By Doreen Wintermute
January 1, 2020
As one year comes to a close, a new one brings about a new beginning and opportunity to make it the best one yet! The 2020 rodeo season brings great excitement to WPRA members specifically the breakaway ropers as we work with the PRCA to develop and expand a second women’s only event into PRCA sanctioned rodeos from coast to coast. There will be growing pains and lots of work but I am excited to see what the future holds.
The Association was well represented once again at the 61st Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. What an exciting start to the event with NFR Rookies Emily Miller and Dona Kay Rule taking the victory laps and ended with NFR veterans Hailey Kinsel and Ivy Conrado-Saebens being crowned world and average champions, respectively. I would be remiss if I didn’t also congratulate Stevi Hillman for turning in the fastest time of this year’s event in the ninth round with a 13.53 second run and 13-time NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart bringing the event to a close with her 10th round win with a 13.71 as the last barrel racer to round the cloverleaf pattern in 2019.
I would also like to congratulate Amberleigh Moore for joining the $1 million club after surpassing the mark in career earnings during the 2019 Wrangler NFR. Moore became the eighth WPRA barrel racer to accomplish this feat. Hailey Kinsel came oh so close to becoming the ninth but remains just under $60,000 from that mark.
Congrats to Jessica Routier for taking home the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed award for the second straight year at the Wrangler NFR. Don’t forget to “Bring Your Bling” to Fort Worth as a $5,000 bonus will be given once again to the Best Dressed WPRA member competing in the final round.
It was an honor once again to recognize not only our Top 15 but all the hard working committees and contract personnel with the WPRA annual Committee and Justin Best Footing Awards during the Star Celebration in Las Vegas. It was a diverse and great group of individuals this year and we are forever grateful for all their time and effort in giving our members a place to accomplish their dreams.
There is so much to be thankful for, as I rewind the 2019 year. The WPRA Sponsors, we couldn’t do it without all of you, our WPRA Office staff, all Circuit Directors, and every outside resource we depend on, thank you for completing another successful year for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
With lots of positive and proactive thinking, LETS ALL BRING IN A HEALTHY AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!
Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much.