By Krista Lucas
The United Professional Rodeo Association wrapped up the 2017 season at the Hopkins County Civic Center Arena in Sulphur Springs, Texas, during the Cinch United Finals Rodeo on Nov.17 to Nov. 19. The top 15 in each event got a chance to compete for cash and championship titles.
Leighton Berry made the most of his finals in the bareback riding. The Poolville, Texas, cowboy won the first round and placed in the next two rounds. He won the average for over $2,000 and finished the year in first place.
Savannah Chaddick and Kaitlyn Prentice both qualified for the CUFR in the barrel racing. The cowgirls became best friends after traveling to rodeos together in 2017. Prentice of Bokchito, Okla., has qualified for the CUFR four times and finished this year in eighth place with over $8,000 earned.
“My season was full of ups and downs,” Prentice said. “This season has taught me so much to learn and grow on. The last four weeks of the season I had to ride a borrowed horse.”
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