division News


WPRA History at Its Best

 WPRA Junior Division News
It remains one of the most indelible images of WPRA history. Blonde curls bobbing, bat clinched firmly between her teeth, a barely teenaged Clayton, New Mexico cowgirl roared into the history books of barrel racing. Charmayne James was just fourteen when she and super horse Scamper won the first of a record ten world championships. Along the way, she captured the hearts of rodeo fans across the nation.

The site of young girls guiding their top equine partners flawlessly through a barrel pattern disappeared in the mid-nineties when the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association initiated a mandatory age limit of eighteen years of age for competitors at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. Due to the relationship between the two sanctioning bodies at the time, the WPRA followed suit and little girls no longer had a place in professional rodeo.
Well, the WPRA is bringing the girls back.

Beginning in 2007, the WPRA has instituted the My Horse's Choice Junior Division for all girls aged seventeen and under. The junior division will introduce a whole new group of members to the ranks of professional competition and will allow mothers and daughters to compete for world points at some of the same events.
Juniors will run in WPRA Junior sanctioned races as well as co-sanctioned divisional races and rodeos to earn points for the WPRA World Finals to be held in Alvarado, Texas in October. Juniors can only earn points in WPRA Junior Division races, in co-sanctioned rodeos, and in the 1D of co-sanctioned divisional races. Juniors are not competing against WPRA members for points nor will they be eligible to enter WPRA events or rodeos.

Title sponsor, My Horses Choice, will award two scholarships and add $1000 to the Junior Division purse at the 2007 Women's World Finals. The year-end champion wins a $1000 scholarship and the average champion at the barrel race wins a $500 scholarship. Both also win beautiful Montana Silversmiths buckles and gift certificates for a new pair of Ariat boots.

Qualifiers to the finals are the top five juniors from each of the twelve circuits along with the top twenty from My Horse's Choice Junior World standings.

Among the big name races co-sanctioned for the WPRA juniors is the world renowned Josey Junior World Championship barrel race. Hosted by legends RE and Martha Josey, the 1980 WPRA World Champion, this race has played host to thousands of aspiring barrel racers through the years, many of whom have gone on to tremendous success in the ranks of the WPRA.



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