Prevails at Fort Worthby
Peterson. Photo by Kenneth Springer
Worth, Texas - Jordon Peterson, the 20-year-old daughter
of 4-time World Champion Kristie Peterson, protected her
lead during the Short Go at the 2009 Fort Worth Stock
Show Rodeo that ended after 30 performances in the historic
Will Rogers Coliseum on Sunday night, Feb. 8. Peterson
had clocked times of 16.75 and 16.86 in the previous go
rounds to lead the average by two and a half tenths going
into the Short Go. Although she failed to draw a check
in the Short Go, her solid run of 16.98 was exactly what
she needed to take the WPRA barrel racing champion home
to Chilton, Texas. With a total on three runs of 50.59,
Peterson finished over two-tenths ahead of her peers with
Annesa Self, Valley View, Texas earning reserve honors
with a 50.82.
of the Short Go was the first runner out, Shawna Bourne,
Chapel Hill, Tenn., who clocked a 16.78. She sat the
pace by running in the number one position of the 12
Short Go qualifiers. Bourne came into the Short Go in
twelfth position and climbed an unprecedented nine slots
to finish third in the average with a total of 50.84.
Bourne drew up early in the show at Fort Worth in the
second group to run, back on Jan. 24-and had to sweat
for 14 days as to whether her times of 17.04 and 17.02,
which was leading it when she left, would get her back
to the Short Go. Prior to the last regular performance
of Fort Worth, she had slipped to twelfth. Living 12
hours from Fort Worth made it tricky since the last
performance was over around 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon
and the Short Go started at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.
Shawna Bourne, Chapel Hill,
Tenn. climbed all the way to third in the average at Fort
Worth after topping the Short Go with a 16.78 worth $2,558.
She's shown here with son Cooper Blaze Bourne and team
roper husband Tom Bourne. The daughter of IPRA World Champion
Anita Beard and the neice of GRA World Champion Donna
Patterson, horses and championships are in Bourne's blood,
being the granddaughter of the late Pat Patterson--a cutting
Photo by Kenneth Springer
husband was up at Jackson, Miss. on Saturday night for
his second run in the team roping," explained Bourne.
sort of looped back toward home and stopped at Mount
Pleasant, Texas on Sunday afternoon. We waited until
the barrel race was over on Sunday afternoon to call
and when I found out I hadn't been moved, we headed
west to Fort Worth."
Angie Meadors having posted a 16.85 on her first run,
she was a likely candidate to push Bourne out but fell
a few hundredths short on her Sunday afternoon run.
"It was pretty nerve racking but I guess it was
all worth it to come back and win the Short Go and move
up to third in the average." When Bourne returns
to her school classroom on Tuesday she will have an
exciting story to tell her students.
checks from Fort Worth totaling $8,633, it goes down
as Peterson's biggest win of her promising rodeo career.
With winnings of $6,750 from Odessa, $2,949 from Denver
and $8,633 from Fort Worth, she starts the year out
with $18,332 won in only three rodeos.
equine sidekick is a gifted 7-year-old bay gelding registered
as Frenchmans Jester a gelded son of Frenchmans Guy.
"I was really nervous here but my horse gives me
a lot of confidence and we just made good solid runs,"
said Peterson who is in the process of building her
gelding is a product of the Peterson's barrel racing
program having purchased the gelding as a two-year-old.
His training was a partnership between Peterson and
Peterson. "I did the slow stuff and Jordon did
the fast stuff," said mom Kristie with her usual
grin and laugh.
entered in San Antonio or Houston, Peterson's next competition
will come at Texas rodeos in Belton and San Angelo.
hope to be able to haul sparingly like my Mom did with
Bozo," said Jordon. "But I don't know if I'll
ever be that good."
while many consider Jordon to be following in the footsteps
of her mom, she's been able to make her own mark in
history by winning two rodeos that her mom never did-Odessa
(which she split with Tammy Key-Fischer) and Fort Worth.
Living in Colorado during Bozo's prime, Kristie never
entered Odessa and entered Fort Worth the first year
it was WPRA approved but had to turn out in order to
complete the family's move from Colorado to Texas.
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