Mary Burger’s hot streak went has gone into a blistering pace for the 2016 season.
By earning $5,863 last week, the 2006 world champion barrel racer pushed her season earnings to $185,439, surpassing Lindsay Sears’ regular-season earnings record from 2008. She placed in a round in Dodge City, Kan., and finished second in both Sidney, Iowa, and Phillipsburg, Kan.
“I never dreamed this would happen, and it is just unbelievable,” Burger told the WPRA. “I just wanted to win a little money this year and have fun with my horse.”
She’s won a lot, including more than $50,000 at RodeoHouston and $122,000 at the Calgary (Alberta) Stampede, of which $72,000 is mixed into her WPRA earnings – only half of the $100,000 prize money for winning the shootout round in Calgary counts for the standings.
With the regular season concluding Sept. 30, she and her 7-year-old gelding, Mo, have more than a month and a half to add to their earnings. Burger owns a $91,005 lead over the No. 2 cowgirl, 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo cowgirl Jackie Ganter.
Burger also is a little more than $138,000 from the year-end mark Sears set eight seasons ago. With more than $26,000 being paid to the winner of each of the 10 go-rounds at the NFR, she stands a strong chance to surpass the Sears’$323,570.