Event: Barrel racing
Career earnings: $1,558,667
Born: Jan. 1, 1981, in High River, Alberta
Residence: Nanton, Alberta
Joined WPRA: 2000
Horses: Sugar Moon Express “Martha” (17-year old sorrel mare) – Sire: Dr. Nick Bar/Babys Blue Jeans; Ima Guy of Honor “Moe” (14-year old bay gelding) – Sire: Frenchmans Guy/Dam: Dontunderestimateher
World titles: 2 (2008, 2011)
Wrangler NFR average titles: 1 (2011)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 7 (2006-12)
Tour Finale titles: 6
Puyallup Round - 2011
Omaha Round: 2007 – 2010 (won every single round in 2007 and 2009)
Dallas Round: 2008
Tour Finale qualifications: 14
Caldwell Round: 2007-08
Puyallup Round: 2007-09, 2011
Omaha Round: 2006-11
Education: Texas Tech University, degree in Agricultural Applied Economics
• 2016 - Finished with $3,136
• 2013 - Finished with $26,858
• 2012 - Has entered in the No. 2 slot at five of last six NFR appearances. Placed in four out of 10 rounds, winning the seventh round in a time of 13.69. Won $53,741 at the NFR. Finished the year ranked fourth with $190,062; won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede, the Sundre (Alberta) Pro Rodeo, the Buc Days Rodeo (Corpus Christi, Texas) and RodeoHouston
• 2011 – Won her second world title and first Wrangler NFR average title with a time of 139.50 seconds on 10 runs. Placed in eight out of 10 rounds, tying for the win in the first round and winning the 7th round. Finished the year with $238,864 in earnings and won $133,558 at the NFR; won the most money among barrel racers for the second straight year over the Fourth of July with a total of $23,838; co-Champion at the Omak (Wash.) Stampede; on the Justin Boots Playoffs in Puyallup, Wash., for the first time, the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo, the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo, the final round at the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.).
• 2010 – Surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings. Placed in five out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR. Finished the year ranked 3rd with $189,407; was sixth in the average and won $55,455 at the Wrangler NFR. Martha was injured at the Finals and didn’t return to competition until June 2011, the Justin Boots Championship (Omaha, Neb.) for the fourth straight year, the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Moses Lake (Wash.) Roundup, the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo, the most money of any WPRA member over the Fourth of July with $21,459 and was third among all professional rodeo contestants behind Trevor Brazile and Bobby Mote, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) and the San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo for the first time.
• 2009 – Entered the Wrangler NFR second and finished the year ranked second. Placed in nine out of 10 rounds winning the second and seventh rounds with times of 13.95 and 13.71 seconds, respectively. Finished the year second in the world with $272,344 and was second in the average. Won a total of $131,126 at the Wrangler NFR; Won the Justin Boots Championships in Omaha, Neb., for the third straight year. Won the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo, the Omak (Wash.) Stampede, the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo, the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo, the rodeo in Rocky Mountain House (Alberta), the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo, the Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-Up and the Walker County Fair Association (Huntsville, Texas).
• 2008 – Won her first world title and became the first Canadian barrel racer to win a WPRA Barrel Racing World title. Along the way she also set the new WPRA season earnings record with $323,570. The previous record was held by Brittany Pozzi-Pharr with $259,713 set in 2007; won five out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR coming within one-one hundredth of a second from the arena record in the ninth round. The arena record is held by Brandie Halls with a 13.52 set in 2006, and Sears ran a 13.53. She placed in three additional rounds en route to her first world title, which she officially won after the eighth round. Finished third in the average; won a Wrangler National Finals record $139,002 over 10 rounds, breaking Janet Stover’s record of $126,934 set in 2001; set the new WPRA regular-season earnings record with $184,567. The previous record was held by Brittany Pozzi-Pharr with $164,521; won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Championship (Dallas), the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Ariat Playoffs Omaha (Neb.) Round, the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo (El Paso, Texas), the Horse Heaven Round-up (Kennewick, Wash.), the Omak (Wash.) Stampede, the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo, the Strathmore (Alberta) Stampede, the Calgary Stampede’s $100,000 round, RodeoHouston and a check worth $61,500 and La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.).
• 2007 – Won five rounds (2, 5, 7, 8, 9) of the Wrangler NFR, the most by any competitor at the 49th annual event. Her earnings of $119,255 put her second only to Trevor Brazile and highest among any single-event competitor. Finished the year second in the world with $230,797. Won the Omaha (Neb.) Round of the Ariat Playoffs hosted by the River City Roundup, sweeping all four rounds, setting an arena and won $22,500. Won the Medicine Hat (Alberta) Stampede, the State Fair Championship Rodeo (Oklahoma City, Okla.), the Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, the Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair and Frontier Days, the Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede, the Woodlake (Calif.) Lions PRCA Rodeo and the Southwestern International Rodeo (El Paso, Texas).
• 2006 – Finished the year ranked 12th in the world with $78,993. Had to borrow a horse (DJ Nick Bar) from Courtney Cantrell for the Wrangler NFR after Martha was not able to go. Won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour round and average titles at the Red Bluff (Calif.) Rodeo and the Auburn (Calif.) Wild West Stampede.
Her horse, Sugar Moon Express “Martha,” won the 2008 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year Award and finished third in the voting in 2009.
Single…Nickname is Linz…Helps run a family operated cattle feeding operation…Her uncle Jeff, used to ride bulls, and her father, Rick, is the one behind 2W chutes, which are widely used in areas in Canada. Her mother is Susan and she has one brother, Jordan…She bought her horse, Martha, in January of 2006 from Texas trainer Dena Kirkpatrick. She met Kirkpatrick when she was competing on a rodeo scholarship at Texas Tech…While growing up she competed at the provincial level in figure skating and swimming. She also participated in volleyball, basketball, and high school rodeo…Travels with her dog Zorro, a miniature pinscher, and her mother, when her schedule allows…Likes to listen to alternative music, favorite band is Nickleback, favorite movies are My Sister’s Keeper and the Notebook, favorite vacation spot is the beach, favorite fast food items is Sonic Chocolate milkshake, and her rodeo bling includes Gucci and John Hardy designs…Has her own lines of saddles through Shiloh Saddlery…Also has a home in Ropesville, Texas…Her motto that she got from her dad is “Never confuse good luck with good management. Know when you are lucky and know when you have managed your affairs appropriately and appreciate both.”