Handling unforeseen elements is integral to finding success in the ever-challenging world of rodeo.
When a shot at a one-day rodeo paying out $2 million knocks, Talmadge Green, Sandy Hook, Miss., answers. For Green, a $2 million earner in barrel racing and a 42-year veteran of the sport, winning The American barrel racing qualifier held in Jackson, Miss., at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center on Nov. 23 put him one step closer to achieving a dream during a year wrought with personal tragedy. Green lost his best friend and fiancé on Sept. 16, with the untimely passing of Megan Stockstill following the birth of their son Sterling.
Despite the fact that she is a California native, barrel horse trainer Michele McLeod, Whitesboro, Texas, had never earned a check at a California Circuit WPRA/PRCA Rodeo. That all changed when she bested the field at the Ramona Rodeo, held May 17-19 in Ramona, Calif. aboard Charlie Cole and Jason Martin’s Mossmemoe.
The California Circuit of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association had an outstanding year for 2012, and committee members are already making plans for another great year in 2013. Thanks to many generous sponsors, the California Circuit had over $42,000 in donated money and products to give to award its members in 2012. With 250 California Circuit members, the circuit proudly met the needs of its varied membership.
Charlie Battles, who qualified for the 1974 National Finals Rodeo as a steer wrestler and was later a successful PRCA stock contractor, died at his home in Sulphur, La., April 21 after a lengthy illness. He was 68.