First published in the April 2002 issue of Barrel Horse News.
“I turned my dream into a prayer, and it came true.”
After a year that saw her leading the world, only to see her great horse sidelined with yet another injury, how else could WPRA World Champion Janet Stover sum up a title won on the gift of a borrowed horse than with these
Janet collected $186,812. Of that total, $126,934 was won aboard Nate Shilabar, a.k.a. Hotshot, at the National Finals Rodeo. Other than earnings at a handful of rodeos, Janet rode her great brown horse Gotewin Bo, who at the time of this writing is still recovering from an injured suspensory ligament.
Of the top 20 rodeos, Janet won the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in Texas. Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., won the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. Charmayne James, Grand Prairie, Texas, won four of the top 20 rodeos: Reno, Nev., the New Mexico State Fair in Albuquerque, the Cloverdale Rodeo in Surrey, Alb., Can., and the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Gloria Freeman, Calhoun, Ga., won the Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., won the Cody Stampede in Wyoming. Janae Ward, Addington, Okla., won the National Western in Denver, Colo. Jennifer Wilson, Terry, Miss., won the Greeley Independence Stampede in Wyoming. Renee Gossett, Wittman, Ariz., won the California Rodeo in Salinas. Rachael Sproul, Arlee, Mont., won the Fiesta de Los Vaqueros in Tucson, Ariz.
Kay Blandford, Sutherland Springs, Texas, won the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. Katti Cash, Aztec, N.M., won the Laughlin River Stampede in Nevada. Tami Fontenot, Ethel, La., won the Ellensburg Rodeo in Washington. Kelli Currin, Dayton, Wash., won the St. Paul, Ore., rodeo and the Pendleton Round Up in Oregon.
Although several horses ran at the NFR, only 14 won money. The average age was 11. Firewater Fiesta is the youngest at 8. The three oldest horses winning money were Nate Shilabar, Too Much Fire and Zanzaco at age 15.
Two horses carry Streakin Six bloodlines. Charmayne’s horse Crusin On Six is by Streakin Six, while Sherry’s horse BC Tinman is out of a daughter of Streakin Six. Incidentally, Molly Powell’s horse Too Much Fire is by Easy Toro, a full brother to Easy Six, the sire of Streakin Six.