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By JimiBeth Myers

NFRBehind the Scenes
Barrel Racers Have an Exceptional Time
Barrel Racers Find Fun Outside the Rodeo Arena in Las Vegas

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The first thing that Amber Moore does when she gets to town is head to Chapman Dodge/Ram of Las Vegas, NV.  Amber keeps her horse offsite, and she has a very busy schedule with autograph sessions, interviews, and barrel practice that she needs to have a set of wheels while she is in Las Vegas.  Chapman Dodge gets her hooked up for the two weeks she is in Las Vegas.

Amber hopes that the last thing she does in Las Vegas is winning The Ram Truck Top Gun Award, which goes to the one contestant who wins the most money in any single event at the Wrangler NFR.  It is an exciting battle because it’s the only title that pits contestants in multiple events against each other.

 

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Amber picking up her loaner truck from Chapman Dodge in Las Vegas with her friend from the dealership, Cowboy
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The Ram Truck Top Gun Award one-of-a-kind wrapped RAM truck
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Top Gun award winners get a truck and a custom buckle from Montana Silversmiths and one-of-a-kind RAM Truck Top Gun-branded revolver from Commemorative Firearms.

Going into Round 6 Amber Moore is winning the Top Gun race earning $93,346.16, which is a healthy lead over tie-down roper Marty Yates from Stephenville, TX, who has won $75,788.46 so far.

Carman Pozzobon says “I live for an adrenaline rush!”  She loves to go fast in the rodeo arena on her 8-year old buckskin mare Ripp, which is what won them the #1 back number going into Canadian Finals Rodeo.

Living the life of a rodeo cowgirl isn’t enough for Carman.  She loves to find roller coasters wherever she goes on the rodeo trail.  One of the first things she did when she got to Las Vegas was to go to get a thrill from New York, New York’s roller coaster featuring a 180-degree “heartline” twist and dive maneuver.  The ride's station is themed to a New York City Subway station, which is a little different than the feel of her hometown of Aldergrove, BC.

 

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Carman Pozzobon running home in the Thomas & Mack at the WNFR
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(Left—The Roller Coaster of New York, New York’s twists and turns that are sure to get your blood pumping; (bottom) Carman (left) and her boyfriend go with hands up on their ride on The Roller Coaster
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Jessie Telford is in Las Vegas with her whole family:  husband Jake, and daughters Shawny and Sierra.  When Jessie isn’t in the arena barrel racing, she spends her free time, well… in the arena watching her husband team rope.

While NFR Rookie Jessie Telford was competing at the WNFR at the Thomas & Mack Arena her husband was over at the Southpoint Arena and Equestrian Center competing in the World Series of Team Roping.

Jessie and her 7-year-old sorrel gelding called Cool Whip won the 4th go-round earning her a victory lap for the fastest run of the night.  The duo’s 13.49-second run tied WNFR Round 4 barrel racing record set back in 2013 by Taylor Jacob.  This brought the two a $26,230.77 paycheck.  In true Las Vegas style, on the same day her husband picked up a $35,000 check

Team Roling World Series in the #14 Prefiert Finale at the Southpoint Casino with 30.44 seconds on 4 head.  Beaming Jessie said, “Team Telford did pretty good today.”

 

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(Left) Jake and Jessie Telford at home in Caldwell, Idaho, (Right) Jessie and Jake having a little fun after the Round 4 Buckle Presentation at the Southpoint Casino
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Barrel Racer Stevi Hillman has fallen in love with yoga - hot yoga to be specific.  With all of the pressures of being on the rodeo road, she says, “when you are on the yoga mat in the heat you are so present that your mind takes a complete break.”  Stevi sees the benefits of using yoga for her horses by inviting them to do some stretching, as well.

 

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Stevi and Cuatro Fame lovingly called Truck stretching (photo appeared in Shelby McCarney’s Rodeo Fame’s fitness issue).
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Stevi’s husband Ty (right) enjoys running with his wife and has picked up a yoga mat so that they can
practice together too.

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