By WPRA Office
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. —The AQHA and the WPRA annually honors the top equine partners that carry WPRA members to the winners circle. In 2016, the top 25 voted CFour Tibbie Stinson (Tibbie) as the Barrel Horse of the Year. Tibbie is owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado and the 7-year old mare has carried Ivy to her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Ivy and Tibbie enter their first Wrangler NFR ranked fourth with $111,160 in the world standings after a phenomenal year that included major wins at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo and set a new arena record at the Wrangler Champions Challenge event in Spanish Fork, Utah, to name a few.
"Monday was a very emotional day here as we received a call from the AQHA to let us know Tibbie was named AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year," wrote Kelly Conrado, Ivy's father, on Facebook. "This honor is so special. It is voted on by the top 25 members in the world standings and we are absolutely overwhelmed with gratitude and appreciation for this incredible honor. For me, it is truly the most special of awards and recognitions. Thank you all. My heart is so full."
Tibbie is a product of the Dash Ta Fame son Eddie Stinson out of Little Fancy Granny. A little back story on the Ivy and Tibbie partnership. When Ivy was still a young girl, she was at the futurity in Fort Smith, Ark., with her family and got into a wreck while riding one of the young horses. The accident kept her from the saddle for awhile. Enter Little Fancy Granny, also known as Racie. Just about four when the Conrados got her, Racie became Conrado’s therapy with the then nine year old girl spending hours in the saddle on the mare. Racie loved running barrels and soon took nearly every member of the family to the winner’s circle. Ivy won the Wrangler Junior High School State Finals twice on Racie. In her last win at the Junior High Finals, Racie was actually bred to the Dash Ta Fame son Eddie Stinson. The embryo that was flushed out following the win was Tibbie. Because Ivy was also busy competing in volleyball including Junior Olympics, she never went to the High School Finals with Racie and took a break from riding through her high school years. Meanwhile, Kelly put Tibbie into training, winning big during her four year old futurity season and now the mare will carry Ivy down the alleyway at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Mary Burger and Sadiesfamouslastwords (aka Mary Burger's Mo)
Photo Courtesy of RodeoHouston
Finishing second in the AQHA/WPRA Barrel Horse of the Year Honors was Sadiesfamouslastwords better known as Mary Burger's Mo that has carried Burger back to the Wrangler NFR in the No. 1 spot with a record regular season earnings record of $190,977. Mo, owned by Mary and her husband, Kerry, is a 7-year old buckskin gelding by Sadies Frosty Drift out of Porky and Bess. Burger's last mount, Rare Fred, that carried her to the Wrangler NFR and the 2006 WPRA Barrel Racing World Title won the AQHA Barrel Horse of the Year award in both 2006 and 2009.
Kimmie Wall and TKW Bullysfamous Fox "Foxy"
Photo By Bob Click
TKW Bullysfamous Fox "Foxy" owned by Travis and Kimmie Wall finished third in the AQHA Barrel Horse of the Year voting. Foxy has carried Kimmie to her first Wrangler NFR in 2016 ranked fifth after finishing just outside the top 15 the last two years - 19th in 2015 and 20th in 2014. Foxy, an 8-year old mare, is a product of the stallion Bully Bullion and the mare Gateway Ta Love. She was raised and trained by the Walls and carried Kimmie to a 2D win in her first competition at the futurity in Buckeye, Ariz. In 2015, Foxy mastered the "Green Mile" in Pendleton, Ore., and now will have a chance on a much shorter pattern inside the Thomas & Mack Center.
Conrado will be officially recognized during the PRCA Awards Presentation in Las Vegas, prior to the start of the Wrangler NFR.
1. CFour Tibbie Stinson (Tibbie), owners Kelly and Ivy Conrado
2. Sadiesfamouslastwords (Mo), owners Kerry and Mary Burger
3. TKW Bullysfamous Fox (Foxy) owners Travis and Kimmie Wall