At the young age of 14, Charmayne James won the title of World Champion Barrel Racer. It was a title that she continued to hold for the next 10 years.
Her story begins in Clayton, NM with little more than open spaces, practice barrels and a drive to succeed. Proving that with grit and determination anything is possible, the young barrel racer began her lifelong career filled with success at every turn.
Each of the consecutive ten titles was achieved with the same horse – Scamper. James became a member of the Women's Professional Rodeo Association in 1984, when she was awarded Rookie of the Year honors. She earned National Finals Rodeo qualifications for 19 consecutive years, also beginning in 1984, and was National Finals Rodeo Average Champion seven times.
In 1992, James was inducted into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. With her horse, Cruiser, James won the 2002 WPRA World Championship, her 11th WPRA World Title. This legendary barrel racer and horsewoman has been heralded by professionals across the world as "one of the greatest horse people of all time."
- All time leading money earner in the sport
- First-ever million-dollar earner
- Winner of the most professional barrel racing world championships (11)
- First Women’s Professional Rodeo Association member to earn the coveted #1 back number at the National Finals Rodeo
- Hold the Record for most consecutive NFR qualifications (19) for men and women
- World more individual world championships than any other woman in professional sports
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