Sarah Rose McDonald
By Jolee Lautaret-Jordan
Fort Worth, Texas — With just one day remaining in the 119th edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, the field of WPRA barrel racers continue to chase the sensational Sarah Rose McDonald.
McDonald and her fabulous mare, Fame Fling and Bling, aka Bling, won the opening round which concluded on Tuesday, February 3 following 21 performances. She came right back on Wednesday night, February 4, bettering her first round time by five one hundredths of a second to sprint out to a solid lead in the average.
McDonald stopped the clock in 16.37 seconds, making her two-run total 32.79 seconds. No one has come within nearly four tenths of her yet.
Behind McDonald the race is very competitive. On Friday night, 2014 Wrangler NFR qualifier Jana Bean rode her nice young horse Chick to a blistering time of 16.48 seconds. Chick, who is registered with the AQHA as Dashing Klee, is just five years old.
"He just started rodeoing," says Bean. "Fort Worth is his third rodeo. He is a gift from God."
Kali Jo Parker
PHOTO BY: Kenneth Springer
Bean landed sixth in the average with the fast time.
Kali Jo Parker from Wendell, Idaho rode in the Friday matinee performance. Like Bean, Parker is riding her young horse Tuneful, a multiple futurity champion in 2014 as well as a Wilderness Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier.
Parker galloped through the pattern in 16.50 seconds, good enough for third in the go round and second in the average. Her two-run total is 33.18 seconds, just one one-hundredth ahead of Kendra Dickson.
Dickson and her horse Dr. Te Hancock, aka Dover, ran on Wednesday night and stopped the clock at 16.53 seconds.
A former winner of the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award—worth $5,000—here in Fort Worth, Dickson is tied for fouth in the go round with reigning Fort Worth Champ Shelly Anzick. Anzick ran Thursday night, running her speedy gelding Scooten ta Fame. Anzick is ninth in the average.
Reigning WPRA World Champ Fallon Taylor is fourth in the average with her two-run total of 33.25 seconds. Taylor and Babyflo, who is registered Flos Heiress, ran 16.63 seconds on their second run, nearly matching their first go time of 16.62.
2013 FWSSR Champ Taylor Jacob got back on her number one superstar Bo, aka Honor Thy Frenchman, after running back-up horse EC Flashy Nickbar for a check in round one. She posted a 16.64, dropping her two-run average time to 33.31 seconds, currently fifth.
The FWSSR finishes up on February 7 with two performances, a matinee to finish all long rounds of competition followed by the Championship Round on Saturday night.
For more information on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, visit them on-line at www.fwssr.com and stay tuned to www.wpra.com for continuing updates.
Current Standings, 2nd Go
1. Sarah Rose McDonald, Fame Fling and Bling, 16.37
2. Jana Bean, Dashing Klee, 16.48
3. Kali Parker, Tuneful, 16.50
4/5. Shelly Anzick, Scooten ta Fame, 16.53
4/5. Kendra Dickson, Dr. Te Hancock, 16.53
6. Kenna Squires, Dash to the Flame, 16.56
7. Katelyn McLeod, Kellies Chick, 16.58
8. Fallon Taylor, Flos Heiress, 16.63
9/10. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 16.64
9/10. Taylor Jacob, Honor Thy Frenchman, 16.64
1. McDonald, 32.79
2. Parker, 33.18
3. Dickson, 33.19
4. Taylor, 33.25
5. Taylor Jacob, 33.31
6. Bean, 33.32
7. Squires, 33.41
8. Michelle Lummus, Mia Bugs Kid, 33.45
9. Anzick, 33.46
10. Jill Tanner, Credit ta Fame, 33.47
11. Michele McLeod, Kellies Chick, 33.48
12. Mary Burger, Sadiesfamouslastwords, 33.51