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By Bonnie Wheatley


NFRCarly Taylor and Diva Deniro Dominate in Denver
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Denver, Colorado—One of the pre-eminent annual winter rodeos closed out 16 days of action when the 20th performance of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado, concluded on the afternoon of Sunday, January 26. It was 2019 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Rookie of the Year in barrel racing, Carly Taylor from Andersonville, Tennessee, who emerged as the champion with a dominating performance aboard her 9-year-old mare Diva Deniro to bank $9,133 of the total $600,000 rodeo payout.

 

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Denver’s new tournament-style format whittled the field of 80 WPRA barrel racers down to 24 semi-finalists who competed in the three progressive round performances held on Saturday, January 25. Each of the three rodeo performances on Saturday, at 11 a.m., 3:30 and 8 p.m., featured eight contestants in bareback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down roping, barrel racing and bull riding. The four best from each of those performances advanced to Sunday’s championships.

Taylor drew up in the 11 a.m. semi-finals performance where she posted a 15.49 to finish second behind Texas cowgirl Sissy Winn, whose time of 15.21 topped that set. Taylor returned with determination in the Finals to stop the clock in 14.99 seconds, earning the championship.

Taylor attributes her win to nailing the approach to her first barrel in the Denver Coliseum, where the offset angle of the pattern can pose problems for some horses.

“It took me until the semi-finals to really decide how I needed to approach first,” said Taylor. “I sat there and studied it and decided I needed to try something a little different. I started from the left side of the alley, which sounds like it wouldn’t be what you’d do, but it worked better.”

Taylor says Diva rocked the first barrel leaving it in the Finals and she didn’t know if the barrel was up until she turned the second, but was pleasantly surprised to see it standing.

“After the second barrel everything was just real smooth,” said Taylor. “She was just really running. I knew she’d be fast, but when I saw how fast it was, that was kind of unexpected. It felt amazing.”

Taylor’s traveling partner Abby Phillips, of Marshall, Texas, posted the fastest time of the 19th perf, a 15.07, to make the Finals where she finished fourth.

Taylor purchased Diva five years ago and the two have achieved numerous prestigious wins in that time, including the 2019 Cody Stampede crown and an 18th place ranking in the final 2019 WPRA world standings with $72,300.

Taylor is bound for the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo Wednesday and Thursday of this week and hopes Diva continues to excel through the winter rodeo run. Taylor says her plan is to take things day by day and hopes to continue her ascension in the WPRA rankings as winter progresses. She thanks her parents, Ben and Suzanne Taylor, for their constant support.

Holding down the No. 2 spot in the Finals was 2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith who rode her palomino mare Lena On The Rocks (“Lena”) to a rock-solid 15.07 worth $5,554 in the Finals.

A nationally recognized Western heritage and entertainment event, the NWSS hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos making the event a season opening pacesetter for WPRA athletes in pursuit top ranking in the 2020 world standings. The NWSS attracts over 650,000 annual visitors, many of whom are on hand to witness the fast horses and hard riding ladies of professional rodeo.

The stock show was established in 1906 to promote agricultural endeavors and provide scholarships for students interested in the field. The NWSS will drive a projected $120 million in economic impact to the Denver Metro area this January and raise more than $500,000 for the National Western Scholarship Trust, which distributes more than 100 scholarships to students in the fields of agricultural sciences, rural medicine and veterinary medicine.

17th Performance Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 15.21, $3,456. 2, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 15.49 seconds, $2,592. 3, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 15.53, $1,728. 4, Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 15.67, $864.

18th Performance Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 15.10 seconds, $3,456. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.11, $2,592. 3, Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, 15.16, $1,728. 4, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 15.18, $863.

19th Performance Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 15.07, $3,456. 2, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 15.12, $2,592. 3, Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 15.12, $1,728. 4, Karson Bradley, Big Piney, Wyo., 15.29, $864. 

20th Performance Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 14.99 seconds, $7,405. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.07, $5,554. 3, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 15.11, $3,702. 4, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 15.19, $1,851.

Women’s Barrel Race: First round: 1. Tillar Murray, 14.97 seconds, $2,799; 2. Ivy Hurst, 15.03, $2,399; 3. Jimmie Smith, 15.10, $1,999; 4. Hailey Lockwood, 15.19, $1,733; 5. (tie) Sabra O'Quinn and Wendy Hoefer, 15.23, $1,200 each; 7. Jessi Fish, 15.27, $800; 8. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 15.30, $533; 9. Ryann Pedone, 15.32, $400; 10. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Christine Laughlin, 15.33, $133 each. Second round: 1. Alishea Broussard, 14.94 seconds, $2,799; 2. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, 14.95, $2,399; 3. Tillar Murray, 15.00, $1,999; 4. Cindy Smith, 15.03, $1,733; 5. Michelle Alley, 15.04, $1,333; 6. Jimmie Smith, 15.10, $1,066; 7. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 15.12, $800; 8. (tie) Christine Laughlin and Amberleigh Moore, 15.14, $467 each; 10. Cheyenne Wimberley, 15.15, $267. Progressive First round: 1. Sissy Winn, 15.12 seconds, $3,456; 2. Carly Taylor, 15.49, $2,592; 3. Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, 15.53, $1,728; 4. Ashley Castleberry, 15.67, $864. Progressive Second round: 1. Tillar Murray, 15.10 seconds, $3,456; 2. Jimmie Smith, 15.16, $2,592; 3. Ryann Pedone, 15.16, $1,728; 4. Tiany Schuster, 15.18, $854. Progressive Third round: 1. Abby Phillips, 15.07 seconds, $3,456; 2. Hailey Lockwood, 15.12, $2,592; 3. Kellie Collier, 15.17, $1,728; 4. Karson Bradley, 15.29, $864. Finals: 1. Carly Taylor, 14.99 seconds, $7,405; 2. Jimmie Smith, 15.07, $5,554; 3. Tillar Murray, 15.11, $3,702; 4. Abby Phillips, 15.19, $1,851. 

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Denver and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, visit nationalwestern.com.

 

 

NFRProgressive Round Field Taking Shape in Denver
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Denver, Colorado—With 14 performances in the books at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver, Colorado, the field of 24 ladies who will move on to the rodeo’s progressive round on January 26 is close to being finalized. The rodeo, which began on January 16, runs through January 26 when the short round will be held and NWSS titles will be awarded. The event features 20 rodeo performances.

New for 2020 is the incorporation of a tournament-style format. The initial field of 80 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racers make two back-to-back runs in an attempt to qualify for the rodeo’s progressive round of the fastest 24 on two runs. From the top 24 round held in the three performances taking place on Saturday, January 25, competitors hope to rank among the top 12 finalists who will ultimately vie for the rodeo championship on Sunday. Those 12 contestants will once again start at zero. Whoever has the fastest time will be crowned Denver’s champion.

The current unofficial cutoff to make the progressive go-round is Amy Jo Reisdorfer, Cheyenne, Wyoming, and her horse “Blue Duck” with a total on two of 31.24.

A highlight from Denver this week was the accomplishments of husband and wife rodeo team Taylor and Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, Louisiana. Taylor, a bareback rider, had the high-marked ride on Wednesday evening at 87 points aboard Cervi Championship Rodeo’s Baby Face. Alishea, who sadly hit two barrels on Monday night, came back with a vengeance on Tuesday night riding her horse “Dexter” to a 14.94-second run, which is the fast time of the rodeo thus far.

Running the fast time of the 13th perf was reigning WPRA World Champion Hailey Kinsel Lockwood riding her palomino speedster DM Sissy Hayday, aka “Sister,” to a 15.19 followed up with a respectable 15.75 in the 14th perf aboard Thunder Stones “TJ” to currently rank 13th overall with a 30.94. Fellow NFR qualifier Cheyenne Wimberley topped the 14th perf aboard Streakin Images with a 15.15 and is currently tied for 5th to qualify for the progressive round on Saturday.

Still in command of the aggregate standings is Fort Worth, Texas cowgirl Tillar Murray. The 2017 Wrangler NFR qualifier competed in the third and fourth perfs riding Royal Star Commander to a 14.97 and 15.00, respectively, for a total on two runs of 29.97. By AR Star and out of Go Royal Scarlett by Royal Go Go, “Commander” was purchased from Jim Haislip and his late wife and three-time NFR qualifier Ruth.

Holding down the No. 2 spot in the aggregate is 2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith who rode her palomino mare Lena On The Rocks (“Lena”) to identical times of 15.10 during the first and second performances for a 30.20 on two runs.

Springer, Oklahoma’s Ivy Hurst rounds out the top three with her 30.34 aboard Top Of The Roc (“Diddy”). By Sticks An Stones and out of the Cash Not Credit daughter Top Bug Cash, Top Of The Roc helped Hurst finish among the top 30 in the 2019 WPRA world standings and won the Reno Rodeo, among others.

A nationally recognized Western heritage and entertainment event, the NWSS hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos making the event a season opening pacesetter for WPRA athletes in pursuit top ranking in the 2020 world standings. The NWSS attracts over 650,000 annual visitors, many of whom are on hand to witness the fast horses and hard riding ladies of professional rodeo.

The stock show was established in 1906 to promote agricultural endeavors and provide scholarships for students interested in the field. The NWSS will drive a projected $120 million in economic impact to the Denver Metro area this January and raise more than $500,000 for the National Western Scholarship Trust, which distributes more than 100 scholarships to students in the fields of agricultural sciences, rural medicine and veterinary medicine.

9th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Taylor Langdon, Aubrey, Texas, 15.60 seconds. 2, Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 15.64. 3, Amy Jo Reisdorfer, Cheyenne, Wyo., 15.75. 4, Carley Cervi, Roggen, Colo., 15.77.

10th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, La., 14.94 seconds. 2, Kim Schulze, Larkspur, Colo., 15.26. 3, Carley Cervi, Roggen, Colo., 15.32. 4, Amy Jo Reisdorfer, Cheyenne, Wyo., 15.49.

11th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Christine Laughlin, Reddick, Fla., 15.33 seconds. 2, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.36. 3, Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 15.44. 4, Nicole Waggoner, Pueblo West, Colo., 15.66.

12th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Cindy Smith, Lovington, N.M., 15.03 seconds. 2, Christine Laughlin, Reddick, Fla., 15.14.  3, Nicole Waggoner, Pueblo West, Colo., 15.46. 4, Victoria Williams, Kiln, Miss., 15.49. 

13th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 15.19 seconds. 2, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 15.50. 2, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 15.56. 4, Sidney Forrest, Lipan, Texas, 15.74.

14th Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 15.15 seconds. 2, Sara Cheeney, Pinedale, Wyo.,15.32. 3, Mary Jo Camera, Stevinson, Calif., 15.43. 4, Lisa Anderson, Bozeman, Mont., 15.58.

Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.97 seconds. 2, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 15.03. 3, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10. 4, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 15.13.  (second round) 1, Alishea Broussard, Estherwood, La., 14.94. 2, Tillar Murray, 15.00. 3, Cindy Smith, Lovington, N.M., 15.03. 4, Jimmie Smith, 15.10.  (total on two) 1, Murray, 29.97. 2, Jimmie Smith, 30.20. 3, Hurst, 30.34. 4, Christine Laughlin, Reddick, Fla., 30.47.

Top 24:

1 Tillar Murray 29.97

2 Jimmie Raelyn Smith 30.20

3 Ivy Hurst 30.34

4 Christine Laughlin 30.47

5 Sissy Winn 30.65

5 Cheyenne Wimberley 30.65

7 Jill Cooper Tanner 30.73

7 Tiany Schuster 30.73

9 Karson Bradley 30.74

10 Ryann Pedone 30.82

11 Kellie Collier 30.91

12 Ashley Castleberry 30.92

13 Hailey Lockwood 30.94

14 Kathy Grimes 30.98

15 Jessica Routier 31.03

16 Carly Taylor 31.05

17 Carley Cervi 31.09

18 Abby Phillips 31.12

19 Nicole Waggoner 31.12

20 Lois Moltich Ferguson 31.15

21 Kelsey Cadwell 31.17

22 Victoria Williams 31.18

23 Taryn Boxleitner 31.19

24 Amy Jo Reisdorfer 31.24

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Denver and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, visit nationalwestern.com.

 

 

NFRMurray Holds Early Lead in Denver
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Denver, Colorado—From when the gates first crack for its opening performance on January 16 through the short round slated for the afternoon of January 26, the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo delivers 20 star-studded rodeo performances. New for 2020 is the incorporation of an action-packed tournament-style format. The initial field of 80 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racers make two back-to-back runs in an attempt to qualify for the rodeo’s progressive round of the fastest 24 on two runs. From the top 24 round held in the three performances taking place on Saturday, January 25, competitors hope to rank among the top 12 finalists who will ultimately vie for the rodeo championship on Sunday, January 26. Those 12 contestants will once again start at zero. Whoever has the fastest time will be crowned Denver’s champion.

 

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Springer, Oklahoma’s Ivy Hurst set a hot pace during Thursday’s opening night of competition when she teamed with Top Of The Roc (“Diddy”) to post a 15.03. By Sticks An Stones and out of the Cash Not Credit daughter Top Bug Cash, Top Of The Roc helped Hurst finish among the top 30 in the 2019 WPRA world standings. Hurst’s run is the second-fastest time of the rodeo thus far. She currently sits second in round one behind Tillar Murray and is third in the aggregate.

Challenging the fast pace set by Hurst during the opening set was 2017 National Finals Rodeo qualifier Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, who competed in the third and fourth performances. Murray rode Royal Star Commander to a 14.97 and the fastest time of the rodeo after eight performances are in the books. By AR Star and out of Go Royal Scarlett by Royal Go Go, “Commander” was purchased from Jim Haislip and his late wife and three-time NFR qualifier Ruth. Commander helped Deb Guelly qualify for the Wrangler NFR in 2015 and has carried Murray to numerous championships including Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2016. Murray came back with a 15.00 on her second run to put a lock on the current average standings with a 29.97 on two runs. She will be back for the progressive round in pursuit of a NWSS barrel racing title.

The 2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith rode her palomino mare Lena On The Rocks (“Lena”) to two identical times of 15.10 in both the first and second performances to sit second in the aggregate with a 30.20 on two runs.

Fast times in the seventh and eighth perfs were clocked by Sabra O’Quinn riding Bring It On Guys to a 15.23, and Amberleigh Moore and CP Dark Moon with a 15.14, respectively. O’Quinn is splitting third in the first go round with Colorado’s Wendy Hoefer and Moore is placing fourth in the second round, however downed barrels in round one cost her a spot in the aggregate.

A nationally recognized Western heritage and entertainment event, the NWSS hosts one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos making the event a season opening pacesetter for WPRA athletes in pursuit top ranking in the 2020 world standings. The NWSS attracts over 650,000 annual visitors, many of whom are on hand to witness the fast horses and hard riding ladies of professional rodeo.

The stock show was established in 1906 to promote agricultural endeavors and provide scholarships for students interested in the field. The NWSS will drive a projected $120 million in economic impact to the Denver Metro area this January and raise more than $500,000 for the National Western Scholarship Trust, which distributes more than 100 scholarships to students in the fields of agricultural sciences, rural medicine and veterinary medicine.

1st performance Women’s Barrel Race, January 16: 1, Ivy Hurst, Top Of The Roc, Springer, Okla., 15.03 seconds. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10. 3, Wendy Hoefer, Fort Lupton, Colorado, 15.23. 4, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, 15.33.

2nd performance Women’s Barrel Race, January 17: 1,Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10 seconds, 2. Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, 15.19. 3, Abby Pursifull, Horagio, Ark., 15.30. 4, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 15.31 seconds.

3rd performance Women’s Barrel Race, January 17: 1, Tillar Murray, Royal Star Commander, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.97 seconds. 2, Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, 15.32. 3, Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 15.41. 4, Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo., 15.45.

4th performance Women’s Barrel Race, January 18: 1, Tillar Murray, Royal Star Commander, Stephenville, Texas, 15.00 seconds. 2, Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, and Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, 15.50 seconds each. 4, C.J. Vondette, Rifle, Colo., and Taryn Boxleitner, Loveland, Colo., 15.60. 

5th performance Women’s Barrel Race, January 18: 1, Jill Tanner, Credit Ta Fame, Stephenville, Texas, 15.37 seconds. 2, Jamie Chaffin, Burwell, Neb., 15.43. 3, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 15.45. 4, Maggie Poloncic, Gillette, Wyo., 15.49.

6th performance, January 18: 1, Ashley Castleberry, Calfee Stormy Dash, Montgomery, Texas, 15.29 seconds. 2, Jill Tanner, Stephenville, Texas, 15.36. 3, Carley Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 15.40. 4, Kelsey Cadwell, Oakdale, Calif., 15.43.

7th performance, January 19: 1, Sabra O’Quinn, Bring It On Guys, Ocala, Fla., 15.23 seconds. 2, Kathy Grimes, Medical Lake, Wash., 15.52, 3, Cheyenne Allen, Mabton, Wash., 15.77. 4, Amanda Devencenty, Colorado Springs, Colo., 16.27.

8th performance, January 19: 1, Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, Keizer, Ore., 15.14 seconds. 2, Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 15.19. 3, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.22. 4, Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 15.24.

Women’s Barrel Race: (first round) 1, Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 14.97 seconds. 2, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 15.03. 3, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.10. 4, Wendy Hoefer, Fort Lupton, Colo., 15.23. (second round) 1, Tillar Murray, 15.00. 2, Jimmie Smith, 15.10. 3, Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, 15.19. 4, Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 15.29. (total on two) 1, Murray, 29.97. 2, Smith, 30.20. 3, Hurst, 30.34. 4, (tie) Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, and Jill Tanner, Stephenville, Texas, 30.73. 

 

Top 24 through eight performances

1. Tillar Murray, 29.97

2. Jimmie Smith, 30.20

3. Ivy Hurst, 30.34

4. Jill Tanner, 30.73

     Tiany Schuster, 30.73

6. Karson Bradley, 30.74

7. Ryann Pedone, 30.82

8. Kellie Collier, 30.91

9. Ashley Castleberry, 30.92

10. Kathy Grimes, 30.98

11. Carly Taylor, 31.05

12. Abby Phillips, 31.12

13. Kelsey Cadwell, 31.17

14. Taryn Boxleitner, 31.19

15. Shali Lord, 31.25

16. Megan Champion, 31.41

17. CJ Vondette, 31.44

18. Andrea Busby, 31.90

19. Callie Colden, 34.97

20. Jennifer Sharp, 35.64

21. Sabra O’Quinn, 35.67

22. Jill Wilson, 35.69

23. Maggie Poloncic, 35.85

24. Abby Pursifull, 35.86

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Denver and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo, visit nationalwestern.com.

 

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