EP 08: Sherry Cervi | Mind in the Middle

It’s always a fun time when we get to visit with Sherry and we hope you learn as much as we did from this conversation. Expect to learn tips for improving your mental game as we discuss stories from the rodeo road and the horses that helped Sherry become rodeo’s winningest cowgirl. Along with the podcast, be sure to catch today’s Racer’s Edge episode with Sherry Cervi on RIDE TV. It will first air Thursday, April 18 at 9:00 PM ET and 12:00 AM ET, so set your DVRs! If you’re on your phone, tablet or streaming device, use promo code “RACERSEDGE” for a discount on RIDE TV GO.

For those who don’t know, Sherry Cervi is a four-time world champion barrel racer, three-time average champion, and has qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo a total of 19 times. Though the duo of Sherry and Stingray is well-known in the barrel racing community, many are unaware of the horses behind the success we see today. If you missed her the first time around, be sure to go back and listen to our Season One podcast with Sherry Cervi and Jane Fambro.



  • Carried Cervi to several PRCA wins her senior year of high school
  • Bought Danish from Martha Wright

Sir Double Delight “Troubles”

  • 1985 gelding
  • Purchased by Cervi’s in 1994
  • Qualified Sherry to her first NFR in 1994 and helped win her first world title in 1995

Jet Royal Speed – “Hawk”

Sherry and “Hawk” competing at the 1998 NFR. Photo by Hubbel Rodeo Photos.
  • 1984 gelding
  • 1999-2000 WPRA Horse with the Most Heart
  • Helped win world titles in 1995 and 1999 as well as NFR average in 1999
  • Taught Sherry the true meaning behind being mentally tough

PC Frenchmans Hayday – “Dinero”

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Sherry Cervi competing on Dinero at the Pendleton Round-Up. Photo by Hubbel Rodeo Photos.
  • 1995 Palomino Stallion
  • Lifetime earnings of over $400,000
  • Sire to many NFR qualifiers including “Stingray” and Hailey Kinsel’s “Sister
  • Full sibling to Kristie Peterson’s legendary “Bozo

BC Tinman – “Tinman”

Sherry competing at the 2005 NFR on “Tin Man”. Photo by Hubbel Rodeo Photos.
  • 1993 gelding
  • Along with Dinero, Tinman packed Sherry to several NFR qualifications

MP Meter My Hay – “Stingray”

Sherry and Stingray competing at the Calgary Stampede in 2017. Photo by Covy Moore.
  • 2002 mare
  • Fun fact: Stingray’s Dam is a 3/4 sister to Hawk
  • Not only is Stingray one of the greatest barrel racing horses of all time, she is also a nice heel horse in the team roping
  • Key player in Sherry’s record-setting $3.2 million in ProRodeo earnings
  • Carried Sherry to 2010 and 2013 WPRA world titles
  • Voted Horse with the Most Heart in 2013, runner-up in 2010 and tied for the title in 2011

Mental Toughness

  • Go with you gut feeling
  • Don’t over-analyze the situation
  • Once you make a decision, stick with it. Never second guess yourself.
  • Be prepared
  • Be consistent as a rider
  • You can make mistakes and still be fast – don’t give up
  • Don’t let outside elements dictate your mental game
  • Worry only about the things you can control
  • Surround yourself with positive people
  • Set goals and stay hooked
  • If you struggle to stay motivated, surround yourself with people who push you

Staying Focused

Prior to her runs, Sherry reminds herself to keep her mind in the middle and get her horse to the spot. Along with this, if she gets nervous, she wiggles her toes to relax her body and take her mind off of the stress involved with competition.

Funny Stories

Listen to Sherry in this podcast to hear the funniest and strangest stories that have happened to her on the rodeo road. Once you listen to them, you’ll understand the importance of being mentally tough and having the ability to “stay hooked” regardless of the hand you’re dealt. In response to her stories on the road, Sherry’s advice to anyone listening is to lock things up while travelling. You never know who might take your saddle, your gold buckle, your video camera or even your trailer!

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Season 2 Episode 7: Lisa Lockhart & An Oakie with Cash, Horse of the Decade

For those of you who listened to season one’s podcasts, welcome back! For those of you who are new, we welcome you too!

On this episode, join us as we meet up and visit with Lisa Lockhart. Lisa is a wife, mom of three and professional barrel racer. On top of her 12 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifications, two NFR Average Championships and two Reserve World Championships, Lisa has won RFD-TV’s The American twice along with four Canadian Championship titles. If you know barrel racing, the name Lisa Lockhart should be more than familiar.

Something that makes Lisa unique from many is her ability to schedule time on the road with family events. Since the beginning, she has always put her role as a mother first and that makes her someone everyone can admire. Along with being mom to Alyssa, Thane and Cade, Lisa has also been the mother-figure to some pretty talented horses. She has always had a passion for horses, growing up riding her pony in the yard, and her connection with animals is evident. Listen to Lisa, Jeye and Hannah talk about life on the road, memorable moments, equipment, family, and the famous horses Lisa has rode.

Lisa’s first run on Louie at the 2018 NFR….the crowd erupted! 


Prime Diamond “Cutter”

  • 2019 RNCFR Champion
  • Lisa has had Cutter since he was two years old
  • Some saw Cutter as the underdog – he wasn’t supposed to run at the RNCFR but stepped up to the plate

Rosas Cantina CC “Rosa”

  • Round-winner at 2018 NFR
  • Lisa did not train Rosa and gives credit to Hallie Hansen and Jacque Woolman for their part in making her the horse she is today
  • Sweetest, quietest, most-loving horse on the ground but not so quiet when you’re on her back
  • Overachiever – fast, lots of try, definitely not a slacker
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Lisa Lockhart and Rosa at the 2017 RFD-TV’s The American. Photo by Impulse Photography.

An Oakie With Cash “Louie”

  • Louie has made 83 trips down the alley at the NFR in the Thomas and Mack in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Louie’s first trip down that alley was not planned – Chisum fell during practice and Louie had to step in (He won that round and they never looked back)
  • Voted Horse with Most Heart in 2011
  • Named Horse of the Decade in 2018
  • Previously competed in reined cowhorse and working cowhorse
Rosa and Louie enjoying stopping by to see Dr. Swanson at the Littleton Equine Medical Center in Littleton, CO. Photo from Lisa Lockhart Facebook page.

Fast and Gold “Chisum”

  • Raised and bought from Time Bagnell of B Bar Heart Performance Horses in Montana
  • Helped her win a 2nd Canadian National Finals Title
  • Nicknamed after John Wayne’s horse in the movie Chisum
Louie and Chisum enjoying a little grazing time at the 2016 Calgary Stampede. Photo from Lisa Lockhart Facebook Page.

IR’s Peppys Breeze “Sterling”

  • One of the main contenders that helped Lisa qualify for the 2007 NFR
  • Won the third round of the ’07 NFR
  • Horse that Lisa won the Canadian National Finals Rodeo on making her the first American to do so!

On the Road

  • Lisa lets her horses graze a lot to keep them relaxed on the road
  • Keeps plenty of different blankets and sheets to adjust to the climate change.
  • Keeps a nice and tidy trailer!
  • Uses hay nets in the trailer, hay bags outside of it. Keeps hay in front of horses at all times!
  • Planning ahead and keeping the horses the primary focus.


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Hannah Haugen, Public Relations Coordinator


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