When Sherry Cervi looks around, there are plenty of reminders of an already great rodeo career.
From gold buckles to photographs of her great horses to the memories of racing to the average championship at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Cervi certainly has the pedigree. She will carry that hefty experience with her when she competes at the 25th anniversary of the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo, set for March 31-April 3 at Jim Norick Arena at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City.
“It’s always been a really good rodeo and one that you want to qualify for,” said Cervi of Marana, Ariz., a three-time and reigning Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing champion who has claimed the DNCFR title in her storied career. “It’s a really good bonus program.”
The DNCFR pits the top cowboys and cowgirls from the 12 regional ProRodeo circuits against one another for the prestigious national title. Contestants will compete in the seven traditional rodeo sports.
“What I think is neat about it is the team deal, where you were trying to get the team title,” Cervi said.
That involves a lot of team pride, but the team concept is built through the rigors of the rodeo circuit. Contestants build camaraderie at all the rodeos in which they compete in order to win the circuit crowns.
“It made it to where you stayed and watched the other events, which made it fun for us,” Cervi said.