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  • Mar 24, 2017

    Mowry Moves on to Finals in Houston

    Taylor Langdon PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—For the last decade, Kassie Mowry has spent the first of December in Oklahoma City, competing at the massive Barrel…
  • Mar 23, 2017

    Blanchard Advances to Semifinals in Houston

    Sydni Blanchard PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—Two weeks ago there were 40. After fifteen nights of rodeo action, now only 20 ladies remain standing at RodeoHouston. One…
  • Mar 19, 2017

    Mowry Making Most of Opportunities in 2017

    Kassie Mowry PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—Like many other sports, professional barrel racing has its own share of Cinderella stories. Of course, fairy tales are often…
  • Mar 16, 2017

    Hillman Hitting Her Stride in Houston

    Stevi Hillman PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—Once upon a time, Stevi Hillman worked as a radiology technician, training horses on the side to feed her passion for barrel…
  • Mar 14, 2017

    Tovar Tops Leaderboard in Super Series II in Houston

    Kelly Tovar PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—There is little argument that RodeoHouston is not the easiest pen for a barrel horse. Setting on the floor of NRG Stadium, the…
  • Mar 13, 2017

    Harry Vold Passes Away at 93

    Harry Vold By WPRA Office The WPRA sends their condolences to the family of Harry Vold as the rodeo world says goodbye to another legend in the sport. ProRodeo Hall of Fame stock contractor Vold…
  • Mar 13, 2017

    Prayers for Hunter Family on the Passing of Nancy

    Nancy Hunter PHOTO BY Kenneth Springer 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,…
  • Mar 10, 2017

    Grimes, Bessert Top Leaderboard in Super Series I in Houston

    Kathy Grimes PHOTO Courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas—Nearly 2.5 million people are expected to visit NRG Park in the next two and a half weeks for RodeoHouston and the Houston…
  • Mar 08, 2017

    Schuster Setting the Earnings Bar in 2017

    Tiany Schuster View Bio PHOTO BY Peggy Gander By Ann Bleiker No. 1 ranked Tiany Schuster enters RodeoHouston later this week in Super Series II having won more money in the WPRA than any other barrel…
  • Mar 02, 2017

    Fundraising and Support Efforts for Injured WPRA Member Kim Schulze

    Kim Schulze View Bio By WPRA Office Kim Schulze, of Larkspur, Colorado, was involved in a serious horse related accident on February 16, 2017, which resulted in her sustaining a lacerated liver…
  • Mar 02, 2017

    Sympathy for Kuschel Family Loss

    Lacey Kuschel By WPRA Office The WPRA sends its deepest sympathies to the Kuschel family. Lacey Kuschel, age 35, of Sebeka, Minn., passed away on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at her home. She joined…
  • Mar 02, 2017

    Hadley Barrett Passes Away at the Age of 87

    Hadley Barrett PHOTO BY Greg Westfall By Ann Bleiker The rodeo world lost a true icon of the sport and a dear friend of the WPRA on March 2, 2017 with the passing of rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett.…
  • Mar 01, 2017

    South Dakota Barrel Racer And Horse Shine At Skijoring Events

    Amber West PHOTO COURTESY Charlotte Bing, Black Hills Ski Team By Johnna Espinoza Fans of skilled and fast barrel racing horses know the equines often do more than run cloverleaf patterns. The…
  • Feb 27, 2017

    Moore Adds San Antonio Title to Resume

    Amberleigh Moore View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas—On the race track, betting on the dark horse can pay off big. At the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo…
  • Feb 27, 2017

    Hillman Tops in Tucson

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Dan Hubbell By Ann Bleiker Tucson, Arizona—2016 Wrangler NFR qualifier Stevi Hillman jockeyed her way to the winner's circle at La Fiesta de los Vaqueros in…
  • Feb 23, 2017

    Moore Makes More Money in San Antonio

    Amberleigh Moore View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas—Coming into the second night of the first semifinals of the 2017 edition of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo,…
  • Feb 21, 2017

    Field Set For Semifinals In San Antonio

    Kathy Grimes PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas—There is definitely something to be said for momentum in the world of professional rodeo. Kathy Grimes set out from her home…
  • Feb 14, 2017

    Moore Goes Three For Three in San Antonio Bracket #3

    Amberleigh Moore View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas—Oregon cowgirl Amberleigh Moore calls her great mare Paige a perfectionist. It’s hard to argue with her…
  • Feb 14, 2017

    Langdon Leads the Way in San Antonio

    Taylor Langdon PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas—Taylor Langdon has big dreams of making a trip to Las Vegas in December for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) and…
  • Feb 13, 2017

    Moore Sprints Into San Angelo Lead

    Amberleigh Moore View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Ric Andersen By Ted Harbin (courtesy San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo) SAN ANGELO, Texas—Amberleigh Moore has a lot of faith in her young partner, a 7-year-old…
  • Feb 08, 2017

    Don't Delay - Nominate Today

    ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the WPRAMake History Plans are well underway for the first ever induction of barrel racers into the ProRodeo Hall of Fame on August 5, 2017. The only thing that's missing is…
  • Feb 03, 2017

    Taylor Takes Title in Fort Worth

    Fallon Taylor View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Kenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas—The legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has been a tradition in Texas for 120 years. With a huge committee…
  • Feb 03, 2017

    Taylor Turns Up the Heat in Second Round

    Fallon Taylor View Bio PHOTO CREDIT James Phifer By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas—Will Rogers Memorial Center has been kind to 2014 WPRA World Champion Fallon Taylor but she has never laid claim to…
  • Feb 02, 2017

    Schuster Sizzles at Wrangler Champions Challenge in Rapid City

    Tiany Schuster By Ann Bleiker Tiany Schuster continued her hot winter in frigid Rapid City, S.D., for the first 2017 Wrangler Champions Challenge, presented by Justin Boots. Schuster of Krum, Texas,…
  • Feb 01, 2017

    Hillman Takes Top Spot In First Round in Ft. Worth

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Kenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas—Monday may be a day of blah for most regular working folks but for the barrel racers at the 2017 Fort Worth…
  • Jan 30, 2017

    Small Turns In Big Run At Fort Worth

    Cayla Small View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Kenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas—Fort Worth, Texas—The slogan of the 121st edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) is “Welcome to…
  • Jan 25, 2017

    McLeod Making Plans for Second Round in Ft. Worth

    Michele McLeod View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Kenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas—The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) is a huge tradition, an event 121 years old and still running. The…
  • Jan 24, 2017

    Collier Collects Title Inside the Denver Coliseum

    Kellie Collier PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado—Kellie Collier had never competed inside the historic Denver Coliseum prior to January 2017 but chances are she is already…
  • Jan 20, 2017

    Collier and Lolo Catch Another Gear in Colorado

    Kellie Collier PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado—Lolo loves Denver. The nine year old daughter of PESI stallion A Streak of Fling carried her rider, college student Kellie…
  • Jan 16, 2017

    Parker and Small Making Plans for Finals in Denver

    Cayla Small View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Greg Westfall By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado—Winter hasn’t been kind thus far in 2017 with lots of snow, rain and cold temperatures plaguing much of the country.…
  • Jan 15, 2017

    Early Birthday Present for Wright

    Holly Wright PHOTO CREDIT Dudley Barker Odessa, Texas - Holly Wright received an early birthday present by capturing the barrel racing title at the Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo in Odessa, Texas,…
  • Jan 13, 2017

    WPRA ProRodeo Hall of Fame Barrel Racing Nomination Form Now Available

    ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the WPRAMake History The announcement made at the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that the WPRA in partnership with the PRCA and the ProRodeo Hall of Fame will start…
  • Jan 09, 2017

    WPRA Loses a Loyal Friend — Bill Ransom

    Bill RansomFriend and supporter of the WPRA On January 5, 2017, the Women's Professional Rodeo Association lost a loyal supporter when William "Bill" Ransom, 70, of Paola, Kan., passed away at his…
  • Jan 04, 2017

    McDonald Says Sad Goodbye to Bling

    Sarah Rose McDonald View Bio PHOTO CREDIT Kenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Colorado Springs, Colorado—For six years the team of Fame Fling N Bling and Sarah Rose McDonald wowed barrel racing fans…
  • Nov 30, 2016

    ProRodeo Hall of Fame to Induct WPRA Members

    ProRodeo Hall of Fame and the WPRAMake History COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - The Women's Professional Rodeo Association and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association are adding a new chapter in 2017 to…
  • Nov 29, 2016

    Wrangler NFR Contestants to Receive Montana Silversmiths Rings at Welcome Reception

    Montana Silversmiths By Jolee Jordan Las Vegas, Nevada—The ultimate goal of every professional barrel racer is to pull a horse trailer into the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas in early December,…
  • Nov 21, 2016

    Top 15 Gives Thanks

    I am most thankful that God has answered my prayers. Also for my family support, a nice horse and how everything has fallen together for me this year. It has been a special year for me and I am very…
  • Nov 18, 2016

    Longford Rodeo Honored With WPRA Award

    Jayce Crowther PHOTO CREDIT Kent Kerschner By Kristen M. White Who knew some plastic could win awards? Turns out, black plastic tarps did precisely that for the Longford, Kan., Rodeo committee. The…
  • Nov 15, 2016

    Csabay Repeats as Canadian Champion

    Nancy Csabay PHOTO CREDIT Mike Copeman By Jolee Jordan Edmonton, Alberta Canada—Just two months ago, reigning Canadian champion barrel racer Nancy Csabay had no expectation of defending her title. In…
  • Oct 31, 2016

    Circuit Finals Rodeo Season in Full Swing

    2016 Circuit Champions PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Ann Bleiker Waco, Texas—The Ram Circuit Finals Rodeo season is in full swing with five out of 12 circuits complete and 10 contestants have punched…
  • Oct 23, 2016

    WPRA World Finals Comes to a Close

    2016 WPRA World Champions PHOTO CREDITDudley Barker By Ann Bleiker Waco, Texas—The WPRA World Finals at the Extraco Event Center in Waco, Texas, came to a close Sunday afternoon, October 23, 2016…
  • Oct 23, 2016

    Crawford Captures Three Titles at WPRA World Finals

    Scooter Winners PHOTO CREDITDudley Barker By Ann Bleiker Waco, Texas—When Jackie Crawford competes at the WPRA World Finals, she needs an extra rig just to carry home all the amazing awards. The ones…
  • Oct 21, 2016

    Crawford Secures Breakaway Roping World Title, Remsburg Wins Team Roping Heeling Title

    Jackie Crawford PHOTO CREDITdudleydoright.com By Ann Bleiker Waco, Texas—Following two rounds of roping at the WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, Jackie Crawford has secured her 15th world title with…
  • Oct 18, 2016

    Holeman Bids a Sad Goodbye to Sparky

    June Holeman and Sparky PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Jolee Lautaret Corrected 10/20/16 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — For more than a century, the Raymond Sutton Ranch has been raising quality…
  • Oct 16, 2016

    Hillman Has Big Payday at All American Finals

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDITJames Phifer By Jolee Jordan Waco, Texas—Very few professional rodeo athletes get to take the summer off. With so many lucrative rodeos on the schedule, the three…
  • Oct 14, 2016

    Flynn Finishes Atop Leaderboard in Bracket B

    Ari-Anna Flynn PHOTO CREDITJames Phifer By Jolee Jordan Waco, Texas—Ari-Anna Flynn has big goals in the ranks of professional rodeo: she wants to equal or improve her family’s record for trips to the…
  • Oct 11, 2016

    McLeod Jockeys Slick To The Bracket A Victory At The All American Finals

    Michele McLeod View Bio PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan Waco, Texas—Very few professional rodeo athletes get to take the summer off. With so many lucrative rodeos on the schedule, the…
  • Oct 06, 2016

    Conrado's Tibbie Named 2016 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of The Year

    Ivy Conrado View Bio PHOTO CREDITGreg Westfall By WPRA Office COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —The AQHA and the WPRA annually honors the top equine partners that carry WPRA members to the winners circle. In…
  • Oct 04, 2016

    Moore To Make 1st Trip To Wrangler NFR

    Amberleigh Moore PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Jolee Jordan Rodeo veterans will tell you that there are only two days in a season when pro rodeo standings really matter. The first is following the 10th…
  • Sep 26, 2016

    WPRA World Finals Provides Something For Everyone

    By Ann Bleiker The 2016 WPRA World Finals offers opportunities for all levels of membership from those searching for a world title, to those looking to get a head start on the 2017 rodeo season, to…
  • Sep 14, 2016

    Hillman Adds Pendleton Title to 2016 Resume

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDITDan Hubbell By Jolee Jordan Pendleton, Oregon—The long course at the Pendleton Round-Up can challenge the nerves of even the most seasoned of riders—WPRA barrel…
  • Sep 14, 2016

    Hillman Holds Top Spot in Pendleton

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDITBob Click By Jolee Jordan Pendleton, Oregon—Barrel racers are most assuredly some of the biggest adrenaline junkies in the equestrian world, always looking to run…
  • Sep 14, 2016

    Hillman Remains Atop Leaderboard in Pendleton

    Stevi Hillman View Bio PHOTO CREDITBob Click By Jolee Jordan Pendleton, Oregon—The world famous Pendleton Round-Up arena is playing host to some of the season’s most pressure packed runs as the 106th…
  • Sep 07, 2016

    Nellie Miller Wins Ellensburg, Inches Closer to Top 15

    Nellie Miller View Bio PHOTO CREDITBob Click By Kristen M. White Nellie Miller certainly never planned to be in the northwest during late summer, or to be making a run at all the major fall rodeos…
  • Sep 06, 2016

    Walker Winds Down 2016 Season With More Wins

    Mary Walker View Bio PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Jolee Jordan Pueblo, Colorado—The temperatures in North Texas have been typically hot this summer but that doesn’t worry 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary…
  • Aug 24, 2016

    10-Time WPRA World Champion Dedee Crawford Injured

    Dedee Crawford By WPRA Office Dedee Crawford, a 10-time WPRA World Champion of Ben Wheeler, Texas, was seriously injured on Saturday, August 20 when a bull stepped on her face at a bull riding. She…
  • Aug 24, 2016

    Sad News From Team Hunter

    Nancy Hunter View Bio PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Team Hunter We lost Fuzz this morning due to colic. Despite our hardest efforts and prayers we humanely sent him to Heaven. Our hearts are…
  • Aug 22, 2016

    Cervi Chasing a 19th Wrangler NFR Berth, Wins Caldwell Title

    Sherry Cervi View Bio PHOTO CREDITKirt Steinke By Jolee Jordan Caldwell, Idaho—Rodeo fans are amongst the most loyal and dedicated in the entire sports world but there’s one place where the fans are…
  • Aug 17, 2016

    Moore Has Memorable Run To Win Sikeston

    Jordan Moore PHOTO CREDITPhillip Kitts By Jolee Jordan Sikeston, Missouri—The Sikeston Jaycees Bootheel Rodeo has been on Jordan Moore’s radar since long before the cowgirl joined the WPRA three…
  • Aug 10, 2016

    Melbys Go 1-2 in Abilene, Kansas

    Jane Melby View Bio PHOTO CREDITFly Thomas By Jolee Jordan Abilene, Kansas—There is absolutely no doubt that Jane Melby is very, very proud of her daughter Cayla. But when she comes running down the…
  • Aug 09, 2016

    Burger Breaks WPRA Regular Season Earnings Record

    Mary Burger View Bio PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Ann Bleiker While Team USA is setting records and winning medals in Rio at the Olympic Games, 2006 WPRA Barrel Racer Mary Burger is rewriting the…
  • Aug 08, 2016

    Rose Johnson Webb Passes Away

    Rose Johnson Webb By Ann Bleiker Rose Johnson Webb, a six-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier (1968, 1985-88, 1990), passed away on her 81st birthday on July 31 from liver cancer. Webb, of Perris,…
  • Aug 01, 2016

    Cheyenne 2016-Murray Makes Her Mark in Cheyenne

    Tillar Murray PHOTO CREDITDan Hubbell Jolee Jordan Cheyenne, Wyoming—Just qualifying to the short round of the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo is actually a pretty big deal. Competitors don’t just show…
  • Jul 29, 2016

    Cheyenne 2016-Barrel Racers Inch Closer to Sunday's Final in Cheyenne

    Jana Bean View Bio PHOTO CREDITJackie Jensen Jolee Jordan Cheyenne, Wyoming—The 120th anniversary of the only rodeo dubbed “The Daddy of them All” is rolling through the final week of July with…
  • Jul 26, 2016

    Cheyenne 2016-Lockhart Leads Average in Cheyenne

    Lisa Lockhart View Bio PHOTO CREDITJackie Jensen Jolee Jordan Cheyenne, Wyoming—There are just a handful of rodeos on the pro rodeo schedule every year that take competitors back in time with their…
  • Jul 24, 2016

    Breakaway Members Update — Western Horseman’s Invitational Women’s Breakaway Roping

    Doreen WintermuteWPRA PRESIDENT 2016 By Doreen Wintermute The Women's Professional Rodeo Association is once again partnering with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for the Western Horseman…
  • Jul 22, 2016

    Cheyenne 2016-Blanchard Dominates Cheyenne Frontier Days Barrel Racing

    Sydni Blanchard View Bio PHOTO CREDITJackie Jensen Courtesy Susan Kanode, Cheyenne Frontier Days Cheyenne, Wyo., July 19, 2016 --- In an event that is timed in hundredths of a second, beating nearly…
  • Jul 20, 2016

    Walker Crosses $1 Million in Career Earnings

    Mary Walker View Bio PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Jolee Jordan In 1983 the idea of a WPRA barrel racer winning $1 million was merely a dream. Most of the biggest rodeos of the day did not give…
  • Jul 18, 2016

    Calgary 2016-Burger Banks $122,000 at Calgary Stampede

    Mary Burger View Bio PHOTO CREDITMike Copeman By Jolee Jordan Calgary, Alberta Canada — There’s just something about Mary. That’s surely the story from the 2016 edition of the $2 million Calgary…
  • Jul 16, 2016

    Calgary 2016-Lockhart Looking To Repeat As Calgary Champ

    Lisa Lockhart View Bio PHOTO CREDITMike Copeman By Jolee Jordan Calgary, Alberta Canada — As the final day of preliminary competition dawned at the 2016 Calgary Stampede, it was looking like you…
  • Jul 14, 2016

    Telford Takes Top Honors in Vernal

    Jessie Telford PHOTO CREDITJames Fain By Amy Wilson Vernal, UT — She grew up on a cattle ranch in Oregon, and was only 13 years old when she first got her WPRA card; but Jessie Telford, 36, put her…
  • Jul 12, 2016

    Calgary 2016-Burger Picture Perfect in Calgary, Sweeps Pool A Competition

    Mary Burger View Bio PHOTO CREDITMike Copeman By Jolee Jordan Calgary, Alberta Canada — There’s a common saying, “age is just a number.” Oklahoma cowgirl Mary Burger seems to prove the truth of that…
  • Jul 06, 2016

    Jacob Tops WPRA Leaderboard for July 4th

    Taylor Jacob View Bio PHOTO CREDITMike Copeman By Ann Bleiker For WPRA barrel racer Taylor Jacob it has been a goal to win the most money over the Fourth of July week (June 27-July 4, 2016) known in…
  • Jun 29, 2016

    Steffes, Williams Take Home CNFR Titles

    Kristi Steffes PHOTO CREDITDan Hubbell By Amy Wilson Winning a championship at the College National Finals Rodeo isn’t the only thing Kristi Steffes and Danyelle Williams have in common - they both…
  • Jun 26, 2016

    Reno 2016-Hillman Has Biggest Career Win in Reno

    Stevi Hillman PHOTO CREDITKirt Steinke By Jolee Jordan Reno, Nevada — Weatherford, Texas cowgirl Stevi Hillman has been on a roll lately, claiming the win at three pro rodeos since mid-May, earning…
  • Jun 24, 2016

    Reno 2016-Laughlin Looking For Her Second Set of Reno Spurs

    Christine Laughlin View Bio PHOTO CREDITPhil Doyle By Jolee Jordan Reno, Nevada — Two years ago, Christine Laughlin came to the Reno Rodeo for the first time in her career ranked just inside the top…
  • Jun 22, 2016

    Reno 2016-Wall Will Compete For A Set of Silver Spurs in Reno

    Kimmie Wall View Bio PHOTO CREDITKirt Steinke By Jolee Jordan Reno, Nevada — The race for the Wilderness Circuit Championship has already been an exciting one just a couple months into the circuit’s…
  • Jun 20, 2016

    Reno 2016-Jane Melby Leads The Way In Reno

    Jane Melby View Bio PHOTO CREDITKirt Steinke By Jolee Jordan Reno, Nevada — Pro rodeo fans are plenty familiar with the name Melby when it comes to tough barrel racing. Lately, that name has been…
  • Jun 16, 2016

    French Flash Hawk “Bozo” - 1987 – 2016

    Kristie Peterson and Bozo, 1998 NFR PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Laura Lambert He was a World Champion Barrel Horse. He was an AQHA Horse of the year. He was a Wrangler National Finals Qualifier.…
  • Jun 15, 2016

    Miller Makes Most Of A Busy Weekend Of Rodeos

    Emily Miller, Garden City, KS PHOTO CREDITDale Hirschman By Jolee Jordan Garden City, Kansas — When Emily Miller raced into the arena at Finney County Fairgrounds during the slack competition at the…
  • Jun 08, 2016

    The "Shoe" Definitely Fits For Riggle

    Nicole Riggle By Jolee Jordan Central Point, Oregon — For Arizona barrel racer Nicole Riggle, the “Shoe” definitely fits when it comes to running barrels. Shoe is Riggle’s main rodeo mount, a stout…
  • Jun 02, 2016

    Mathews Makes It Count To Start 2016 COWTOWN RODEO Season

    Jodi Mathews PHOTO CREDITEva Scofield By Ann Bleiker For those in the First Frontier Circuit the start of the summer rodeo season is opening night of the COWTOWN RODEO, known as the "oldest weekly…
  • May 24, 2016

    Wall Takes Victory Lap at Wrangler Champions Challenge in Redding

    Kimmie Wall PHOTO CREDITBob Click By Jolee Jordan Redding, California — Inside the arena, Utah cowgirl Kimmie Wall has had a dream season. Competing in less than two dozen rodeos, Wall and her…
  • May 10, 2016

    Waggoner Races Her Way To The Winner's Circle In Canon City

    Jenna Waggoner PHOTO CREDITPhillip Kitts By Jolee Jordan Canon City, Colorado —It’s not far from Fowler to Canon City, Colo. —just about 70 miles; it would be an easy drive for Fowler native Jenna…
  • May 04, 2016

    Sweet Victory — Beating Breast Cancer Makes Mother’s Day Extra Special for Ganters

    Jackie and Angela Ganter PHOTO CREDITKenneth Springer By Johnna Espinoza The daughter and mother barrel racing team of Jackie and Angela Ganter are sure to have several more wins in the arena, but…
  • Apr 20, 2016

    Laurence Lights Up Leaderboard in Athens

    Nicole Laurence PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Jolee Jordan Athens, Texas — The barrel racing bug is one of the most difficult to shake and Cresson, Texas cowgirl Nicole Laurence has been unwilling to…
  • Apr 20, 2016

    Thornton Takes Title in Longview

    Lisa Thornton PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Jolee Jordan Longview, Texas — Baseball and barrel racing. Normally, it would seem that these two sports don’t really go together but don’t’ tell that to…
  • Apr 11, 2016

    RNCFR 2016-Conrado Captures National Title at 2016 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo

    Ivy Conrado By Jolee Jordan Kissimmee, Florida—If big time career wins were stacked on a checklist, Ivy Conrado would have a sore hand from marking so many off so quickly. In just her second full…
  • Apr 10, 2016

    RNCFR 2016-Cervi Wins Average, Miller Tops Second Go At RNCFR

    Emily Miller By Jolee Jordan Kissimmee, Florida—Four-time WPRA World Champion Sherry Cervi may have gapped the field during the opening round of the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) but it’s…
  • Apr 09, 2016

    RNCFR 2016-Atlas Carries Cervi to Peak Perfection at Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo

    Sherry Cervi By Jolee Jordan Kissimmee, Florida—Sherry Cervi tends to stand above any field of barrel racers in which she is placed, not only because of her height—towering above many of her fellow…
  • Apr 08, 2016

    RNCFR 2016-Kieckhefer Sets the Bar for Round 1 at the RNCFR

    Sarah Kieckhefer By Jolee Jordan Kissimmee, Florida—Back in October, Sarah Kieckhefer was looking for a ride. Her good horse, Cruisen Okey Dokey had gotten hurt during the Fourth of July rodeo and…
  • Apr 05, 2016

    RNCFR 2016-Bean, Kieckhefer Ready to Saddle Up for RNCFR Title in Kissimmee

    Jana Bean By Ted Harbin (Appeared in March WPRN) Jana Bean owns a small herd of quality horses, and it’s a good thing for barrel racing in general. Bean found success on several horses – she ran six…
  • Mar 31, 2016

    Penson Pockets $14,876 at RodeoAustin's Ride for the Brand Cowboy Tournament

    Abby Penson PHOTO CREDITKirt Steinke By Jolee Jordan Austin, Texas — Abby Penson had a plan for 2016. A big part of that plan was to focus on her futurity age horse, a tough mare called SR My Daddys…
  • Mar 28, 2016

    BlazeMan Laid to Rest

    Blazin Ta Fame and Vickie Carter By Ann Bleiker It was with heavy hearts that 2015 WPRA reserve Rookie of the Year Vickie Carter and the Hendrix family had to say goodbye to Blazin Ta Fame, who gave…
  • Mar 22, 2016

    Schuster All Smiles After Successful Weekend

    Tiany Schuster PHOTO CREDITPhoto By John Moon (Seven Springs Photo) By Jolee Jordan Montgomery, Alabama—The last couple of years have been rough on Tiany Schuster. Despite a lot of talent in her…
  • Mar 21, 2016

    Houston 2016-Burger Banks $54,750 in Houston

    Mary Burger By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — By the time most folks reach their late 60’s, they are either retired or thinking seriously about trying it. WPRA World Champion Mary Burger is thinking…
  • Mar 18, 2016

    Houston 2016-Swint, Lockhart win Semifinals to Advance to RodeoHouston Finals

    Megan Swint By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — After nearly three weeks and seventeen performances, it’s almost time to dole out the big bucks at the 2016 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Just two…
  • Mar 16, 2016

    Houston 2016-Field Set for Semifinal at RodeoHouston, Hunter and Lockhart Win Their Super Series Bracket

    Nancy Hunter By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — The field of WPRA barrel racers at the 2016 edition of RodeoHouston has been cut in half from the rodeo’s beginning two weeks ago. The forty qualifiers…
  • Mar 14, 2016

    In Memoriam of Ruth Haislip

    Ruth Haislip By Jolee Jordan On Sunday, March 13th, we all lost a past NFR Qualifier, Circuit Qualifier, Breeder, Veterinary of Medicine, Wife, Mother, Friend and one heck of a cowgirl, Ruth Haislip.…
  • Mar 10, 2016

    Cervi Crosses $3 Million in Career Earnings after Sweeping Super Series III in Houston

    Sherry Cervi By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — She wore green for money and she got it. Just like she’s been doing since she was a teenager. Already the WPRA’s biggest superstar, Sherry Cervi only…
  • Mar 10, 2016

    Houston 2016-Cervi Crosses $3 Million in Career Earnings after Sweeping Super Series III in Houston

    Sherry Cervi By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — She wore green for money and she got it. Just like she’s been doing since she was a teenager. Already the WPRA’s biggest superstar, Sherry Cervi only…
  • Mar 07, 2016

    Houston 2016-Walker Wastes No Time in Houston, Wins All Three Rounds in Super Series II

    Mary Walker PHOTO CREDITPhoto courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — Just one week ago, 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary Walker was dashing around Arizona, gathering up the sunshine and…
  • Mar 03, 2016

    Houston 2016-Diaz Advances to Semifinals in RodeoHouston Along With Her Husband

    Britany Diaz PHOTO CREDITPhoto courtesy RodeoHouston By Jolee Jordan Houston, Texas — Any time a couple can walk away from three days of work with better than $10,000 in their Wrangler Jeans, they…
  • Mar 01, 2016

    2016 Election Results Are Tallied

    Congratulations! On Tuesday morning, March 1, 2016 the auditing firm of Logan, Thomas & Johnson, LLC provided the WPRA office with the results of the 2016 election process. The results are as…
  • Feb 29, 2016

    San Antonio 2016-McLeod on Cloud 9 After San Antonio Victory

    Michele McLeod PHOTO CREDITGreg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas — Better than a million and a half dollars were divvied out during the 20 performances of tournament rodeo that is the San…
  • Feb 29, 2016

    Champions Challenge 2016-Little Races Her Way to Champions Challenge Victory

    Benette Little PHOTO CREDITRic Andersen By Ann Bleiker Benette Little captured the Wrangler Champions Challenge presented by Justin Boots barrel racing title in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Feb. 28. Little…
  • Feb 28, 2016

    News From the National Finals Rodeo Committee for 2016

    Great news came out of the National Finals Rodeo Committee meeting in San Antonio on February 12th! Shawn Davis announced the he has hired “the best grounds man in the country” to improve ground…
  • Feb 25, 2016

    San Antonio 2016-Wall Top Earner in San Antonio Following Semifinal I Action

    Kimmie Wall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas — Less than $15,000 has separated Utah cowgirl Kimmie Wall from a trip to Las Vegas for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR) over the last two…
  • Feb 23, 2016

    San Antonio 2016-Field Set for Semifinal Rounds in San Antonio

    Carmel Wright PHOTO CREDITGreg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas — Though the first San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo (SASSR) was held in 1950, several smaller fairs and livestock…
  • Feb 19, 2016

    San Antonio 2016-Lake Looking for San Antonio Title

    Alexa Lake PHOTO CREDITGreg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas — In 2015, Alexa Lake missed out on her first San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Championship by a mere $338. The Texas cowgirl…
  • Feb 16, 2016

    San Antonio 2016-No Sophomore Blues in San Antonio

    Ivy Conrado PHOTO CREDITGreg Westfall By Jolee Jordan San Antonio, Texas — There is little argument that the rookie class of WPRA barrel racers in 2015 was one of the best in recent memory. Two…
  • Feb 08, 2016

    The Fort Worth Stock Show Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award

    The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo committee annually awards the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award in conjunction with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Judged during the short round,…
  • Feb 08, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-Conrado Captures 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Title

    Ivy Conrado By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — The historic Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo concluded its long run on February 6, awarding more than half a million dollars in prize money to the…
  • Feb 08, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-Danyelle Campbell

    Danyelle Campbell By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — Utah cowgirl Kimmie Wall is in her third year of professional competition inside the ranks of the WPRA and she has not finished lower than 20th…
  • Feb 02, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-McLeod Wins First Round in Fort Worth, Top 70 Advance to Progressive Round

    Danyelle Campbell By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — Over two hundred WPRA barrel racers have come to the 120th Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to compete since the show kicked off on January 22.…
  • Feb 01, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-McDonald Looking to Repeat in Fort Worth

    Sarah Rose McDonald By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — Barrel racers with past success inside the Will Rogers Coliseum, home of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo since the 1940s, dominated over…
  • Jan 29, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-McLeod Moves to the Top in Fort Worth

    Michele-McLeod By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo runs each night with the tagline: "This Thing is Legendary!" Its a well-earned moniker as the FWSSR has a 120…
  • Jan 27, 2016

    Fort Worth 2016-Tovar, Collier Lead the Way in Fort Worth

    Kellie Collier By Jolee Jordan Fort Worth, Texas — Each and every performance of the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo (FWSSR) begins with the posting of the six flags over Texas, carried on…
  • Jan 26, 2016

    National Western Stock Show 2016-Herrmann Holds onto the Lead to Win Denver

    Shelby Herrmann PHOTO CREDITFred McClanahan Jr. By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado — As the 110th edition of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo came to a furious close over the weekend, the…
  • Jan 22, 2016

    National Western Stock Show 2016-Conrado in Contention for Title in Denver

    By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado — The National Western Stock Show and Rodeo has a long and colorful history beginning with the first show all the way back in 1906. Events were held in tents for…
  • Jan 18, 2016

    National Western Stock Show 2016-Herrmann in the Hunt for National Western Stock Show and Rodeo Title

    Shelby Herrmann By Jolee Jordan Denver, Colorado — A year ago, the first WPRA barrel racer to compete during the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (NWSS) held at the historic Denver Coliseum was…

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