Cervi and Stingray Top Round No. 2 of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo PDF Print E-mail
Written by Bonnie Wheatley   

By Bonnie Wheatley – Photo by Kenneth Springer

Improving on their go round No. 1 performance by just over one tenth of a second, the dynamic team of Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., and her 11-year-old palomino mare Stingray (MP Meter My Hay) posted a scalding 13.66 inside the Thomas & Mack Center Arena. Cervi put the heat on the rest of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo barrel racers despite chilly temperatures in Las Vegas, Nev., widening the gap on the rest of the field as she holds onto No. 1 in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Standings by $36,444.

 

Coming into the round the 16-time NFR qualifier carried out her strategy to perfection en route to the win.

“I really wanted to nail my first barrel,” said Cervi. “We got so close that my knee touched, but it was perfect.”

Running 13th in the draw order didn’t seem to bother Cervi or her gritty mount. sherrycervi2

“The ground is good,” she said. “They work really hard to keep the ground consistent and the ground has been good. Stingray is solid no matter what the ground is. She runs on hard ground or deep ground just the same.”

Stingray is bound to get the royal treatment as a reward for her stellar performances.

“Stingray gets special treatment every day,” said her proud jockey. “She likes to sleep in shavings and we have been trying to keep her nice and warm because it is kind of cold here this year. She also likes her treats.”

The 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary Walker, who tipped a barrel in round No. 1, finished third with a 13.89. NFR Rookie Michele McLeod was second with a picture-perfect 13.76,

Don’t miss the February issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth coverage of all the great stories from the 2013 Wrangler NFR.

 

Barrel Racing Results – 2nd Go Round:

1.     Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., MP Meter My Hay, 13.66 seconds, $18,630;

2.     Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, Slick By Design, 13.76; $14,724;

3.     Mary Walker, Ennis, Texas, Perculatin, 13.89, $11,118;

4.     Kaley Bass, Kissimmee, Fla., Wonders Cowboy Dan, 13.90, $7,813;

5.     Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., An Oakie With Cash, 13.94, $4,808;

6.     Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., First Down Perk, 13.96, $3,005;

7.     Shada Brazile, Decatur, Texas, Dial It Fast, 14.02;

8.     Sabrina Ketcham, Yeso, N.M., Swivel Ta Fame, 14.16;

9.     Sydni Blanchard, Albuquerque, N.M., NF French Tigger, 14.21;

10.  Fallon Taylor, Whitesboro, Texas, Flos Heiress, 18.70;

11.  Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, Honor Thy Frenchman, 18.73;

12.  Trula Churchill, Valentine, Neb., A Streak Of Rita, 18.87;

13.  Jean Winters, Texline, Texas, Crickets Peppy Zan, 19.02;

14.  Christy Loflin, Franktown, Colo., Sheza Blazin Move, 19.08;

15.  Brittany Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, Terrible Tommy Twist, 27.81.

 

Wrangler NFR Average Standings

1. Sherry Cervi 27.43/2 $0.00 $37,259.62

2. Michele McLeod 27.87/2 $0.00 $14,723.56

2. Jane Melby 27.87/2 $0.00 $6,009.62

4. Lisa Lockhart 28.00/2 $0.00 $4,807.69

5. Sydni Blanchard 28.01/2 $0.00 $14,723.56

6. Sabrina Ketcham 28.04/2 $0.00 $6,310.09

7. Kaley Bass 28.27/2 $0.00 $7,812.50

8. Shada Brazile 28.46/2 $0.00 $0.00

9. Fallon Taylor 32.53/2 $0.00 $11,117.79

10. Trula Churchill 32.75/2 $0.00 $6,310.09

11. Mary Walker 32.92/2 $0.00 $11,117.79

12. Christy Loflin 33.21/2 $0.00 $0.00

13. Taylor Jacob 37.46/2 $0.00 $0.00

14. Jean Winters 37.92/2 $0.00 $0.00

15. Brittany Pozzi 41.75/2 $0.00 $0.00

Jack Daniel's World Rankings

Rank/Name/Season Winnings/NFR Earnings/Total World Earnings

1. Sherry Cervi $147,417.71 $37,259.62 $184,677.33

2. Mary Walker $137,115.47 $11,117.79 $148,233.26

3. Michele McLeod $109,590.66 $14,723.56 $124,314.22

4. Fallon Taylor $100,859.83 $11,117.79 $111,977.62

5. Sabrina Ketcham $100,217.15 $6,310.09 $106,527.24

6. Christy Loflin $105,042.13 $0.00 $105,042.13

7. Kaley Bass $87,514.54 $7,812.50 $95,327.04

8. Brittany Pozzi $94,225.26 $0.00 $94,225.26

9. Lisa Lockhart $82,037.39 $4,807.69 $86,845.08

10. Sydni Blanchard $68,143.59 $14,723.56 $82,867.15

11. Jane Melby $76,264.66 $6,009.62 $82,274.28

12. Taylor Jacob $82,052.46 $0.00 $82,052.46

13. Trula Churchill $66,725.53 $6,310.09 $73,035.62

14. Jean Winters $69,846.65 $0.00 $69,846.65

15. Shada Brazile $68,379.01 $0.00 $68,379.01