The Top Five Ladies of the WPRA
It’s official, we know who the top 15 ladies in the WPRA are, and who is going to Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo (NFR). Here is a little background on the top 5 contestants.
1. Tiany Schuster
Schuster is from Krum, Texas and has earned $250,378 over the 93 rodeos she attended this year. She was previously known for her breeding business and ad designs for magazines like Barrel Horse News and Quarter Horse Times, but in recent years decided that it was time to start barrel racing professionally. She and several different horses have had quite a successful year, which has landed them in the #1 spot on the way to the NFR.
2. Stevi Hillman
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Hillman won $185,952.39 this year and has competed in 96 rodeos. Hillman, a Colorado native, dreamed her entire life about becoming a professional barrel racer. In 2004, she moved to Weatherford, Texas, with the intention of making that dream come true. She earned her Radiologic Technician degree in 2010, while still training horses. She has trained several horses that have made it to the NFR, and qualified for the NFR herself for the first time last year in 6th place. She stands in the #2 spot going into the NFR this year.
3. Nellie Miller
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Miller has won $130,536.75 at 47 rodeos, almost all of it being earned with her horse, Sister. Miller is from Cottonwood, California. Though her horse Sister is the horse that earned her spot in 2017 NFR, a lot of credit goes to Sister’s older brother, Blue Duck, who helped her qualify for the 2010 NFR. Though the two horses are related, they run differently and have two completely different attitudes. Sister is more nervous and requires more pushing to the barrels, while Blue Duck likes to be left alone and is a free-runner to the barrels. Miller and Sister are #3 in the world right now.
4. Amberleigh Moore
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Moore earned $120,806.42 at 50 rodeos in the 2017 season. She is from Salem, Oregon and has ridden horses her entire life. She grew up on the back of a horse, but has only been a member of the WPRA for the last three years. This is her second NFR qualification, on her horse ‘CP Dark Moon’, though Moore calls her Paige. Before deciding she wanted to qualify for the NFR, Moore trained for futurity and competed in barrel racing in other associations and circuits. She tied with the Thomas and Mack arena record at the 2016 NFR. She and Paige will go into the NFR in the #4 spot.
5. Kassie Mowry
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Mowry has won $115,162.81 this past season at only 25 rodeos. Besides competing in the WPRA, she is a futurity trainer. She spends most of her time training horses for futurity barrel races. The horses she has qualified for the NFR on Mowry has trained herself. She trains on a ranch near Stephenville, Texas. You can clearly see the talent Mowry has for training through her mere 25 rodeo entries to get her to #5 going into the NFR.