Blue Grass, Iowa’s own Mesa Leavitt struck again in OKC, only this time aboard Juniors Genuine Doc. The teen talent rode her way to her third International Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racing world championship at the International Finals Rodeo, held Jan. 16-18, 2009 at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla.
The home-schooled 13-year-old left Junior home from the BFA for some R&R in preparation for IFR No. 39, where captured the championship by virtue of placing in each of the four go rounds and winning the average title with a total on four runs of 61.730 seconds. Oklahoman Tracy Nowlin finished second in the average with a cumulative time of 62.734 seconds. Leavitt finished first in round one with a time of 15.340 seconds, second in round two with a 15.496, fourth in the third round with 15.537 and won the final and fourth go round in 15.357 seconds to cinch the average and year-end championships.
Leavitt finished the 2008 season with $26,235 in IPRA earnings following the finals . Canada’s Robin Williamson of Acton, Ontario finished second in the year-end standings with $23,938.
The March issue of Barrel Horse News will feature full feature-length coverage from the IFR.