By Ann Bleiker
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – Two in a row now for Emily Miller-Beisel and Chongo and a new fast time set inside Globe Life Field at the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Arlington, Texas.
After some tough first rounds Miller-Beisel and her 10-year old grey gelding Namgis D33 have gotten this standard pattern figured out and they stopped the clock in 16.85 seconds to take another victory lap.
“I was focused on staying out of his way,” said Miller-Beisel of her run. “He is working and has figured this arena out. Gosh that was so much fun!”
She knew she had her work cut out for her after two-time and reigning WPRA World Champion Hailey Kinsel and Sister laid down a run of 16.90 seconds in the first half of the barrel racing during the seventh round of competition. Miller-Beisel, who won the sixth round in a time of 17.01 seconds, was sixth out after the drag at eight and she laid down a picture perfect run that drew the loudest cheer from the fans inside the Texas Rangers baseball stadium to date.
“We had to make a lot of adjustments from the earlier rounds,” noted Miller-Beisel. “I keep him out in the tunnel where it is quite to try and keep him calm before our runs. I tried to ride quieter as I was overriding him the first couple of rounds.”
The changes are definitely working for this team and they are looking to capitalize in the final three rounds.
Kinsel remains atop the leaderboard in the average and in the world standings. The Cotulla, Texas, cowgirl leads the average with a total time of 120.7 on seven runs, while Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi is second with 121.7 on seven. Kinsel has tallied $208,615 on the year, with Pozzi Tonozzi second with $169,494.
The top 15 is not only competing for round money they are 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.
Eighth round action gets underway, Thursday, December 10 at 6:45 p.m. CT LIVE on the Cowboy Channel.
The first National Finals Breakaway Roping will wrap up on Thursday, December 10 and the 2020 WPRA World Champion Breakaway Roper will be crowned. Catch it LIVE and FREE on the Wrangler Network. Be sure to tune in for this historic event.