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By JimiBeth Myers

Top 15 With Saddles
Photo by Kenneth Springer

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Saddles and Girls - Meet the Top 15 and See their Beautiful Saddles
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Meet the Top 15

Las Vegas is a great place to meet the top barrel racers in the world. The NFR barrel racers will be at WPRA booth (Booth 1000) at the Cowboy Christmas at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Halls (3150 Paradise Road Las Vegas, NV 89109) every day while the rodeo is in town.


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See Saddles

Generous sponsors and saddle makers make custom saddles for each WNFR Barrel Racer. The names of all 15 saddles are thrown into a hat and each of the girls draws for the unique saddle they will take home at random. The Reserve Champion and Fastest Time saddles are also in this saddle donation program, and they are won based on who ends up number 2 in the World after Round 10 and the person who clocks the fastest barrel pattern at the Thomas & Mack respectively.

All of the saddles can be seen at the WPRA booth #1000 at Cowboy Christmas from 9am-5pm every day during the NFR. Below you can see Kenneth Springer photos of each of the saddles that the barrel racers will receive in Las Vegas.

These are the Qualifier Saddles that the girls drew at the 2017 WNFR.

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Rookie Saddle by Martin Saddlery
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Martin Saddlery has been teamed up with Champion Barrel Racer Sherry Cervi and making great barrel saddles for years. They are excited to present the WPRA Rookie of the Year with the newest saddle in their Sherry Cervi Signature Series, the Stingray! This saddle is made for the rider who prefers a vertical ride as well as all day comfort for training, exercise, and fierce competitions and helps prevent a barrel racer from getting over the front and out of balance. This saddle is donated by Sherry Cervi herself and goes to Rookie of the Year Taci Bettis.

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Qualifier Saddles

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Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi
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Brittany will receive a saddle donated by Marlene McRae manufactured by Reinsman. This is a custom Marlene McRae Special Effx saddle with an Old West finish, 7/8 with feather border painted in gold. An inlaid faux red gator seat with rawhide scalloped cantle and rawhide braided horn. It comes with 2” Wood Visalia stirrups and the greek key concho. As with all of Marlene’s saddles this saddle has the conforming bars made of an advanced polyethylene to provide freedom of movement and a great fit with lifetime warranty. It has a carpet liner for grip and will form fit to the horse’s back. The saddle comes with biothane stirrup leathers for flexibility and to decrease weight. Leather latigo tie straps for longevity and provides some give for the horse’s comfort.

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Ivy Conrado
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Ivy can help Connolly Saddlery celebrate 105 years of making saddles, proudly when she rides in her new saddle showcasing their newest custom design: antique tooled inlaid seat; complimented by a fully tooled rough out jockey; and the rest of the saddle is fully tooled antiqued leather. Connolly Barrel Saddles are handmade with American Hermann Oak Leather and features Connolly’s own American made tree.

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Amber Moore
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Libby Hurley & Scott Fogg donated an Epic Saddlery saddle in memory of Celie Whitcomb Ray. The saddle is their B-17 Barrel Racer with a 6 3/4 gullet and 14"in., turquoise, elephant, inlaid seat. It features Wickett and Craig, chocolate, roughout, leather with bone buckstitching. It is built on a tree made by Hadlock & Fox.

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Tillar Murray
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The Texas Landmen donated a Molly Powell saddle manufactured by Circle Y Saddles. Molly Powell saddles are designed with several criteria for success. Foremost is fit for the horse. This custom saddle is made with a versatile Freedom Fit tree with flexible bars which fits a variety of horses, or a traditional wood tree. A narrow seat allows the rider to grip with the legs. The fenders are set to keep the rider’s legs from getting behind the hips so the rider, and the horse, stay properly balanced through a powerful turn.

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Nellie Miller
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This custom Alamo Barrel saddle has a square cut skirt with square cut to the fenders to give it a nice matching sharp look. The flashy royal blue alligator seat helps accentuate the WPRA logo and Alamo outlined the saddle in a matching royal blue buckstitch with a pop of blue burst. The stirrups are hand tooled along with the saddle and matching back flank set featuring Alamo’s own Paisley tooling. The cantle showcases a pencil roll for a clean sleek look of a nice western saddle.

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Kassie Mowry
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Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds donated this Corriente barrel saddle, which has a 14” half breed rough out hard seat with a cheyenne roll. Flower tooling in the seat, swells and back of the seat along with white buck stitching completes the look of this classic saddle.

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Sydni Blanchard
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Six D Cattle Company LLC donated the Shiloh Saddlery’s The Contender, which has a 14” seat and 6 ¾ gullet. This Chestnut saddle is completed by a Half breed crazy stamp and white buckstiching.

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Taci Bettis
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Circle Y Saddles donated a Fischer Treeless Barrel Saddle with Copper & Turquoise accents 5” Cantle and tall swells for a secure seat. Treeless design for unrestricted movement and comfort, close contact between horse and rider. Neo-Shock™ skirts absorb shock through neoprene filler, conforms to the horse’s back for comfort and distribute weight. Wood swell and cantle with no solid bars gives the saddle form without hindering movement Forward hung fenders keep your feet in front of you. Lightweight to ease saddling and less weight for your horse to carry.

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Tiany Schuster
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Donated By: Jud Little Ranch
Saddle Maker: Lazy L Saddles

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Kimmie Wall
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Donated By: Coats Saddlery
Saddle Maker: Coats Saddlery

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Hailey Kinsel
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Donated By: Bob Marshall Sports Saddles
Saddle Maker: Bob Marshall Sports Saddles

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Kellie Collier
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Donated By: Bob Marshall Sports Saddles
Saddle Maker: Bob Marshall Sports Saddles

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Kathy Grimes
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Donated By: Jeff Smith’s Custom Saddles
Saddle Maker: Jeff Smith’s Custom Saddles

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Stevi Hillman
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Donated By: Lazy L Saddles
Saddle Maker: Jeff Smith’s Custom Saddles

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Lisa Lockhart
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Donated By: Rodeo for a Reason
Saddle Maker: Rodeo For a Reason by G7 - rodeoforareason.com

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