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Paula Jo McLean

Paula Jo McLean was born December 1955 to Gerald and Patsy Davis of Newcastle, Wyoming. Both parents were RCA members. Gerald roped calves, bulldogged, and rode bareback horses. Patsy was a trick rider. Paula Jo had one older sister, Shari. Both girls were raised on ranches riding and working cows. In 1960 Gerald lost his battle with cancer. Patsy continued trick riding until re-marrying Texas calf roper Bobby Seals. The family relocated to Texas.

Paula Jo completed high school and college rodeos in goat-tying, barrel racing and breakaway roping. In 4-H she showed horses. In 1980 Paula Jo acquired Bar O Top Sail; AKA: Spot, the sorrel paint stallion with four socks. Spot was successfully campaigned on the horse show circuit in Texas and Oklahoma to become an APHA Champion with numerous ROM’S to his credit.

In 1987 Paula Jo, daughter Dee and Spot moved to British Columbia., Canada to marry Kenny McLean. They worked on a ranch and began raising horses.

In the late 1990’s the couple began to go and compete in Senior Rodeo’s in Canada as well as putting rodeos on in British Columbia. Early in 2000 the McLean’s moved to Montana. It was during this time they rodeoed full time at Senior Rodeos making the finals in calf roping, team roping, ribbon roping and barrel racing.

For several years Paula Jo was Reserve Champion in barrels and ribbon roping runner.

Finally in 2002 she won the coveted title of World Champion Barrel racing, Ribbon Runner and All-Around. She also won the Canadian Barrel Racing Champion this year. Sadly it was during this year she lost her beloved husband, friend and coach before winning the titles.

Paula Jo repeated success in 2005 to win the World Champion Barrel Racing title. She won these titles on her paint mare, Last Wish that was raised by her and Kenny and trained to run barrels by Kenny. Wish won Barrel Horse of the Year in 2002.

Today Paula Jo lives in Arkansas still riding horses and enjoying her grandchildren.

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