Taylor Jacob's WPRA card may say
she's a rookie but she lead the way during the Ft. Worth Finals
and pulled off the average win like a seasoned pro. Running
Finals from slowest on two to the fastest, Jacob's was 10th
to run of the 12 finalist. She followed a tough act when 6-time
Wrangler NFR qualifier and $1 million dollar barrel racer
Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD went to the lead in the average
with a total on three of 49.53. She met the challenge head
on and brought the crowd to their feet when she posted the
rodeo's fastest time of 16.19. Her total on three runs tallied
49.16 to take the lead.
Jacob, photo by James Phifer
Jane Melby followed with a 16.36 for
a total on three of 49.25. Last to run was the leader on
two Natalie Foutch. Staying solid, Foutch and her palomino
clocked a 16.40 to edge ahead of Melby by one one-hundredth
of a second with 49.24 on three runs.
Drawing up in the Semi Finals on Friday
night and running in the Finals on Saturday night was an
ideal situation for Jacob's left handed, 8-year-old buckskin
gelding, Honor Thy Frenchman aka Bo. "He gets better
the more you run him," said the Texas A&M senior
Communications major. "I actually ran him at the college
rodeo in Athens, Texas this afternoon. Just knowing that
he thrives on making runs, I decided to run him there because
I need the points in order to qualify for the College National
Finals. I've been to the College Finals three times in either
the breakaway or goat tying but never in the barrel race.
Since I'm a senior I would like to qualify in the barrel
race this year. We won the long go and of course I had to
turn out the Short Go tonight in order to come back to Ft.
Worth for the Finals."
Jacob, from Carmine, Texas, finds it
hard to believe that it was just a year ago that she purchased
Bo, a former futurity colt trained and ridden by Marne Loosenort,
from Angela Michaels. "She let me run him twice and
I was convinced he was the right horse for me. I liked his
breeding too, because his sire is Frenchmans Guy and on
the bottom side there is Jet Of Honor."
Ranked fourth in the Rookie standings
prior to Ft. Worth with $2,027, that she had won last fall
when the 2013 point year began, Jacob now speeds quickly
to the top of the Rookie leaders with her winnings from
Ft. Worth of $14,796 added in.
After clocking a 16.69 in the first
go that didn't draw her a check, Jacob proceeded to dominate
Ft. Worth, topping the Semi Finals with then fastest time
of the rodeo of 16.28 for $4,565. To leave no doubt of their
ability, she and Bo clocked the fastest time of the rodeo
in the Finals with a 16.19 for $3,382. It was the first
place average check of $6,848 that put her over the top
with total Ft. Worth winnings of $14,796.
"His run tonight was simply amazing,"
recounted Jacob. "He flew to the first barrel, turned
it tight and I had to lift my leg up at the second barrel,
just like I did last night, to keep from hitting it and
his third barrel was great. I think I'm still in shock.
I've never won anything like this in my life. Last night
I couldn't help but think about all the NFR girls that I
was running against and was just happy to be there. I never
expected anything like this."
Jacob believes Bo climbing to the top
of his game couldn't come at a better time. "I've given
a lot of thought to what I want to do after college graduation.
It would be the perfect time for me to take off rodeoing
if Bo is still working and winning for me. We will just
have to wait and see."
If she does use her Ft. Worth winnings
as springboard to the Wrangler NFR as last year's champion,
Nikki Steffes did, she won't be the first in her family
to do so. Her cousin's Tammy Fischer and Jackie Jatzlau
both have NFR qualifications on their resume.
Times in the Finals were as follows:
Taylor Jacob, 16.19 ($3,382); Kendra Dickson, 16.30 ($2,536.50);
Sherry Cervi, 16.32 (1,691); Jane Melby, 16.36 ($845.50);
Natalie Foutch 16.40; Lisa Lockhart, 16.48; Sharin Hall,
17.09; Kelly Yates, 21.44; Jennifer Kent, 21.66; Kay Blandford,
21.76, Carlee Pierce 23.31 and Sarah Kieckhefer NT.
FORT WORTH --- The following are
unofficial results from the World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo®
at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb.9, 2013.
28th performance (Saturday matinee): 1, Debra Cooper, Poolville
, Texas , 16.56 seconds. 2, Kassidy Dennison, Tohatchi ,
N.M. , 16.67. 3, Lindsay Sears, Nanton , Alberta , 16.72.
4, Taylor Young, Carlisle , Pa. , 16.96.
Finals Performance (Saturday evening)
Second round: 1, Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas , 16.28 seconds,
$4,566. 2, Jennifer Kent, Grand Cane, La. , 16.36, $3,913.
3, Natalie Foutch, Eldora , Iowa , 16.39, $3,261. 4, Lisa
Lockhart, Oelrichs , S.D. , 16.41, $2,826. 5, Kay Blandford,
Sutherland Springs , Texas , $2,174. 7, (tie) Sue Smith,
Blackfoot, Idaho , and Jane Melby, Burneyville , Okla. ,
$1,087 each. 9, Cindy Smith, Hobbs , N.M. , 16.53, $652.
10, (tie) Sheena Robbins, Fresno , Calif. , and Sharin Hall,
Kingston , Okla. , 16.54, $217 each.
Final round: 1, Jacob, 16.19, $3,382. 2, Kendra Dickson,
Aubrey , Texas , $2,537. 3, Sherry Cervi, Marana , Ariz.
, 16.32, $1,691, 4, Jane Melby, Burneyville, Okla., 16.36,
Average: 1, Jacob, 49.16 on three, $6,849. 2, Foutch, 49.24,
$5,870. 3, Melby, 49.25, $4,892. 4, Lockhart, 49.53, 44,240.
5, Dickson, 49.58, $3,261. 6, Cervi, 49.60, $2,609. 7, Hall,
$1,957. 8, Kelly Yates, Pueblo , Colo. , 54.62, $1,304.
9, Kent , 54.79, $978. 10, Blandford, 54.89, $652.
New Dogs in Hunt at Ft. Worth - Kent
& Jacob Take Leads for Semifinals
While the famous "kiss cam"
at the Ft. Worth Stock Show momentarily focused spectator's
eyes away from the WPRA barrel racing competition, Jennifer
Kent, Grand Cane, La., slipped in and ran the fastest time
of the rodeo. In all due respect to the camera operator, there
was no reason to think such a time was to be expected from
the second runner in Friday afternoon's 2:30 matinee on Feb.
8 (27th perf). She had clocked a 16.77 on her first run at
the 19th performance Monday matinee on Feb. 4. But the 16.36
on the score board had them scrambling to change the leader
Jacob, photo by Kenneth
There's nothing like outrunning the
biggest names in the game to make people wonder who Jennifer
Kent is. She lives 4 1/2 hours from Ft. Worth and rides
a speedy 9-year-old gelding Brovos Best Talker aka Burnie.
She bought him as a yearling, trained him herself and started
out last year by placing at Denver. But a foot surgery the
end of November laid him off until last Monday--Ft. Worth
was his first rodeo back.
"Today was only the second run
we've made at a rodeo," said Kent. "He normally
gets better with every run you make on him and he especially
dropped off a lot of time here on our second run because
he was running so much harder than on his first run. I could
tell when I was warming him up that he was ready. He was
high and feeling good. My biggest concern was getting him
by the third barrel after I knew we had a good run started.
I just concentrated on not looking at the third barrel and
trying to do my job and let him do his. If I do that, he
won't hit a barrel."
As luck would have it, Kent's 16.36
wasn't the biggest surprise of Friday, Feb. 8. The evening
performance was the cliff hanger. With everyone in the set
having better than a good shot at making it back to the
Finals, it was the next-to-the last runner that brought
the house down.
Taking the left barrel first, Taylor
Jacob, Carmine, Texas clocked the fastest time of the 28
performances to go to the lead in the Semi Finals with a
16.28. Combined with their first go time of 16.69, the talented
pair moved to third in the average with 32.97 on two behind
leader Natalie Foutch with her 32.84 and first go round
winner Jane Melby, who posted a 16.51 during the Friday
evening perf, with a 32.89. Lisa Lockhart, also in the Friday
night pen of wolves sits fourth with 33.05 after clocking
a 16.41 to move to third in the Semi Finals Round.
A definite boost to her Rookie status,
Jacob was excited to even be able to compete at Fort Worth.
"Because I'm a rookie this is the first big winter
stock show that I've been able to run in," said Jacob,
who earned some nice checks last Fall but nothing to compare
with Ft. Worth.
Jacob purchased her winning equine sidekick
a year ago from Angela Michaels after riding him a couple
of times. "I just felt like he had it," said Jacob
about her 8-year-old buckskin gelding Honor Thy Frenchman
aka Bo, sired by famed Frenchmans Guy with bloodlines on
the bottom of his pedigree tracing to Jet Of Honor. WPRA
super hand Marne Loosenort trained and competed on the gelding
in the futurities.
"He was a stallion until he was
4 or 5 and I think Marne actually ran him to the right barrel
first and then Angela started running him to the left."
Jacob admits to being a little intimidated
by the group of 10 she drew up in, "There were ladies
running that have been to the NFR more times than I can
count," said Jacob, a senior Communication major at
Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. "But Bo just
made a near perfect run. He flew to the first barrel and
turned it close and we were at the second barrel before
I knew it."
Being on the college rodeo team, Jacob
has a college rodeo tomorrow in Athens, Texas but she thinks
she'll let Bo rest for his big run in the Finals tomorrow
night and ride another horse in the college competition
that starts at noon.
"This is really exciting,"
explained Jacob. "I was wondering what I was going
to do when I graduated from college this year. If we can
keep doing good like this, I'll take off rodeoing for a
FORT WORTH. --- The following are unofficial
results from 27th and 28th performance of the World's Oldest
Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo,
Feb. 8, 2013.
27th performance - 1. Jennifer Kent, 16.36; 2. Martha Wright,
16.67; 3. Jean Winters 16.74; 4. Kim Schultze 16.87; 5.
Lauren Sparks 16.90; 6. Ashley Leifeste, 16.92; 7. Morgan
Figueroa, 17.00; 8. Ellie Dabney, 17.08; 9. Emily Efurd,
17.33; 10. Fallon Taylor, 21.55.
28th performance - 1. Taylor Jacob,
16.28; 2. Lisa Lockhart, 16.41; 3. Jane Melby, 16.51; 4.
Sarah Kieckhefer, 16.70; 5. Whitney Baker, 16.91; 6. Tiffani
Sonnier, 16.95; 7. Jackie Jatzlau, 16.96; 8. Karen Little,
17.02; 9. Mary Burger, 21.87; 10. Trula Churchill, 26.60.
Second round leaders 1, Taylor
Jacob, Carmine, Texas; 2. Jennifer Kent, Grand Cane, La.,
16.36; 3. Natalie Foutch, Eldora , Iowa , 16.39. 4. Lisa
Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.41; 5, Kay Blandford, Sutherland
Springs , Texas , 16.44. 6, Angie Meadors, Blanchard , Okla.
, 16.50. 7, (tie) Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho , and Jane
Average leaders: 1, Natalie Foutch, Eldora , Iowa , 32.84.
2, Jane Melby, 32.89; 3. Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas, 32.97;
4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 33.05; 5. (tie) Blandford,
Sutherland Springs , Texas , and Jennifer Kent, Grand Cane,
La., 33.13. 7. Sarah Kieckhefer, 33.14; 8, Kelly Yates,
Pueblo , Colo. , 33.18. 9, Sharin Hall, Kingston , Okla.
, 33.23. 10, Carlee Pierce, Stephenville , Texas , 33.27.
11, (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. , and Kendra Dickson,
Aubrey , Texas , 33.28. 13, Angie Meadors, Blanchard , Okla.
, 33.29. 14, Cindy Smith, Hobbs , N.M. , 33.30. 15, Sue
Smith, Black Foot, Idaho , 33.31.
Blandford Moves to Second at Ft. Worth
Blandford, photo by Kenneth
Just like the stock market, the WPRA
barrel race cooled off a bit during the Thursday, Feb. 7
matinee performance with the fastest time of 16.74, posted
by Laura Kennedy, Quitman, Ark. falling short of placing
among the leaders in the semifinals round. No one in the
group of 10 will advance to the Saturday night top 12 Finals.
But a big rally took place during the
Thursday evening Feb. 7 show with Kay Blandford, Sutherland
Springs, Texas clocking a 16.44 to move to second in the
semifinal round and second in the average with a total on
two of 33.13. Blandford, like all others, trails semifinals
and average leader Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa. Kendra
Dickson, Aubrey, Texas also moved into the top 12 on two
during the Thursday evening performance.
Blandford, who has an impressive 12
trips to the Wrangler NFR on her resume, along with a 2007
WPRA World Championship and a 1996 WPRA Reserve World Championship,
felt her 11-year-old mare Talents Dark Angel gave it everything
she had to post the evening's fastest time.
"The key to her here is getting
her down the alley," said Blandford. "On my first
run she got away from me in the alley. But tonight I was
ready for her and was able to get her way down before she
broke. I was surprised that when we entered the arena she
didn't instantly see the first barrel, but the minute I
touched her she was there and had it turned. We were a little
wider than usual going in to it but somehow by the time
we were on the backside she was lined up perfectly for the
second. She couldn't have turned a better second barrel.
That's where we made up a lot of our time plus she was running
hard the entire run."
Blandford's successful barrel racing
career, that now spans four decades, has deep roots in Fort
Worth. It was at the 1975 Fort Worth Invitational Ranch
Girl's Barrel Race (where no pros could compete) that Blandford,
then running under her maiden name of Kay Proctor, got her
first taste of competing at a winter Stock Show rodeo riding
a big sorrel gelding she called Big John. Immediately after
the rodeo she purchased her GRA card (forerunner to the
WPRA) and by year's end found herself among the elite top
15 at her first NFR in Oklahoma City in Dec. of 1975.
After winning Fort Worth in 2011, Blandford
returned to the Fort Worth Finals in 2012 but had the misfortune
of hitting a barrel. She's anxious for an opportunity to
get it right in 2013 in the Saturday night, Feb. 9, Fort
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from 25th and 26th performance of the World's Oldest Indoor
Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb.
25th perf - 1. Laura Kennedy 16.74; 2. Kyndal McCown 16.79;
3. Sarah Attea 16.88; 4. Lizzy Ehr 16.92; 5. Marci Jackson
16.99; 6. Lisa Kaul 17.12; 7. Savannah Reeves 17.28; 8.
Shelly Anzick 17.89; 9. Mattie Jackson 18.13
26th perf - 1. Kay Blandford 16.44;
2. Jana Bean 16.71; 3. Kendra Dickson 16.76; 4. Gretchen
Benbenek 16.81; 5. Holly Cauthen 16.83; 6. Brenda Mays 16.91;
7. Benette Little 16.92; 8. Ashley Mohon 17.10; 9. Britany
Fleck 21.66; 10. Rachel Primm 21.89
Second round leaders 1, Natalie
Foutch, Eldora , Iowa , 16.39. 2, Kay Blandford, Sutherland
Springs , Texas , 16.44. 3, Angie Meadors, Blanchard , Okla.
, 16.50. 4, Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho , 16.51.
Average leaders: 1, Natalie Foutch, Eldora , Iowa , 32.84.
2, Blandford, Sutherland Springs , Texas , 16.44. 3, Kelly
Yates, Pueblo , Colo. , 33.18. 4, Sharin Hall, Kingston
, Okla. , 33.23. 5, Carlee Pierce, Stephenville , Texas
, 33.27. 6, (tie) Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz. , and Kendra
Dickson, Aubrey , Texas , 33.28. 8, Angie Meadors, Blanchard
, Okla. , 33.29. 9, Cindy Smith, Hobbs , N.M. , 33.30. 10,
Sue Smith, Black Foot, Idaho , 33.31.
Okies Shine During Wednesday's Performances
at Ft. Worth
by Kenneth Springer
The leaderboard didn't change during
Wednesday's two performances (23rd and 24th perfs) at 2:00
p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Fort Worth on Feb. 6. Natalie Foutch,
Eldora, Iowa still leads the semifinals with a 16.39 and the
average with a 32.84 on two runs. But two Okies made impressive
runs that have placed both in the money in the semifinals
and put both in the average on two runs.
Meadors, photo by
Sharin Hall, Kingston, Okla., was the
fastest of the Wednesday matinee runners topping her group
of 10 with a 16.54. After running a 16.69 on her first at
Fort Worth back on Jan. 26 during the 3rd performance, Hall's
mount, a 5-year-old bay gelding named Cartels Fame, was
sold. "The lady that owned him came and picked him
up on Sunday. But his new owner, Angela Ganter, has been
kind enough to let me continue riding him here at both the
Quarter Horse Show and the rodeo," said Hall.
Hall has ridden the classy bay gelding
since early Fall, drawing a check at every futurity since,
including a second place in a go round at the BFA World
Championships in Oklahoma City last December. "He's
a great horse and has a great future," said Hall. "He's
just one of those special ones that doesn't come along very
Ganter was present at the rodeo to watch
her new purchase clock his 16.54 and move into the average
on two where Hall sits third.
Former Wrangler NFR qualifier Angie
Meadors posted Wednesday night's fastest time of 16.50 to
move to second in the semifinals go-round and sixth in the
average on two. Meadors, riding her 11-year-old buckskin
mare Frenchmans Flirt, posted a 16.79 on her first run.
She credits the near three-tenths of a second improvement
on the additional runs she made on her since she ran in
the first go round.
"Flirt seems to do better the more
runs you make on her," explained Meadors. "I ran
in the rodeo last Saturday, then in the Quarter Horse show
on Monday and in the Cowboy Publishing Timed Event Challenge
last night and she's gotten better every run. I think I
finished 6th in the Quarter Horse Show and 4th in the Timed
Event Challenge. Her run tonight felt like she was running
hard and her turns were snappy."
Meadors credits Carlee Pierce with the
opportunity to ride a seasoned rodeo horse as her usual
rodeo mounts are ones that are being seasoned after their
futurity year. "Carlee loaned me Flirt beginning last
July and offered to let me buy her last November and I jumped
at the chance. I love this mare. She's a dream to ride and
she's well bred, being sired by Frenchmans Guy, so I look
forward to raising colts out of her in the future."
Meadors competed close to home last
year, making mostly rodeos in her circuit that were in large
outdoor arenas. "I didn't know how she would like these
smaller building runs, so I was looking forward to running
at Ft. Worth because it's a big run like I know she likes."
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results from 23rd and
24th performance of the World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo®
at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb. 6, 2013.
23rd perf - 1. Sharin Hall 16.54; 2. Kelly Yates 16.64;
3. Layna Kight 16.67; 4. Ashley Rice 16.81; 5. Shada Brazile
16.86; 6. Tammi Reynolds 16.94; 7. Heather Wilson 16.97;
8. Casey Doebbler 17.08; 9. Ryann Pedone 17.69; 10.Jessi
24th perf - 1. Angie Meadors 16.50;
2. Sheena Robbins 16.54; 3. Molly Powell 16.65; 4. Ryan
Ivy 16.69; 5. Lynn K. Brown 16.78; 6. Jymmy Kay Cox 16.79;
7. Andrea Cline 16.81; 8. Ivy Hurst 21.70; 9. Kortney Fisher
21.80; 10. Tana Poppino NT
Second round leaders: 1, Natalie
Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 16.39. 2. Angie Meadors, 16.50; 3,
Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 16.51. 4, Cindy Smith, Hobbs,
N.M., 16.53. 5, (tie) Sheena Robbins and Sharin Hall, 16.54.
Average leaders: 1, Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 32.84.
2, Kelly Yates, 33.18; 3. Sharin Hall, 33.23; 4, Carlee
Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 33.27. 5, Sherry Cervi, Marana,
Ariz., 33.28. 6, Angie Meadors, 33.29; 7. Cindy Smith, Hobbs,
Foutch Takes Early Lead in Average at
of the best kept secrets of any entry at Ft. Worth was the
talent of Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa and her 10-year-old
palomino gelding Orville. Even after posting a 16.45 in the
long go round to finish third, little was known about the
duo as their excellent time was overshadowed in the same performance
by go round winner Jane Melby with her time of 16.38.
Coming back in the Semi Finals on Tuesday
night, Feb. 5 during the 22nd perf, with a 16.39, the pair
are making their family and friends back in the Great Lakes
Circuit proud that their 2012 Circuit and Average champion
is winning the Semi Finals at Ft. Worth and sitting first
on two runs with a total of 32.84. The left handed palomino
will bear close watching in the Saturday night Finals.
"His run tonight felt amazing,
like he was firing on all cylinders," said Foutch who
purchased her WPRA card in the fall of 2011. "He always
gives me 110-percent every time. The quieter I ride him
the better he runs and works. It was a great run and I'm
very proud of him."
Registered as Maggies Moon Fire aka
Orville, Foutch purchased the gelding as a green broke 3-year-old
from former Great Lakes Circuit director Sandi Brandli.
"He's just been an amazing horse for me."
Prior to Ft. Worth, Foutch had competed
at Rapid City where she had ground trouble and Topeka, Kan.,
where she finished second. She'll compete in the Friday
morning slack in Jackson, Miss., before returning to Ft.
Worth for the Saturday night Finals on Feb. 9.
"I can't wait to run again here,"
said Foutch with confidence.
Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M., was the fastest
in the Tuesday matinee, Feb. 5 performance which started
the Semi Finals Round with a time of 16.53. Second fastest
with a 16.60 was Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., who chose
her gelding George for her mount at Ft. Worth. With a total
on two of 33.28 Cervi took an early lead in the average
but was bumped to third following the Tuesday performance
where Foutch and Carlee Pierce moved her. Pierce rode her
backup horse to clock a 16.39 for a total on two of 33.27.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from 21st and 22nd performance of the World's Oldest Indoor
Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb.
21st perf - 1. Cindy Smith 16.53; 2. Sherry Cervi 16.60;
3. Brittany Pozzi 16.62; 4. Jody Sheffield 16.73; 5. Jessica
Frost 16.91; 6. Kylie Shumaker 17.18; 7. Rainy Graham 17.76;
8. Jenna Moore 21.34; 9. Jessi Eagleberger 21.54; 10. Aimee
22nd perf - 1. Natalie Foutch 16.39;
2. Sue Smith 16.51; 3. Carlee Pierce 16.66; 4. Sammi Bessert
16.78; 5. Kenna Squires 17.09; 6. Sabrina Ketchum 17.67;
7. Lee Ann Rust 21.58; 8. Tara Schroedter 21.63; 9. Melanie
Southard 21.81; 10. Kelli Tolbert 21.91
First round winners: 1, Jane Melby,
Burneyville, Okla., 16.38 seconds, $4,566. 2, Sarah Kieckhefer,
Prescott, Ariz., 16.44, $3,913. 3, Natalie Foutch, Eldora,
Iowa, 16.45, $3,261. 4, Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., 16.49,
$2,826. 5, Kendra Dickson, Aubrey, Texas, 16.52, $2,174.
6, Karen Little, San Saba, Texas, 16.53, $1,739. 7, Kelly
Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.54, $1,304. 8, Emily Efurd, Pittsburg,
Texas, 16.59, $870. 9, (tie) Carlee Pierce, Stephenville,
Texas; Holly Cauthen, Bowie, Texas; and Trula Churchill,
Valentine, Neb.; 16.61, $362 each.
Second round leaders: 1, Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 16.39.
2, Sue Smith, Blackfoot, Idaho, 16.51. 3, Cindy Smith, Hobbs,
N.M., 16.53. 4, Sherry Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 16.60.
Average leaders: 1, Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa, 32.84.
2, Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas, 33.27. 3, Sherry
Cervi, Marana, Ariz., 33.28. 4, Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M.,
33.30. 5, Sue Smith, Black Foot, Idaho, 33.31. 6, Brittany
Pozzi, Victoria, Texas, 33.37. 7, Jody Sheffield, Ogden,
Utah, 33.65. 8, Sammi Bessert, Loma, Colo., 33.65.
Kieckhefer Ends Ft. Worth Long Go With
WPRA barrel racers at the 2013 Ft. Worth Stock Show Rodeo
didn't exactly save the best for the last but they certainly
saved the next-to-the-best for the last. Running last in the
20th performance on Monday night, Feb. 4, Sarah Kieckhefer,
Prescott, Ariz., not only ran the fastest time of her set
but the 16.44 she posted on the scoreboard earned her the
second place pay check in the long go round that started back
on Jan. 24. The long go ended the instant Kieckhefer crossed
the time line running home.
Jane Melby's 16.38 stands as the rodeo's
fastest time and earns the first go round first place check.
Other first round check earners were (unofficially) 2. Sarah
Kieckhefer 16.44; 3. Natalie Foutch, 16.45; 4. Brenda Mays,
16.49; 5. Kendra Dickson, 16.52; 6. Karen Little, 16.53;
7. Kelly Yates, 16.54; 8. Emily Efurd, 16.59; and 9/10th
split Carlee Pierce, Trula Churchill and Holly Cauthen 16.61
Taking Kieckhefer, who sits on the WPRA
board representing the Turquoise Circuit, to the pay window
at Ft. Worth was her home grown bay gelding Stingray Booger
aka Stingy. "I raised him, trained him, ran him in
the futurities and have slowly brought him up through the
ranks," said Kieckhefer, who has qualified for the
past three Turquoise Circuit Finals riding the now 9-year-old.
"I haven't run him since last Nov.
at the Brawley, Calif., rodeo," stated Kieckhefer.
"He's a little hard for me to judge his time because
he's deceiving. Tonight's run just felt really fluid. He
turned good and kept moving."
She's entered in San Angelo and San
Antonio after she finishes at Ft. Worth then she'll head
to her home state for Tucson. "I'd like to go some
this year but I'll play it month-by-month. I know I'll go
to the spring run of rodeos in California because we have
cattle there to ship which puts me near those rodeos anyway."
Shada Brazile, Decatur, Texas, wife
of 17-time world champion Trevor Brazile, posted the fastest
time of the 18th performance on Super Bowl Sunday night,
Feb. 3 with a 16.62. Brazile rode her 7-year-old bay gelding
Dial It Fast, a former futurity horse that won major bucks
with LaTricia Duke aboard (the same background as Brittany
Pozzi's Yeah Hes Firen aka Duke).
"Trevor saw him last year at the
Circuit Finals when Brittany Pozzi ran him and liked his
looks," said Brazile. "We bought him just about
a year ago. He really wanted to head on him because he just
has that look about him but of course that didn't happen
because he's my barrel horse," said Brazile with a
Jennifer Kent, Grand Cane, La. and former
Wrangler NFR qualifier Cindy Smith, Hobbs, N.M. were the
fastest at the 19th performance on Monday afternoon with
matching times of 16.77. Kent was especially proud of her
time since it was the first run back for her 9-year-old
sorrel gelding Brovos Best Talker aka Burnie after foot
surgery last Nov.
The next nine performances at Ft. Worth
will be filled with the fastest 90 times from the long go.
The Semi Finals begin with the Tuesday, Feb. 5 matinee and
continue thru the Saturday matinee on Feb. 9.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from 19th through 20th performance of the World's Oldest
Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo,
Feb. 4, 2013.
19th performance: 1. (tie) Cindy Smith
and Jennifer Kent 16.77; 3. Christine Laughlin 17.19; 4.
Tasha Welsh 17.46; 5. Lesley Luttrell 17.49; 6. Deb Frasier
17.57; 7. Sally Young 17.80; 8. Nicki Zimmerman 17.93; 9.
Catherine Medlock 18.21; 10. Jordan Taton 22.33.
20th performance: 1. Sarah Kieckhefer
16.44; 2. Kenna Squires 16.88; 3. Jean Winters 16.92; 4.
Jody Sheffield 16.92; 5. Nicole Aichele 17.07; 6. Jenna
Marie Moore 17.07; 7. Sherrylynn Johnson 17.46; 8. Tara
Lee Woodall 17.73; 9. Brooke Rix 21.67
First Round: 1, Jane Melby, 16.38
seconds; 2. Sarah Kieckhefer , 16.44; 3. Natalie Foutch,
16.45; 4. Brenda Mays, 16.49; 5. Kendra Dickson, 16.52;
6. Karen Little, 16.53; 7, Kelly Yates, 16.54; 8, Emily
Efurd, 16.59; 9, (tie) Carlee Pierce, Holly Cauthen and
Trula Churchill, 16.61.
Melby Takes Ft. Worth Lead During Friday
Night's 13th Perf
Melby, Burneyville, Okla., doesn't have to fear the number
13 or being the last in the draw as long as she's riding her
12-year-black gelding First Down Perk aka Blackie. Melby drew
up last in the Friday night, Feb. 1, 13th performance at Ft.
Worth and brought the house down when a 16.38 flashed on the
score board. She knew she had to run fast as the fourth runner
out, Natalie Foutch, Eldora, Iowa had taken the rodeo lead
with a 16.45. Going in to the Sunday night, Feb. 3rd 18th
performance they remain first and second in the long go round
with 30 remaining to run in the round that ends on Monday
night, Feb. 4.
The narrowed down field of 90 semifinalist
in the WPRA barrel race will begin taking their turn, 10
a performance, with the Tuesday, Feb. 5 matinee performance
and end with the Saturday, Feb. 9 matinee. The top 12 will
run in the Fort Worth Finals on Saturday night, Feb. 9,
where the Best Dressed among them will receive a check for
$5,000 from the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed memorial fund.
Fresh off a $10,677 championship win
at Denver, Melby described her run at Fort Worth as awesome.
"A lot of time I'll whip him going to the third barrel
just to make sure we get by it. But I never got my hand
off the horn tonight going to the third so I just squeezed
him. And I know I sounded like a wild Indian running home
because I knew we had a good run going and I wanted to keep
him running," said Melby, who qualified for her first
Wrangler NFR in 2011 riding a black mare she called Beauty.
Former Fort Worth champion Tana Poppino,
Big Cabin, Okla., turned in the fastest time of the 12th
perf during the Friday, Feb. 1 matinee running a 16.62 aboard
her 11-year-old gray gelding she calls Goose. "You
can't image how good it felt to make a good run here,"
said Poppino. "I think he's feeling good and they've
got to feel good before they can work good."
After Melby's and Foutch's fast times
were posted during the 13th performance, Kassidy Dennison,
Tohatchi, N.M., was the fastest in the 14th perf with a
16.79 run aboard her 8-year-old gelding she calls Eagle.
"I didn't think we did as good as we could, so we have
some room for improvement when we hopefully come back for
the Semi Finals," said Dennison.
2007 WPRA World Champion and former
Fort Worth champion Kay Blandford, Sutherland Springs, Texas
was the fastest during the Saturday matinee 15th performance.
Clocking a 16.69 riding her famed mare Talents Dark Angel
aka Angel. After winning a 3rd place, $3,500 check at Odessa,
Blandford felt her mare felt a bit "rusty". "She
got away from me at the top of the alley the minute they
opened the gate to let us out of the holding pen. She ran
half her race before we ever got to the first barrel. I
could feel her giving out before we got back in the alley
from the third barrel. She's never done that to me here."
Champions from left to right: Kappy Allen (2000),
Mary Walker (2012) and Mary Burger (2006), photo by
Brenda Mays, Terrebonne, Ore., and her
2012 Wrangler NFR average winning mount Jethro were the
fastest in the Saturday night's 16th perf with a 16.49.
Mays drew up in the most talented group of 10 that will
run at Fort Worth with 7 of the 10 being former Wrangler
NFR qualifiers including three World champions--Kappy Allen,
Mary Burger and Mary Walker. The time places her third in
the go round.
Former NFR qualifier Jackie Dube-Jatzlau,
Giddings, Texas rode her 6-year-old sorrel mare Catch The
Rain aka Pudden to the fastest time honors in Sunday's matinee
17th performance. Posting a 16.67 assures the pair a second
trip around the course in Ft. Worth.
"She's not been to any pro rodeos
before here," said Jatzlau. "I ran her in 6 amateur
rodoes last summer before she got cut in the fence. She
ran really solid today. I wasn't worried about her turning
and she didn't let me down." Pudden is out of one of
Jatzlau's top futurity and rodeo horses Takin On The Bug.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results from 12th through
18th performance of the World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo®
at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Feb. 3, 2013.
12th performance: 1. Tana Poppino 16.62;
2. Tammi Reynolds 16.87; 3. Kylee Schumacher 17.03; 4. Savannah
Reeves 17.12; 5. Tana Renick 17.30; 6. Marvel Murphy 17.41;
7. Renea Bolling 17.68; 8. Jamie Ashford 17.71; 9. Syd Wheeler
13th performance: 1. Jane Melby 16.38;
2. Natalie Foutch 16.45; 3. (tie) Holly Cauthen and Trula
Churchill 16.61; 5. Lindsay Sears 16.76; 6. Nicole Yost
16.78; 7. Kim Schulze 16.85; 8. McKinley Goodger 17.40;
9. Becky Nix 19.08; 10. Paige Conrado NT
14th performance: 1. Kassidy Dennison
16.79; 2. Ellie Dabney 16.84; 3. Rachel Primm 17.05; 4.
Debra Cooper 17.16; 5. Heather Wilson 17.17; 6. June Holeman
17.20; 7. Kayce Warren 17.21; 8. Heidi Tillard 22.25; 9.
Nicole Deason NT
15th performance: 1. Kay Blandford 16.69;
2. Rainy Graham 16.96; 3. Jymmy Kay Cox 17.00; 4. Marisa
Simpson 17.31; 5. Rachel Underwood 17.59; 6. Polly Hunter
18.18; 7. Jolee Lautaret 19.18; 8. Lacey Donegan 22.17;
9. Dollie Lautaret 22.33; 10. Nikki Steffes N.T.
16th performance: 1. Brenda Mays 16.49;
2. Kendra Dickson 16.52; 3. Mary Burger 16.68; 4. Angie
Meadors 16.79; 5. Molly Powell 17.06; 6. Clay Sewalt 17.14;
7. Annesa Self 17.17; 8. Jana Turner 17.26; 9. Mary Walker
21.68; 10.Kappy Allen 22.91
17th performance: 1. Jackie Jatzlau
16.67; 2. Brittany Pozzi 16.75; 3. Jessi Fish 16.94; 4.
Mary Smothers 16.99; 5. Sheena Robbins 17.06; 6. Layna Kight
17.08; 7. Lisa Kaul 17.08; 8. Tammy Fischer 17.67; 9. Kelley
Carrington 21.78; 10. Lisa Ogden 21.96
18th performance: 1. Shada Brazile
16.62; 2. Whitney Baker 16.63; 3. Sherry Cervi 16.68; 4.
Sue Smith 16.80; 5. Kelli Tolbert 16.93; 6. Lainie Whitmire
17.53; 7. Kyra Stierwalt 17.65; 8. Brooke Jeter 21.83; 9.
Sierra Dawn Thomas 22.25; 10. Kelly Allen 26.27
First Round leaders: 1, Jane Melby, 16.38 seconds; 2. Natalie
Foutch, 16.45; 3. Brenda Mays, 16.49; 4. Kendra Dickson,
16.52; 5. Karen Little, 16.53; 6, Kelly Yates, 16.54; 7,
Emily Efurd, 16.59; 8, (tie) Carlee Pierce, Holly Cauthen
and Trula Churchill, 16.61.
Ft. Worth Lead Still Belongs to Little
thru 11 Perfs
Thanks to tipped barrels, Karen Little,
San Saba, Texas still holds the lead at Ft. Worth that she
turned in during the 9th performance. The woulda, shoulda,
coulda times were both turned in during Thursday night's 11th
performance on Jan. 31. Randa Kellogg, Point, Texas was the
first victim with a 16.47 that went to a 21.47 when the second
barrel fell over. Next was P J Burger, Pauls Valley, Okla.
who clocked a 16.43 while dragging over the first barrel taking
her time to 21.43.
Eagleberger, photo by Kenneth Springer
Little still leads with a 16.53.
Fastest time in the Wednesday night
10th performance was Jessi Eagleberger, Stringtown, Okla.,
with a 16.76. Eagleberger and her 13-year-old sorrel mare
(Breezin Flit Bar) pulled into Ft. Worth from Denver with
the second place $2,976 check still in her pocket that the
pair had collected for winning second in the second go round
at the Denver Stock Show.
"My mare made a nice run,"
said Eagleberger, who is ranked 25th in the 2013 World standings.
"She seemed to run a lot more free here than she did
Wright, photo by Kenneth Springer
Martha Wright, Stephenville, Texas was
the fastest official time from the 11th performance riding
her 13-year-old sorrel gelding Famous Lil Dasher. Wright
and Dasher also ran well last year at Ft. Worth, advancing
to the Semi Finals--an accomplishment they will surely repeat
with their time of 16.69 turned in during the Thursday night
performance which honored Ft. Worth's famed college Texas
Christian University (TCU).
"His first and second barrels felt
really good and quick," said Wright, a two-time Wrangler
NFR qualifier. "He slipped just a hair at the third
and it caused him to flatten out but he didn't loose much
time because he kept running."
Sired by Dash Ta Fame, Wright describes
her sorrel gelding as a "resident space cadet".
"He's a really intense Dash Ta
Fame that you wish would just take a deep breath, let it
out and chill out. But he never does," said Wright
with a laugh.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from Wednesday's 10th and Thursday's 11th performance of
the World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock
Show & Rodeo, January 31, 2013.
10th Performance: 1. Jessi Eagleberger 16.76; 2. Fallon
Taylor 16.90; 3. Melanie Southard 16.95; 4. Sammi Bessert
16.96; 5. Reiney Hatch 17.52; 6. Carolyn Uhler 17.64; 7.
Deb Guelly 18.13; 8. Jo Scarmardo 21.77.
11th Performance: 1. Martha Wright 16.69;
2. Jana Bean 16.88; 3. Ashley Rice 16.96; 4. Casey Doebbler
16.98; 5. Laura Kennedy 17.05; 6. PJ Burger 21.43; 7. Randa
Kellogg 21.47; 8. Kaley Bass 21.86; 9. Christy Fullen 22.15;
10. Kara Large 22.41
First Round leaders: 1, Karen
Little, 16.53; 2, Kelly Yates, 16.54; 3, Emily Efurd, 16.59;
4, Carlee Pierce, 16.61; 5, Lisa Lockhart, 16.64; 6, Sabrina
Ketcham, 16.68; 7, (tie) Taylor Jacob, Sharin Hall, and
Martha Wright, 16.69 seconds.
SpeedyTimes in 9th Perf Shift Lead &
Placings at Ft. Worth
dropped faster than the outside temperature during the 9th
performance of the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo on Tuesday
night, Jan. 29. With the temperature changing from shirt sleeves
to a light jacket (still mild for a winter stock show), the
last runner of the evening, Karen Little, San Saba, Texas
took the lead in the WPRA barrel race away from Kelly Yates.
Little clocked a 16.53 as the last runner (of 10) in the performance.
The standings had already been shaken up early in the performance
with 2012 WPRA Rookie of the Year Emily Efurd (2nd out), Pittsburg,
Texas running a 16.59 and two-time Wrangler NFR qualifier
Carlee Pierce, Stephenville, Texas (1st out) close behind
with a 16.61.
It is a borrowed horse that has taken
Little to the Fort Worth lead. "He's a 15-year-old
gelding named Stoney and he's owned by Wendy Boyd,"
said Little. "My horse came up crippled right before
Denver. I started calling about horses to ride at Denver
and Fort Worth and my friend Stacey Grimes told me about
a gray horse that Lynn Hinds had been running and doing
really good on. Stoney had been laid off for about five
years and Lynn was legging him up and running him some for
Wendy. It was my lucky day when Wendy agreed to let me run
him at Denver and here."
After having clipped the first barrel
on both her runs at Denver, Little was acutely aware that
she needed to ride hard at Fort Worth to leave them standing.
"He's such a fun horse to ride and so deceiving as
he doesn't feel like he's clocking but he does. I would
have been high in the money both runs at Denver had I not
hit barrels. Here we got around the first two really good
and I worked really hard not to let him get in too close
on the third."
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from Monday's 8th performance of the World's Oldest Indoor
Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January
Ninth Performance: 1. Karen Little 16.53; 2. Emily Efurd
16.59; 3. Carlee Pierce 16.61; 4. Andrea Cline 16.82; 5.
Morgan Figueroa 16.84; 6. Lizzy Ehr 17.02; 7. Robyn Herring
17.29; 8. Stevi Hillman 17.54; 9. Megan Williams 17.56;
10. Kirby Harter 17.97
First Round leaders: 1, Karen Little,
16.53; 2, Kelly Yates, 16.54; 3, Emily Efurd, 16.59; 4,
Carlee Pierce, 16.61; 5, Lisa Lockhart, 16.64; 6, Sabrina
Ketcham, 16.68; 7, (tie) Taylor Jacob and Sharin Hall, 16.69
Yates Moves Ahead at Fort Worth
big shift in the leader board took place during Monday night's
8th performance of the Southwestern Livestock Show & Rodeo
in Fort Worth. Kelly Yates, who calls Fort Worth and Pueblo,
Colo. home, went to the lead with a 16.54 and literally immediately
behind her came million dollar cowgirl Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs,
S.D. and her buckskin gelding Louie with a 16.64. The two
sit first and second in the long go round.
Yates, a 4-time Wrangler NFR qualifier,
rode her 7-year-old gelding Fiesta Del Ray aka Wizzard (a
son of her great mare Firewater Fiesta that took her to
three of her Wrangler NFR trips) to the top stop for the
"My run felt awesome," said
Yates, whose only other rodeo competition this winter has
been at Denver. "I just tried to hang on and stay out
of his way. Sometimes when you've trained a horse it's hard
to make that transition from helping them to letting them
work on their own but he didn't need much help from me tonight
other than to stay out of his way."
Yates placed 5th in the semifinals at
Fort Worth on Wizzard last year and narrowly missed advancing
to the Short Go. Other than Fort Worth, she's entered in
Belton and San Angelo for upcoming rodeos. "I just
enter when I want to and go to where I want to and don't
intend to burn up the road with Wizzard."
After placing at Fort Worth, Houston
and Guymon in 2012, Wizzard got a long rest after getting
hurt in June and basically made very few runs until the
AQHA World Show in November. Yates is proud that she entered
the Quarter Horse Shows while she was at Denver and already
has Wizzard qualified for the 2013 AQHA World Show.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results from Monday's
8th performance of the World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo®
at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, January 28, 2013.
Eighth Performance: 1. Kelly Yates 16.54; 2. Lisa Lockhart
16.64; 3. Ryan Ivy 16.89; 4. Ivy Hurst 17.14; 5. Debby Green
19.47; 6. Liz Combs 21.94; 7. Kelly Kaminski 22.45; 8. Kendra
Honeyfield 29.12; 9. Jennifer Barron 37.22
First Round leaders: 1, Kelly
Yates, 16.54; 2, Lisa Lockhart, 16.64; 3. Sabrina Ketcham,
16.68; 4, (tie) Taylor Jacob and Sharin Hall, 16.69 seconds.
6, (tie) Benette Little and Kortney Fisher, 16.74. 8, Aimee
Ketcham Takes Fort Worth Lead During
Ketcham, Yeso, N.M. and her 15-year-old sorrel mare, Write
It Thelma aka Uno, know every step of the famed Will Rogers
Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. They've competed in the Women's
Professional Rodeo Association's barrel race there since 2006.
Since she's seldom left without a paycheck, it's always on
her short list of must enter rodeos. In 2010, she came close
to winning the famed Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show
& Rodeo but had to settle for second place behind that
year's Fort Worth Champion Tana Poppino.
"Fort Worth is one of those places
where you can start off a good rodeo year if you place high
here," said Ketcham, who has owned Uno since the mare
was a 3-year-old. "I told my little boy today I'd love
to win this rodeo more than any I go to all year."
Ketcham came straight from Denver to
Fort Worth and she's hopeful that her mare doesn't have
any bad side effects from the trip. "She's been fine
until tonight when I was warming her up she coughed once,
but I didn't think much about it. But after our run she
coughed again like she was having trouble catching her breath.
I'll let my vet at home check her out early next week."
With a 7-year-old son that has to be
back for school, she'll make the 9 hour haul back to New
Mexico and then come back next week for the semifinals.
"I was really proud of my run tonight,"
said Ketcham. "We were next-to-last on the ground.
She turned her second barrel a little tighter than I wanted
but she always works good here and running back into the
long, dark, alley doesn't seem to bother her like it does
some of the other horses. She was running hard."
Following Molly Childers opening night
lead of 16.88, Benette Little took charge during the second
performance with a 16.74. But her lead was short lived when
Sharin Hall, Kingston, Okla. clocked a 16.69 during the
early bird 10:00 a.m. 3rd performance on Saturday morning.
Hall, riding a 5-year-old former futurity horse named Cartels
Fame, held the lead through three more performances before
Ketcham clocked her 16.68. Another fast time during Sunday
night's 7th performance was Taylor Jacob, Carmine, Texas
(who was first out in the 7th performance). She held a tie
for the lead with Hall for seven runners until Ketcham moved
Hall and Jacob to a second and third split.
FORT WORTH. --- The following are results
from Saturday's third through seventh performance of the
World's Oldest Indoor Rodeo® at the Fort Worth Stock
Show & Rodeo, January 27, 2013.
Third Performance- 1, Sharin Hall, Kingston , Okla. , 16.69
seconds. 2, Lauren Sparks, Conroe, Texas , 16.94. 3, Taylor
Young, Carlisle , Pa. , 17.15. 4, Lisa Miller, Knippa ,
Texas , 17.22; 5, Jenna Cadwallader, 17.36; 6, Cheyenne
Kelly, 17.76; 7, Rebecca Hughes, 17.84; 8. Kim Partain,
22.64; 9, Hallie Bradford, 22.30; 10, Shelby Frasier, 27.11
Fourth Performance- 1, Tara Schrodter, Stephenville , Texas
, 16.93 seconds. 2, Marci Jackson, Durant , Okla. , 17.11.
3, Kimberly Cockrell, Cheyenne , Okla. , 17.22. 4, Christina
Dusendang, Decatur , Texas , 17.39; 5. Stephanie Harris,
17.42; 6. Cathy Grant, 17.43; 7, Taylor Reneau, 17.89; 8,
Edi Williams, 18.11; 9, Nancy Ortlip, 18.42; 10, Kelly Beeman,
Fifth Performance - 1, Tiffani Sonnier 16.81; 2, Ashley
Mohon 16.87; 3, Lee Ann Rust 16.88; 4, Mattie Jackson 16.99;
5, Tiany Schuster 17.06; 6, Victoria Williams 17.65; 7,
Kody Horwood 19.72; 8, Tonya Parrish 21.66; 9, Chrsity Loflin
22.43; 10, Carissa Bryant 27.96
Sixth Performance - 1. Britany Fleck
16.99; 2. Sarah Attea 17.04; 3. Kyndal McCown 17.12; 4.
Ryan Pedone 17.13; 5. Nicole Riggie 17.28; 6. Pam Deaver
17.47; 7. Jordon Corssley 17.64; 8. Katti Pinnix 22.72;
9. Andrea Wolf 23.07
Seventh Performance - 1. Sabrina Ketcham
16.68; 2. Taylor Jacob 16.69; 3. Kortney Fisher 16.74; 4.
Aimee Kay 16.79; 5. Ashley Leifeste 16.90; 6. Lauren Cox
17.33; 7. Alexia Mehrle 17.42; 8. Cassie Moseley 21.74;
9. Katie LaMaster 23.55
First Round leaders: 1, Sabrina Ketcham, 16.68; 2, (tie)
Taylor Jacob and Sharin Hall, 16.69 seconds. 4, (tie) Benette
Little and Kortney Fisher, 16.74. 6, Aimee Kay, 16.79; 7,
Tiffani Sonnier, 16.81; 8, Ashley Mohon, 16.87.
Little Moves to Lead at Fort Worth
Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Benette Little, Ardmore,
Okla., didn't disappoint the Fort Worth rodeo crowd as she
served as the first of 14 representatives from the WPRA's
elite 2012 top 15 who will eventually compete at the Southwestern
Exposition & Livestock Show Rodeo. Little posted a 16.74
aboard her "wired for sound" sorrel stallion, JL
Dash Ta Heaven, to take the lead in the long go round.
As Little dismounted after her run she
said, "that was fun". Neither horse nor rider
showed any signs of being tired from competing in Denver
on Thursday and arriving home at 3:30 a.m. Friday morning
only to leave 12 hours later for the much shorter 2 hour
haul to Fort Worth. "I'm sitting fourth in the average
at Denver, so if I make it back to the Short Go we'll head
back tomorrow. But he'll have one night in his own stall
at the ranch and he seems to rest better there."
Times from performance #2 were: Little,
16.74; Gretchen Benbenek 16.97; Shelly Anzick 17.10; Pollie
Madden, 17.15; Chloe Hoovestal 17.33; Lauren Underwood 17.57;
Alexa Lake 21.69; Natalie Tippen 22.65; Jill Freeman 27.01;
and Gina Suick NT.
Current leaders: 1. Benette Little,
16.74 seconds; 2. Molly Childers, 16.88; 3. Jessica Frost,
16.95; 4. (tie) Gretchen Benbenek and Lynn K. Brown, 16.97;
6. Shelly Anzick, 17.10.
Molly Childers Breaks the Ice for 2013
Fort Worth Rodeo
first of 29 regular rodeo performances (Jan. 24-Feb 8 with
a top 12 Finals on Feb.9) has been crossed off the board by
Fort Worth Stock Show rodeo secretary Mildred Farris. For
decades Farris, a former GRA/WPRA President and 12-time Wrangler
NFR qualifier, has presided over the clerical duties for the
historic Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. After
being inducted last October into the National Cowgirl Museum
and Hall of Fame, located within walking distance of her rodeo
office, she's back in Cowtown for another two weeks of hard
With $30,000 added money to the Women's
Professional Rodeo Assn. barrel race, it wasn't hard to
fill the 200 positions allocated for one of the longest
running stock shows on the winter circuit. Thursday night,
Jan. 24, Molly Childers, Durant, Okla., became the first
WPRA contestant to leave the famed Will Rogers Coliseum
with her name on the leader board. Running next to last
of the 10 WPRA members on the program, Childers clocked
a 16.88 for the fastest time of the night.
Taking her to the number one spot for
the evening was her 5-year-old bay gelding Just My Choice.
"This time last year I was just beginning to show him
the barrel pattern," said a proud Childers who filled
her WPRA permit in 2008. "He started out to be a calf
horse for my husband, Jason, but he pulled a muscle when
he was three. Fortunately, when he got well I got the job
of rehabilitating him and I started showing him the barrels."
Childers' proudest runs to date on her
bay sidekick have been at the BFA World Championships last
December where she placed fourth in the second go round
of the futurity against the best four-year-olds in the business.
"We hit a barrel in the Finals, which cost us a lot
of money," said Childers. "My goal is to continue
seasoning him and make a rodeo horse out of him. Considering
that he's been on the barrels less than a year, I'm really
proud of him."
Other times clocked during the first
performance, in addition to Childers' 16.88 were: Jessica
Frost 16.95; Lynn K. Brown 16.97; Teresa Turbeville 17.17;
Lindsey Ewing 17.22; Shelly Weaver 17.26; Mandi Jo Fox 17.27;
CJ Vondetter 18.21; Hayden Segelke 21.58; and Latisha Schueneman
The Long Go at Fort Worth continues
thru the 20th performance on Monday night, Feb. 4. The Progressive
Semi Finals begins on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 5 where the
top 90 will compete for a spot among the top 12 Finals on
Saturday night, Feb. 9. This year's Fort Worth Finals will
sport a $5,000 bonus to the Best Dressed WPRA barrel racer
thanks to the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award given
in memory of trick rider Jerry Ann Taylor, a 1986 National
Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honoree.