2017 Earnings: $130,537 Career Earnings: $355,314
Rafter W Minnie Reba "Sister"
9-year old blue roan mare
Sire: KS Cash N Fame
Dam: Espuela Roan
Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
There are three highlights I feel like really stood out this year. Winning Reno (Nev.) and St. Paul (Ore.) was a big deal as those two rodeos mean a lot to my family. They have been on my "bucket list" of rodeos to win, so to finally say that I won first at those two rodeos is really special for me. Winning second at the Calgary Stampede is the other one because it solidified my spot in the Wrangler NFR and was the biggest paycheck I had ever won.
Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I have so many memories in Las Vegas. I lived there for a couple of years while I attending UNLV and college rodeoed for the team there. I met my husband and got married there. Also made the NFR in 2010 on Blue Duck, so I always love to go back to that city because there are so many special memories and places I like always like to revisit. However, I will mostly focus on the rodeo and my horse this time around and keep the shenanigans to a minimum!
Describe your 2017 season:
Everything went according to plan (which rarely ever happens in rodeo or life!)
Describe your horse's running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Sister has been so consistent all year. She loves to come running down an alley. She loves a big crowd and a night performance. She is a very smooth turner, so I think she will do what she has done for me the whole year and hopefully it will work out for us.
Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America's Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Well...I can't sing, dance or have a really cool talent, so I guess I would have to go with Survivor. I have never even watched that show, so I don't know what I would be signing up for!
Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I would say Charmayne James as I would like to ask her how she got Scamper to last for so many years. Her longevity and consistency is amazing to me.