WPRA News March 2020

PRESIDENT/CEO CORNER M arch the month where we celebrate the color green on St. Patrick’s Day and in the sport of rodeo we celebrate that same color with some big payouts including RodeoHouston for the barrel racers and RFD-

the first year for the Maple Leaf Circuit to have its own team and that is very exciting for the sport as we have many great rodeos and athletes north of the border. While this year’s event will not count toward WPRAWorld Standings, you can still bet that each cowgirl will bring their A-game for a chance at this prestigious title. We will be holding our annual WPRA Board of Directors meeting in conjunction with the RAM NCFR this year. We will be welcoming many new members to the Board of Directors, so would like to take this time to thank those who have faithfully served in these positions in the past. Each of these ladies served the Association out of the passion they have for the sport and I think them for their tireless effort in moving the Association forward. Those that will be going off the board include Stacey Freitas (California), Toni Karre (Turquoise), and Patti McCutchen (Roping Director). Next time you see these ladies be sure to thank them for their time and dedication to the sport of women’s rodeo. An early thanks to those that have stepped up to take their positions and look forward to working with you to advance our Association in this new decade. A reminder to check the website, www.wpra.com, for the latest in Association News including upcoming General Membership meetings. Alone we can do so little; TOGETHER we can do so much. God Bless,

TVs The American for the breakaway ropers. What an exciting time to be a breakaway roper in the WPRA. A huge thanks to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for stepping up and being a significant catalyst in propelling breakaway roping to the forefront at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. From the reports I received it was very well received by the fans in Fort Worth and I thank every roper that competed for your professionalism in this new arena. I am excited about the future of this event and the future of two women’s events at PRCA sanctioned rodeos. While we know there will be challenges and bumps along the way as we venture into uncharted territory, we ask for your patience with the directors, office and rodeo personnel as we work together to grow this event. I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Jimmie Smith on being named the 2020 Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award winner in Fort Worth, Texas. What a cool outfit you had and I loved the sparkle and professional look you had. You truly honored the late Jerry Ann Taylor with your outfit and hope to see it make many more appearances on the road. Next month Kissimmee, Florida and Osceola County will host the 2020 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and what a great group of ladies we have qualified to compete for the WPRA. This will mark


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