Sherry Cervi made history Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at Rodeo Houston sweeping her Super Series, pocketing $9,000, and surpassing the $3 million dollar lifetime earnings milestone in Women’s Professional Rodeo on everyone’s favorite palomino mare, Stingray. This achievement officially makes her the winningest cowgirl in the history of the sport of barrel racing.
Cervi is no stranger to breaking records. In 2010 she surpassed the $2 million mark breaking Charmayne James earnings record of $1,842,506. We asked Sherry how it felt exceeding $3 million in earnings,
“This is really special to me because of where it happened, and because I was riding Stingray. I was close enough to it in 2015 that it could have happened at the NFR or any other rodeo. Rodeo Houston has always been special to me, so for Stingray and I to accomplish this at this point in our careers means a lot.”
Sherry Cervi credits much of her success to the horses she competed on. She feels very fortunate to have rode greats such as Troubles, Tinman, Hawk, Dinero, and of course Stingray, to name a few. Sherry is a four time WPRA World Champion, qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 18 times, (only one trip away from tying the most qualifications record of 19), and she also held a previous arena record at the Thomas and Mack. However, she shared with us that she says last night’s run at NRG Stadium is one of the greatest moments in her career.
Sherry has competed in every sector of the barrel racing world, and has experienced as many obstacles as accomplishments shared,
“I’ve learned to never take the horses you have for granted because this sport is very humbling. I believe every horse has so many runs they can give you. I cherish every run; I try to make the most of every run. Never waste them, because you never know when they may run out.”
She acknowledges her parents and family for her success as well as great friends and sponsors for helping to get her to this point of her career. Classic Equine has been a proud sponsor of Sherry since 2003.
New 2016 patterns now available in Classic Equine™ Leg Protection
Granbury, Texas (January 15, 2016) – Your favorite boots just received an upgrade. Classic Equine is proud to present four new styles of bell boots, three new designer line styles of Polo Wraps, and two new designs in the Legacy™ boot.
No Turn DL™ bell boots are tested and proven to be tough, effective, and colorfast. They conform to the horse’s foot well, with just the right amount of flexibility and comfort. Look for Chocolate Tribal, Zebra Purple, and Purple Peacock for your newest designs. Also introduced is theTeal Dy-No Turn™ bell boot to match the new Legacy. These bold, bright designs offer the same protection and comfort with extra appeal.
The three new designer Polo Wrap styles being introduced are the Chocolate Tribal, the Purple Peacock, and Steel Grey that was widely popular in 2015 when introduced in the Legacy boot. These Polo Wraps are made of 500 gram fleece and are wider than other polos providing more protection and saving you time and effort.
And last, but definitely not least, the new styles in the Legacy boot are the Zebra with ColorBurst straps and the new solid in Teal! The Legacy System™ has the one and only Fetlock and Cradle System providing maximum protection to the fetlock while reinforcing the ligament structures providing support and safety for your equine partner.
Classic Equine remains dedicated to providing the finest equipment available across all disciplines and levels of horsemanship. To check see what else is new for 2016, visit www.classicequine.com.
As it is the first week of the New Year, we wanted to reflect back on 2015. In a four part series we are going to highlight the “Milestone Moments” of the many sports that Classic Equine is involved in, with the first being barrel racing.
Barrel racing has quickly become one of the fastest growing sports in the equine industry and the opportunity is seemingly endless. As we look back at 2015 it was a year of greats.
It started in January with the futurities/derbies in Arizona. Every January trainers and jockeys alike flock to the desert oasis to hopefully escape the winter cold and enter all the barrel races they can. The Classic Equine Futurity and Derby and The Greg Olson Futurity are a couple of the household names produced by BRN4D, who do an outstanding job producing these events.
Team Classic Equine member Jolene Montgomery swept the Classic Equine winning the futurity, the derby, and second and third place in the slot race. At the Greg Olson Futurity Ryann Pedone shined, winning the slot race and $20,000 on a single run.
The futurities and derbies revolutionized the sport in the way that it provides a whole other sector in which to compete. From this expansion, the demand has risen for breeders and trainers allowing more career opportunities and increasing the value of the barrel horse itself.
Moving on from the futurities to the other end of the spectrum, rodeo. RFD-TV’s The American once again was a headlining event in the sport and has blew the window of opportunity wide open. It has helped the jackpots and rodeos alike, growing participation in both. This event appeals to a wide spectrum of competitors with no age or gender limitations as well as having the one day event appeal to those who don’t want to hit the hot and dusty trail. Each year the qualifiers numbers have significantly grown and have provided a spotlight to the sport. Lisa Lockhart and Louie stole the show and won their second consecutive American title and now have been presented the chance at the Triple Crown and get to compete for a $1M purse.
April usually means one thing for barrel racers, the Better Barrel Races (BBR) World Finals in Oklahoma City. This is one of the biggest events of the year and is also the official sanctioning body of RFD-TV’s The American. Leslie Willis and “Brookestone Forever” made a name for themselves winning the slot race. Renowned trainers/jockeys Jolene Montgomery and Jordan Briggs won 1st and second in the futurity and Kassie Mowry won reserve in the Open.
Of course we can not forget the world series of our sport, the National Finals Rodeo. This is the time of year everyone looks forward to. We had four qualifiers to the NFR: Lisa Lockhart, Sherry Cervi, Taylor Jacob, and Jana Bean. We are proud that these professionals trust our products and use them to compete on the sport’s largest stage. Every qualifier had a shining moment, but it was once again Lisa and Louie who proved their consistency paid off and they left Las Vegas with over $120,000 in winnings and a Reserve World Championship. Simultaneously in Oklahoma City was the Barrel Futurities of America 30th Annual World Championships. Jordan Briggs and “Frenchmans Future” concluded a very successful year with a Reserve Championship in the Futurity. Up and comer Jayci Byler won the BFA Youth Futurity Championship, she will be one to watch!
It was such an exciting year for the sport of barrel racing, we can’t wait to see what 2016 will have in store. We once again are so thankful for all of our professionals that represent Classic Equine and customers trusting our products.
November 11- 15 will mark the 42nd Annual Canadian Finals Rodeo. Team Classic Equine will have two players from Texas that qualified to the coveted event, Taylor Jacob and Aimee Kay.
This will be both barrel racer’s first qualification to the event. Aimee Kay is in the top 7 in the standings while Taylor Jacob is running for the gold buckle sitting 2nd.
Taylor Jacob is not a new name to the rodeo world. She and her horse Honor Thy Frenchman, aka Bo, have taken the rodeo world by storm the past three years. They are the current arena record holders in the Thomas and Mack Arena and have qualified for their second NFR! Bo has been a machine all summer and we look forward to seeing this team rally back.
Aimee Kay and her horse Daisy have had a tremendous amount of success in a short period of time. Daisy is a four year old that Aimee raised and trained out of PC Frenchmans Hayday and a Pie in the Sky mare. As a three year old, Daisy won the coveted BFA Juvenile $100K Slot Race. Instead of entering the futurities for her four year old year, Aimee chose to rodeo on her. They qualified for RFD-TV’s The American and it has been a whirlwind ever since. Daisy is the only four year old to ever qualify for the Canadian Finals and this team is going to be ones to watch and they’re just getting started.
We wish the best of luck to our competitors and can’t wait to watch them PLAY TO WIN.
The rodeo season came to an end last week and this week is rodeo’s New Year. Some will be relieved with a clean slate, while the the Top 15 in the Windham Weaponry World Standings have a lot more to prove before 2015 ends. With more added money than ever before at the 2015 NFR, this year should be one for the record books and there are bound to be records broken. Classic Equine is proud to present their 11 team members and wish them the best of luck in preparation and performance at the National Finals Rodeo.
If you have been keeping up the NCHA this summer, you won’t be surprised that Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby have added yet another title to their resume. Marking a 229, the team won the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open Finals championship this past weekend in Las Vegas at the South Point Equestrian Center.
Special Nu Baby is owned by Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, OK. She is a nine year old mare out of Dual Rey and Nu I Wood. Her lifetime earnings surpass $415,000 and has over $70,000 won in just 2015 and has double the earnings of second place in the NCHA Open standings. Marking a 229 isn’t out of the ordinary for “Baby”, she and Matt marked a 230 this Spring at the San Antonio Stock Show to get the win.
Baby is a “once in a lifetime” horse and I cherish every day I get to walk to the herd on her.
Matt and Baby’s partnership is somewhat nostalgic because he rode her dam, Nu I Wood, to 6 NCHA Championships and earning over $400,000. When talking about Baby, Matt said, “Baby is a “once in a lifetime” horse and I cherish every day I get to walk to the herd on her. This team has had an exceptional year and it will be exciting to see how it all concludes.
If you recognize the name Jayci Byler, it’s probably because this cowgirl and her teammate “Bubba” have been taking the barrel racing world by storm. Coming off a recent win at Waco at the Elite Youth Extravaganza barrel race, this team took the championship at the American Quarter Horse Youth Association World Show in Oklahoma City this past weekend.
Nicks Zephyr aka “Bubba” is a 15 year old Dr. Nick Bar gelding and is just a few years older than Jayci. The duo resides in Beeville, TX and is a strong force to be reckoned with.