Message From WPRA President/CEO
The WPRA Board of Directors and office continue to monitor the 2020 rodeo landscape and we have had numerous discussions on how best to move forward in this current climate. In this newsletter, I am excited to report some decisions made by the Board of Directors regarding the status of the 2020 WPRA Tour and newly approved 2020 circuit count parameters.
As stated in my last communication all rodeos and all states are dealing with varying guidelines and restrictions set forth by their city, county or state agencies. Each one must work with their own government agencies to receive approval and their issues can range from how many fans are allowed to how many overall individuals can be on-site at any given time. As a result some that are able to move forward might have to with limited entries, so while the PRCA and WPRA are not encouraging limits it is the give and take nature of our business right now as we are all working to salvage as much of the season as we can. In addition, as these decisions are being made the respective Circuit Director is then deciding if the rodeo will count as a circuit rodeo or not based on limits and prize money.
Please be patient and understanding of each rodeo and both Associations as we are all working together to try to provide as many opportunities as we can to our entire membership while working with each committee on the restrictions they are dealing with. Each day, each rodeo, each City and each State brings new challenges and roadblocks but we are encouraged by those rodeos, cities and states that are allowing rodeo to move forward.
Please continue to monitor rodeo listings on www.wpra.com and contact your circuit directors for any questions you have. We know there are still many unanswered questions our members have but rest assured we are working to get you answers in this very fluid environment.
Doreen Wintermute WPRA President/CEO
Tanner Pulls Double Duty in Mesquite
Jill Tanner pulled double duty at the Mesquite Championship Rodeo on Saturday, June 20 winning the breakaway roping and finishing fourth in the barrel racing.
Tanner of Stephenville, Texas, stopped the clock in the breakaway roping in a time of 3.0 seconds to squeak past WPRA World Champion Lari Dee Guy who is coming off a big win in Woodward, Oklahoma. Guy finished with a 3.1. In the barrel racing, Tanner stopped the clock in 15.47 seconds in an event that was won by Shelby McCamey in a time of 15.27 seconds. Shelley Morgan was second with a 15.40 and in her first trip to Mesquite, two-time and reigning world champion Hailey Kinsel finished third in 15.43 seconds. Kinsel was riding another palomino she calls Jules that is owned by Hodges Farms and was trained by Janna Brown.
Tanner won $927 for the roping win and $693 for her barrel racing finish. Tanner has been around the sport of rodeo all her life, the only daughter of 1981 all-around world champion Jimmie Cooper and his wife, Shryl. Her twin brothers, Jim Ross and Jake, have qualified for the National Finals Rodeo in team roping. Her husband is Jimmy Tanner, a two-time NFR qualifier in the team roping.
The only other rodeo on the WPRA schedule over the weekend was in Grover, Colorado. World Champion Mary Walker raced away with the title in a time of 17.75 seconds, just ahead of fellow NFR qualifier and circuit champion Kelly Yates in a time of 17.76 seconds. Walker pocketed $789, while Yates took home $684.
For updated world standings visit www.wpra.com.
The WPRA Board of Directors voted and passed the following two items that will be in effect for the 2020 Rodeo Season only.
WPRA Tour – It was decided the WPRA will continue the WPRA Tour for 2020. It was decided that directors will replace any rodeos cancelled or postponed that was initially earmarked to be on the Tour. Members are encouraged to keep a close eye on this list under the schedule tab and WPRA Tour. This is of significant importance as the WPRA Tour standings is another avenue for all members to qualify into limited entry rodeos for the 2021 season.
2020 Circuit Count – it was decided that for 2020 ONLY the circuit count will be 30-percent for a resident member and 40-percent for non-resident member based off 2020 RODEOS ONLY. Standard rounding rules will apply. For example: if at the end of the 2020 rodeo season your circuit has only had 12 rodeos then the circuit count for a resident will be 3.6 rodeos which would be rounded up to 4 rodeos required while the non-resident would be 4.8 rounded up to 5 rodeos. The Board will continue to monitor events by circuit in the coming months.