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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