17, 1975, in Tucson, Ariz.
Residence: Marana, Ariz.
Joined WPRA: 1986
Horses: MP Meter My Hay "Stingray" (11-year
old palomino mare) Sire- PC Frenchmans Hayday/Dam: Miss
Meter Jet, MP A Man With Roses "George" (10-year
old palomino gelding) Sire-PC Frenchmans Hayday/Dam: Rose
Patch; PC Frenchmans Hayday "Dinero" (18-year
old palomino stallion);
World titles: (3) 1995, 1999, 2010
Wrangler NFR average titles: 2 (1999, 2009)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 15 (1994-2001, 2003,
DNCFR qualifications: 10 (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)
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
Won the Justin Boots Championships
Won War Bonnet Rodeo (Idaho Falls,
Co-champion at the Walla Walla (Wash.)
Won the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days
Won Payson (Ariz.) 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, Ariz.).
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
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
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 $109,354.
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
1995 - Won RodeoHouston
and collects $18,983.
1994 - Reserve World
Horse with the Most Heart award
to Jet Royal Speed (Hawk), owned by Sherry Cervi, 1999-2000.
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 75
Favorite rodeos are RodeoHouston and
California Rodeo Salinas.