The last several times Sherry Cervi and Stingray have competed inside Reliant Stadium for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, they’ve won.
Cervi, the three-time and reigning Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world champion, got a big boost in her 2010 season by winning RodeoHouston. This year, she and her trusty mount started hot, winning all three rounds in their Super Series. On Wednesday night, they remained hot by posting the fastest time in the first of two semifinals and earning a spot in Saturday night’s performance, where the champions in each event will be crowned and handed a Shootout check for $50,000.
But Cervi has already had a financial windfall inside the stadium that houses the NFL’s Houston Texans, cashing in for an event best $12,350.
The second set of semifinalists will battle it out for the next four spots in the finals. Each semifinal consists of 10 contestants in each event. The remaining six contestants in each semifinal – 12 total – will try to work their way to the final performance during Friday’s Wild Card round, where only the top two contestants in each event advance.
Others to make it to Saturday’s show are:
Tie-down roping: 1. Fred Whitfield, 2. Jerome Schneeberger, 3. Cody Owens, 4. Jerrad Hoffstetter.
Bareback riding: Steven Peebles, 2. Tilden Hooper, 3. Clint Cannon, 4. Will Lowe.
Team roping: 1 Derrick Begay/Cesar de la Cruz, 2. Matt Garza/David Key, 3. Brandon Beers/Mike Beers, 4. Travis Tryan/Rich Skelton.
Saddle bronc riding: 1. Wade Sundell, 2. J.J. Elshere, 3. Rusty Allen, 4. Tyler Corrington.
Steer wrestling: 1. Kyle Hughes, 2. Trevor Knowles, 3. Casey McMillen, 4. Curtis Cassidy.
Bull riding: 1. Clayton Savage, 2. Clayton Savage, 3. Luke Haught, 4. Shawn Hogg.
Barrel racing: 1. Sherry Cervi, 2. Jane Melby, 3. Jody Sheffield, 4. Annesa Self.