By Ann Bleiker
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Emily Miller Beisel had been waiting for a night like tonight when all the puzzle pieces finally feel her way. Married in October of this year, the Weatherford, Oklahoma, cowgirl was first out on the ground and stopped the clock in 17.01 seconds to take her first victory lap at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo inside Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Miller Beisel was aboard her great horse Chongo and after their win tonight their total 2020 NFR earnings now set at 36,231. She is eighth in the average with 109.33 seconds on six and is 10th in the WPRA World Standings.
“I was so excited after having a rough start and having to make a lot of adjustments,” said Miller Beisel, who works as a dental hygienist when not turning barrels. “I knew he could do it but we just had to get everything inline. He really showed up tonight.
“We are so thankful to be here – thank you Globe Life Field, Texas Rangers, PRCA and the WPRA. This is such a blessing.”
Fourteen-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart finished second aboard Rosa in a time of 17.07 seconds.
Hailey Kinsel made a horse change during the sixth round riding Cassidy Kruse’s horse Leroy, a brother to Sister. They would finish out of the money with a 17.89-second run but kept the lead in the average with a six run time of 103.80 seconds. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi remained on Katniss and stopped the clock in 17.64 seconds but finished out of the money for the round. However, she gained a little ground on Kinsel in the average with a 104.20. Kinsel holds the lead in the world standings with $187,884 to Pozzi Tonozzi’s $169,494.
Although Brittany Barnett didn’t have the night she had hoped for she was dressed to impress in her yellow and black. Sporting the color yellow she helped to bring attention to her travel partner Shelby McCamey’s Yellow Felt Soul organization that focuses on dealing with depression and suicide. Barnett is also contending for the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award presented by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The award winner will receive $5,000 and fans can help decide the winner by voting after each round at www.wpra.com.
Seventh round action gets underway, Wednesday, December 9 at 6:45 p.m. CT LIVE on the Cowboy Channel.
The first National Finals Breakaway Roping got underway today and will continue with four more rounds on Wednesday, December 9 at 10 a.m. CT. Catch is LIVE and FREE on the Wrangler Network. Be sure to tune in for this historic event. Rounds 5-8 will be contested on the second day of the NFBR.