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: 17 (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)
Finished second in the average at Reno (Nev.) Rodeo
Finished second in the average at La Fiesta de los
Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.)
2013 - 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.), the
most money of any ProRodeo contestant over the Fourth of
July with $31,349 at 11 rodeos, the Champions Challenge
(Amarillo, Texas), the Caldwell (Idaho) Night Rodeo, Canby
Rodeo (Ore.), Day's of '47 Rodeo (Salt Lake City,Utah),
the Big Sky ProRodeo Roundup (Great Falls, Mont.), the Oakley
Independence Day Rodeo (Oakley, Utah), 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 and 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),
(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
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,
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/WPRAHorse of the Year voting for barrel
racingand tied with Yeah Hes Firen (Duke) in the 2011 AQHA/WPRA
Horse of the Year voting.
Husband, PRCA Team Roper Cory Petska (married Sept. 2014)...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...Daughter-in-law
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...Hobbies include
shopping and traveling...Inducted into the Pima County (Ariz.)
Hall of Fame in 2003...Winner of more than 85 trophy saddles...Favorite
rodeos are RodeoHouston and California Rodeo Salinas.