Renowned barrel racing photographer Kenneth Springer shares photos of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association top 15 barrel racers from the last five decades—1981, 1991, 2001, 2011, and now this year’s 2021 National Finals Rodeo-qualifying barrel racers.

Enjoy a trip back through barrel racing history with this Barrel Horse News magazine exclusive!

1981

1981 WPRA Top 15 barrel racers
1981 WPRA top 15 barrel racers. Front row, left to right: Lynn McKenzie, Jan Hansen, Martha Josey, Wanda Cagliari, Shayne Mason, Jerri Mann and Lynda Gordon. Back row, left to right: Debbie Miller, Lee Ann Guilkey, Donna Krening, Sharon Camarillo, Paula Fortner and Jimmie Munroe. Photo by Kenneth Springer

1991

WPRA 1991 Top 15
WPRA 1991 top 15 barrel racers. Front row, left to right: Charmayne James, Deb Mohon, Vana Beissinger, Twila Haller, Donna Kennedy, Lita Scott Price, and Rayel Robinson. Back row, left to right: Kim West, Kelli Fletcher, Marlene Eddleman, Shelly Bird Matthews, Charlotte Schmidt, Angie Meadors, Mary Salmond and Sherry Johnson. Photo by Kenneth Springer

2001

WPRA 2001 Top 15
WPRA 2001 top 15 barrel racers. Front row, left to right: Kelly Yates, Charmayne James, Tona Wright, Janae Ward, Janet Stover, Delores Toole and Gloria Freeman. Back row, left to right: Tami Fontenot, Rachael Sproul, Molly Swanson, Kay Blandford, Jennifer Wilson, Kappie Allen and Rayna Pruitt. Photo by Kenneth Springer

2011

WPRA 2011 Top 15
2011 WPRA top 15 barrel racers. Front row, left to right: Jill Moody, Carlee Pierce, Brittany Pozzi, Lindsay Sears and Brenda Mays. Second row, left to right: Christina Richmond, Sherry Cervi, Tammy Fischer, Sue Smith and Angie Meadors. Third row, left to right: Jody Sheffield, Brittany Fleck, Jane Melby, Jeanne Anderson and Lisa Lockhart. Photo by Kenneth Springer

2021

2021 WPRA top 15
2021 WPRA top 15 barrel racers. Back row, left to right: Amanda Welsh, Hailey Kinsel, Ivy Saebens, Emily Beisel, Jessica Routier, Stevi Hillman. Front row, left to right: Molly Otto, Dona Kay Rule, Jordon Briggs, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Shelley Morgan, Wenda Johnson, Cheyenne Wimberley, Lisa Lockhart, Nellie Miller. Photo by Kenneth Springer
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