By JimiBeth Myers
Behind the Scenes
Barrel Racing Across the Years
Legedary barrel racing photographer Kenneth Springer has been capturing the action in the arena and behind the scenes for years. He opened his archives to share barrel racing pictures across the years.
Kenneth photographed his first National Finals Rodeo in 1978, and hasn’t missed one since. Below you can see the changes in rodeo fashion by looking through the Top 15 group shot from 1978, 1988, 1998, 2008 and 2018. Lisa Lockhart, Brittany Pozzi, Charmayne James and Martha Josey each qualified for two of the NFRs represented in the pictures.
A young Mary Cecelia Ray climbing the wheel well of the horse trailer to give I Got Bugs a pet on the nose while her mother, Celie Whitcomb Ray, hung a hay net.
It was at the 1983 Josey Jr. World that Kenneth first shot 11-time WPRA World Champion Charmayne James and Scamper in action. He also captured the iconic photo of Charmayne when Scamper broke his bridle and finished to win the run.
Charmayne James and Scamper at the first NFR held in Las Vegas in 1985.
Marion Gramith and daughter Cindy Witcher-Smith are the only mother-daughter combo to qualify for the NFR in the same year . They are shown here at the 1976 NFR in Oklahoma City.
(Left to Right) Gail Petska on Dobie, Jeana Day on Excuse, Jimmie Gibbs-Munroe on Billy
Taken at the 1975 NFR in Oklahoma City in front of the Coliseum before they ran in a Saturday afternoon matinee performance
Top 15 Barrel Racers at the 1978 National Finals Rodeo; Lynn McKenzie won the World Championship
Front Row (Left to Right): Jackie Jo Perrin, Ann Bateson, Martha Josey, Janie Reimer, Shari Korff, Connie Combs, Gail Tyson, Corl Goostree
Back Row (Left to Right): Jimmie Gibbs-Monroe, Lynn McKenzie, Becky Carson, Heidi Hindermuhle, Marilyn Duplissey, Becky Fullerton, Lorraine Alexander
1988 National Finals Rodeo Top 15 Barrel Racers when Charmayne James won the World
Front Row (Left to Right): Charmayne James, Marleen Eddleman-McCray, Beth Brauderick, Rosie Webb, Kappie Nelson, Cheryl Lynn Mann, Twyla Haller
Back Rown (Left to Right): Rachael Myllymaki, Suzanne Fausette, Deb Mohan, Gale Beebe, Vana Beissinger, Vickie Vickers, Janeen Johnson, Martee Lien-Pruitt
1998 WPRA Top 15 Barrel Racers at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas; Kristie Peterson Won the world
Front Row (Left to Right) Kristie Peterson, Sherry Cervi, Janet Stover, Charmayne James, Molly Swanson
Middle Row (Left to Right) Cheyenne Wimberly, Martha Josey, Fallon Taylor, Kim West, Sue Miller
Back Row (Left to Right) Melissa Hubier, Judy Myllymaki, Gail Hillman, Ruth Hayslip
2008 Top 15 Barrel Racers at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo at the Thomas & Mack the year Lindsay Sears won the world.
Front Row (Left to Right) Lindsay Sears, Tammy Key-Fischer, Shelley Murphy, Maegan Reichert, Mary Burger, Cassie Moseley, Brenda Mays, Deb Renger,
Back Row (Left to Right) Brittany Pozzi, Jill Moody, Terra Bynum, Annesa Self, Traci Dawson, Stephanie Fryar, Lisa Lockhart
2018 Top 15 Barrel Racers
Front Row (Left to Right)
Hailey Kinsel, Nellie Miller, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Lisa Lockhart, Stevi Hillman, Taci Bettis, Kylie Weast
Back Row (Left to Right)
Jessica Routier, Ivy Conrado, Tammy Fischer, Kelly Bruner, Tracy Nowlin, Amberleigh Moore, Jessie Telford, Carman Pozzobon