Fort Worth 2015-Babyflo Leads the Race in Fort Worth




By Jolee Lautaret-Jordan

Fort Worth, Texas — After two weeks of nearly 80 degree weather, the temperatures are finally starting to drop in Fort Worth, Texas where the 119th edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is in full swing. Inside the arena, however, the competition is getting red hot in the WPRA barrel racing.

The WPRA barrel racing has been extremely competitive. After 120 runs in the books, only 12 ladies have hit barrels and the race is tight as each of the 210 WPRA barrel racers who got entered here is taking her shot at making the progressive round. Following the 21st performance on Tuesday night, February 3, the top 70 from the long round will earn their way to another full go round.

The FWSSR runs from January 16 to February 7 and offers a huge committee purse of $35,000 along with $61,950 in contestant entry fees. Following the progressive round, the top 12 cowgirls on two runs will advance to the finals, to be held Saturday night, February 7. In addition to the final round money the 12 cowgirls will be competing for, they will also have a chance to vie for the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award, which pays $5,000 to the winner.

Kellies Chick, better known as Skye, had already made one trip around the cloverleaf inside Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum when two-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier Michele McLeod saddled the big brown mare. In fact, McLeod's daughter Katelyn ran the mare at the FWSSR in the first performance on January 23, stopping the clock at 17.00 seconds.

With McLeod's main mount, the black stallion Slick by Design, on the road from Denver to Rapid City, McLeod went to Skye for her opening round at Fort Worth during the ninth performance. The pair just finished a successful trip to the Wrangler NFR, winning the fifth go round and earning $62,840. In their tour of Will Rogers, the pair posted a 16.75 second run, good enough for a split of fourth.

Hi Point Performance Horses, which owns both Slick and Skye, recently announced the birth of Slye, a son of the two Wrangler NFR greats, born earlier this year via embryo transfer.

Thursday, January 29th brought the 10th performance and Texas Christian University (TCU) Day at the Stock Show. Riding in front of a huge crowd of TCU students and the Horned Frogs marching Band, 2014 WPRA World Champion Fallon Taylor wowed the crowd with a blistering run of 16.62 seconds to break up the log jam at the top of the standings.

Riding her great mare Babyflo, Taylor leads a pack of five lefties leading the way thus far.

The Thursday night performances saw some of the best runs of the rodeo to date with four ladies breaking the 17 second mark, the first time to have that many in one perf. Along with Taylor, Kim Couch (16.81), Tracey Austin-Ivy (16.86) and Jessica Leach (16.93) all moved into the top 20.

Young gun Callie DuPerier started the 11th performance, the Friday matinee on January 30, with a bang. Riding the former arena record holder at the Wrangler NFR, Rare Dillion, DuPerier rounded the cloverleaf in 16.78 seconds.

She would be outgunned, however, just a few riders later when WPRA World No. 2 Kelly Tovar took her shot. Tovar and the yellow speed demon BB French Fooled Ya, aka Edwin, blasted around three in 16.75 seconds to land in a share of fourth with Edwin's former jockey McLeod and Tarleton State cowgirl Shelby Herrmann.

Tovar, who lives in Rockdale, Texas, has won nearly $14,000 already in 2015. Edwin is also a lefty, continuing the trend here of tremendous runs made by horses that take the left turn first.

In front of a sold out crowd on Friday night, during the 12th performance, the competition stayed hot. Reigning Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Champion Shelly Anzick darted through the pattern in 16.93 seconds aboard Scooten ta Fame as the first gunners. Perennial top 30 cowgirl Kenna Squires and Dash to the Flame turned in a beautiful 16.85 second run a few runners later.

Both would be outdone by New Mexico cowgirl Sabrina Ketcham. Ketcham qualified for the 2013 Wrangler NFR aboard her great gelding Swivel ta Fame but the horse suffered a career ending injury at San Antonio last winter.

Ketcham came back to Fort Worth with a new mount, a six year old mare named Easz Six that she bought through the same sale barn as Swivel. She bought the mare as a three year old and trained her.

"She's literally been to a handful of jackpots," said Ketcham. "I took her to Colorado versus the World a couple weeks ago in Denver and here, that's been her rodeo experience."

Riding the mare she calls Mahalo, Ketcham punched her ticket for the progressive round with a super smooth run of 16.74 seconds, good enough for fourth so far.

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo continues with three performances on Saturday, January 31 before returning to two-a-day for the remainder of the rodeo. Over the weekend, spectators will get a chance to watch 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary Walker, 2014 WPRA Rookie of the Year Sarah McDonald and 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show Champ, and WPRA Rookie of the Year, Taylor Jacob along with 2014 Wrangler NFR qualifiers Christine Laughlin, Kassidy Dennison, Britany Diaz, Jana Bean.

For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit them on-line at and stay tuned to for continuing updates.

Current Standings
1. Fallon Taylor, Flos Heiress, 16.62
2/3. Alexa Lake, Sure Down Dash, 16.67
2/3. Deb Guelly, Dealin Flashy, 16.67
4. Sabrina Ketchum, Easz Six, 16.74
5/6/7. Shelby Herrmann, TS Doc San Lena, 16.75
5/6/7. Michele McLeod, Kellies Chick, 16.75
5/6/7. Kelly Tovar, BB French Fooled Ya, 16.75
8. Callie Duperier, Rare Dillion, 16.78
9. Megan Swint, Bar Bee Stealing Sue, 16.80
10. Kim Couch, Easy French Alibi, 16.81
11-14. Brooke Jeter, Nickitty Split, 16.85
11-14. Laura Kennedy, Hopes Money Boy, 16.85
11-14. Brittany Pozzi, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 16.85
11-14. Kenna Squires, Dash to the Flame, 16.85

Currently top 70
Fort Worth, Texas
Barrel Racing – Go Round 1 thru 12 performances
Event Standings as of 1/30/2015 at 9:19 PM CT
List courtesy Ft. Worth rodeo secretary

1. Fallon Taylor 16.62
2. Alexa Lake 16.67
Deb Guelly 16.67
4. Sabrina Ketcham 16.74
5. Shelby Herrmann 16.75
Michele McLeod 16.75
Kelly Tovar 16.75
8. Callie DuPerier 16.78
9. Megan Swint 16.80
10. Kim Couch 16.81
11. Brooke Jeter 16.85
Laura Kennedy 16.85
Brittany Pozzi 16.85
Kenna Squires 16.85
15. Tracey Austin-Ivy 16.86
16. Jessica Leach 16.93
Shelly Anzick 16.93
18. Britta O'Keeffe 16.94
19. Carmel Wright 16.96
Fonda Galbreath 16.96
21. Angela Gilliam 16.98
22. Lisa Lockhart 17.00
Liz Herrin 17.00
Morgan Breaux 17.00
25. Katelyn McLeod 17.01
Angie Meadors 17.01
Natalie Bland 17.01
Jessi Fish 17.01
29. Natalie Foutch 17.02
30. Callahan Crossley 17.04
Layna Kight 17.04
32. Kaylee Gallino 17.06
Brittany Kelly 17.06
34. Dawn Lewis 17.08
Trula Churchill 17.08
Lacey Harmon 17.08
37. Tasha Walsh 17.09
38. Shada Brazile 17.10
39. Kelly Koeppen 17.11
Brittany Grant 17.11
Jamie Ashford 17.11
Sheena Robbins 17.11
Kylee Schumacher 17.11
44. Martha Wright 17.12
45. Cindy Woods 17.13
Heather Humphries 17.13
Samantha Lyne 17.13
48. Steffanie Mather 17.14
Sharin Hall 17.14
50. Katti Pinnix 17.17
51. Gretchen Benbenek 17.18
Scamper Cole 17.18
53. Hanna Forbes 17.19
54. Benette Little 17.21
Jackie Ganter 17.21
Holly Fenoglio 17.21
57. Kassie Green 17.22
58. Cassie Moseley 17.23
59. Danyelle Campbell 17.24
Kriss Griffin 17.24
Jodi Rush-Cuccurullo 17.24
62. Stacey Grimes 17.25
63. Laurie Jones 17.26
Kaley Bass 17.26
65. TK Lawrence 17.27
Jenny Smith 17.27
67. Victoria Williams 17.30
68. Mattie Jackson 17.31
69. Christy Loflin 17.33
70. Cheyenne Wimberley 17.35
Casey Doebbler 17.35
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