17, 1975, in Tucson, Ariz.
Residence: Marana, Ariz.
Joined WPRA: 1986
Horses: MP Meter My Hay "Stingray" (12-year
old palomino mare) Sire- PC Frenchmans Hayday/Dam: Miss
Meter Jet, MP A Man With Roses "George" (11-year
old palomino gelding) Sire-PC Frenchmans Hayday/Dam: Rose
Patch; PC Frenchmans Hayday "Dinero" (19-year
old palomino stallion);
World titles: (4) 1995, 1999, 2010, 2013
Wrangler NFR average titles: 3 (1999, 2009, 2013)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 16 (1994-2001, 2003,
RNCFR qualifications: 11 (1994-2001, 2008, 2010,
Tour Finale titles: 4
Pace Chute-out: 2001
Summer Finale: 2005
Tour Finale qualifications: 16
Pace Chute-out: 2000-01, 2003, 2005-06
Caldwell Round: 2007
Puyallup Round: 2007, 2010
Summer/Omaha Round: 2000, 2005, 2007,
Education: Central Arizona College (1 year)
Won her fourth world title in record fashion: set a new
WPRA NFR earnings record with $155,899, set a new average
record with a total time of 138.15 seconds on 10 runs, became
the first barrel racer since Kristie Peterson in 1997 to
place in all 10 rounds. Finished the year with $303,317
just behind Lindsay Sears' earnings record of $323,570 set
in 2008. Became the second barrel racer in three years to
win the Ram Top Gun Award given to the NFR contestant who
wins the most money in a single event. Mary Walker won the
award in 2012. Won three out of 10 rounds. Was one of only
three ladies to win rounds at the Wrangler NFR in 2013 -
others were Lisa Lockhart and Taylor Jacob.
Won the average title at the Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo
(Las Cruces, N.M.)
the Justin Boots Playoffs (Puyallup, Wash.)
Won the most money of any ProRodeo contestant over the Fourth
of July with $31,349 at 11 rodeos.
Won the Champions Challenge (Amarillo, Texas).
Won the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo
Won Canby Rodeo (Ore.)
Won Day's of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City,Utah)
Won the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.)
Won the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley, Utah)
Won the Reno (Nev.) Rodeo and that added with the Fourth
of July figures and Calgary Stampede won over $72,000 in
a span of three weeks.
Won the Airdrie (Alberta) Pro Rodeo
2012 - Has placed in an average of six rounds
at each previous NFR. In 2012, placed in four rounds, winning
the fourth round in a time of 13.67 seconds. Won a total
of $37,202. Finished the year ranked eighth with $130,263;
won the Justin Boots Championships (Omaha, Neb.), War Bonnet
Rodeo (Idaho Falls, Idaho), the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days
Rodeo and Payson (Ariz.) Rodeo; co-champion at the Walla
Walla (Wash.) Rodeo.
2011 - Entered the NFR with $90,521 and won
$93,317 in 10 days in Las Vegas after placing in seven out
of 10 rounds winning Rd. 6. Finished the year ranked third
with $183,838; co-champion at the War Bonnet Stampede (Idaho
Falls, Idaho); won the average and year-end titles at the
Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo (Las Cruces, N.M.), the St.
Paul (Ore.) Rodeo, the Eugene (Ore.) Pro Rodeo, Strathmore
(Alberta) Stampede, the Safford (Ariz.) Pro Rodeo and Wayne
Wilson Children's Charity Rodeo & Carnival (Cave Creek,
2010 - Became the first $2 million barrel
racer, surpassing Charmayne James' earnings record of $1,886,568.
Won her third world title and set a new NFR arena record
in Rd. 8 with a time of 13.49 seconds. Finished second in
the average with a 10-run time of 143.29 seconds. Placed
in seven out of 10 rounds, winning Rd. 3 (13.65 seconds),
Rd. 7 (13.70 seconds and Rd. 8 (13.49 seconds). Finished
second in the average and won $120,042 at the Wrangler NFR;
making her 13th Wrangler NFR appearance moving her into
second for qualifications and trails only Charmayne James
with 19 for total qualifications, the Canby (Ore.) Rodeo,
the Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho), the Treaty Day
Celebration & PRCA ProRodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.), the
Helldorado Days Rodeo (Las Vegas, Nev.), the Clark County
Fair & Rodeo (Logandale, Nev.) and RodeoHouston and
pockets $61,500 - the most of any competitor. Ties Lindsay
Sears' record from 2008 at RodeoHouston for most money won
at a regular season rodeo. Third time to win the title and
did so on three different horses (Troubles, Hawk and Stingray).
2009 - Won the average title at the 2009
Wrangler National Finals rodeo with a 10-run time of 139.01
seconds. Won $146,100 at the NFR, the most money won of
any of the 118 contestants. Finished 3rd in the world with
$219,629. Won the Cave Creek (Ariz.) Rodeo, the Safford
(Ariz.) Pro Rodeo, the Lynden (Wash.) PRCA Rodeo, the Red
Horse Ranch PRCA Rodeo (Fergus Falls, Minn.), the Central
Wyoming Fair & Rodeo (Casper, Wyo.), the Airdrie (Alberta)
Pro Rodeo and the Dixie National Rodeo (Jackson, Miss.).
2008 - Finished the year ranked 20th in the
world with $41,986; co-champion at the Pioneer Days Rodeo
(Clovis, N.M.); won the Wild, Wild West Pro Rodeo (Silver
City, N.M.), the Payson (Ariz.) Spring Rodeo and the Grand
National Rodeo Horse and Stock Show (San Francisco, Calif.).
2007 - Won the Redding (Calif.) Rodeo. Finished
the year ranked 20th in the world with $41,397.
2006 - Placed in seven out of 10 rounds at
the Wrangler NFR. Finished the year ranked ninth in the
world standings with $102,525; won the Wrangler ProRodeo
Tour Championship (Dallas) and qualified for her 11th Wrangler
NFR; won the Western Stampede (West Jordan, Utah) and the
Fourth of July Youth Celebration and PRCA Pro Rodeo (Window
Rock, Ariz.); won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour Round at the
San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo.
2005 - Won the Pace Picante ProRodeo Challenge
(Omaha, Neb.) and the Pace Picante ProRodeo Classic (Dallas);
won average title at the California Rodeo Salinas and the
Redding (Calif.) Rodeo. Finished the year ranked fourth
in the world with $142,258.
2003 - Won San Antonio (Texas) Stock Show
and Rodeo, Navajo Nation Fourth of July (Window Rock, Ariz.),
Andy Devine Days (Kingman, Ariz.), and Kern County Sheriff
Reserve Stampede Days Rodeo (Bakersfield, Calif.); won Rd.
5 with a 13.98-second run and Rd. 6 in 13.96 seconds at
the Wrangler NFR; finished the year fifth in the world with
2002 - Olympic Command Performance Rodeo
(Farmington, Utah) qualifier.
2001 - Won RodeoHouston and pockets $19,033.
2000 - Turquoise Circuit Finals Champion
(1994-2000); set record for most money won at a regular
season rodeo with $16,497 at RodeoHouston.
1999 - Set the WPRA record for highest single-year
earnings with $245,369 and most money won prior to the NFR
with $130,996. Won the Wrangler NFR average title.
1997 - Reserve World Champion
1995 - Won RodeoHouston and collects $18,983.
1994 - Reserve World Champion
Horse with the Most Heart award
to Jet Royal Speed (Hawk), owned by Sherry Cervi, 1999-2000
and MP Meter My Hay "Stingray" won the award in
2013. MP Meter My Hay "Stingray" finished second
in the 2010 AQHA/WPRA Horse of the Year voting for barrel
racing and tied with Yeah Hes Firen (Duke) in the 2011 AQHA/WPRA
Horse of the Year voting.
Daughter of Mel and Wendy Potter. Mel served on the PRCA
Board of Directors as a contestant director from 1996 -
1999 and Wendy competed in the NFR barrel racing event three
times (1970-72). Sherry has one sister, Jolynn Alexander.
Their family is part owner of Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc
of former PRCA Board of Directors member Mike Cervi, who
served as a Stock Contracting Director. Was married for
six years to team roper Mike Cervi Jr., who was killed with
two other men in a private plane crash near Marshfield,
Wis., in September 2001...In 2010 moved into the lead in
all-time money won in the WPRA with $1.9 million, surpassing
Charmayne James' record of $1.8 million...Trains barrel
horses...Favorite sports team is the University of Arizona
basketball team...She was an all-conference basketball player
as a senior at Marana (Ariz.) High School
shopping and traveling
Inducted into the Pima County
(Ariz.) Hall of Fame in 2003
Winner of more than 85
Favorite rodeos are RodeoHouston and
California Rodeo Salinas.