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The New Dickies Arena
In Fort Worth


By Ann Bleiker


NFRBahe Crowned Inaugural Breakaway Champion in Fort Worth, Lockwood Wins Back-To-Back Titles
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Fort Worth, Texas—After seven brackets of competition, one wild card round and two semifinal rounds it all came down to Championship Saturday at the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in the brand new Dickies Arena.

For the first time ever breakaway roping was added to the official events of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament and Cassie Bahe of Grantsville, Utah, etched her name in the history books winning the title in a time of 2.3 seconds over 19-time WPRA World Champion Jackie Crawford with a 2.4-second run. Bahe was the first roper out on Saturday night and set the bar high and although she had to wait it out for the other seven to compete, she said she preferred it that way.

“Honestly, I was glad to go first and set the bar high,” said Bahe, who won $20,000 on the night. “I have dreamed of an opportunity like this since I was little and am very thankful to the committee for including us this year.”

Bahe’s younger sister, Anna, also made the final round and finished fourth in a time of 2.8 seconds. The Bahe’s did their family proud in Fort Worth and will be around for years to come. Martha Angelone of Aledo, Texas, finished third on the night with a run of 2.6 seconds.

Two-time and reigning world champion Hailey Lockwood also etched her name in the history books in Fort Worth. The Cotulla, Texas, won the title in Fort Worth for the first time in 2019, the last year the rodeo was held in Will Rogers Coliseum, and returned a year later to be the first barrel racer to win the title in the new Dickies Arena. In addition, her time on Saturday night set the new arena record.

“I am so emotional, as this is just so historic and cool,” said Lockwood about winning back-to-back titles in Fort Worth and picking up $20,000 for the winning run. “My horse is amazing and to show up and do something incredible in both arenas is very cool.”

Lockwood, who is married to two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood, was the first one out on Saturday night and set the pace with 16.30 second run aboard DM Sissy Hayday better known as Sister. 2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith of McDade, Texas, would run second and was right on the champs heels with a time of 16.31 seconds.

While Smith might not have been crowned the barrel racing champion she was honored with the 2020 Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award and a cool $5,000 as a result. Smith was color coordinated from the top down including her horse’s tack. Her turquoise colored hat brought the whole outfit together and really made a classy statement. The award was presented by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to the cowgirl in the final round that exemplified the style and sparkle of Cowgirl Hall of Fame Jerry Ann Taylor. 

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Results as of Feb. 8, 2020

Breakaway Roping: Bracket 1 – First round: 1. Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., 2.3 seconds, $1,760, 2. Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla. 2.5, $1,320. 3, Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 3.0, $880. 4, Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 3.4, $440. Second round: 1. Jessica Holmes, Buffalo, S.D., 2.2 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Joey Williams, Volborg, Mont., and Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 2.4, $1,100 each. 4, (tie) Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla., and Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 2.6, $220 each.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Samantha Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., 2.1, seconds, $1,760; 2. Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas and Cheyenne Britain, Stephenville, Texas, 2.7, $660 each. Second round: 1, Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, Taylor Munsell, Alva, Okla., 2.3, $1,320. 3, (tie) Tierra Grey, Lovington, N.M., and Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.5, $660 each.

Bracket 3 – First round: *1. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760; 2. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sarah Morrissey, Ephrata, Wash., 12.2, $880; no other qualified times. Second round: 1. Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1, $1,760; 2. Ceri Ward, Wayne, Okla., 2.4, $1,320; 3. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.6, $880; 4. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7, $440. *Note: ground money added to first round to determine advancement but money shown here reflects official money for world standings

Bracket 4 – First round: 1. JJ Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 2.3 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, 2.8, $1,320; 3. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 11.8, $880; 4. Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 12.3, $440. Second round: 1. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 2.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. Timber Allenbrand, Stephenville, Texas, 2.8, $880; 4. (tie) Jayme Marcrum, Springtown, Texas, and Amanda Coleman, W. Melbourne, Fla., 3.4, $22 each.

Bracket 5 – First round: 1. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.6 seconds, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 3.0, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.3, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.8, $440. Second round: 1. Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.4, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.0, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.1, $440.

Bracket 6 – First round: 1. Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D., 1.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., and Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.2, $1,100 each; 4. Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.4, $440. Second round: 1. Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., 2.8 seconds, $1,760; 2. Macy Fuller, Wittman, Ariz., 3.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Rickie Engesser ad Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 3.4, $660 each.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, 2.7 seconds, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Abigayle Hampton, Commerce, Texas, 3.1, $440. Second round: 1. Chyanne Pope, West Bountiful, Utah, 2.6, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Sage Cummings, West Bountiful, Utah, 3.1, $440.

Wild card round (top 2 advance to semifinals): 1. Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1, $1,000; 2. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3, $600; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 2.6, $400.

Semifinal 1 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.5 seconds, $4,000; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 3.1, $3,000; 3. Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 3.9, $2,000; 4. Tanegai Zilverberg, 12.2, $1,000.

Semifinal 2 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. (tie) Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., and Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3 seconds, $3,500 each; 3. (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, and Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.5, $1,500 each.

Final round: 1. Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3 seconds, $20,000; 2. Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.4, $12,000; 3. Martha Angelone, 2.6, $8,000; 4 Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, $4,000.

 

Barrel Racing: Bracket 1 – First round:  1, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.69 seconds, $1,760. 2, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.91, $1,320. 3, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.16, $880. 4, Kathryn Hawkins, Morrilton, Ark., 17.77, $440. Second round:  1, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.55, $1,760. 2, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.63 seconds, $1,320. 3, Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., 16.73, $880. 4, Abby Pursifull, 16.91, $440.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 16.59, $1,760; 2. Cindy Smith, 16.70, $1,320; 3. Cranna Roberts, 16.74, $880; 4. Teri Bangart, 16.86, $440. Second round: 1. Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 16.45 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Kricket Gintner, Eau Claire, Wis., and Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash., 16.58, $1,100 each; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.60, $440

Bracket 3 – First round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 16.53, $1,320; 3. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.57, $880; 4. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.49 seconds, $1,760; 2. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.51, $1,320; 3. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 16.57, $880; 4. (tie) Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, and Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.63, $220 each.

Bracket 4- First round: 1. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Ten., 16.54 seconds, $1,760; 2. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.58, $1,320; 3. Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.78, $880; 4. Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 16.80, $440. Second round: 1. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.37 seconds, $1,760; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 16.41, $1,320; 3. Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 16.47, $880; 4. (tie) Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 16.48, $220 each.

Bracket 5- First round: 1. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.52 seconds, $1,760; 2. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.55, $1,320; 3. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.60, $880; 4. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.32 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.40, $1,320; 3. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.56, $880; 4. Jamie Chaffin, Burwell, Neb., 16.62, $440.

Bracket 6-First round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.97 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, 16.98, $1,320; 3. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 17.27, $880; 4. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, Kingman, Ariz., 17.47, $440. Second round: 1. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 16.68, $1,760; 2. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.75, $1,320; 3. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 16.85, $880; 4. Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, 16.92, $440.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.55 seconds, $1,760; 2. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.63, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.72, $880; 4. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.85, $440. Second round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.61 seconds, $1,760; 2. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.66, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.73, $880; 4. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.73, $440.

Wild Card round (top 2 advance to semifinals): 1. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.30 seconds, $1,000; 2. Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.46, $600; 3. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.52, $400.

Semifinal 1 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.47 seconds, $4,000; 2. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 16.48, $3,000; 3. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.49, $2,000; 4. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.58, $1,000.

Semifinal 2 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.39, $4,000; 2. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.55, $3,000; 3. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.56, $2,000; 4. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.59, $1,000.

Final Round: 1. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.30 seconds, $20,000; 2. Jimmie Smith, 16.31, $12,000; 3. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.40, $8,000; 4. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.42, $4,000.


NFRFinal Round Field Set in Fort Worth
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Fort Worth, Texas—After seven brackets of competition, one wild card round and two semifinals the Final round field is set for the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo at the brand new Dickies Arena.

The Bahe sisters from Grantsville, Utah, are looking to etch their family name in the record books as they are hoping one of them will be able to snag the inaugural WPRA Breakaway Roping Title at the FWSSR.

It took Anna Bahe one extra run to make the final round coming in through the wild card round but it appears she is getting things figured out in the brand new arena finishing in a tie for first in the second semifinals with a time of 2.3 seconds. She tied with Shai Schaefer, who was the inaugural bracket 1 first round winner in breakaway roping. Anna’s sister, Cassie, also competed on Friday night and finished tied for third with 19-time WPRA World Champion Jackie Crawford in a time of 2.5 seconds to advance to the final round with her sister.

The Bahe duo has been a force to deal with in the Wilderness Circuit and now are looking forward to dueling it out in the Lone Star State. In addition to having to out rope Schaefer and Crawford they will also be challenged by Cadee Williams, Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Martha Angelone and Tanegai Zilverberg from the first semifinals that took place on Thursday night.

            WPRA Reserve World Champion Ivy Conrado-Saebens secured her place in the final round on Thursday night stopping the clock in 16.58 seconds to finish in the fourth and final qualifying spot. On Friday night, she watched her husband Billie Jack Saebens and his partner Tyler Wade also qualify after winning the round in a time of 5.2 seconds. The powerful rodeo couple would like nothing more than to both be crowned 2020 FWSSR Champions on Saturday night.

            Ivy Conrado-Saebens will be tested much like she was at the Wrangler NFR just two months ago by 13-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart, who secured her spot in the finals on Friday with a winning time of 16.39 seconds aboard Rosas Cantina and reigning and two-time world champion Hailey Lockwood, who squeaked into the finals with a fourth place finish on Friday night in a time of 16.59 seconds. Other ladies that will battle it out in the barrel racing will be Ivy Hurst, Ashley Castleberry, Jimmie Smith, Lacinda Rose and Brittney Barnett.

            WPRA Barrel Racers competing on Saturday night will also be eligible for a $5,000 bonus from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame with the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award, recognizing one cowgirl that exemplifies the style and sparkle of Cowgirl Hall of Fame Jerry Ann Taylor. Whoever wins the award will be their first as none of the qualifiers have yet to earn this recognition.

The final round of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8 and be televised live on the Cowboy Channel.

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Fort Worth and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit www.fwssr.com.

Results as of Feb. 7, 2020

Breakaway Roping: Bracket 1 – First round: 1. Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., 2.3 seconds, $1,760, 2. Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla. 2.5, $1,320. 3, Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 3.0, $880. 4, Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 3.4, $440. Second round: 1. Jessica Holmes, Buffalo, S.D., 2.2 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Joey Williams, Volborg, Mont., and Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 2.4, $1,100 each. 4, (tie) Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla., and Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 2.6, $220 each.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Samantha Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., 2.1, seconds, $1,760; 2. Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas and Cheyenne Britain, Stephenville, Texas, 2.7, $660 each. Second round: 1, Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, Taylor Munsell, Alva, Okla., 2.3, $1,320. 3, (tie) Tierra Grey, Lovington, N.M., and Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.5, $660 each.

Bracket 3 – First round: *1. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760; 2. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sarah Morrissey, Ephrata, Wash., 12.2, $880; no other qualified times. Second round: 1. Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1, $1,760; 2. Ceri Ward, Wayne, Okla., 2.4, $1,320; 3. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.6, $880; 4. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7, $440. *Note: ground money added to first round to determine advancement but money shown here reflects official money for world standings

Bracket 4 – First round: 1. JJ Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 2.3 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, 2.8, $1,320; 3. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 11.8, $880; 4. Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 12.3, $440. Second round: 1. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 2.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. Timber Allenbrand, Stephenville, Texas, 2.8, $880; 4. (tie) Jayme Marcrum, Springtown, Texas, and Amanda Coleman, W. Melbourne, Fla., 3.4, $22 each.

Bracket 5 – First round: 1. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.6 seconds, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 3.0, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.3, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.8, $440. Second round: 1. Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.4, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.0, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.1, $440.

Bracket 6 – First round: 1. Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D., 1.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., and Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.2, $1,100 each; 4. Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.4, $440. Second round: 1. Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., 2.8 seconds, $1,760; 2. Macy Fuller, Wittman, Ariz., 3.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Rickie Engesser ad Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 3.4, $660 each.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, 2.7 seconds, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Abigayle Hampton, Commerce, Texas, 3.1, $440. Second round: 1. Chyanne Pope, West Bountiful, Utah, 2.6, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Sage Cummings, West Bountiful, Utah, 3.1, $440.

Wild card round (top 2 advance to semifinals): 1. Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1, $1,000; 2. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3, $600; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 2.6, $400.

Semifinal 1 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.5 seconds, $4,000; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 3.1, $3,000; 3. Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 3.9, $2,000; 4. Tanegai Zilverberg, 12.2, $1,000.

Semifinal 2 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. (tie) Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., and Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3 seconds, $3,500 each; 3. (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, and Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.5, $1,500 each.

 

Barrel Racing: Bracket 1 – First round:  1, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.69 seconds, $1,760. 2, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.91, $1,320. 3, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.16, $880. 4, Kathryn Hawkins, Morrilton, Ark., 17.77, $440. Second round:  1, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.55, $1,760. 2, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.63 seconds, $1,320. 3, Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., 16.73, $880. 4, Abby Pursifull, 16.91, $440.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 16.59, $1,760; 2. Cindy Smith, 16.70, $1,320; 3. Cranna Roberts, 16.74, $880; 4. Teri Bangart, 16.86, $440. Second round: 1. Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 16.45 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Kricket Gintner, Eau Claire, Wis., and Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash., 16.58, $1,100 each; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.60, $440

Bracket 3 – First round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 16.53, $1,320; 3. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.57, $880; 4. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.49 seconds, $1,760; 2. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.51, $1,320; 3. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 16.57, $880; 4. (tie) Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, and Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.63, $220 each.

Bracket 4- First round: 1. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Ten., 16.54 seconds, $1,760; 2. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.58, $1,320; 3. Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.78, $880; 4. Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 16.80, $440. Second round: 1. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.37 seconds, $1,760; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 16.41, $1,320; 3. Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 16.47, $880; 4. (tie) Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 16.48, $220 each.

Bracket 5- First round: 1. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.52 seconds, $1,760; 2. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.55, $1,320; 3. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.60, $880; 4. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.32 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.40, $1,320; 3. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.56, $880; 4. Jamie Chaffin, Burwell, Neb., 16.62, $440.

Bracket 6-First round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.97 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, 16.98, $1,320; 3. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 17.27, $880; 4. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, Kingman, Ariz., 17.47, $440. Second round: 1. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 16.68, $1,760; 2. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.75, $1,320; 3. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 16.85, $880; 4. Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, 16.92, $440.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.55 seconds, $1,760; 2. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.63, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.72, $880; 4. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.85, $440. Second round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.61 seconds, $1,760; 2. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.66, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.73, $880; 4. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.73, $440.

Wild Card round (top 2 advance to semifinals): 1. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.30 seconds, $1,000; 2. Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.46, $600; 3. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.52, $400.

Semifinal 1 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.47 seconds, $4,000; 2. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 16.48, $3,000; 3. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.49, $2,000; 4. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.58, $1,000.

Semifinal 2 (top 4 advance to finals): 1. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.39, $4,000; 2. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.55, $3,000; 3. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.56, $2,000; 4. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.59, $1,000.

Breakaway Final Round:

Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo.

Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah

Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas

Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah

Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas

Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas

Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D.

Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas

 

Barrel Racing Final Round:

Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla.

Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas

Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas,

Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo.

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D.

Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo.

Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont.

Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas

 


NFRBracket Competition Concludes, Wild Card Field Set in Fort Worth
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Fort Worth, Texas—In 2016, Ivy Conrado dominated the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) and went on to qualify for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR).

 Things have changed for the talented athlete since then. In 2016 she rode her great mare CFour Tibbie Stinson, known as Tibbie, who was voted the AQHA/WPRA barrel racing horse of the year.

She rode Tibbie at her first NFR, but since then, a palomino mare, KNFabs Gift of Fame has been her superstar. The mare’s fans, and there are a lot of them, all know her as JLo. Conrado calls Hudson, Colorado home, but now lives in Nowata, Oklahoma with her husband, team roper Billy Jack Saebens.

They married last October and not long after she headed to Las Vegas where the dynamic barrel racing duo won the 10-round championship at the NFR and Saebens got the reserve world title.

Things have changed here as well. The new Dickies Arena is playing host to the rodeo that has been overhauled. Contestants had to qualify to compete in one of seven brackets at the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament.The final bracket was completed on Tuesday night and Saebens and JLo were the top money winners in the field. They stopped the clock in 16.55 and 16.61 seconds to win both rounds and $3,520 advancing them to the semi-finals. The only other WPRA barrel racer to sweep their bracket was two-time World Champion Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi riding KissKissBangBang “Mona.”

Competition starts over in each division of the tournament. Wednesday night’s rodeo is the wild card round where the top two contestants will advance to a performance of the semi-finals on Thursday and Friday.

Because of Saebens success, she will advance directly to the semi-finals. She is hoping to be among the top four that qualify for the championship finals on Saturday night where a first-place finish will be worth $20,000.

Her husband was also competing in bracket seven, heeling for Tyler Wade of Terrell, Texas. They finished third on Monday with a 5.8, then tied for the win Tuesday with a 4.6. A total of $2,420 has them going directly to the semi-finals as well.

WPRA Breakaway Roping is making its first appearance at the Fort Worth ProRodeo and has been an exciting addition thus far. In the seventh and final bracket of competition Cadee Williams from nearby Weatherford, Texas, led the way with two second place finishes. Williams earned $2,840 to easily advance to the semifinals with identical times of 2.9 seconds. She will be joined by Chyanne Pope of West Bountiful, Utah, after winning the second round in a time of 2.6 seconds. She advances to the semifinals over Rylee Potter of Weiser, Idaho, who won the first round but in a time of 2.7 seconds. Therefore the tie-breaker went to Pope and now Potter will rope again on Wednesday night, Feb. 5 in the wild card round, to try to earn a spot in the semifinals on Thursday.

The wild card round of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 5. 

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Susan Kanode contributed to this update

 

Results as of Feb. 4, 2020

Breakaway Roping: Bracket 1 – First round: 1. Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., 2.3 seconds, $1,760, 2. Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla. 2.5, $1,320. 3, Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 3.0, $880. 4, Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 3.4, $440. Second round: 1. Jessica Holmes, Buffalo, S.D., 2.2 seconds, $1,760. 2, (tie) Joey Williams, Volborg, Mont., and Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, 2.4, $1,100 each. 4, (tie) Kelsie Chace, Cherokee, Okla., and Brandy Gilbert, Springtown, Texas, 2.6, $220 each.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Samantha Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., 2.1, seconds, $1,760; 2. Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas and Cheyenne Britain, Stephenville, Texas, 2.7, $660 each. Second round: 1, Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, Taylor Munsell, Alva, Okla., 2.3, $1,320. 3, (tie) Tierra Grey, Lovington, N.M., and Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, 2.5, $660 each.

Bracket 3 – First round: *1. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.1 seconds, $1,760; 2. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sarah Morrissey, Ephrata, Wash., 12.2, $880; no other qualified times. Second round: 1. Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1, $1,760; 2. Ceri Ward, Wayne, Okla., 2.4, $1,320; 3. Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.6, $880; 4. Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7, $440. *Note: ground money added to first round to determine advancement but money shown here reflects official money for world standings

Bracket 4 – First round: 1. JJ Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 2.3 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, 2.8, $1,320; 3. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 11.8, $880; 4. Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 12.3, $440. Second round: 1. Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 2.2 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 2.3, $1,320; 3. Timber Allenbrand, Stephenville, Texas, 2.8, $880; 4. (tie) Jayme Marcrum, Springtown, Texas, and Amanda Coleman, W. Melbourne, Fla., 3.4, $22 each.

Bracket 5 – First round: 1. Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.6 seconds, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 3.0, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.3, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.8, $440. Second round: 1. Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.4, $1,760; 2. Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, 2.5, $1,320; 3. Sequin Brewer, Canyon, Texas, 3.0, $880; 4. Ashley Goforth, Azle, Texas, 3.1, $440.

Bracket 6 – First round: 1. Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D., 1.9 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., and Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.2, $1,100 each; 4. Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 2.4, $440. Second round: 1. Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., 2.8 seconds, $1,760; 2. Macy Fuller, Wittman, Ariz., 3.3, $1,320; 3. (tie) Rickie Engesser ad Taylor Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., 3.4, $660 each.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, 2.7 seconds, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Abigayle Hampton, Commerce, Texas, 3.1, $440. Second round: 1. Chyanne Pope, West Bountiful, Utah, 2.6, $1,760; 2. Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320; 3. Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880; 4. Sage Cummings, West Bountiful, Utah, 3.1, $440.

 

Barrel Racing: Bracket 1 – First round:  1, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.69 seconds, $1,760. 2, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.91, $1,320. 3, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 17.16, $880. 4, Kathryn Hawkins, Morrilton, Ark., 17.77, $440. Second round:  1, Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. 16.55, $1,760. 2, Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D., 16.63 seconds, $1,320. 3, Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., 16.73, $880. 4, Abby Pursifull, 16.91, $440.

Bracket 2 – First round: 1. Lisa Lockhart, 16.59, $1,760; 2. Cindy Smith, 16.70, $1,320; 3. Cranna Roberts, 16.74, $880; 4. Teri Bangart, 16.86, $440. Second round: 1. Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, 16.45 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Kricket Gintner, Eau Claire, Wis., and Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash., 16.58, $1,100 each; 4. Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 16.60, $440

Bracket 3 – First round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., 16.53, $1,320; 3. Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.57, $880; 4. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.49 seconds, $1,760; 2. Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.51, $1,320; 3. Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 16.57, $880; 4. (tie) Ryann Pedone, Sunset, Texas, and Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., 16.63, $220 each.

Bracket 4- First round: 1. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Ten., 16.54 seconds, $1,760; 2. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.58, $1,320; 3. Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.78, $880; 4. Leia Pluemer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 16.80, $440. Second round: 1. Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.37 seconds, $1,760; 2. Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 16.41, $1,320; 3. Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas, 16.47, $880; 4. (tie) Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., and Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 16.48, $220 each.

Bracket 5- First round: 1. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.52 seconds, $1,760; 2. Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.55, $1,320; 3. Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas, 16.60, $880; 4. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.64, $440. Second round: 1. Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., 16.32 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 16.40, $1,320; 3. Jackie Ganter, Abilene, Texas, 16.56, $880; 4. Jamie Chaffin, Burwell, Neb., 16.62, $440.

Bracket 6-First round: 1. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.97 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, 16.98, $1,320; 3. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 17.27, $880; 4. Jolee Lautaret-Jordan, Kingman, Ariz., 17.47, $440. Second round: 1. Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 16.68, $1,760; 2. Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., 16.75, $1,320; 3. Tillar Murray, Fort Worth, Texas, 16.85, $880; 4. Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, 16.92, $440.

Bracket 7 – First round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.55 seconds, $1,760; 2. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.63, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.72, $880; 4. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.85, $440. Second round: 1. Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., 16.61 seconds, $1,760; 2. Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.66, $1,320; 3. Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.73, $880; 4. Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., 16.73, $440.

Breakaway Semifinals Qualifiers:

Shai Schaefer, Torrington, Wyo., $1,760 – Bracket 1

Jessica Holmes, Buffalo, S.D., $1,760– Bracket 1

Jackie Crawford, Stephenville, Texas, $2,420 – Bracket 2

Martha Angelone, Aledo, Texas, $1,980 – Bracket 2

Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, $2,786.66 – Bracket 3

Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas - $1,906.66 – Bracket 3

Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, $2,640 – Bracket 4

Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, $2,640 – Bracket 4

Makayla Boisjoli, Calgary, Alberta, $2,640 – Bracket 5

Cassie Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, $1,760 – Bracket 5 *advance out of tiebreaker with faster single round time

Brandi White-Guttormson, Hazen, N.D., $2,860 – Bracket 6

Tanegai Zilverberg, Holabird, S.D., $1,760 – Bracket 6

Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, $2,840 – Bracket 7

Chyanne Pope, West Bountiful, Utah, $1,760 – Bracket 7

Wild Card Qualifier:

Hope Thompson, Abilene, Texas, $1,540 – Bracket 1

Samantha Jorgenson, Watford City, N.D., $1,760 – Bracket 2

Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., $1,760 – Bracket 3

J.J. Hampton, Stephenville, Texas - $1,760 – Bracket 4

Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, $1,760 – Bracket 5

Rickie Engesser, Spearfish, S.D., - $1,760 – Bracket 6

Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, $1,760 – Bracket 7

Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, $1,760 – Bracket 7 - *Note: tied with Sequin Brewer for total money earned in the non-qualifier pool and won the tie-breaker after having faster times in bracket competition earning the final wild card qualifier spot

 

Barrel Racing Semifinals Qualifiers:

Amanda Harris, Spearfish, S.D. - $3,080 – Bracket 1

Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Wash. - $3,080 – Bracket 1.

Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D. - $2,200- Bracket 2

Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas, $1,760 – Bracket 2

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas - $3,520 – Bracket 3

Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif. - $1,760 – Bracket 3

Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, $3,080 – Bracket 4

Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., $3,080 – Bracket 4

Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, $3,080 – Bracket 5

Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Mont., $1,760 – Bracket 5

Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Ore., $3,080 – Bracket 6

Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, $2,640 – Bracket 6

Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Hudson, Colo., $3,520 – Bracket 7

Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., $1,980 – Bracket 7

Wild Card Qualifiers:

Hallie Hanssen, Hermosa, S.D., $880 – Bracket 1

Teri Bangart, Olympia, Wash., $1,540 – Bracket 2

Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla. - $1,320 – Bracket 3

Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., $1,100 – Bracket 4

Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., $1,320 – Bracket 5

Jennifer Sharp, Richards, Texas, $1,320 – Bracket 6

Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., $1,760 – Bracket 7

Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., $1,540 – Bracket 7 – *Note: highest money earner in the non-qualifier pool to earn last spot in Wild Card Round


Badlands Ropers Turn Up the Heat in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, Texas—A new era of rodeo began Friday, January 24 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) with the inaugural performance of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the brand new Dickies Arena. The event features 56 of the top rodeo athletes in North America competing for more than $1 million in prize money in eight events with the finals slated for February 8.

WPRA Breakaway Roper Tanegai Zilverberg turned in the fastest time of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament during bracket 6 stopping the clock in a blistering 1.9 seconds. Zilverberg originally from Australia but now residing in Holabird, S.D., led the way for all the Badlands Circuit cowgirls competing alongside her. She was joined on the leaderboard in the first round of the bracket with Brandi White-Guttormson of Hazen, N.D., and Rickie Engesser of Spearfish, S.D., with identical times of 2.2 seconds and fourth place went to Taylor Engesser also of Spearfish, S.D., in 2.4 seconds.

White-Guttormson returned to take the victory lap in the second round in a time of 2.8 seconds. With the win and her first round placing she easily advanced to the semifinals along with Zilverberg. Rickie Engesser punched her ticket to the wild card round.

In each event, seven groups of eight athletes will compete in two rodeo performances. The top two money winners from each group qualify for one of two semifinal rounds.

The third-highest money winner in each set will qualify for a berth in the wild card round. The other four competitors go into a non-qualifiers pool and the highest remaining money winner in each event also gets to move to the wild card round. The winner of that second-chance round moves on to the semifinals as well. Then, the top four from each semifinal move on to the finals on Saturday, February 8 when the champions will be crowned.

Fans of breakaway roping were treated to a sister duo from Utah during the fifth bracket of competition. Anna Bahe won the opening round of the bracket with a time of 2.6 seconds, while sister Cassie Bahe won the second round in a time of 2.4 seconds. Canadian Makayla Boisjoli finished second in each round to easily earn her spot in the semifinals after winning a bracket best $2,640. That left the Bahe girls from Grantsville tied with $1,760 in earnings to determine who would move straight to the semifinals and which one would have to come through the wild card round. Cassie would earn the spot in the semifinals after turning in the fastest single round time between the two and Anna will come up through the wild card round.

WPRA’s 2019 Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith was the big money winner in the fifth bracket with a first place finish in the first round in a time of 16.52 seconds, and was second in the second round in a time of 16.40. Smith of McDade, Texas, easily advanced to the semifinal round. Brittany Barnett of Joliet, Montana will join Smith in the semifinals after winning the second round of the bracket in a time of 16.32 seconds. Ivy Hurst of Springer, Oklahoma, moves to the wild card round after a second place finish in the opening round of bracket 5.

A couple of Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers found their names on the leaderboard on opening day of the sixth bracket of competition with Amberleigh Moore and Jennifer Sharp taking 1-2 in the opening round. Moore of Keizer, Oregon, stopped the clock in 16.97, with Sharp of Richards, Texas, right on her heels in a time of 16.98 seconds. The second round was won by Ashley Castleberry of Montgomery, Texas, with a time of 16.68 seconds, while Moore took second in a time of 16.75. Moore and Castleberry inked their name on the list for the semifinals, while Sharp will return in the wild card round.

The final bracket of the ProRodeo Tournament starts on Monday night, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. and concludes Tuesday when the field for the Wildcard and Semi-Finals will be set.

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Fort Worth and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit www.fwssr.com.

 

 

World Champion Barrel Racers Punch Tickets to Semifinals in Fort WorthNFR

Fort Worth, Texas—A new era of rodeo began Friday, January 24 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) with the inaugural performance of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the brand new Dickies Arena. The event features 56 of the top rodeo athletes in North America competing for more than $1 million in prize money in eight events with the finals slated for February 8.

Two-time World Champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi dominated bracket No. 3 to easily advance to the semifinals. Pozzi Tonozzi of Lampasas, Texas, won the first round in a blistering time of 16.42 and returned the following night to post a 16.49. She pocketed $3,520 after two runs. Megan Champion of Ukiah, California, will join Pozzi Tonozzi in the semifinals after finishing fourth and second in the bracket. Sabra O’Quinn advances to the Wild Card round second place finish in the first round.

In each event, seven groups of eight athletes will compete in two rodeo performances. The top two money winners from each group qualify for one of two semifinal rounds.

The third-highest money winner in each set will qualify for a berth in the wild card round. The other four competitors go into a non-qualifiers pool and the highest remaining money winner in each event also gets to move to the wild card round. The winner of that second-chance round moves on to the semifinals as well. Then, the top four from each semifinal move on to the finals on Saturday, February 8 when the champions will be crowned.

Cassidy Boggs took the early lead winning the first round in a time of 2.1 seconds in Bracket 3 and returned the following night to finish third in a time of 2.6 seconds to easily advance to the semifinals. Loni Lester finished second and fourth and with the ground money added onto the first round payout, she advanced to the semifinals as well. Jennifer Casey of Mesa, Washington, won the second round in a time of 2.1 seconds and will return in the Wild Card round.

Bracket four kicked off with 2019 WPRA Rookie of the Year and 2020 National Western Stock Show and Rodeo Champion Carly Taylor stopping the clock in 16.54 seconds to outdistance two-time and reigning world champion Hailey Kinsel Lockwood with a 16.58. The duo returned on Thursday night and flip-flopped spots with Lockwood turning in the fastest time of the rodeo thus far with a 16.37, while Taylor finished with a 16.41. They each are headed to the semi-finals with $3,080 in earnings.

Jordan Jo Fabrizio from Canyon, Texas, made history last July when she was the first champion breakaway roper at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. Wearing the buckle that she won there, Fabrizio is tied for the lead in breakaway roping in bracket 4. She and Amber Crawford from Springtown each will enter the semi-finals with $2,640.

If Fabrizio continues, she will add her name to the record books here. Breakaway roping is a new event for the rodeo in 2020.

“When we roped in Cheyenne for the first time, it was surreal,” she said. “Then coming here it’s that same feeling again. When I rode into the arena for the first time and saw the lights it was incredible. I am so very thankful to have these kinds of opportunities.”

Bracket five of seven starts on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. with a new set of contestants in all eight events.

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For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit www.fwssr.com.

 

 


NFRNew Era of Rodeo Underway in Fort Worth
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Fort Worth, Texas—A new era of rodeo began Friday, January 24 at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) with the inaugural performance of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the brand new Dickies Arena. The event features 56 of the top rodeo athletes in North America competing for more than $1 million in prize money in eight events.

Yes, you read that right eight as along with the new tournament format, the FWSSR rodeo committee added women’s breakaway roping to the event lineup. The Women’s Pro Rodeo Association (WPRA) event has been exploding in popularity during the past year. While breakaway roping had been part of the horse show arena action in Fort Worth for several years, Friday night marked its debut as part of the rodeo.

 

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Shai Schaefer
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Wyoming native Shai Schaefer, who now lives in Lake Creek, Texas, won the first round of breakaway with a time of 2.3 seconds, edging reigning WPRA World Champion Breakaway Roper Kelsie Chace of Cherokee, Okla., who clocked a time of 2.5. Hope Thompson, who was the very first WPRA breakaway roper to run a calf in Dickies Arena finished fourth on the night with a time of 3.4 seconds.

“It was just such a thrill to rope tonight and I am so blessed to be here,” said Schaefer, after winning the first round of bracket 1 on a horse she trained herself. “He was a gift from some family friends, the Gibson’s, and it took countless hours to get to where we are today, so to get the win tonight was a huge accomplishment for both of us.”

In each event, seven groups of eight athletes will compete in two rodeo performances. The top two money winners from each group qualify for one of two semifinal rounds.

The third-highest money winner in each set will qualify for a berth in the wild card round. The other four competitors go into a non-qualifiers pool and the highest remaining money winner in each event also gets to move to the wild card round. The winner of that second-chance round moves on to the semifinals as well. Then, the top four from each semifinal move on to the finals on Saturday, February 8 when the champions will be crowned.

Finishing atop the leaderboard in the barrel racing on the first night of PRCA Rodeo in Dickies Arena was Amanda Harris of Spearfish, S.D. She stopped the clock in 16.69 seconds to outdistance Cheyenne Allan with a 16.91.

Harris and Allan returned the following night and just swapped places on the leaderboard with Allan getting the win in a time of 16.55 seconds, while Harris was second in 16.63 seconds. They both easily advance to the semifinal round after winning $3,080 each. Hallie Hanssen was third on night two and she earned a spot in the wild card round after turning in a faster time than Michelle Darling did on opening night.

Jessica Holmes won the breakaway roping on the second day with a time of 2.2 seconds, while Joey Williams and Hope Thompson tied for second with 2.4-second runs. Holmes and Schaefer advance to the semifinal round after both collecting a win and Thompson earned a spot in the wild card round after earning $1,540 over two nights.

 

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Jill Wilson
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In the second bracket of competition, barrel racer Jill Wilson of Snyder, Texas, earned a semifinals berth, but she did it the hard way. Wilson knocked over a barrel Saturday night during the first round competition of bracket #2, taking her out of the prize money quest. Her only chance to continue in the tournament was to perform well Sunday and she did.

She was the second cowgirl to run and her time of 16.45 seconds was just one-hundredth off the fastest time thus far in Dickies Arena. She won $1,760 and that was enough to put her in the semifinals along with Lisa Lockhart of Oelrichs, S.D., who won Saturday night’s round and finished fourth on Sunday.

Wilson, the mother of three teenage sons, is currently ranked 17th in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s world championship standings. She finished 2019 ranked 26th and started 2020 well when she won the Texas Circuit Finals January 2-4 in Waco. Wilson is a big fan of Western Texas College since her sons Blaise and Tanner both compete on the school’s rodeo team.

On the breakaway roping side, Jackie Crawford placed in both rounds winning the second round of bracket 2 in a time of 2.1 seconds to easily advance to the semifinals picking up a total of $2,420. Crawford, who has 19 WPRA World Titles on her resume but only one of those is a breakaway title, is looking to add Fort Worth Breakaway Roping Champion to her list of accomplishments and she is now one step closer. Joining Crawford from the second bracket is Martha Angelone, with Samantha Jorgenson moving to the wild card round after winning the first round of bracket 2 with a 2.1-second run.

 

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Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi
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Bracket 3 got underway on Monday night and will conclude on Tuesday. Cassidy Boggs took the early lead winning the first round in a time of 2.1 seconds, while two-time world champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi lead the way with a time of 16.42 seconds around the cloverleaf pattern, the fastest time of the first five performances.

Pozzi Tonozzi chose her 10-year old sorrel mare KissKiss BangBang “Mona” from her herd of winners to run on Monday night, January 27. Drawing up last of the eight elite barrel racers competing in Round 1 of Bracket 3, the champion made her decision based on prior experience.

“Mona had always ran good at the Will Rogers Coliseum and since this is basically a modern version of that same arena, I felt she was the one I should run here,” said the $2 million barrel racer. Her plan worked to perfection and hopes to continue her winning ways on Tuesday night and advance to the semifinal round.

Stay tuned to wpra.com and our Facebook page for updates from Fort Worth and other major rodeo events.

For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit www.fwssr.com.

 

 

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