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Nellie Miller and Shali Lord
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By Jolee Jordan and Ann Bleiker


NFR Miller and Lord Finish in a Tie at Cheyenne
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Cheyenne, Wyoming—There was nothing but sunny skies on Sunday in Cheyenne but that didn’t make the finish of the 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days any less dramatic for the reigning champion Nellie Miller.

Exactly one year ago, Miller raced her roan phenom Sister around Frontier Park’s huge arena with hail pelting them, after waiting out a delay due to tornado warnings. The Cottonwood, California cowgirl earned her first win at the rodeo known worldwide as the Daddy of ‘Em All.

 

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Nellie Miller
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Miller and Sister were back to try for the repeat and had followed a similar track to the final go round. They won the opening go during the slack, just as they did a year ago, but this time the path was longer thanks to Cheyenne’s change to a tournament style format with one extra sudden death round from previous seasons. No averages in 2019 meant that only the fastest each day during Frontier Days survived to compete again.

After a progressive round held in slack and a quarter finals through six performances, 24 of more than 180 cowgirls were left standing—or running as it were—for the title of Cheyenne Champion, including Miller.

The Daddy wrapped up over the weekend with two performances of semi-finals action and the culmination of it all on Sunday for the Championship Round.

Semi-Finals

Cheyenne Wimberley needed to do well in the town that bears the same name. She came to town with good momentum after a solid finish in Salinas last week but ranked just outside the top fifteen as the Texas cowgirl seeks to return to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) after nearly two decades. Though currently nineteenth, she trails the 15th position in the WPRA World standings by about $12,000.

She got a great boost in the semi-finals on Friday, July 26 when she won her group. Wimberley posted the fastest run of the entire rodeo at 17.21 seconds en route to picking up another $3,786 in earnings. More importantly, she clinched her spot into the Finals on Sunday.

After winning her first two rounds here, Miller was second at 17.43 seconds while Lisa Lockhart was third at 17.46. Rookie Megan Champion, Dena Milner and Karson Bradley all moved on from the Friday group.

Like Wimberley, Shali Lord is looking to get back to Las Vegas after a long absence. Lord has had a solid season and looks secure to make her second Wrangler NFR as she is ranked fourth in the WPRA World standings.

 

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Shali Lord
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On Saturday, she added a little more assurance to that fact with a win during the second set of semi-finals. Riding the tough stallion Can Man, Lord was the first to compete, stopping the clock at 17.56 seconds. The mark would not be beat with Michelle Darling coming closest at 17.69 seconds.

Lacinda Rose also helped keep her Wrangler NFR dreams afloat; the two-time and reigning Great Lakes Circuit champ is ranked 13th in the current standings and is headed to the Cheyenne Finals after finishing third on Saturday.

Kellie Collier and a pair of former Cheyenne champions, Stevi Hillman and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, rounded out the field for the final round of the Daddy.

Finals

It was a beautiful day in Cheyenne with plenty of hopes and dreams as bright as the Wyoming sky amongst the field of contenders for the championship. Unlike previous years, nothing done prior to Sunday figured into who would walk away with the title, only who could get around three cans and home the fastest that day.

The 12-cowgirl Finals featured four ladies who had already walked the Cheyenne stage as champion in their careers: Miller, Lockhart, Hillman and Pozzi Tonozzi. For Miller, she is seeking a bit of history, trying to be the first repeat winner since Kristie Peterson won her third consecutive title here in 1998.

With its position towards the end of the big July run of rodeos, Cheyenne is often a turning point for cowboys and cowgirls going down the road with a goal to end the season in Las Vegas at the Wrangler NFR so Sunday meant big pressure for ladies like Wimberley and Rose, clinging to top 20 positions inside the WPRA World standings. For Champion, Sunday brought a chance to close the gap on leading Rookie Carly Taylor, who was not competing. Champion had a shot at history with a win as well: no rookie has won Frontier Days since Carol Goostree in 1978.

Competing in her fourth consecutive Cheyenne finals and aboard her third different horse, Hillman kicked off the final round, hoping for a repeat of 2018 when she won the short go round. A respectable 17.61 gave the remaining 11 something at which to shoot.

Hillman’s hauling partner Kellie Collier ran next but a tipped barrel ended her championship hopes. Wimberley ran third on the ground, finishing up in 17.98 seconds to sit second in the early going.

Lord came next in the draw. With Can Man walking calming down the big arena, Lord jockeyed closer to the start line before asking the big stallion to ignite. He bolted through the pattern, stopping the clock in 17.22 seconds, the second best time of the rodeo.

Champion rode in next, riding the little red mare Katy who nearly carried her owner Rachel Dice to the Wrangler NFR several years ago. Proving Champion’s motto that dynamite comes in small packages, Katy gave the big stallion a run for his money, finishing just behind Lord at 17.24 seconds.

College National Finals cowgirl Karson Bradley had the next shot at the title. The only home state lady in the field, Bradley scrapped her way around the pattern, putting 17.74 seconds on the board, good enough for fourth at the time.

Texas cowgirl Dena Milner rode next aboard her grey horse Gary Owen Sir. The pair had a solid trip at 17.94 seconds.

Rose helped her Wrangler NFR cause—she was just over $2,000 ahead of the 15th ranked cowgirl entering the week—with a big run on Sunday. Riding Real Deal, who was raised by her husband Adam’s family and is just as good as a heading horse as he is at barrel racing, Rose flew around the course. Her time of 17.53 put her third behind Lord and Champion.

It’s been twelve years since Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi last laid claim to a Cheyenne championship. She came gunning for a second one aboard her mare Mona. Running to the left barrel first, the duo wrapped up the first and sprinted the rest of the way in 17.56 seconds to slot in just behind Rose.

Oklahoma’s Michelle Darling brought her wicked fast mare Martini down the long alley next. She made it three straight times in the 17.5’s with her 17.59 second run.

That left two cowgirls to run and both had won here before . . . Miller would go 11th in the draw, seeking her piece of history while Lockhart would finish the day.

Taking her usual big, long run to the first turn, Sister and Miller swallowed it up before continuing their streak through the cloverleaf. The crowd waited to see what time would flash up on the scoreboard. Miller had already run at 17.28 during the quarter finals, could she get even faster and take the repeat win?

When the clock showed a tie at 17.22 with Miller and Lord, the fans erupted. The biggest rodeos of the summer have been decided by mere fractions on the clock this season but none had finished in a tie.

Could Lockhart break the stalemate and win Cheyenne on the heels of Calgary just as she did in 2015?

Though her superstar Louie made a great trip around the pattern, his 17.66 left the tie unbroken at the top resulting in co-champions per WPRA rules with Miller and Lord sharing first and second place money.

“Thank you so much. She just loves this place,” Miller said about her horse Sister after the big win. She noted the role her family plays in her success as well. “I have my daughter and my husband here, I wouldn’t be able to do it without them.”

The 2017 WPRA World Champ was typically humble when asked about becoming just the fifth cowgirl in history to win back-to-back titles in Cheyenne following Gail Petska (1972-73), Goostree (1978-79), Lynn McKenzie (1980-81) and of course Peterson (1996-98).

“I never thought I would be here, honestly, so this is amazing and I’m so thankful.”

Miller pocketed more than $20,000 for her four runs at Frontier Days, which could be enough to slide her back to number one in the WPRA World standings, a position she held from her repeat victory at RodeoHouston in March until the conclusion of the Calgary Stampede just two weeks ago. Lord will stay solidly in the top half of the world standings as well as she vies for another Wrangler NFR berth.

The last two WPRA World Champions, Miller and Hailey Kinsel, are locked in a tight battle as the season enters its final two months. Lockhart will stay third after picking up nearly $5,000 in Cheyenne while Lord’s $12,663 won here puts her close to $100,000 in season earnings.

Pozzi Tonozzi was the third high money winner here with more than $10,000 won. The two-time WPRA World Champion should move up a couple spots from seventh.

Champion and Rose scored big in Cheyenne, each winning more than $9,000 for the rodeo. The win moves Rose further off the Wrangler NFR bubble, creating more distance between her and the pack of wolves on her tail.

For Champion, the earnings put her in a virtual tie with Carly Taylor for the Rookie title as the season enters the final home stretch.

For more information on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, visit them on-line at www.cfdrodeo.com.

Results

Semi-Finals

1st Set

  1. Cheyenne Wimberley, KN Fabs Mist of Fame, 17.21
  2. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 17.43
  3. Lisa Lockhart, An Okie with Cash, 17.46
  4. Megan Champion, Tivitosatthegogobar, 17.53
  5. Dena Milner, Gary Owen Sir, 17.71
  6. Karson Bradley, Sunfrost Cat, 17.76

2nd Set

  1. Shali Lord, Freckles ta Fame, 17.56
  2. Michelle Darling, Morning Traffic, 17.69
  3. Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 17.73
  4. Kellie Collier, Koolspeed ta Fame, 17.74
  5. Stevi Hillman, Guys R A Mystery, 17.77
  6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 17.77

Finals

  1. Lord, 17.22
  2. Miller, 17.22
  3. Champion, 17.24
  4. Rose, 17.53
  5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 17.56
  6. Michelle Darling, 17.59
  7. Stevi Hillman, 17.61
  8. Lisa Lockhart, 17.66
  9. Karson Bradley, 17.74
  10. Dena Milner, 17.94
  11. Cheyenne Wimberley, 17.98
  12. Kellie Collier, 22.69

 

 


NFR Miller Aiming For Back-to-Back Titles in Cheyenne
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Cheyenne, Wyoming—It’s been more than two decades since a WPRA barrel racer repeated as champion of Cheyenne Frontier Days, annually one of pro rodeo’s most lucrative events and a stop on the ProRodeo Tour. Colorado cowgirl Kristie Peterson wrapped up her third straight—and fourth overall—title at the Daddy of ‘Em of All in 1998. The ProRodeo Hall of Fame cowgirl still holds the arena record here, a 17.03 run during a thunderstorm in 1996 aboard her equally famous gelding Bozo.

2017 WPRA World Champ Nellie Miller has already accomplished some difficult repeats during her career, including last year when she became the first to repeat at the Reno Rodeo since Peterson’s last title in 1999. As the 2019 edition of the Daddy kicked off, all eyes were on Miller and her great mare Sister with the question: could they do it again?

The path to the repeat is a bit longer this season thanks to a new format for Frontier Days. Employing a tournament-style format for the first time, Cheyenne has marched through a progressive round of more than 240 cowgirls and subsequent quarter final rounds of 72 cowgirls to land in the semi-finals as the final weekend approaches.

This means one more run than in previous years for anyone hoping to earn the championship on Sunday and gather up the prizes, big payday and bragging rights.

The quarter finals wrapped up with the final two performances on Wednesday and Thursday with familiar names advancing to the next round.

Wednesday, July 24

Clearly, Miller and Sister are more than up to the task in the new format which requires an emphasis on making fast runs every time instead of worrying about any averages—each new round is sudden death so the last run only matters in that it gave a competitor the chance to run again.

Miller and her amazing, homegrown mare were certainly up to the challenge in the quarter finals, running the fastest time of the rodeo at 17.28 seconds—after brushing the first barrel precariously—to win her performance on Wednesday in what was the fastest round of the rodeo to that point.

“This weather thing seems to be a pattern in Cheyenne but it worked out for us yesterday,” Miller noted ironically on social media, alluding to the rainstorm that began with the barrels on Wednesday, reminiscent of the hail storm in which she claimed the title in Cheyenne in 2018. “Won the round, and getting ready for the semi finals on Friday.”

The reigning Cheyenne champ has won more than $10,000 already here this year.

Lacinda Rose continued her pursuit of a first ever Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) by moving on in Cheyenne with her run of 17.54, which just edged out Cheyenne Wimberley. Kellie Collier filled the final qualifying spot to the semi-finals.

Thursday, July 25

California cowgirl Destri Devenport continued the West Coast dominance of the Quarter Finals in Cheyenne by claiming victory on the final day of this round of competition. Along with Miller and Megan Champion, the California girls won three of six performances.

Devenport was aboard her quick gelding Buddy Rose for the win, stopping the clock in a speedy 17.33 seconds to move on to the next round.

Hallie Hanssen won second, riding Tres Movidas, whose dam Sheza Blazin Move won this rodeo with Christy (Loflin) Hefley in 2013. The final two positions in the semi-finals went to Stevi Hillman, the 2017 Cheyenne Champ, and Ericka Nelson. Nelson’s time of 17.60 was the fastest cutoff time for the semi-finals through the six performances of quarter finals action.

Up Next

The first of two semi-finals performances begin on Friday afternoon; Miller and Lisa Lockhart highlight the Friday competitors. Both are past Cheyenne champions.

Hillman and Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi are the only other former Cheyenne winners in the semi-finals and both will compete on Saturday.

Seven of the 24 cowgirls still standing are already ranked among the top 15 in the WPRA World standings while another four are within the top 30. With more than $10,000 still available should one cowgirl win the two remaining go rounds, the next three days could be huge for the standings race for those ladies striving to earn a position at the Wrangler NFR in December.

The fastest six barrel racers from each semi-final performance will move on to the Finals on Sunday where one more sudden death round will determine the 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion.

For more information on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, visit them on-line at www.cfdrodeo.com and stay tuned to www.wpra.com for continuing updates from the 2019 edition of the rodeo.

Results

Quarter Finals

5th Perf

  1. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 17.28, $2,611
  2. Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 17.54, $1,958
  3. Cheyenne Wimberley, KN Fabs Mist of Fame, 17.57, $1,305
  4. Kellie Collier, Koolspeed ta Fame, 17.64, $653

6th Perf

  1. Destri Devenport, Buddy Rose (grade), 17.33, $2,611
  2. Hallie Hanssen, Tres Movidas, 17.42, $1,958
  3. Stevi Hillman, Guys R A Mystery, 17.50, $1,305
  4. Ericka Nelson, PC Cash, 17.60, $653

Semi-Finals Draw

Friday, July 26

  1. Kelly Kennedy-Joseph
  2. Carla Beckett
  3. Megan Champion
  4. Karson Bradley
  5. Nellie Miller
  6. Cheyenne Wimberley
  7. Lisa Lockhart
  8. Nikki Hansen
  9. Ali Anton
  10. Dena Milner
  11. Hallie Hanssen
  12. Ericka Nelson

Saturday, July 27

  1. Meka Farr
  2. Kari Boxleitner
  3. Shali Lord
  4. Mimi Argyle
  5. Lacinda Rose
  6. Kellie Collier
  7. Michelle Darling
  8. Kathy Grimes
  9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi
  10. Christine Laughlin
  11. Destri Devenport
  12. Stevi Hillman

 

 


NFR Miller Aiming For Back-to-Back Titles in Cheyenne
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Cheyenne, Wyoming—Since 1897 Cheyenne has hosted its rodeo and western celebration, leading to the appropriate nickname, the Daddy of ‘Em All. Winning this rodeo is more than a bucket list win for cowboys and cowgirls, it’s a career maker and often leads to a trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) thanks to its huge purse.

A year ago, Nellie Miller sprinted to the early lead by winning the opening go round then clinched the title in dramatic fashion during a hail storm on the final day. Miller is back again in 2019 but she’ll have to navigate a little differently through the rounds at the Daddy to win back-to-back titles.

The format in Cheyenne has changed to a tournament style for the first time in 2019. More than 240 cowgirls started the journey here and 72 made the first cut, advancing to the performances from the slack preliminaries. No times carry forward from one round to the next so advancement is solely dependent on how fast you run on each day that you compete. No longer is consistency going to win a title, it’s go-for-broke on every turn.

The quarter final rounds run through the first six performances. Twelve ladies compete each day and the four fastest advance to the semi-final rounds which begins Friday, July 26 and concludes on Saturday, July 27.

Saturday, July 20

Berthoud, Colorado barrel racer Kelly Kennedy-Joseph galloped out to a big win in the first perf, running the fastest time of the rodeo to this point at 17.35 seconds.

“I was a little shocked when I looked up to see the scoreboard,” she laughs, noting she thought her mare, Jammer, stumbled a bit during the run. A competitor many times in Cheyenne, Kennedy-Joseph’s run was a great comeback run—she was involved in a horse accident that left her with a serious brain injury just a couple years ago.

“I’m blessed to be back running,” she says. Jammer has been with her since the 13-year old horse was just two; Kennedy-Joseph’s husband Drew broke her and she trained her.

Wilderness Circuit champ Meka Farr took second on Saturday with Mountain States Circuit Director Carla Beckett and Kari Boxleiter rounding out the qualifiers to the next round.

 

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Michelle Darling
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Sunday, July 21

Oklahoma cowgirl Michelle Darling rode her great mare Martini to the victory in the second perf on Sunday. Her time of 17.64 was two tenths ahead of former Cheyenne champion Lisa Lockhart and the great Louie.

Darling is having a great week, sitting good at the Spanish Fork rodeo as well.

Two former Wrangler NFR cowgirls, Kathy Grimes and Nikki Hansen, filled out the qualifiers for the day.

Monday, July 22

Megan Champion hustled from the short round at Salinas on Sunday to compete on Monday in Cheyenne. She switched mounts, riding the super gritty Katy to first with the rodeo’s second best time at 17.39 seconds.

“This really happened!” she posted to social media. “I’m beyond words with how much heart and try this little mare has (my mama always said dynamite comes in small packages). Katy won the performance in Cheyenne at the big Daddy!” She added thanks to Rachel Dice, Katy’s owner.

Shali Lord, Karson Bradley and Mimi Argyle also moved on from the perf.

Tuesday, July 23

Tuesday saw two-time WPRA World Champions Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi scamper to the top of the leaderboard. Riding her catty mare Mona, Pozzi Tonozzi advanced easily with a quick run of 17.48 seconds.

Pozzi Tonozzi was in the top 10 in Cheyenne a year ago and is looking to add a second Frontier Days championship to her illustrious resume. She previously won here in 2007.

Californian Ali Anton took second while Christine Laughlin and Dena Milner also punched their tickets to the semi-finals with top four times on the day.

Up Next

Just two more performances remain until the conclusion of the quarter final rounds; among the competitors still left in the draw are round one winner, 2017 WPRA World Champ Miller, and top five cowgirls from the progressive round Jessi Fish and Halyn Lide along with Great Lakes Circuit Champion Lacinda Rose and 2017 Cheyenne Champion Stevi Hillman.

Once the final eight cowgirls are moved from the Wednesday and Thursday rodeos, the semi-finals will be set. The top six from each semi-final perf will advance to the Finals on Sunday, July 28 to compete for the title of Champion of the Daddy of ‘Em All.

For more information on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, visit them on-line at www.cfdrodeo.com and stay tuned to www.wpra.com for continuing updates from the 2019 edition of the rodeo.

Results

Quarter Finals

1st Perf

  1. Kelly Kennedy-Joseph, Dashers Hot Panajet, 17.35, $2,610
  2. Meka Farr, DD Dee Cee, 17.64, $1,958
  3. Carla Beckett, Willie Hillbillie, 17.98, $1,305
  4. Kari Boxleiter, Crickets Kas, 18.00, $653

2nd Perf

  1. Michelle Darling, Morning Traffic, 17.64, $2,611
  2. Lisa Lockhart, An Okie with Cash, 17.87, $1,958
  3. Kathy Grimes, KG Justiceweexpected, 17.88, $1,305
  4. Nikki Hansen, Sky High Guy, 17.92, $653

3rd Perf

  1. Megan Champion, Tivitosatthegogobar, 17.39, $2,611
  2. Shali Lord, Freckles ta Fame, 17.65, $1,958
  3. Karson Bradley, Sunfrost Cat, 17.71, $1,305
  4. Mimi Argyle, 17.83, $653

4th Perf

  1. Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 17.48, $2,611
  2. Ali Anton, Hopedersgininheaven, 17.71, $1,958
  3. Christine Laughlin, Jess Undeniable, 17.80, $$1,305
  4. Dena Milner, Garry Owen Sir, 17.87, $653

Progressive Go Complete results

  1. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 17.44, $8,224
  2. Kristy Maxwell, Fletchs Sally Cat, 17.49, $6,462
  3. Jessi Fish, Guys Night in Vegas, 17.49, $6,462
  4. Halyn Lide, 17.55, $4,504
  5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 17.55, $4,504
  6. Ryann Pedone, Dash ta Jones, 17.56, $3,133
  7. Meka Farr, DD Dee Cee, 17.60, $2,350
  8. Kortney Kizer, Cerveza De Mulan, 17.63, $1,567
  9. Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 17.66, $1,175
  10. Lisa Lockhart, An Okie with Cash, 17.69, $392
  11. Kelly Yates, Fiestanozshezfamous, 17.69, $392

 

 


NFR Miller Back to Defend Title in Cheyenne
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Cheyenne, Wyoming—Exactly one year ago, the WPRA World standings were shaping up as a two-person slug fest for the championship between the reigning WPRA World Champion Nellie Miller and Reserve World Champ Hailey Kinsel. Kinsel was fresh off a huge win at the 2018 Calgary Stampede but Miller punched right back winning the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

Fast forward to the new season and the battle continues on but with another name thrown in the hat: Lisa Lockhart has been second in the final WPRA World standings on two occasions and is second on the WPRA’s career earnings list with $2.5 million won.

On Sunday, Lockhart won her second Calgary championship worth $107,500—$57,500 of that counted to WPRA World standings while Kinsel won second and earned $47,000. Those earnings allowed both cowgirls to slip past Miller in the current WPRA World standings, a position Miller had held since winning RodeoHouston in March.

Now third but with only $10,000 separating all three ladies, Miller already countered with her opening round run of the Cheyenne Frontier Days, known as the “Daddy of ‘Em All.”

 

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Nellie Miller
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NFR

 

Cheyenne is trying a new format in 2019, foregoing its previous setup with two go rounds and a finals for those cowgirls with the 12 fastest times in the two-run average. Instead, Cheyenne is now a tournament style format much like Rodeo Austin with several qualifying rounds that are each sudden death with no averages kept.

With no limits on the entries, all WPRA barrel racers began the Cheyenne journey in a progressive round held during a pair of slacks on July 12 and July 15. The first slack had more than 140 barrel racers while Monday’s slack was reserved for just 48 competitors. In total, nearly 200 barrel racers attempted to advance to the subsequent rounds.

Just as she did a year ago, Miller and her phenomenal mare Sister took the first round win. As the final barrel racer in the first slack on Friday, July 12, Miller snagged the lead from Kristy Maxwell, who had led for more than one hundred competitors.

Miller and Sister were smooth and never quit running, even after a brush of the second can, to stop the clock at 17.44 seconds; it was the second fastest time in Cheyenne in the last three years. Miller was competing in between her preliminary rounds in Calgary and Showdown Sunday, but the fast time in Cheyenne helped make the round trip to Calgary that much easier.

Maxwell was making her first appearance at the Daddy and she and her eight year old mare Buttons were quick inside the huge arena in Cheyenne. Their time of 17.49 seconds had them sitting good with just the final 48 cowgirls yet to run.

Halyn Lide, Ryann Pedone and Meka Farr rounded out the top five of the round standings as the Friday slack wrapped up.

At stake was not only the lucrative first go round checks but also the opportunity to continue to compete at Frontier Days in 2019. Only the top 72 from the progressive round would advance to the performances, divided equally into each of the first six perfs on July 20-25.

Following the first 143 cowgirls, the cut-off time for the next round was set at 18.44 seconds, giving the Monday competitors a mark for which to shoot.

That mark moved quickly once the Monday slack kicked off following the steer roping slack. Jessi Fish was the very first cowgirl down the long alley and she tied for second in the go with Maxwell after posting a 17.49 aboard her horse Showoff.

Fish had been battling through July after an odd step out of her trailer resulted in a broken foot; though doctors had recommended a much longer recovery time, Fish knew she couldn’t afford to sit out of rodeo’s most lucrative month. Trying to ride the super quick gelding had proven difficult for the Franklin, Tennessee cowgirl over the Fourth of July, her first runs back after just a short break following the accident, but she’d still managed to win close to $5,000.

“I’m getting around on my leg, starting to figure it out,” she noted after the fast time in Cheyenne. Fish is riding with a cowboy boot that had been redesigned with laces for support.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi was back in Cheyenne on Monday as well. She won a go round here last season and picked back up where she left off with a fast time of 17.55 to tie Lide. The two-time WPRA World Champ was aboard Mona.

Lisa Lockhart was one of several ladies who made the long, all-night haul from Calgary on Sunday to Cheyenne. She rode her faithful gelding Louie, who had been spelled in the final rounds at Calgary by trailer-mate Rosa, landing in the first go money with a solid time of 17.69. She tied with Kelly Yates, who also ran Monday and was on her homegrown and trained mare Gucci, for the final money hole in the round.

With both Miller and Lockhart in the money in the first go—and Kinsel a turn out in Cheyenne, opting to give her mare Sister a rest—the battle at the top will only tighten as the week, and the season, wears on.

Meanwhile, the cut-off time to advance to the quarter-finals rounds was an 18.25. Cowgirls will be placed into the six quarter finals perfs via random draw.

The four fastest ladies from each performance advance on to the two-performance Semi-Finals  July 26-27. With the slate wiped clean again, the fastest six from each of the two Semi-Finals perfs move on to the final round to be held on Sunday, July 28. The final 12 will race for the title of Frontier Days Champion in one final, sudden death round.

For more information on the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, visit them on-line at www.cfdrodeo.com and stay tuned to www.wpra.com for continuing updates from the 2019 edition of the rodeo.

Results

1st Go

1. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 17.44

2. Kristy Maxwell, Fletchs Sally Cat, 17.49

    Jessi Fish, Guys Night in Vegas, 17.49

4. Halyn Lide, 17.55

    Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, 17.55

6. Ryann Pedone, Dash ta Jones, 17.56

7. Meka Farr, DD Dee Cee, 17.60

8. Kortney Kizer, Cerveza De Mulan, 17.63

9. Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 17.66

10. Lisa Lockhart, An Oakie with Cash, 17.69

      Kelly Yates, Fiestanozshezfamous, 17.69

 

 

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