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Peterson Prevails at Fort Worth

Peterson Prevails at Fort Worth by Kenneth Springer
Jordon Peterson. Photo by Kenneth Springer
Fort 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.

Star 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 horse legend.
Photo by Kenneth Springer

"My husband was up at Jackson, Miss. on Saturday night for his second run in the team roping," explained Bourne. "We 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."

With 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.

With 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.

Peterson's 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 own home.

The 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.

Not entered in San Antonio or Houston, Peterson's next competition will come at Texas rodeos in Belton and San Angelo.

"I 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."

Interestingly, 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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