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Mary Burger

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Burger Wins Second World Championship in Dramatic Fashion


By Amy Wilson

She came into the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo ranked No. 1, and through 10 rounds of fierce competition, Mary Burger remained No. 1. However, a tipped barrel in Round 10 had Burger uncertain of the results.

“I had went back to the stall and was unsaddling my horse because I hit a barrel, and I had no idea on numbers – I had no idea I had won it. They had to come back to get me at the barn,” she said with a laugh.

Burger placed in six rounds and placed eighth in the average to win $86,577 at the Wrangler NFR. She finished the year with $277,554 on the season to become the WPRA Barrel Racing World Champion for the second time in her career at the age of 68. “I just thank God, my family, my sponsors, and everybody who's helped me get here. It’s been a wonderful year that I just could not even imagine happening to me,” Burger said humbly. “I’m pretty dedicated, I trust in God, and I’m so thankful for this year.”

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Mary Burger
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“God has His plan," said Burger of her motto. “I don’t get nervous when I come down that alleyway because I know God has His plan – whatever it is, good or bad,” Burger explained. 

She’s also trusting His plan, and hopeful that Sadiesfamouslastwords “Mo” will make a complete recovery from the injury he’s been recovering from. They ultrasound and vet-check him everyday while in Las Vegas to make sure he’s okay to run. Like Burger, it’s obvious he’s a winner with a lot of heart. “The vet said that any other horse would probably be standing in the corner with his head down and wouldn’t want to come down the alleyway. But he’s a trooper. I love him – he’s a good boy,” Burger said about the buckskin gelding. She also added, “He’s only 7 (years old), and he’s going to stay with me. We hope to have some more fun.”

Without a doubt, the fans had fun watching Burger and Mo, and the rest of the incredible field of horses and jockeys. “It’s a top notch group – they’re the best. And Amberleigh (Moore) coming in 15th – she just did a great job on that mare,” Burger said. 

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Amberleigh Moore, WPRA President Doreen Wintermute, Mary Burger
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After a spectacular Wrangler NFR on her mare, CP Dark Moon “Paige," Moore ended up second in the WPRA World Standings with $266,760 in earnings, and second in the average.

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Lisa Lockhart
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Impressively, Lisa Lockhart and Louie set a new Wrangler NFR average record with 137.98 seconds on 10 runs. She was the only barrel racer to be clean on every run.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have accomplished it,” Lockhart said.

While talking about her 13 year old buckskin, An Okie With Cash “Louie”, Lockhart remarked, “I am so proud of him! It’s pretty phenomenal because he’s been here so many times – that alone is pretty cool knowing that he has now made 70 runs in here consecutively.”

Lockhart qualified for the Wrangler NFR by only going to 36 rodeos. “It was just too important to me to stay home and be at all the high school rodeos with my kids this year so it’s just something I chose to do. I’m not going to lie, I was panicked. I knew I had to give it my all, and it worked.”

Lockhart finished 3rd in the 2016 WPRA World Standings with $251,975 in earnings.

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Sherry Cervi
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Jana Bean
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In Round 10, Jana Bean and Sherry Cervi split the win with times of 13.59. Cervi finished third in the average. Kimmie Wall and Foxy capped off a great, first WNFR with a run of 13.61 for third in the round and fourth in the average. Cayla Small earned fourth place in Round 10 with 13.64. Lockhart and Pamela Capper tied for fifth with times of 13.67 seconds.

 

 

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