Valleyview has had its fair share of rodeo greats in the past; Rod Warren, B.J. Kramps, Darrell Cholach, Dan Lowry, Dale Trottier and Jodi Hollingworth just to name a few. Now another Hollingworth, Wacey joins that storied history as the 23 year old cowgirl from Valleyview qualified for the 2013 Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Nov. 6-10.
Hollingworth qualified with the twelfth and final spot in Ladies Barrel Racing on the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association circuit this year.
Wacey Hollingworth 2013 season review
After racing at the Grande Prairie Stompede and Lea Park Rodeo in early June, Hollingworth’s first major success came at the 53rd annual Danes Ranch Rodeo in Innisfail, AB June 13-16. Hollingworth raced in at a time of 15.702, which was good enough for fifth place and earned her $3,384.00 in the CPRA standings. This would end up being Hollingworth’s biggest purse of the 2013 season.
In July, Hollingworth would earn a third place finish with a time of 15.384 in Peace River (July 13-14) and earn $782.55.
At the centennial anniversary of the Bruce Stampede (July 28), Hollingworth finished fourth and took home $759.75.
Between Aug. 3 and 11, Hollingworth placed sixth or better in three straight rodeos and collected a total of $3100.12 for her season efforts.
At the North Peace Stampede in Grimshaw Hollingworth was sixth with a time of 17.997. In La Crete, she clocked a time of 17.263 which was good enough for third place. Another third place came at the Dawson Creek when Hollingworth recorded a time of 17.799.
Hollingworth would continue a heavy workload competing in all of the CPRA stops in August, which included Rodeos in Jasper AB, Cranbrook BC, Pincher Creek AB, Sundre AB, Lethbridge AB and Armstrong BC. She was unable to land in the money in those six rodeos.
With only four stops left on the season, four cowgirls were in the hunt for that twelfth and final sport at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in November. Laci Suitor, 43 of Duchess AB held the spot at the beginning of the month with $8506.29. Hollingworth was trailing with $8,026.42. On Suitor’s and Hollingworth’s heels were Rene LeClercq, 35 of Holden AB ($7,706.10) and Gaylene Buff, 36 of Westwold BC ($7,031.66).
Wacey would need to be nearly perfect and reach the money in all four rodeos to obtain the dream of competing at the CFR.
It started in Okotoks (Aug 30-Sept.1) where Hollingworth placed sixth with a time of 12.779 and collected $385.40. She followed that up with a 15.199 time which earned her second place and $907.92 in Merritt BC (Aug31-Sep.1).
With two stops left in Hanna AB, and McCord SK it was really close, but once again Hollingworth excelled under the immense pressure.
At the Hanna Pro Rodeo (Sept. 27-29), she registered a time of 12.688, which was good enough for fourth place and $488.88. Hollingworth waited all season for her first win and she collected at the final CPRA event at the McCord Indoor Pro Rodeo. Her time of 12.520 was the best of the event. She earned 436.16 and clinched a trip to the CFR in Edmonton.
In those final four rodeos Hollingworth earned $2218.36 highest among the four cowgirls competing for that final spot (Buff-$1909.51, LeClercq-$803.16, and Suitor-$309.96).
The Canadian Finals Rodeo is holding its 40th anniversary this year and runs Nov.6-10 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.