From Obscurity to Elite
Over the course of five months, Carlee Pierce raced through the rodeo’s ranks to become one of barrel racings elite. Of course, it helps to have a great team in her corner, from her family to her top mount, Rare Dillion.
From April to September in 2011, Carlee earned more than $85,000, mostly on Dillion, and qualified for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo for the first time. She has spent much of the 2012 season at or near the top of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s world standings. She is well on her way to Las Vegas for the second straight year.
Rodeo is nothing new to Carlee. In fact, she was raised around it. Her mother, Danita Walker, was a standout as a youngster and remained close to barrel racing even after Carlee was born. Not only is Danita a major supporter, Carlee chases her dreams with the backing of her family, husband Steve, daughters Makala (12) and Jacy (6), and son, Kale (13). They carry a strong team atmosphere, as well as the hopes of claiming the elusive gold buckle that goes to the world champion.