Blandford Cashes in on $100,000 Women’s Pro Rodeo Association Payday
Courtesy WPRA

ALVARADO, Texas. (Jan. 23, 2007) – Talents Dark Angel and Kay Blandford, Sutherland Springs, Texas, treated rodeo fans to an electrifying effort when they teamed up to capture top honors of the hotly contested inaugural Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) MEGAFinale $100,000 Richest Race. Blandford jockeyed the five year old black mare to over $120,000 in earnings before ending her whirl wind tour through Alvarado. The MEGAFinale, which took place Jan. 16-20 at Diamond W Arena, combined innovative new formats like the $100,000 Richest Race with the top notch action of the annual Coors Women's National Finals Rodeo.

The MEGAFinale featured a world class athlete roster, with names like 11-time WPRA World Champion Charmayne James and 2006 WPRA World Champion Mary Burger competing for the $100,000.

Said Blandford of Angel’s sizzling 16.755 second performance, “Tonight I asked my mare for all she had and she gave it to me. I didn’t realize until tonight how much like Llave (2002 AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year) she is in that respect. She fed off of the excitement and knew that in order to win she had to step it up a notch and she did.”

Kay Blandford won the WPRA Dodge Rodeo ProFuturity aboard “Angel” with a 17.077 second run, as well as the first division of the WPRA 4D Challenge race. The 12-time National Finals Rodeo qualifier first joined the WPRA in 1975 and has achieved NFR berths in four decades on four different horses. 

Blandford is enthusiastic about the exciting new competitive opportunities that the WPRA is implementing.

“I have rodeoed all of my life and in less than a week in Alvarado I was able to win $120,000 competing on the best possible ground conditions. You could rodeo for a year and not win that much, or run in optimal conditions.”

WPRA President Jymmy Kay Davis echoed Blandford’s sentiments stating, “The future of the WPRA is very promising with events like the MEGAFinale. I’m happy to see the WPRA headed in this direction.”

The Alvarado event boasted over $500,000 in cash and prizes featuring top qualifiers all vying for world championships in their respective events; bareback riding, bull riding, tie-down roping, team roping, breakaway roping and Wrangler Divisional Tour barrel racing. In addition, the MEGAFinale crowned champions of its inaugural WPRA ProFuturity and ProDerby competitions. A $10,000-added 4D Challenge Race, open to any female contestant of age, drew barrel racers from across the nation. Earnings in the 4D Challenge Race count toward the 2007 WPRA World Standings.

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Women’s Pro Rodeo Association MEGAFinale Results:

 

WPRA Richest Race $100,000 Winners:
Kay Blandford - Talents Dark Angel, 16.755, $100,000
Lacey Scott - View This Jet, 16.836, $10,000
Mary Burger - Rare Fred, 16.991, $7,500
Terri Wood-Gates - Jettin' Jordan, 17.072, $5,000

 

WPRA ProFuturity and Derby Champions:
ProFuturity 1-D Winner: Talents Dark Angel - Kay Blandford
ProFuturity 2-D Winner: Miss Magical Colours - Jane Bruning
ProFuturity Limited: Illbring Dewhoopin - Holly Wilson
ProFuturity Intermediate: Flits Gittin Credit - Kim Thomas
ProFuturity Senior: Talents Dark Angel - Kay Blandford
ProDerby Winner: Dashing Chester - Becky Canaday

All Women's Rodeo World Champions:
All-Around and Breakaway Champion - Leigh Ann Billingsley
Tie-Down Roping Champion - Kelly Lawrence
Bareback and Bull Riding Champion - DeDee Crawford
Team Roping Heading Champion - Mary Ann Miller
Team Roping Heeling Champion - Tammy Lewis

Wrangler Divisional Tour Champion:
Lanita Powers - Wahini Cash

WPRA 4-D Challenge Race Winners:
1-D: Kay Blandford - Talents Dark Angel
2-D: Pam Fleming - Dolly
3-D: Kim Thomas - Flits Gittin Credit
4-D: Laura Rodgers - Zevis Eye Opener

 

About the WPRA:

Founded in 1948 as the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA), the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) is devoted to promoting and protecting women in the sport of professional rodeo. In October of 2007, the WPRA World Finals will crown the WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, Junior Barrel Racer, and champion Pro Futurity and Pro Derby horses. The top forty barrel racers in the world will be invited to the World Finals, which will be televised, along with the top qualifiers from 12 regions nationwide. The WPRA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo. and sanctions events across the United States. 

 

Complete Results for all events are posted at www.wpra.com. Click the links below to visit each events’ results page:

Dodge Rodeo ProFuturity Finals
JB Quarter Horses ProDerby Finals
Coors Women's National Finals
WPRA Richest Race
4-D Challenge Race

 

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