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Hope Thompson
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Whitney DeSalvo


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By Ann Bleiker


World Champions Crowned at WPRA World Finals
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WACO, TEXAS – World Titles were handed out over the weekend at the WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, in the roping division, futurity and derby division and junior division. 

Taking home her fourth consecutive team roping heeling world title was Whitney DeSalvo. DeSalvo of Springfield, Arkansas, has become a force to be reckoned with on all levels in the team roping. She won the title with partner Hope Thompson, who collected her second team roping title to go with her previous breakaway title (2013) bringing her total to three WPRA World Titles. DeSalvo’s first world title came in 2017 with Thompson, then the past two years in 2018 when Lari Dee Guy won the heading title and in 2019 Beverly Robbins claimed the heading title.

DeSalvo finished the year with $35,172 in earnings to reserve world champion Annette Stahl’s $22,728. Thompson captured the title with $33,307 in earnings compared to reserve world champion Lari Dee Guy with $29,132.

Kelsie Chace and Jackie Crawford took home the WPRA World Finals Average Title stopping the clock in 22.7 seconds on three head.

 

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Gracie Gambino and Jolee Jordan
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The young roping phenom Gracie Gambino won back-to-back world titles in the tie-down roping. The 18-year old from Lindale, Texas, finished the year with $7,403 in earnings to reserve world champion Tanegai Zilverberg’s $7,393. Gambino won the second round in a time of 15.1 seconds, was third in the third round in a time of 26.7 and was fourth in the average with a time of 141.8 seconds on three head. Zilverberg easily won the average title in a time of 55.3 seconds after placing in all three rounds.

With the evolution of the women’s breakaway roping within the WPRA at ProRodeos and the fact that in 2020 breakaway earnings were calculate for ProRodeos only as well as co-approved events only the landscape of the world title also changed. Money won at the WPRA World Finals this year were added to the co-approved event standings like in years past but the member with the most money in those standings this year was honored with the National Champion title versus the normal World Champion status.

JJ Hampton, a 17-time WPRA World Champion, took home the title with $87,973 in earnings to reigning world champion’s Kelsie Chace’s $81,812. Hampton, who has qualified for the inaugural National Finals Breakaway Roping (NFBR), now has the opportunity to not only win a national championship in 2020 in breakaway but also a world title. What an historic year it would be if Hampton is able to accomplish this feat.

The WPRA Breakaway Roping World Champion starting in 2020 will be based on the ProRodeo only standings and will be crowned following the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping similar to how the WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer is determined following the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

Rookie Rylie Smith of Whitsett, Texas, took home the breakaway average title at the WPRA World Finals with a three head time of 8.2 seconds.

While Chace will be unable to add another breakaway world title to her resume in 2020, as she didn’t qualify for the NFBR, she did win her third all-around WPRA World Title outdistancing Gambino. Chace, who previously won the title in 2012 and 2017, finished the year with $7,870 in all-around earnings compared to Gambino’s $7,699.

Futurity and Derby World Champions Named
The first WPRA World Title awarded over the weekend was in the Futurity Division.

Molly Otto and Teasin Dat Guy captured the WPRA Futurity 1D title after collecting a total of 412.5 points on the year. Otto of Grand Forks, N.D., outdistanced Margaret Jones and Smooth Operraider who finished with 367.5 points.

Bailey Webb-Olson and VR Jojo Wood Pay of Hugo, Minnesota, won the 2D World Championship title finishing the year with 145 points to Ashley Day and Driftin Little Lena’s total of 95 points. Webb-Olson was in the driver’s seat going into to the WPRA World Finals and added to her final point total with a fourth place finish in the second round in a time of 17.564 seconds.

Although Margaret Jones missed out on the Futurity World Title she didn’t go home empty handed as she and Shes Packin Dynamite took home the WPRA World Title in the Derby Division. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Ima Famous Babe, a horse she plans to run next month at the Wrangler NFR in Arlington, took home the Derby World Finals Average Title in a time of 31.278 seconds on two runs. Kassie Mowry and Famous Ladies Man was a close second in a total time of 31.400.

Junior World Champion Named
London Gorham of Cotulla, Texas, captured her first WPRA Junior World Title with $31,365 in earnings for 2020. Casey Mathis of Washoe Valley, Nevada, finished as the reserve world champion with $16,874. Mathis aboard SH Stylish and Sly won the first round of the Junior race at the WPRA World Finals in a time of 15.981 seconds and would finish second in the second round in a time of 16.064 seconds.

WPRA Card Holder and Permit Only Race
Top WPRA horse trainer Kassie Mowry aboard Famous Ladies Man won the WPRA Card Holder race with a total time of 47.136 seconds. 2020 WPRA Rookie of the Year Paige Jones was hot on her heels in a time of 47.199 seconds. As a result, both ladies have earned a spot in RodeoHouston in March, as long as the event happens.

Kylee Scribner turned in the fastest time of the weekend during the second round of the card holder race stopping the clock in a time of 15.345. Scribner would end up third in the average in a total time of 47.276 seconds. All money won during this race was applied to their 2021 ProRodeo standings.

Taking home the title in the WPRA Permit-Only race was Jordan Driver in a time of 48.428 seconds. Driver aboard French Rivierra won the second round in a time of 15.970 seconds and collected a total of $3,036 in Waco to easily fill her permit and can now compete on as a WPRA Rookie in 2021.

Complete results can be found at http://www.elitebarrelracing.com/htdocs/results.html and full recaps on all races will appear in the January 2021 edition of the WPRA News.

 

 

Rookie Scribner Makes Quick Work of Cloverleaf Pattern in Round 2 of WPRA Card Holder Race
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WACO, TEXAS – If Kylee Scribner’s second round run at the WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, on Saturday, November 14 is any indication of how her 2021 Rookie Season is going to go, everyone better watch out.

Scribner of Azle, Texas, and Firewater Cartel were definitely feeling their oats stopping the clock in a blistering time of 15.345 seconds to easily take the second round victory and a check totaling $2,282. Two-time WPRA World Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Ima Famous Babe came the closest to Scribner’s time with a run of 15.598 seconds.

Scribner’s first round run on Friday landed her 29th in the round with a time of 16.063. She is now second in the average (31.408 seconds on two runs) going into the short round on Sunday morning and is hoping to finish in the top two to earn a spot in the prestigious RodeoHouston in March.

Top WPRA horse trainer Kassie Mowry aboard Famous Ladies Man leads the two run average with a total time of 31.400 seconds. The top 30 in the average have earned another run in the short round to determine this year’s WPRA World Finals Card Holder Average winner. It is definitely a stacked and talented field. All barrel racing action can be seen LIVE at www.goldbucklemedia.net and all draws and result links can be found at www.wpra.com.

Money from the card holder race will count toward 2021 WPRA World Standings and top two in the average will earn a spot in RodeoHouston in March, as long as the event happens.

Futurity World Champion Named

The first WPRA World Title was awarded on Friday evening in Waco with Molly Otto and Teasin Dat Guy capturing the WPRA Futurity 1D title after collecting a total of 412.5 points on the year. Otto of Grand Forks, N.D., outdistanced Margaret Jones and Smooth Operraider who finished with 367.5 points.

Going into the WPRA World Finals, Otto held the lead and extended that lead en route to the title with a second place finish in the first round of the Futurity race. The duo stopped the clock in a time of 15.99 seconds to tie with Alli Cadwallader and Lacey Lady Bugs for second, while Jana Bean and Slicks Famous Design won the round in a time of 15.873.

Otto would not place again but Bean would go on to finish third in the second round and won the average in a total time of 31.827 seconds.

Bailey Webb-Olson and VR Jojo Wood Pay of Hugo, Minnesota, won the 2D World Championship title finishing the year with 145 points to Ashley Day and Driftin Little Lena’s total of 95 points. Webb-Olson was in the driver’s seat going into to the WPRA World Finals and added to her final point total with a fourth place finish in the second round in a time of 17.564 seconds.

Ryann Pedone and Pressured By Destiny won the 2D average title at the WPRA World Finals with a total time of 32.974 seconds.

The Derby World Champion will be determined following the second round of action today. Check back for an update on that. Stephanie Fryar and Some Streakin French won the first round in a time of 15.634 with Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Ima Famous Babe taking second in 15.680.

First round action in the roping division gets underway at 7 p.m CT on Saturday, November 14 in the Show Pavilion at the Extraco Event Center.

 
WPRA Card Holder Race Results:
First Round:

1. Stephanie Fryar, Some Streakin French, 15.634, $2,282
2. Paige Jones, High Cotton Lane, 15.723, $1,956
3. Kassie Mowry, Famous Ladies Man, 15.783, $1,630
4. Hailey Kinsel, DH Jess Stellar, 15.788, $1,412
5. Emily Miller-Beisel, Namgis D 33, 15.827, $1,086
6. Judi Reed, Southwestern Sixpack, 15.843, $869
7. Kelsey Treharne, VF Chasin Cans, 15.869, $652
8. Susan Smith, Dash Centerfold, 15.873, $435
9. Jordon Briggs, Famous Lil Jet, 15.895, $326
10. Victoria Williams, Three Jets Olena, 15.918, $217

Second Round:

1. Kylie Scribner, Firewater Cartel, 15.345, $2,282
2. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Ima Famous Babe, 15.598, $1,956
3. Kassie Mowry, Famous Ladies Man, 15.617, $1,630
4. Emily Efurd, A Cornerstone, 15.706, $1,412
5. Paige Jones, High Cotton Lane, 15.728, $1,086
6. Timber Allenbrand, Spotted Diamond, 15.809, $869
7. Ashley Castleberry, Calfee Stormy Dash, 15.812, $652
8. Lisa Anderson, JK Wreckless Lady, 15.818, $435
9. Jordon Briggs, Famous Lil Jet, 15.838, $326
10. Margaret Poloncic, Aint Seen Me Yet, $15.843, $217

 

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2020 WPRA World Finals Off To A Fast Start
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WACO, TEXAS – The WPRA World Finals in Waco, Texas, is now underway. Next to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, the WPRA World Finals is one of the biggest events of the year for the WPRA that attracts the highest caliber of barrel racers and female ropers from across the country.

While the WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer won’t be crowned until next month up the road in Arlington, Texas, at the Wrangler NFR many of the qualifiers are in Waco looking to get a head start on the 2021 rodeo season competing in the WPRA Card Holder Race. The first round took place on the morning of Friday, November 13 and it was a lucky day for Stephanie Fryar who took the round win.

 

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Stephanie Fryar
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It was a hometown win for Fryar, who hails from Waco, stopping the clock in 15.634 seconds. She made the flawless run aboard Some Streakin French and outdistanced 2020 WPRA Rookie of the Year Paige Jones. Jones of Wayne, Oklahoma, jockeyed High Cotton Lane to a second place finish in a time of 15.723.

Fryar picked up $2,282, while Jones pocketed $1,956. Prior to this weekend Fryar was ranked 28th in the 2021 WPRA World Standings, while Jones had yet to collect any money in the new season that started on October 1.

Two-time WPRA world champion Hailey Kinsel finished fourth in the round aboard DH Jess Stellar in a time of 15.788 seconds for $1,412. Kinsel will be looking for her third world title next month at the Wrangler NFR at Globe Life Field. Emily Miller-Beisel, will be making her second Wrangler NFR appearance next month, but is already working on her 2021 NFR qualification finishing fifth in the first round of the card holder race in a time of 15.827 aboard Namgis D 33. Miller-Beisel pocketed $1,086 and will be looking to improve upon that in round two on Saturday, November 14 at 9:30 a.m. CT.

Other Wrangler NFR qualifiers in Waco this weekend but placing out of the money in the first round include: Jimmie Smith, Tiany Schuster, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Jill Wilson, Cheyenne Wimberley, Stevi Hillman, Shelley Morgan, Ryann Pedone, and Dona Kay Rule.

Money from the card holder race will count toward 2021 WPRA World Standings and top two in the average will earn a spot in RodeoHouston in March, as long as the event happens.

All barrel racing action can be seen LIVE at www.goldbucklemedia.net and all draws and result links can be found at www.wpra.com.

While the barrel racers were bringing the heat in the Coliseum at Extraco Event Center, the ropers will be throwing down in the Show Pavilion with the first round starting at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.

 
WPRA Card Holder Race Results:

1. Stephanie Fryar, Some Streakin French, 15.634, $2,282
2. Paige Jones, High Cotton Lane, 15.723, $1,956
3. Kassie Mowry, Famous Ladies Man, 15.783, $1,630
4. Hailey Kinsel, DH Jess Stellar, 15.788, $1,412
5. Emily Miller-Beisel, Namgis D 33, 15.827, $1,086
6. Judi Reed, Southwestern Sixpack, 15.843, $869
7. Kelsey Treharne, VF Chasin Cans, 15.869, $652
8. Susan Smith, Dash Centerfold, 15.873, $435
9. Jordon Briggs, Famous Lil Jet, 15.895, $326
10. Victoria Williams, Three Jets Olena, 15.918, $217

 

 

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