a joint effort between the Women's Professional Rodeo
Association and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo,
the limits have been lifted on entries for barrel racers,
allowing all card members of the WPRA to enter. The
two groups are working together to offer more opportunity
for all members to compete at this prestigious event
to kick off the 2010 season.
"When I was running for the
director position in my circuit, that was one thing
I said I would try to do was to lift the limits on rodeos
that currently had limits," said WPRA Texas Circuit
Director Lois Ferguson. "I would like to thank
Brad Barnes and his staff for working with us to lift
the limits in Ft. Worth and hope this will be a step
forward for all involved."
Fort Worth Stock Show's Executive
Vice President and General Manager Bradford S. Barnes,
met with both Ferguson and WPRA President Kathi Myers
to discuss the benefits to both groups in lifting the
"The Fort Worth Stock Show's
Rodeo continually strives to create the most level playing
field possible for our contestants," said Barnes.
"In addition to ensuring ground consistency by
hand-raking after each run, for this year's rodeo we
have also agreed to modify our format, allowing all
WPRA card holding barrel racers to compete.
"We believe this will benefit the WPRA members
by affording them the opportunity to get an early foothold
on their money earnings for the season, allow more members
the opportunity to compete at our rodeo and make travel
Should there be less than 260 barrel
racers the format would be one round with a progressive
second round and the top 12 in the average would then
advance to the short go. The number of entries will
determine how many are taken to the second round.
For example there are 29 performances
plus the finals performance (Jan. 22-Feb. 7).
If there are 200 entered, the first
go will be run in the first 20 performances and the
top 90 fastest times from the first go will get a second
run in performances 21 through 29. The top twelve in
the average on the first two runs will run in the short
go (finals.). Splits not to exceed 12 per the WPRA rulebook.
If 145 or less enter then there will be two runs back
to back and a short go
"We are very excited about
this great opportunity for all our members," said
WPRA President Kathi Myers. "We appreciate Brad
Barnes and the entire Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
Committee changing their format to allow more of our
members to compete at this prestigious event."
Entries open on January 4 at
10 a.m. MT and close on January 8 at 10 a.m. MT. Don't
miss your chance to get a jump start on your 2010 season!