Welsh, Jill

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$82,649
CAREER EARNINGS

2015 Earnings:
$59,444

 
16th
2015 World Standings


 
 

Born: Dec. 22, 1984
Residence: Parker, Ariz.
Joined the WPRA: 2007
Horse: French First Watch "Custer" (12-year old palomino gelding) - Sire: Frenchmans Guy/Dam: Dashing Ta Fame
World titles: 0
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 0

Professional


 

2015 Highlights
• Finished the year ranked 16th in the world with $59,444.
• Won the most money of any WPRA and PRCA member over the Fourth of July with $23,976
• Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge (Cody, Wyo.)
• Finished second at the Santa Barbara (Calif.) Old Spanish Days Stock Horse Show & Rodeo
• Finished second at the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo (Coeur D'alene)
• Won the Cody (Wyo.) Stampede
• Won the Greeley (Colo.) Independence Day Stampede
• Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo
• Won the Livermore (Calif.) Rodeo
• Finished second at the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo

Career Highlights
• 2014 - Finished the year with $9,925.

Awards



Custer was named the 2015 WPRA/AQHA Horse of the Year an amazing feat given that he didn't finish inside the top 15 standings for the year and normally the award goes to the horse in the top 15.

Personal



Single...Mother, Sandra; and older brother, Kyle...Is a two-time cancer survivor - first kidney and then GI tract and ovaries all by the age of 30. First diagnosed with kidney cancer when she was 26, she spent about 18 months nearly wheelchair bound and went through chemotherapy and radiation. A migraine is what started the whole process of learning about the cancer. While at the emergency room for the migraine she went into cardiac arrest. She was flown to Phoenix and within minutes of landing, she went into cardiac arrest again. Meaning within 12 hours, she had two heart attacks. Eighteen months later, she finished treatments and went back to barrel racing. Just as she and her horse, Custer, were getting things rolling she was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer and it had spread to her GI tract. Eight more months of treatment that ended Nov. 2014. All totaled she has had four surgeries and two separate rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. Also since the age of 20, she has been dealing with controlling the crippling Rheumatoid Arthritis that effects her joints. Had lost her aunt Grace, an Indian National Finals Rodeo Hall of Fame cowgirl to ovarian cancer.....Bought her horse Custer from former NFR cowgirl Rachel Myllymaki, after her first cancer treatments while she was still in a wheelchair...Qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo three out of four years in the goat tying and also made the barrels in her senior season...Own a tobacco shop with her brother in Parker, Ariz. Besides being a great business partner Kyle has been there every step of the way with Jill during her rodeo career, especially the times she wasn't able to walk.

 

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