2019 World Standings
Born: Nov. 12, 1980, in Guymon, Okla.
Residence: Lamar, Colo.
Joined the WPRA: 2003
Horses: Freckles Ta Fame “Can Man” (11-year-old stallion)- Sire: Dash Ta Fame/Dam: Frenchmans Freckles
World titles: 0
Wrangler NFR qualifications: 2 (2005, 2019)
Tour Finale qualifications: 3
Pace Chute-out: 2004-2005
Education: West Texas A&M University (Canyon) degree in education
• Entered the 2019 NFR ranked 4th. Placed in four out of 10 rounds at the Wrangler NFR and finished 5th in the average.
• Won the year-end title in the Mountain State Circuit
• Won the American Royal Pro Rodeo (Kansas City, Missouri)
• Won 50th Annual Cowboy Capital of the World PRCA Rodeo (Stephenville, Texas)
• Won West Jordan (Utah) Western Stampede
• Won Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Nebraska)
• Won Rodeo de Santa Fe (N.M.)
• Co-Champion at Cheyenne (Wyoming) Frontier Days Rodeo
• Co-Champion at Greeley (Colorado) Independence Day Stampede
• Finished second at Rodeo Corpus Christi (Texas)
• Finished second at Reno (Nevada) Rodeo
• Finished second at Lea County Fair and Rodeo (Lovington, N.M.)
• Finished second at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo (Abilene, Kansas)
• Finished second at the Seward County PRCA Rodeo (Liberal, Kansas)
• 2018 – Mountain States Circuit year-end champion
• 2015 – Won the Gooding (Idaho) Rodeo
• 2010 – Mountain States Circuit champion
• 2008 - Finished the year ranked 22nd; Won the Dodge Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo, the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo (Castle Rock, Colo.) and the Yuma (Colo.) County Fair and Rodeo.
• 2007 – Won the Dodge National Circuit Finals Rodeo (Pocatello, Idaho), the Canyonlands PRCA Rodeo (Moab, Utah), the Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park, Colo.) and the Woodward (Okla.) Elks Rodeo. Finished the year ranked 23rd in the world with $35,606.
• 2006 – Won the Brawley (Calif.) Cattle Call Rodeo, the American Royal Rodeo (Kansas City, Mo.), the Walla Walla (Wash.) Fair & Frontier Days, the Kitsap County Fair & Stampede (Bremerton, Wash.), the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair & Rodeo, the Ute Mountain Roundup (Cortez, Colo.) and was co-champion at the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show and PRCA Rodeo (Belton, Texas).
• 2005 – Won three rounds in a row at first Wrangler NFR. She won the second round in 13.96 seconds, the third in 14.04 and the fourth in 13.82. Placed in three other rounds; won the Colorado State Fair & Rodeo (Pueblo), the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo (Loveland, Colo.), the Yuma County Fair & Rodeo (Yuma, Colo.), the Eagle (Colo.) County Fair and Rodeo, the Beef Empire Days PRCA Rodeo (Garden City, Kan.), and the Elizabeth (Colo.) Stampede Rodeo; qualified for the Pace Classic after finishing third at the Pace Chute-out; won the Wrangler ProRodeo Tour and aggregate titles at Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Day Rodeo finished second at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and at the San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show and Rodeo. Finished the year ranked third in the world with $143,348.
2019 - Freckles Ta Fame “Can Man” finished in a tie for third in the Purina Horse of the Year voting in 2019. Can Man is owned by Joe and Carla Spitz. Finished in a three way tie for WPRA Horse With the Most Heart (others were DM Sissy Hayday “Sister” – Hailey Kinsel; and High Valor “Valor” – Dona Kay Rule).
Husband, Phy (PRCA tie-down roper); son, Slade; daughter, Steely …Parents are Jim and Lesli Nichols. Jim is the former Director of Rodeo Administration for the PRCA and Lesli previously worked for the National Little Britches Association…Bought her horse Slider prior to her birthday in 2004 from a former college rodeo teammate, Kirbi Thiel. A month later Molly Powell borrowed the horse for the Wrangler NFR, which she rode en route to the NFR aggregate title….Is the co-owner, with her mom, of Retro Ranch, a jewelry and apparel business…Missed two months during the 2007 season after suffering a broken wrist in a trailer-loading accident in Albuquerque, N.M. SX Docs Slider “Slider” a bay gelding and Cowboy a sorrel gelding carried her to her first NFR in 2005.