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GUTHRIE, Okla. – Sherry Cervi is the most decorated cowgirl making a living on the ProRodeo trail today.

Sherry Cervi
Sherry Cervi

Just a few months removed from earning her fourth Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Championship, Cervi is already prepared to run for another title: National Champion. She will be one of 24 barrel racers competing at the 2014 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo, scheduled for 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; and 1 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

Cervi, of Marana, Ariz., earned the right to compete at this year’s RNCFR by winning the average championship the Ram Turquoise Circuit Finals Rodeo, where she won the third go-round and placed in the other two. But she is one of several elite cowgirls to make this year’s field, joining 2012 world champion Mary Walker from Ennis, Texas, and several other Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers:

– June Holeman of Arcadia, Neb.; Christy Loflin of Franktown, Colo.; Trula Churchill of Valentine, Neb.; Nikki Steffes of Vale, S.D.; and Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D.

Lockhart, too, has become quite a regular at both the RNCFR and the NFR. A seven-time qualifier to the Las Vegas showcase, Lockhart won three go-rounds this past December and pocketed more than $102,000. She also is a three-time, and the reigning, Canadian champion.

All the ladies have phenomenal horses, and the race should be quite exciting. But we’ve come to expect that at the RNCFR.


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