Walker, Mary

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$1,047,424
CAREER EARNINGS

2016 Earnings:
$122,816
2016 Wrangler NFR:
$10,000
 
14th
2016 World Standings

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14th
2016 Wrangler NFR
 
 

Born: January 26, 1959
Residence: Ennis, Texas
Joined WPRA: 1983
Horses: Perculatin “Latte” (13-year old gelding in 2013) – Sire: Dash for Perks/Dam: Curiocity Corners; A Frosty Please "Bojangles" (7-year old gelding) - Sire: Bug In My Frosty/Dam: Dash To Please
World titles: 1 (2012)
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 5 (2012-16)
DNCFR/RNCFR qualifications: 1 (2015)

Professional


 

2017 Season Highlights
•      Won Rosenberg, Texas

2016 Season Highlights
•      Entered the Wrangler NFR ranked 3rd.
•      Became the WPRA's seventh millionaire.
•      Finished second to Mary Burger at the Calgary Stampede
•      Won Lewiston (Idaho) Roundup
•      Won Montana's Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.)
•      Won the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo)
•      Won the Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo (Kalispell, Mont.)
•      Won the Wrangler Champions Challenge on Bojangles in Kissimmee, Fla.
•      Won Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo (Moab, Utah)
•      Tied for second at the Spanish Fork, Utah, Champions Challenge event
•      Won the 56th Belt (Mont.) PRCA Rodeo
•      Won the Maah Daah Hey Stampede (Grassy Butte, N.D.)
•      Won all three rounds in her group at Houston
•      Won La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.)
•      Won the Final Round at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver) and finished fourth in the average.


Career Highlights
•      2015 - Finished the year ranked 11th with $135,759 in earnings. Won $15,654 at the NFR; on the Tri-State Rodeo (Fort Madison, Iowa); on the Wrangler Champions Challenge in Kennewick, Wash.; won the Rocky Pro Rodeo (Rocky Mountain House, Alberta) and won Rodeo Killeen (Texas)
•      2014 - Finished the year ranked 7th with $145,686 after winning $45,947 at the Wrangler NFR and placing 12th in the average. Placed in four out of 10 rounds, winning the eighth round (13.79) and the 10th round (13.90); won the average title at the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo; won the Champions Challenge (Omaha, Neb.), the New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo (Albuquerque), the Montana’s Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.), the Northwest Montana Pro Rodeo (Kalispell, Mont.), the Yellowstone River Round-Up (Billings, Mont.), the Sand & Sage Roundup (Lamar, Colo.), the Cedar City (Utah) PRCA Championship Rodeo, the Airdrie (Alberta) ProRodeo, the Helotes (Texas) Festival Association Rodeo, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (Denver) and the Champions Challenge (Kissimmee, Fla.)
•      2013 – Placed in seven out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and finished sixth in the average. Finished as the reserve world champion with $229,363. Won $92,248 at the Wrangler NFR; won the Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas), the Pasadena (Texas) Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Champions Challenge (Kissimmee, Fla.), the Walla Walla (Wash.) Frontier Days, the Sanders County Fair & Rodeo (Plains, Mont.), the Jerome (Idaho) County Fair & Rodeo, Montana’s Biggest Weekend (Dillon, Mont.), Ogden (Utah) Pioneer Days, the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo, the Rocky Pro Rodeo (Rocky Mountain House, Alberta), the Pony Express Days Rodeo (Eagle Mountain, Utah), the inaugural Champions Challenge (Redding, Calif.), San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo and the 75th Annual Brighton Field Day Festival & Rodeo (Okeechobee, Fla.)
•      2012 – Entered her first Wrangler NFR ranked 3rd in the world and after winning more money than any contestant, male or female, with $146,941 she won the world title in the barrel racing and the 2012 Top Gun Award for most money won at the NFR. Won four out of 10 rounds and place in another four rounds. She finished second in the average. Finished the year with $274,233.; won All-American Finals (Waco, Texas), Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo, Missoula (Mont.) Stampede, Snake River Stampede (Nampa, Idaho), Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo, Navajo Nation Fourth of July PRCA Rodeo (Window Rock, Ariz.), the Earl Anderson Memorial Rodeo (Grover, Colo.), the Ute Mountain Roundup (Cortez, Colo.), the Ken Lance Memorial (Ada, Okla.), the Flint Hills Rodeo (Strong City, Kan.), Rodeo Killeen (Texas), and Arcadia All-FLA Championship Rodeo; co-champion at the Chisholm Trail Stampede PRCA Rodeo (Duncan, Okla.)

Awards



Perculatin named 2012 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year. Inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and Museum, 2013. Awarded the Tad Lucas Award from the Cowboy Hall of Fame (Oklahoma City), 2013. Won the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award at the 2012 Wrangler NFR and finished third in the voting in 2016.

Personal



Husband, Bryon (16-time Wrangler NFR steer wrestling qualifier, 1981 World champion and 2014 ProRodeo Hall of Fame inductee)…Competed at her first Wrangler NFR in 2012 at the age of 53…On April 23, 2011 her only son, Reagon (21), was killed in a car wreck and says he has been riding on her shoulder through every run since. A little over a month after losing her son, her horse Latte fell with her during a barrel race at Crosby, Texas, on June 10. She shattered her pelvis, broke her hip in three places, had two fractured vertebrae and broke two toes. She underwent surgery in Houston the following day and was then in a wheelchair for about four months. Doctors used eight plates and 11 pins to stabilize her hip. Says a strong network of family and friends, Dr. Kyle Dickson and a dedicated rehab team along with her amazing husband helped get her through the whole ordeal. She completed her rehab in December 2011 and set her sights on qualifying for the 2012 Wrangler NFR on the same horse that fell with her and together they achieved that goal...Sponsored by Justin Boots, Panhandle Rock & Roll Denim, Platinum Performance, MGM Grand, Browning, Kawasaki, Horseware Ireland, Texas Equine Hospital, Viagen, Relentless, Theraplate, American Hat.

 

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