By Ann Bleiker
The WPRA said goodbye to one of their own on Sunday, March 12, after Nancy Hunter lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Hunter, 59, of Neola, Utah, was diagnosed with cancer on August 18, 2016.
Hunter qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in 2014 and again in 2015, finishing the year's ranked fourth and 10th, respectively in the final year-end standings. She won the fifth round at her final NFR in a time of 13.62 seconds.
In 2015, Hunter also captured the barrel racing title at RodeoHouston for the third consecutive time and qualified for the NFR after competing in just 26 rodeos. Nancy's husband, Fred, was right beside her during her barrel racing career serving as her main coach and support system. Nancy spent many years working as a registered nurse in the emergency room.
As her son, Wyatt, wrote on Facebook "Her passionate approach to the arena of life left an influence on immeasurable amounts of people. As she ran through the pattern of this mortality she met the challenges and tough times head on never shrinking from her path and always keeping in mind that with the greatest of trials there will always be the success at the end. This morning Nancy rounded the third barrel and ran home to that God who gave her life, with her head held high knowing she had done all the Lord had commanded her to do."
The WPRA sends their condolences to Team Hunter.