PRESIDENT'S COLUMN UPDATE WEBSITE, May 1, 2013
What a month it has been since I wrote my first letter after
returning to the office of President of the WPRA! The Association
has grown by leaps and bounds since I retired in 2003. It
took many hours each day, of my first two weeks in office,
for our Executive Secretary, Janet Cropper, to get me caught
up on all aspects of the WPRA business. We now have the
Futurity Division, the Junior Division, the PESI Program
that we did not have before. Along with these new programs
come new members, new directors, new rules, more sponsors,
more bookwork , and a lot of growth for the WPRA. To function
more efficiently with the new growth, the Board now has
committees that meet by conference calling to address specific
areas of WPRA business. The full board meets monthly, or
more frequently if needed, also by conference calls. By
the way, yes, we get a very good rate per minute on the
calls! The committees are: the Business Committee, the Magazine
Committee, the Rodeo/Competition Committee, the Marketing
and Sponsorship Committee, and the Rule Book Committee.
These committees work very efficiently and take their findings
and recommendations back to the full board. Meeting by telephone
has saved the WPRA a lot of money over the past several
years. We are currently having one face to face meeting
a year in the spring when the new board is seated.
The Spring Board Meeting was held in Colorado Springs April
23 and 24th. I took this opportunity to go to the Springs
a couple of days early to meet the office staff, the PRCA
and get to see our office. I was very pleasantly surprised
by all! Our office is very nice and meets our needs well.
It is just a block from the Courthouse and downtown, and
was occupied by a law firm before we purchased it in 2008.
Built in the 1960's, it is very unique building with a lot
of charm! It is large enough to meet the needs of our growing
Association and allows each employee to have their own comfortable
office. We also purchased the building next door for a rental
property. This has proven to be a very wise decision as
the tenant has signed a five year lease.
The PRCA staff made me feel very welcomed, as I happened
to arrive during their employee appreciation breakfast,
so I got to renew many old friendships. The Commissioner
and I met and got caught up on all the rodeo business involving
the WPRA and PRCA. He was a very gracious host, and I greatly
appreciate him taking the time to meet with me. Kay Bleakly
and I also had a productive meeting discussing everything
from Rodeo Pay to timing the barrel race.
Congratulations to Brittany Pozzi on her big win at the
Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. What an exciting barrel
race it was! Carlee Pierce won the first two rounds, the
average, and won the most money of the weekend. However,
it was Brittany Pozzi that took command in the semis and
the final round to take home the $20,000 voucher for a Ram
truck of her choice, a beautiful Twister saddle, a gorgeous
Montana Silversmith buckle, and $19,125! Congratulations
also goes to Cindy Smith for a third place win which gives
her the Calgary qualification from the RNCFR. Since Pozzi
and Pierce were already qualified, we dropped down to third
to get the qualifier. A big hats off and thank you goes
to the PRCA, Ram Rodeo, and Express Lazy E Sports Productions
for such a great event!
Steve Thorton and his crew at Safe Arena Footing are on
target to reach their goal of making the ground at the Calgary
Stampede safer and more consistent than it has ever been
before. They have had two conference calls with six contestants
that have competed at Calgary many times to get their opinion
on the ground and how to make it better. These contestants
offered very valuable information based on their experiences
at Calgary. The SAF crew is extremely knowledgeable in all
types of ground and what it takes to have safety and consistency.
Remember they are always willing to help you or a committee
improve the ground conditions at the rodeo or at home!
Your directors are constantly working toward getting the
limited entry rodeos to open their entries in the barrel
race. Turquoise Director, Sarah Kieckhefer has gotten Prescott
to open their entries this year. Melanie Luark, Mountain
States Director, has also reached an agreement with Cheyenne
to drop their limits. Good job to those two directors! Let's
hope more limited entry rodeos will follow these examples.
Thank you to all members who have submitted a rule proposal
for 2014. We have received many proposals, and they will
be given careful consideration by the Rules Committee and
the Board. There is still time to get a proposal in before
the May 15th deadline by visiting www.wpra.com or calling
Have a winning May, and most of all, be safe!
PRESIDENT'S COLUMN UPDATE WEBSITE, April 3, 2013
Thank you to all who voted in the current election! By
casting your vote, you exercised your right to vote in the
election of YOUR Association!! As the results showed us, this
election was very close, thus making it clear that the Association
is equally divided. Now, as your elected officers and directors,
we have the awesome responsibility of finding common ground
and leading this Association in the right direction. We have
made great strides under the leadership of Jimmie Munroe,
both financially and professionally. We all thank her for
her dedication to the WPRA for all these years. Congratulations
to the newly elected Board members, and welcome back to the
past directors. I am looking forward to working with all of
you, and our great office staff, for the betterment of the
WPRA. I also look forward to continuing to improve our relationship
with the PRCA, and of course, with our committees and sponsors.
We are all in this great sport together!
In order to lead our Association forward, and pull together
for one goal, I will do my best to improve the communication
between the membership and the Board. Hopefully, the "Members
Only" login page will become a reality in the near
future. This would give us an avenue to inform the membership
of the important issues at hand in a timely manner, and
also gain feedback from them. By the time you are reading
this column, the Board will have met in Colorado Springs,
and decisions will have been made that will affect all of
us. I will do my best to get the information on the outcome
of this meeting out to the members as quickly as I can,
but also feel free to contact me or your circuit director
if you have questions or concerns.
It is very exciting to see the WPRA World Finals going
back to Texas. Waco and their fabulous Extraco Events center
should be a perfect match for our finals. The dates are
set for October 23-27, so start making plans to attend.
You'll be glad you did! It will be great to see all our
ropers again, but I must say it won't be the same for me
without the roughstock riders! At least this time, I won't
be terrified like I used to every time Jan Youren got on
a bareback horse!
By the time you receive this issue, many of you will be
headed to California for the Silver Tour Rodeos. Hope the
rains hold off so that everyone has dry ground. If you don't
head to California, there are still lots of good rodeos
in Texas including a WPRA Qualifying Tour Rodeo in Corpus
Christi. Where ever you decide to go, good luck and be safe!
In closing, I would like to thank all of you who supported
me in this election. Thank you for the confidence you have
in me to be President once again. I promise to try to keep
you informed, listen to your concerns, and do my best to
do something about it! Please feel free to contact me any