Wenda Johnson

Champions Crowned at 125th Edition of Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

By Johna Cravens and Ann Bleiker

Photo by James Phifer, Rodeobum.com

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo came to a rousing conclusion on Saturday night (February 5) with the final performance of the ProRodeo Tournament.

No barrel racer was more dominate than Wenda Johnson of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Johnson set the barrel racing on fire inside Dickies Arena every time she ran down the alley. It started in her qualification rounds when she set a record at 16.17 seconds. She blew that away on Saturday night when she and Macgyver Moonflash “Mac,” an eight-year-old bay gelding, stopped the clock in 16.08 seconds.

Mac is owned by Mark and Lori Singleton of Tres Mesa Horses. Several years ago they watch the barrel racing at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and they said one day they wanted their horse to run at this Legendary Rodeo. Well their wish came true in 2022 and did so in dominating fashion with a first class jockey in Johnson.

“It was exciting to get to run him here,” said Johnson just moments after the winning run. “The owners that have these horses, this is where it started for them. They watched this rodeo and said my horse could be a barrel horse and I am grateful to have this win on these amazing horses that I get to ride.”

Johnson has qualified for the NFR the past two years by choosing the rodeos that she goes to carefully and not going to as many as expected. She also has a full-time job as a nurse practitioner.

“It was a smooth run tonight and easy,” noted Johnson. “He is so willing and he loves to run so I am grateful I had this opportunity on great ground to come make a run tonight.”
The $24,520 that she won in Fort Worth will give her a big boost and put her on the way to a third NFR qualification.

One of her fellow competitors and another first class WPRA member Emily Beisel commented on Facebook about Johnson’s run, “This pattern is only 24’ short of a standard pattern (1st-2nd is 66’ not 90’) otherwise the same dimensions. What Wenda Johnson did tonight is incredible! What a finals, great race Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo!”

Kelsie Chace Domer

Photo by Kenneth Springer

On the other end of the arena, this was the second year that the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament has featured breakaway roping and the winner just lives about an hour away at Dublin. Kelsey Domer stopped the clock in 1.8 seconds to get her first buckle in Dickies Arena. She earned a total of $26,800. Domer did it the hard way coming through the Wild Card Round to get to the Finals but no matter the path, she was honored to get the win in Fort Worth.

“It almost makes it better as you have to go fast or not,” said Domer, when asked how much pressure there was knowing she had to be faster than a 1.9 as she backed in the box for the final round. “The only game plan was to just be fast. My horse has been amazing all week as I don’t think we have been any slower than 2.3 during this whole run.”

Domer was third from last and Taylor Engesser was atop the leaderboard with a 1.9. She let it fly and stopped the clock in 1.8 seconds. Erin Johnson, the last roper to go in the final round, took her best shot finishing in a tie with Engesser for second in 1.9 seconds.

Once again the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame awarded the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award. This year’s winner received $5,000 and a custom cuff bracelet. The ladies brought the bling but no one did it better than Sissy Winn, who took home her first Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award. Winn along with her mother made her outfit and reports were they stayed up until 2 a.m. putting the finishing touches on it. Their hard work paid off. Congratulations on a job well done.

Sissy Winn

Dressed Award at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. Winn collected $5,000 and a custom cuff bracelet from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. Shown here with Kit Moncreif, President of Cowgirl Hall of Fame, and board members Elaine Agather and Nicole Sheridan. Photo courtesy Kathi Myers

A near capacity crowd was on hand to see the conclusion of the rodeo and plans are underway for the 126th edition in 2023.

Complete Results
The following are results from the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, (Qualifiers are based on tie-breaker rules.)

 

Breakaway Roping
Bracket 1: First round: 1,  Morgan Orman, Anderson, Texas, 2.7 seconds, $1,760. 2, Jenna Caldarola, Stephenville, Texas, 2.8, $1,320. 3, Sarah Verhelst, Pryor, Mont., 3.0, $880. 4, Jacey Fortier, Billings, 3.2, $440. Second round:  1, J.J. Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 1.9 seconds, $1,760. 2, Lynn Smith, Elfrida, Ariz., 2.1, $1,320. 3, Jacey Fortier, Billings, Mont., 2.4, $880. 4, Morgan Orman, Anderson, Texas, 2.7, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Orman, $2,200 and Hampton, $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Smith, $1,320.

Bracket 2: First round: 1, Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Bradi Good, Abilene, Texas, and Taylor Hanchey, Carmine, Texas, 2.2, $1,100 each. 4, Rebekah Davis, Newcastle, Okla., 2.4, $440. Second round: 1, Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 1.9 seconds, $1,907. 2, Bradi Good, Abilene, Texas, 2.1, $1,467. 3, Rebekah Davis, Newcastle, Okla., 2.8, $1,027.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Good, $ 2,567, and Johnson, $1,907. Wild Card Qualifier: Jordi Edens, Gatesville, Texas, $1,760.

Bracket 3: First round: 1, Madison Outhier, Fulshear, Texas, 2.0 seconds, $1,760. 2, Tacy Webb, Midway, Texas, 3.2, $1,320. 3, Katie Mundorf, Mullen, Neb., 12.0, $880. 4, Sawyer Gilbert, Buffalo, S.D., 12.4, $440. Second round: 1, Sawyer Gilbert, Buffalo, S.D., 1.7 seconds, $1,760. 2, Makayla Mack, Christmas, Fla., 2.2, $1,320. 3, Katie Mundorf, Mullen, Neb., 2.3, $880. 4, Tacy Webb, Midway, Texas, 2.5, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Gilbert and Madison Outhier, Fulshear, Texas, $1,760 each. Wild Card Qualifier: Mundorf, $1,760.

Bracket 4: First round:  1, Lari Dee Guy, Abilene, Texas, 1.9 seconds. $1,760. 2, TiAda Gray, Portales, N.M., 2.0, $1,320. 3, Amanda Coleman, Stephenville, Texas, 2.2, $880. 4, (tie) Kayla Olson, Chadron, Neb.; Sarah Morrissey, Ellensburg, Wash., and Amber Crawford, 2.6, $146. Second round: 1. Lari Dee Guy, 1.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. Kayelen Helton, 2.0, $1,320; 3. Amber Crawford, 2.8, $880; 4. Sarah Morrissey, 12.1, $440.
Semifinal qualifiers: Lari Dee Guy, $3,520, Kayelen Helton, $1,320. Wild Card qualifier: TiAda Gray, $1,320.

Bracket 5: First round: 1. Shelby Boisjoli, 2.0 seconds, $1,760; 2. Brandy Gilbert, 2.3, $1,320; 3. Makayla Boisjoli, 2.7, $880; 4. Tammy Herbert, 3.5, $440. Second round:  1, Shelby Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 2.0 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., and Brandy Gilbert, 2.2, $1,100 each. 3, Lakota Bird, Nanton, Alberta, 2.3, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Shelby Boisjoli, $3,520, and Gilbert $2,420. Wild Card Qualifier: Engesser, $1,100.

Bracket 6: First round:  1, Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.0 seconds, $1,760. 2, Kelsie Domer, Dublin, Texas, 2.2, $1,320. 3, (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, and Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 2.6 and $660 each. Second round: 1, Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 1.8 seconds, $1,760. 2, Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.0, $1,320. 3, Kelsie Domer, Dublin, Texas, 2.1, $880. 4, McKenna Hickson, Lipan, Texas, 2.2, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Engesser, $3,080, and Crawford, $2,420. Wild Card Qualifier: Domer, $2,200.

Bracket 7: First round: 1. Loni Lester, 1.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. Joey Williams, 2.1, $1,320; 3. (tie) Alex Loiselle and Cadee Williams, 2.5, $660 each. Second round: 1. Bailey Gubert, 2.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. Whitney Thurmond, 4.5, $1,320; 3. Danielle Lowman, 11.9, $880; no other qualified runs.
Semifinal Qualifiers: Gubert and Lester, $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Thurmond, $1,320

Wild card round: 1. Tacy Webb, 2.2 seconds, $1,000; 2. Kelsie Domer, 2.3, $600; 3. Jordi Edens, 2.7, $400. Semifinal Qualifiers: Webb and Domer

Final round: 1, Kelsie Domer, Dublin, Texas, 1.8 seconds, $20,000. 2, (tie) Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., and Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 1.9, $10,000 each. 3, Shelby Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 2.1, $4,000.

 

Barrel Racing:
Bracket 1: First round:  1, Brittney Barnett, Stephenville, Texas, 16.44 seconds, $1,760. 2, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.64, $1,320. 3, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 16.64, $880. 4, (tie) Cheyenne Hattesen, Kerman, Calif., and Amanda Welsh, Sundance, Wyo., 16.82, $220 each. Second round:  1, Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, $1,760. 2, Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas, 16.47 , $1,320. 3, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 16.66, $880. 4, Brittney Barnett, Stephenville, Texas, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Hillman, $3,080, and Barnett, $2,200. Wild Card Qualifier: Morgan, $1,760.

Bracket 2: First round: 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.67 seconds, $1,760. 2, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.72 , $1,320. 3, Kylee Scribner, Azle, Texas, 17.01, $880. 4, Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 17.17, $440. Second round: 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.42 seconds, $1,760. 2, Lynette Clyde, Heber, Utah, $1,320. 3, Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 16.86, $880. 4, Kylee Scribner, Azle, Texas, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Kinsel, $3,520, and Clyde, $1,320. Wild Card Qualifier: Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, $1,320.

Bracket 3: First round: 1, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 16.46 seconds, $1,760. 2, Molly Otto, Grand Forks, N.D., 16.56, $1,320. 3, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.59, $880. 4, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., $440.   Second round: 1, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.58 seconds, $1,760. 2, Molly Otto, Grand Forks, N.D., 16.72, $1,320. 3, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 21.73, $880. 4, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 21.84, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Otto, $2,640, and Wimberley, $2,200. Wild Card Qualifier: Tonozzi, $1,760.

Bracket 4: First round: 1, Ilyssa Riley, Hico, Texas, 16.54 seconds, $1,760. 2, Ivy Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 16.59, $1,320. 3, Kricket Ginter, Eau Claire, Wis, 16.64. $880. 4, Maggie Poloncic, Gillette, Wyo., 16.67, $440. Second round: 1. Kricket Ginter, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jackie Ganter, 16.48, $1,320; 3. Ilyssa Riley, 16.52, $880; 4. Ivy Saebens, 16.64, $440. 

Semifinal qualifiers:  1. Kricket Ginter, $2,640; 2. Ilyssa Riley, $2,640. Wild card: Ivy Saebens, $1760.

Bracket 5: First round: 1. Sissy Winn, 16.40 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Briggs, 16.41, $1,320; 3. Jill Wilson, 16.68, $880; 4. (tie) Paige Jones and Carly Taylor, 16.84, $220 each. Second round:  1, Jordon Briggs, Tolar, Texas, 16.25 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., and Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 16.62 , $1,100 each. 3, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 16.64, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Briggs, $3,080, and Winn, $2,860. Wild Card Qualifiers: Rule, $1,100.

Bracket 6: First round:  1, Destri Devenport, Escondido, Calif., 16.61 seconds, $1,760. 2, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 16.70, $1,320. 3, Emma Charleston, Reeds, Mo., 16.85, $880. 4, Deb Guelly, Cat Springs, Texas, 17.18, $440. Second round: 1, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 16.37 seconds, $1,760. 2, Destri Devenport, Escondido, Calif., 16.63, $1,320. 3, Christine DeRenzo, Reddick, Fla., 16.83, $880. 4, Deb Guelly, Cat Springs, Texas, 16.97, $440.
Semifinal Qualifiers: Darling and Devenport, $3,080 each. Wild Card Qualifier: DeRenzo, $880.

Bracket 7: First round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 16.17 seconds, $1,760; 2. Emily Beisel, 16.29, $1,320; 3. Stephanie Fryar, 16.55, $880; 4. Lacinda Rose, 16.67, $440. Second round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 16.21 seconds, $1,760; 2. Emily Beisel, 16.29, $1,320; 3. Kassie Mowry, 16.33, $880; 4. Stephanie Fryar, 16.57, $440
Semifinal Qualifiers: Johnson, $3,520, Beisel, $2,640. Wild Card Qualifier: Fryar, $1,320

Wild card round: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 16.26 seconds, $1,000; 2. Stephanie Fryar, 16.35, $600; 3. Ivy Saebens, 16.52, $400. Semifinal qualifiers: Rule and Fryar – due to a turnout Saebens also advanced to the Final round

Final Round: 1, Wenda Johnson, Pawhuska, Okla., 16.08 seconds, $20,000. 2, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 16.24, $12,000. 3, Jordan Briggs, Tolar, Texas, 16.30, $8,000. 4, Ivy Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 16.38, $4,000.

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