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Walker's horse Latte wins AQHA Horse of the Year award
by Ann Bleiker
10/5/12

It has been a dream season for barrel racer Mary Walker, which has been a long time in coming. Having joined the WPRA in 1983, this will be her first trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and with a late season surge has put herself in the hunt for her first world title.

Walker of Ennis, Texas, has served as an inspiration for all in and out of the rodeo industry. Having collected barrel racing titles from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Nampa, Idaho, to Window Rock, Ariz., to Missoula, Mont., to Ellensburg, Wash., and numerous other checks in between, she has now added a title for her 8-year-old bay horse, Perculatin ("Latte") - the 2012 AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year.

This time last year, Walker was still trying to recover from the death of her son and a barrel racing wreck that shattered her pelvis, broke two vertebrae, two toes and left her in a wheelchair for four months. She wasn't released from rehabilitation until Christmas Day, 2011, and it took a few months to get her strength back, she said.

She credits Latte, a long-strided Dash for Perks gelding, for helping her regain her strength and carrying her to her first Wrangler NFR.

"He's very lazy," said Walker, who doesn't use soft boots or magnetic blankets or anything except cookies on Latte. "He only went as fast as I wanted to on those early runs."

The duo is now full speed ahead en route to Las Vegas in December.

Brittany Pozzi's horse Yeah Hes Firen "Duke" finished second in the 2012 AQHA Horse of the Year voting and Fallon Taylor, who finished 16th in the final world standings, finished third in the voting with her horse Flos Heiress "Baby Flo."

A complete story on the AQHA Horse of the Year will appear in the November issue of the Women's Pro Rodeo News.


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