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Ilyssa Riley shares her trail up through Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s barrel racing ranks and what she’s looking forward to on the 2024 rodeo road. 

The WPRA’s Circuit System is unique in that it provides a grassroots playground for its members as well as offering a springboard for a National Finals Rodeo qualification. For pedigree enthusiasts, the distribution of the money-winning horses shows the pervasiveness of leading bloodlines, but it also showcases those that are regionally popular. Here, Barrel Horse News takes an exclusive look at the top horses in 12 of the WPRA’s circuits, halfway through the 2024 season.