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What a finish
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012

Wow. Just wow.

What a great way to wrap up the finals. I wish I had 10 more rounds. Dillion was magnificent.

I really want to thank every one of you for your support over the last couple of weeks. You helped me keep my focus. I can’t thank you enough. The fans who talked to me just filled my heart. I’m so blessed.

We won $80,000 in Vegas, and we finished as the reserve world champion ($204,322). Congratulations to Mary on willing the world and Brenda on winning the average.


There goes the gold buckle
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012

Well, until we tipped another barrel last night, I still had a chance to win the world. It would’ve been a long shot, but it’s still a little disappointing.

I am still so very proud of Dillion. I can’t complain a bit about this NFR. We’ve won $60,000, and Dillion has been awesome.

It’s only a little bit premature, but I want to congratulate Mary Walker. The world title is pretty much in her hands now, and she’s earned it this week. Her story is amazing. I pray I never have to go through all she has, but I’m so proud of how she has responded. Amazing.

We’ve got one more round tonight, and we’re ready to run at the big money. Be blessed.

Hold on a second
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

I think 2012 is the year of seconds for me. I finished second at a lot of big rodeos, and I seem to have followed that pattern here in Vegas.

I’m OK with it. Second paid me to finish among the top five in the world, and there are some fantastic ladies here at the NFR. This season, I finished second at Houston, San Antonio, Cody (Wyo.), the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Once Dillion and I quit hitting barrels regularly, I’ve received four go-round checks; three of them are for second place.

Second place pays quite well, especially here. I’m really tickled about what we’ve done here, but I’m also very competitive, and I’m ready to win first again.


Let’s stay on this roll
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

Last night, Mary Walker and I switched positions; she finished first, and I was second.

Dillion is running great. I’m so proud of him. I can’t describe what it’s like to ride a great horse like that. We got moved to the bottom of the ground, and he still clocked outstanding, a 13.81. He is truly an awesome horse.

We’re going to try to keep doing what we’ve been doing. There’s a lot of money still out there with three rounds to go.


Go-round victory, at last
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

I want to start off by thanking my fans. You are phenomenal.

I am so very blessed to have such an amazing horse in Dillion. He was happy and ready to run last night, and it showed. The 13.51 is the fastest run of the rodeo so far. He can be faster, but if that’s where things end up, then I’m happy with that. We’re going to continue to take one barrel at a time and see what happens.

I also want to send a shout out to Sherry Cervi, who went down Tuesday. I hope they’re both OK.


I have the greatest fans
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012

I have the most amazing fans. I’m signing autographs today at the Convention Center for Panhandle Slim and Boyd Gaming, and I’m constantly reminded how blessed I am.

I can’t say the NFR is going as planned, but I’ve got so much support that it’s almost overwhelming. My husband is taking care of me, and my mother is taking care of me. But my fans are incredible. The things they say to me are so nice.

How can you be concerned over a few tipped barrels when you have that?


Making money
Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

I think I learned my lesson.

Dillion felt great last night, and we clocked amazing. We finished second in the round with a 13.75. It felt outstanding. Of course, when you finish dead last the first three nights, just leaving all three barrels standing was an awesome feeling.

Dillion was definitely ready to go. When they opened gate into the alley, he just shot right through it. He was in control, and I pretty much just held on.

It’s got me pumped up about the rest of the NFR.


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Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012

I had to be honest with myself after last night: I’ve just not been riding well.

As I looked at the first-round run, Dillion didn’t do anything wrong. His jockey did. Dillion can do things just fine by himself, but didn’t let him. I kept pulling on his face, and, really, he doesn’t like that. I hadn’t been riding him much, because I gave him that much deserved time off.

So I rode all those 5-year-olds. I have to ride completely different with them. On Thursday, I tried to ride Dillion like he was a colt.

Today I rescheduled all of my appearances and spent time with my horses. I’m going back to Dillion tonight, and he felt great today.

I’m really excited about tonight.”


This is neither the time nor the place
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012

A mechanical failure? Really?

I had a flipped bit going into the third barrel last night, but I was very proud of Hammer. I think he’ll be my ride the next few days. I think he handled the pressure of the NFR quite well.

We’ve finished 15th each of the last two nights. I think it’s time we turn everything around. Don’t you?


Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Well … that wasn’t what we had planned.

The plan was to place high in the first round, if not win it, but nobody ever plans to tip all three barrels. That’s just the way it goes sometimes. Sometimes we all have to realize that we were just a little faster around the pattern than the penalty we suffered.

I think 14.11 seconds is a solid time for the first night of the NFR. Of course, those 15 seconds in penalty were a little tough to swallow last night.

But this frees us up a lot heading into the final nine nights in Las Vegas. We don’t have to worry about being safe; we can just run hard at the money, and there’s a lot of it every night. Mary Walker won $18K last night. I think we can do that a few nights, too.

We’ve decided to run Hammer tonight. I’m extremely blessed to have another horse that is capable of running with the best in the world.

Don’t forget to keep up with it on GAC. It starts at 9 p.m. in the Central time zone.


It’s opening night in Las Vegas
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012

We’re just a few minutes away from riding into the arena for the first round of the 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. It’s so exciting.

We’ve had a lot going on since we got to town, like meetings and practice time in the arena. Today was the WPRA luncheon, where the top 15 were introduced and were given our qualifier saddles and other bonus prizes for making it here. Then we had an autograph session.

It’s that kind of schedule we have until the finals ends. It’s hectic, but it’s fun. There are so many great horses at this year’s finals. Keep up with us throughout the NFR right here.


It’s a record-setting Pierce
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012

Carlee Pierce likes breaking records. Last December, Carlee set a new standard with an arena-record run of 13.46-second run during the fifth go-round at her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

On Friday night, Pierce and her 5-year-old gelding, Hammer, posted a 14.214-second run in Edmonton, Alberta, to set an arena record at the Canadian Finals Rodeo. She won the third go-round and added $11,398. She has won $22,504 in three runs at the CFR and has pushed her Canadian earnings to $54,887.

“Tonight was amazing,” Carlee said Friday night. “I was 11th on the ground, and I knew it was a fast round. I told Hammer we need to make a solid run and just go for it, and he held up his end if the deal and set the new CFR arena record.”


Earning Canadian dollars
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012

Native Albertan Carlee Pierce continued her strong season Thursday night by posting a 14.611-second run during the second round of the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton, Alberta. She finished second to two-time world champion Lindsay Sears of Nanton, Alberta, who won for the second straight night with a 14.547.

Pierce added $8,476 for the feat and moved her CFR earnings to $11,106. Her 2012 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association earnings shot to $43,489, just $6,993 ahead of Sears.

Now living in Stephenville, Texas, Pierce grew up in the northwest Oklahoma community of Freedom and lived in Woodward, Okla., for a number of years. This season, she has qualified for her second straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, which takes place Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas. She is the third-ranked cowgirl in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association standings, having earned more than $131,000 this season.


Starting out
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

Carlee Pierce, an Alberta-born cowgirl who is scheduled to compete at her second straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Dec. 6-15 in Las Vegas, is competing this week in Edmonton, Alberta, for the Canadian Finals Rodeo.

We will try to provide you with updates of the goings-on in Edmonton, so keep checking back.

During Wednesday’s first round, Carlee posted a 14.626-second run, which was good enough for fourth place and worth $2,630. That pushed her season earnings to $35,013; she’s the No. 1 cowgirl on the money list heading into tonight’s second round.

So far, the Canadian media has two stories on Carlee. The one HERE is from great rodeo journalist Dwayne Erickson, while the one HERE is from the Edmonton Sun.

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