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Cowgirl Christmas

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Ann Bleiker


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Wilson Top Earner Among Barrel Racer for Cowgirl Christmas
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With the official close of the 2020 Fourth of July run, known in the rodeo ranks as Cowboy/Cowgirl Christmas, in Big Fork, Montana, on Monday, July 6 WPRA barrel racer Jill Wilson found her name atop the earnings leaderboard for the weeklong events.

            Although this year’s run featured less rodeos, Wilson of Snyder, Texas, made the most of it and pulled checks in Cody, Wyoming; Oakley City, Utah and Big Fork, Montana. Although she didn’t win the rodeo her largest check for the week came from the Cody Stampede where she finished second to Paige Jones. Wilson finished in a time of 17.20 seconds, while Jones stopped the clock in 17.10. Jones picked up her biggest check of the week with $8,387.

            Wilson would finish atop the leaderboard in both Oakley City, Utah and Big Fork, Montana. In Oakley City, she stopped the clock in 16.91 to squeeze past two-time and current No. 1 ranked Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi in a time of 17.00. Wilson picked up $4,905, while Pozzi Tonozzi added $3,924 to her standings to extend her lead in the world standings. Wilson closed out her Fourth of July run in Big Fork, Montana, stopping the clock in 17.28 seconds edging Abby Phillips for the title, who stopped the clock in 17.35 seconds. Wilson added $2,040 bringing her unoffical overall total for the week to a whopping $13,654.

            Three-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Cheyenne Wimberley was second in overall money with $10,154. Wimberley of Stephenville, Texas, won money in Prescott, Arizona ($2,612), Mandan, N.D. ($5,659), Mobridge, S.D. ($1,765) and Killdeer, N.D. ($118) proving that every little bit counts on the rodeo road. Wimberley won Mandan, N.D. with a time of 15.30 seconds.

            2019 Wrangler NFR qualifier Dona Kay Rule rounded out the top three money earners for the week with $9,210. Rule of Minco, Oklahoma, pulled checks in Cody, Wyoming ($210), Belle Fourche, S.D. ($5,205), Prescott, Arizona ($2,239) and Mandan, N.D. ($1,556).

            As reported on Monday, July 6, Canadian cowgirl Shelby Boisjoli took home the most money during this inaugural WPRA Breakaway Roping Cowgirl Christmas. Boisjoli of Langdon, Alberta, now making her home in Stephenville, Texas, added $9,198 to her 2020 total.      

           She had her best showing in Killdeer, N.D., stopping the clock in 1.9 seconds winning $4,973 for a second place finish behind Amanda Hodges. She was third, behind world champions Jackie Crawford and Lari Dee Guy, in Mobridge, S.D., in a time of 2.1 seconds for $1,613 and finally was fourth in Cody, Wyoming, with a time of 2.3 seconds to add another $2,612. Shelby is now ranked sixth in the WPRA ProRodeo Breakaway Roping world standings.

            Full coverage of Cowgirl Christmas will be available in the August issue of the WPRA News.

Top 5 Barrel Racers

Jill Wilson - $13,654

Cheyenne Wimberley - $10,154

Dona Kay Rule - $9,210

Megan Swint - $8,924

Paige Jones - $8,387

 

Top 5 Breakaway Ropers

Shelby Boisjoli           $9,198

Katie Mundorf            $8,648

Amanda Hodges         $5,718

Kayelen Helton           $4,636

Cora Borman               $4,308

 

Shelby Boisjoli Top Breakaway Roper Over Fourth of July
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The week surrounding the Fourth of July has become known as Cowboy/Cowgirl Christmas in the sport of rodeo and while WPRA barrel racers have become accustomed to this time of the year, WPRA breakaway ropers got their feet wet in 2020 with six rodeos featuring breakaway roping. Breakaway ropers had the opportunity to compete in Mesquite, TX; Cody, WY; Belle Fourche, SD; Mobridge, SD; Abbyville, KS and Killdeer, ND.

            It was a Canadian cowgirl that took home the most money during this inaugural WPRA Breakaway Roping Cowgirl Christmas. Shelby Boisjoli of Langdon, Alberta, now making her home in Stephenville, Texas, added $9,198 to her 2020 total. Shelby, the middle of three Boisjoli sisters, has joined her older sister Makayla in the WPRA ranks. These were her first ProRodeos to compete in and man did she make it count. She competed in three out of the six rodeos over the Fourth of July and took home second, third and fourth.

            She had her best showing in Killdeer, N.D., stopping the clock in 1.9 seconds winning $4,973 for a second place finish behind Amanda Hodges. She was third, behind world champions Jackie Crawford and Lari Dee Guy, in Mobridge, S.D., in a time of 2.1 seconds for $1,613 and finally was fourth in Cody, Wyoming, with a time of 2.3 seconds to add another $2,612. Shelby is now ranked sixth in the WPRA ProRodeo Breakaway Roping world standings.

            Another rookie roper Katie Mundorf of Mullen, Nebraska, was hot on Boisjoli’s heels finishing the week with $8,648 in earnings, also her first of the 2020 season. Mundorf finished in a tie for first in Cody with Tanegai Zilverberg in a time of 2.1 seconds good for $4,012 and tied for first with Kayelen Helton in a time of 2.0 seconds pocketing $4,636 in Belle Fourche, S.D.

            Jill Wilson of Snyder, Texas, leads the pack in the barrel racing over three-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Cheyenne Wimberley and 2019 NFR qualifier Dona Kay Rule. Official amounts for each will be released once the WPRA office confirms payouts for both Cody, Wyoming and Prescott, Arizona, and we get results from Big Fork, Montana, wrapping up on Monday, July 6. Wilson took home the title in Oakley City, Utah, picking up $4,905 and was second at the Cody Stampede. Please check back on Tuesday, July 7, for a full breakdown on the barrel racing results for Cowgirl Christmas.

Top 5 Breakaway Ropers

Shelby Boisjoli           $9,198

Katie Mundorf            $8,648

Amanda Hodges         $5,718

Kayelen Helton           $4,636

Cora Borman               $4,308

 

Cowgirl Christmas
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Rodeo contestants are crisscrossing the United States on what has annually become known as “Cowboy Christmas.” While the 2020 edition will take on a whole new look with many contestants venturing to rodeos they have never been to, it will by far be the busiest week of rodeos this year with 14 rodeos on the schedule (June 29-July 6) spread between Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. WPRA Breakaway roping will be featured at six of those rodeos.

Check back Monday for updates from the following rodeos:
Mesquite, TX – includes breakaway roping
Prescott, AZ
Belle Fourche, S.D. – includes breakaway roping
Cody, WY – includes breakaway roping
Belton, TX
Mandan, N.D.
Oakley City, UT
Abbyville, KS – includes breakaway roping
Mobridge, S.D. – includes breakaway roping
Killdeer, N.D. – includes breakaway roping
Roundup, MT
Woodstown, NJ
Ash Flat, AR (Salem)
Big Fork, MT

 

 

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