The PESI bonus could pay out as much $25,000 at the upcoming rodeo, with seven eligible horses likely to compete there. The program guarantees a $2,500 bonus will be paid to any NFR Qualifier who runs their PESI enrolled horse(s) in a minimum of three NFR rounds. After doing so, should any on of them end up claiming the Average win and/or the NFR World Championship, an additional $2,500 bonus will be paid.
Brittany Pozzi—Pozzi is going into the NFR this year as the top money earner of the season with total earnings of $155,864.97 and an equine aresenal that includes two top mounts. It would be hard to categorize Yeah Hes Firen (by Alive N Firen) as Pozzi’s back up horse considering his success this past year. The talented palomino gelding showed his stuff this year at such rodeos as Puyallup, where he set an arena record and picked up more than $15,000 for the win. His affinity to small pens could certianly prove to be an asset in the Thomas & Mack arena.
Tiffany Fox—While the Oklahoma native didn’t run any PESI enrolled horses this past season to earn the $100,235.70 that got her to the NFR, she may end up going to Vegas with a couple of PESI horses in her trailer. Fox rides for the Jud Little Ranch, which has Smooth My Credit (by Cash Not Credit) and Buggin To Kill (by Flit To Kill) enrolled in the PESI program. Both horses showed they have it what it takes in WPRA competition. Little’s daughter, Mattie Little, competed successfully aboard Buggin To Kill and banked $41,150.50, which included a win at the 2008 WPRA World Finals that got her in the door at the big winter rodeos. Little finished the season ranked 22nd and only about $16,000 short of making the NFR. Bennette Barrington rode the 6-year-old mare Smooth My Credit to 31st in the standings with $27,935.09. According to Little, one or both the PESI mares could be running back up for Fox in her bid for the title.
Jordan Peterson—Frenchmans Jester (by Frenchmans Guy) was Peterson’s number one ride during the 2009 season and clinched fifth place in the standings and the invitation to the NFR by banking $92,048.69 over the course of the season. Peterson and Jester ran tough all season and really hit their stride over the summer and fall. Peterson picked up several big checks with such performances as the win in the second round at Cheyenne, Wyo., that led to fourth in the average there for a $9,000 paycheck, and a second place finish at Puyallup, Wash., for a little over $13,000.
Sherry Cervi—Cervi is holding down seventh position in the standings with $73,528.85 to her credit mounted on two homebred horses, MP Meter My Hay and MP A Man With Roses, both by PC Frenchmans Hayday. By all accounts, MP Meter My Hay (“Sting Ray”) is Cervi’s primary money earner this year. The duo showed amazing consistency, cashing checks from more than 25 rodeos this season, including such big events as San Antonio, Houston and Puyallup, Wash., as well as placing in all three rounds and the average at Salinas, Calif., and winning Airdrie, Alberta, Casper, Wyo., Fergus Falls, Minn., and Lynden, Wash. There is also a likehood that Cervi will pull PC Frenchmans Hayday (“Dinero”) out of retirement to assist her in yet another bid for the World Champion title. Should the stallion and any of his progeny run at the NFR, it would be the first time for such an occassion in the history of the event.
Tammy Fischer—Fischer’s main mount is out for the count with an ankle injury, which means AQHA World Show Qualifier MP Quick Money (also by PC Frenchmans Hayday) may get a call at the NFR. The handsome grey gelding made appearances at seven rodeos this past season, placing third at Texarkana, Ark., split third and forth at Amarillo, Texas, and split first and second at New Braunfels, Texas. The pair hit a barrel at Conroe, Texas, for the win there. Fisher is coming into the NFR in 11th position, with $66,840.05 to her credit. A recent turn of events put Cause Heza Bully in the Texas horsewoman’s string. The Nancy Adkins owned gelding has a list of credits a mile long and more than $200,000 in lifetime earnings.