IPRA Check-in: Meet the Top 25 Heading Into Season’s Fourth Quarter

With just over three months remaining in the International Professional Rodeo Association's regular season, find out what barrel racers are having a strong showing in the first three quarters of the IPRA year.
Julie Plourde barrel racing
Julie Plourde earned $7,900 at the 2023 Women's Rodeo World Championship. Photo courtesy of the WRWC.

With just over three months remaining in the International Professional Rodeo Association’s regular season, find out what barrel racers are having a strong showing in the first three quarters of the IPRA year.

The IPRA qualifying season ends on November 30, 2023, and at that time, the top 15 cowgirls in the world standings by money won. will earn a position to International Finals Rodeo 54 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, January 11-14, 2023.

Currently in the driver’s seat is French-Canadian lady, Julie Plourde. Plourde earned accolades at WCRA events this year in the winter and spring that helped her out in the world standings race, then returned to the Canadian and Northeastern runs to clean up around her home state of Quebec, and even cross over to the states to win rodeos like Attica, New York.

No. 2 lady is reigning IPRA champion, Julie Thomas. The assistant principal from Ranger, Georgia, mainly sticks to the Southeastern rodeos around her home turf throughout the year, picking and choosing only a select amount to travel to each season. Thomas trails Plourde by around $13,000, but has a history of showing out inside the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, meaning that she’ll be looking to capitalize on the increased payout in 2024.

IPRA World Standings as of August 23, 2023

1Julie PlourdeChicoutimiQuebec40,924.08
2Julie ThomasRangerGeorgia23,774.24
3Julie GoodrichHumboldtTennessee22,905.60
4Kindyl ScruggsSouthavenMississippi21,530.97
5Josie ThompsonDecaturTennessee19,965.28
6Stephanie JoynerHenryettaOklahoma19,019.01
7 (R)Emily StilesPlymouthIndiana19,015.28
8Wendy ChesnutPoultneyVermont17,494.66
9 (R)Madilyn KiddMorristownTennessee15,042.80
10Savannah MoranRipleyOhio14,430.31
11Nicole HelmLa VergneIndiana13,323.40
12Ashley KetronColumbusIndiana11,663.01
13Janet KerrRogersOhio11,326.04
14Susie PariseeSte-SophieQuebec10,375.92
15Mary BrooksProctorArkansas10,371.22
16Ayla ManleyMount VernonIndiana9,872.65
17Marie-Andree FortierThetford MinesQuebec9,220.68
18Katie AllredMillingtonTennessee8,734.08
19 (R)Emily WilliamsBoydTexas8,503.21
20Yolanda CaldwellWetumkaOklahoma8,375.28
21Karlee BenincasaGansevoortNew York8,076.18
22 (R)Brooke ClaytonBuchananTennessee7,079.58
24Mesa LeavittVinitaOklahoma6,813.52
24 (R)Breanna LindersCanningtonOntario6,807.24
25Heidi SmallLouisvilleOhio6,689.07
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