By Doreen Wintermute
February 1, 2017
The more I reflect on this great Association that we get to be involved in, the more I realize how many great programs and opportunities we have for members. We get so wrapped up in our own little worlds and sometimes we miss the opportunities that are right under our noses.
One of these is the Pro Elite Sire Incentive Program (PESI). In 2016, the program allocated $76,000 for PESI Bonus Money Events. It is a great team program that rewards the stallion owners, the breeders and the horse owners. As a stallion owner, you enroll your stallion into the program and pay the annual fee. As the owner of an offspring of a stallion enrolled in the program you also pay a fee, then you competed at events where the bonus money is available like the Wrangler NFR or the Circuit Finals and you reap the rewards.
For instance there were three ladies in the Top 15 that not only left Las Vegas with the money won in the arena but they added bonus money to their bank accounts through the PESI program. Amberleigh Moore cashed in the most as the owner of CP Dark Moon adding $4,200. The stallion owners of Darkelly are Conrado and Mikkleson and they received a check for $1,600, easily making back their annual fee to the program and this was at only one of the 10 events, plus the Wrangler NFR, 12 Circuit Finals and the WPRA World Finals that paid a bonus back in 2016.
Speaking of getting involved we need everyone reading this - members, fans, rodeo committees, stock contractors, rodeo personnel, etc. - to consider being a part of WPRA history. As we announced in December at the Wrangler NFR starting in 2017, the WPRA will begin inducting members into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame. Therefore, we need your help in nominating WPRA members that are deserving of this honor. To make it easy for you we have included the Barrel Racer Honoree Nomination Form in this issue or it is also available online (www.wpra.com) for you to print out. All forms must be mailed and received in the WPRA office no later than Feb. 24, 2017.
Please take some time to consider the importance of this inaugural event and submit a nomination. There are two items to remember when making a nomination. First, you may submit more than 1 nomination and second it is really important to provide details regarding the nominee’s contribution and their significance to the sport of barrel racing.
Finally before I close this month, I wanted to remind all members of one more opportunity to take advantage of in 2017 that can really help open other doors as each of you strive to reach your rodeo goals. It is the 2017 WPRA Tour. The Tour is made up of a total of 65 rodeos/events across the United States (five from each circuit and Canada). The rodeos selected are either one round or multiple rounds. If it is a multiple round rodeo then points are allocated based on the average results only. Limited entry rodeos are not part of this program, so these are events that are open to all members.
The WPRA Tour Standings are used at many approved limited entry rodeos and your circuit directors and board strongly encourages all limited entry rodeos to include the WPRA Tour Standings as one of their qualifiers. By doing this it provides an opportunity for a wider range of our members to participate and possibly gain entry to a limited entry rodeo like the Calgary Stampede and RodeoHouston.
So as you plan your 2017 rodeo schedule don't forget to pay attention to the rodeos that are part of the WPRA Tour as it could be the catalyst you need to make a run at the Wrangler NFR.
Safe travels to everyone during this winter run and God Bless.
January 1, 2017
As we come to the end of the 2016 year, all I can say is what a great ending with the best Wrangler National Finals Rodeo experience, I could have ever imagined.
Words cannot express how thankful I am to Shawn Davis and his team for all the time and effort that was put into every part of what makes this a great event and truly the "Super Bowl" of Rodeo. The most amazing talent was shown in every PRCA event and the WPRA top 15 and their horses in the world!!!!
Congratulations to Mary Burger and Sadiesfamouslastwords (Mo) for a truly phenomenal year and what a great and humble world champion she will be. My hats off to Amberleigh Moore for earning enough at the Wrangler NFR to move from 15th in the world to reserve champion.
I am so proud to say the WPRA and PRCA have been working as partners on building the many bridges to make rodeo better. As most of you heard or read the announcement released at the Wrangler NFR by PRCA Commissioner Karl Stressman, the WPRA will be a part of the ProRodeo Hall Of Fame starting in 2017 (full release in the In the News section in this issue). This decision was a natural extension of our relationship with the PRCA and a great way to honor and recognize rodeo greats in every event under one roof. Make plans now to attend the annual Hall of Fame inductions on the first weekend of August to be part of this historic milestone between the PRCA and WPRA.
One of the most memorable events of the 2016 Wrangler NFR is the WPRA Star Celebration. It is an event that honors the Top 15 for their achievements, and awards them with many amazing gifts from our partners that include saddles, Tao Tao Scooters, horse cooler blankets and much, much more. The WPRA Star Celebration Luncheon brings many wonderful generations of people together that put the care and love into Rodeo. The event wouldn't be possible without our WPRA office team that works diligently to make these memories special, and all of the WPRA Circuit Directors. Besides celebrating the Top 15 it is the WPRA's chance to honor the true backbone of our business with our Rodeo Committee’s, Contractors, Contract Personnel, Volunteers, and our Sponsors. As they say, “it takes a village”!!!
As we swing into the new year, we have three more Circuit Finals left in the 2016 season to crown their Circuit and Average Champion that will earn a spot to compete at the Ram National Finals Rodeo in Kissimmee, Florida.
Plan your 2017 year, it’s here with much opportunity to make your Dreams come true!!!
Good Luck to all