I think that it was a good idea to open it up. For years its always been limited to amateur card holders and pro card holders as to where they can go etc. I think that it will only make barrelracing tougher. I agree with you Janice in saying that it give us pro card holders a chance to get our younger horses seasoned with out all the pressure going to a pro rodeo, that is a very good point.
The BCRA has been opened for a couple of years now, and I know that cowboys that have CPRA cards have attended them, and gone to the finals.
As a CPRA card holder and making the miles down the road, I would be going with my boyfriend to the CPRA rodeos first. (I have a driver
hee hee!) But at the end of the CPRA rodeos I would love to keep getting some runs on my horses at some amateur rodeos, if there are any in the fall etc.
All in all I think it's a great opportunity for all CPRA barrelracers (if they choose) to have the chance to run for money in more associations than just the pros. THe amateur girls can come run with the pros, so I think it should be vise versa.