By Doreen Wintermute
February 1, 2021
Here we are heading into the month of February and while it has been a different type of start to 2021 without the two big stock show rodeos this month – Denver and Fort Worth, we were grateful that Odessa was able to take place last month despite the cold and snowy weather. We are excited for the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo to get underway this week in Rapid City, S.D., followed by the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
Congrats to all the ladies that qualified for the upcoming Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo. We thank all the circuit committees that were able to put on a circuit finals and a big thanks to those that were able to add breakaway roping during such a trying time.
We continue to thank you, our members, for sticking with us as we continue to weather the storm of COVID-19. It is shaping up to be an even busier summer and fall than usual due to winter and spring rodeos pushing further back in the rodeo season. It is our hope and wish that by doing this each of them will be able to have a rodeo this year. While 2021 is starting out slow, we are hopeful things will be feeling more like normal later this year.
For any new members or those that haven’t set-up an online account on the WPRA Member Portal information can be found on our website. This is a great tool for all members and the ONLY way for barrel racers and breakaway ropers to enter PRCA Rodeos online. To enter online you have to login to your WPRA member portal and them be linked over to PRCA’s online entry system.
Just a reminder, with the decrease in PRCA rodeos this time of the year be sure to keep an eye on WPRA co-approved events that you can participate in. Those events can be found under All Events within the schedule page on the WPRA website. Consider supporting these producers who are continuing to put on these events and co-approving with the WPRA.
Be safe and continue to monitor your email accounts and the official website of the WPRA for additional notices and latest official information from the WPRA Office.
January 1, 2021
Like many of you reading this, I am hoping for a better year ahead than the one we just experienced. While 2020 was a challenging year for everyone in the World, I am also reminded of the positives that came through the darkness and it gives me hope for the future.
First a big THANKS to everyone involved for making the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a possibility and for showcasing the breakaway ropers of the WPRA on ProRodeo’s grandest stage. What a great show our members put on both in the barrel racing and the breakaway roping. Congratulations to Hailey Kinsel on a history making Wrangler NFR, to Lisa Lockhart for becoming the highest money earner at the Wrangler NFR during her 14 qualifications having amassed $1,283,093 in NFR earnings only surpassing Sherry Cervi with $1,279,547, and to Jackie Crawford for winning the 2020 WPRA Breakaway Roping World Title at the inaugural National Finals Breakaway Roping. The WPRA was well represented at this year’s NFR.
I would also like to extend my heartfelt thanks to David Sharp and the Wrangler Network, along with the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, who helped bring our Top 15 Star Celebrations for the barrel racers and breakaway ropers to life. While our event had to be scaled back from previous years due to COVID-19 restrictions, we were still able to pull off a very classy event and celebrate our top 15 with great gifts from our amazing sponsors.
We were disappointed we were unable to officially recognize all the hard working committees and contract personnel at our Star Celebration like in years past but we hope each of you know how much we appreciate you.
We were also very appreciative to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame for once again sponsoring the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award and for adding the Betty Gayle Cooper Ratliff Fast-Time Award for the breakaway roping.
The January issue of the WPRA News is chalked full of stories on all our World Champions crowned not only in Arlington but also those honored at the WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas. What a great group of individuals to represent our sport and Association in the New Year!
In closing, I would like to give a shout out to our WPRA sponsors, office staff, circuit directors, rodeo committees and most importantly you our members who have all pulled together to keep the cart moving forward in one of the most trying years the rodeo industry has ever experienced.
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.