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Ryann Pedone
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Pedone Wins Tour Finale, Earns NFR Berth NFR
 

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Ryann Pedone will forever remember her trip to the 2020 Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale in Rapid City, S.D. From the tipped barrel that stayed up in the first round, that eventually led to the championship title and enough money to punch her ticket to her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo it was a memorable trip for sure.

Entering the final week of the 2020 regular season the Sunset, Texas, cowgirl was ranked 16th and in the crying hole for the NFR but when the dust settled in Rapid City it was all happy tears for a lady that has spent most of her career being a top futurity trainer.

“I am so overwhelmed with so many emotions, however the largest one being gratefulness,” noted a very emotional Pedone following the big win. “I just can’t believe it really happened.
“A moment lasts all of a second, but the memory lives on forever.”

Pedone got things underway on opening night, Tuesday, September 22, stopping the clock in 16.21 seconds which would eventually land her in a tie for seventh and $235. Things got really fast in the second round, so her time of 16.30 seconds would not get her to the pay window but was enough to land her in the top 8 in the average with a total time of 32.51 seconds, good for another $201. Then came the semifinals on Saturday, September 26, knowing she needed to win at the very minimum another $1,400 to have any chance at the NFR.

With the pressure on, she was the second barrel racer out in the semifinals and stopped the clock in 16.16 seconds, which shot to the top of the leaderboard. Pedone had to sweat out the other six that included three Horse of the Year champions, to see if her time would advance her to the all important Finals.

Dona Kay Rule and High Valor continued their dominance in the Rapid City pen winning the semis in a time of 16.06 seconds. 2017 WPRA World Champion Nellie Miller and her horse Sister finished second in a time of 16.08 seconds and two-time WPRA World Champion Hailey Kinsel and her mount Sister would finish third in a time of 16.15 seconds.

Pedone’s time would hang on for fourth and another $1,000, still needing another check to secure her spot inside the Top 15. It was a quick turnaround for the Final round but that seemed to play perfectly into Pedone’s and her great stallion Feel The Sting “Stinger,” game changing plan.

In the Finals, Rule and Valor were first out setting the bar with a 16.09-second run. Pedone and Stinger were next and they blew the doors off the building stopping the clock in 15.97 seconds. Kinsel and Sister were next stopping the clock in 16.10 seconds. The final barrel racer was Miller and Sister and they finished in 16.09 seconds, giving Pedone the title and more importantly the $4,500 first place payout.
Unofficially Pedone finished the season with $42,581, which moves her to 11th in the world standings pending the conclusion of the Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo in Stephenville, Texas, on September 27.

Brittney Barnett, who entered the final week ranked 15th in the world, was also in Rapid City and a downed barrel in the semifinals kept her out of the final round. However, she was able to add $1,608 in previous rounds and average to move to 14th with $39,565 and appears to be heading to her first Wrangler NFR.

Wenda Johnson, who is also looking for her first Wrangler NFR berth, was not in Rapid City but is currently sitting fourth in Stephenville. So it appears she will also be heading to Arlington but will have to wait to see in what position.

The Tour Finale didn’t go as planned for Jessie Telford and appears to have been bumped currently to the 16th hole. The WPRA office will have final tallies on Monday once all rodeos over the weekend have been paid out. Stay tuned as the bubble watch continues.

Results:
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 15.94 seconds, $2,010; 2. Michelle Alley, 16.00, $1,541; 3. Hailey Kinsel, 16.03, $1,139; 4. (tie) Nellie Miller and Megan Champion, 16.06, $603 each; 6. Cindy Smith, 16.14, $335; 7. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Ryann Pedone, 16.21, $235 each. Second round: 1. Tiany Schuster, 15.97 seconds, $2,010; 2. Dona Kay Rule, 16.00, $1,541; 3. Brittney Barnett, 16.06, $1,139; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 16.07, $737; 5. Shali Lord, 16.14, $469; 6. Ashley Castleberry, 16.17, $335; 7. (tie) Nellie Miller and Lacinda Rose, 16.20, $235 each. Average leaders: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 31.94 seconds on two runs, $2,010; 2. Hailey Kinsel, 32.10, $1,541; 3. Michelle Alley, 32.24, $1,139; 4. Nellie Miller, 32.26, $737; 5. Brittney Barnett, 32.42, $469; 6. (tie) Shelley Morgan, and Tiany Schuster, 32.45, $301 each; 8. Ryann Pedone, 32.51, $201. Semifinals: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 16.06 seconds, $4,000; 2. Nellie Miller, 16.08, $3,000; 3. Hailey Kinsel, 16.15, $2,000; 4. Ryann Pedone, 16.16, $1,000. Finals: 1. Ryann Pedone, 15.97 seconds, $4,500; 2. (tie) Dona Kay Rule and Nellie Miller, 16.09, $1,500 each. 

 

 

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Rule Leads The Way Into Finals In Rapid City NFR
 

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High Valor brought his A-Game to the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale in Rapid City and his jockey, Dona Kay Rule is looking for two more fast runs from him with hopes of a championship title on Saturday night, September 26.

Rule of Minco, Oklahoma, has already secured her spot in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Arlington, Texas, in December but would like to add some more cash to her standings and bank account. She and Valor stopped the clock in 16.00 seconds in the second round to finish second to Tiany Schuster and Show Mance’s time of 15.97 seconds. Rule added $1,541, while Schuster collected $2,010 and is also heading to her second NFR.

“He is consistent and tries every time,” said Rule of Valor. Rule won the average with a two run time of 31.94 seconds good for another $2,010. “I spend a lot of time with him, which improves his confidence and mine. It is a great partnership.”

The top eight in the average will return Saturday night for the semifinals. The semifinals will be a clean slate with the top four times advancing to the sudden-death final round immediately following the semifinal round.

Brittney Barnett finished third in the second round which was good for $1,139 which is so important in her quest for her first Wrangler NFR. Entering this week see was ranked 15th with Ryann Pedone hot on her heels. Barnett finished fifth in the average (adding another $469) and will be back for the semifinal round as will Pedone who squeaked in eighth in the average in a time of 32.51 seconds, good for $201. It will no doubt be a horse race between those to see who punches their first ticket to the Wrangler NFR.

The semifinals will pay the top 4 with the winner receiving $4,000 and the top two will earn money in the finals with the winner getting $4,500 and second place adding $3,000.

This event was originally slated to take place in Puyallup, Washington, as part of the Washington State Fair & Rodeo, but had to be moved due to COVID-19 restrictions. It now marks the last big event to be held during the 2020 regular season and will help determine the Top 15 for the Wrangler NFR.

Catch all the LIVE action on the Cowboy Channel at 9:30p.m. ET and continued updates on the WPRA website.

Results:
Barrel racing: First round: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 15.94 seconds, $2,010; 2. Michelle Alley, 16.00, $1,541; 3. Hailey Kinsel, 16.03, $1,139; 4. (tie) Nellie Miller and Megan Champion, 16.06, $603 each; 6. Cindy Smith, 16.14, $335; 7. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Ryann Pedone, 16.21, $235 each. Second round: 1. Tiany Schuster, 15.97 seconds, $2,010; 2. Dona Kay Rule, 16.00, $1,541; 3. Brittney Barnett, 16.06, $1,139; 4. Hailey Kinsel, 16.07, $737; 5. Shali Lord, 16.14, $469; 6. Ashley Castleberry, 16.17, $335; 7. (tie) Nellie Miller and Lacinda Rose, 16.20, $235 each. Average leaders: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 31.94 seconds on two runs, $2,010; 2. Hailey Kinsel, 32.10, $1,541; 3. Michelle Alley, 32.24, $1,139; 4. Nellie Miller, 32.26, $737; 5. Brittney Barnett, 32.42, $469; 6. (tie) Shelley Morgan, and Tiany Schuster, 32.45, $301.50 each; 8. Ryann Pedone, 32.51, $201.

 

 

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Rule Reigns Supreme in Round 1 in Rapid City NFR
 

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Things are definitely heating up in Rapid City at the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale as the first round came to a close on Thursday night, September 24.

Dona Kay Rule and the 2019 AQHA/WPRA Horse of the Year High Valor shot to the top of the leaderboard with a 15.94-second run, the fastest through three performances thus far in South Dakota. Rule added $2,010 to her 2020 world standings as she makes plans for her second Wrangler NFR qualification, currently ranked fourth in the world.

“I just stay focused on where we are going,” stated Rule in describing what it is like riding the caliber of horse as Valor. “I thought his power was going to be too much for me at first but have learned how to control it.

“I have spent my whole life waiting for a horse like Valor and the experience has just been amazing.”

Michelle Alley, who entered this week ranked 19th in the world and $11,126 out of the 15th spot finished second in the round in a time of 16.00 seconds good for $1,541. She is hoping for another strong run on Friday night with hopes of returning in the top 8 for the semifinals.

Brittney Barnett is currently holding the 15th spot on the world standings and although she failed to make it to the pay window in the first round she is currently second in the second round in a time of 16.06 seconds and leads the average in a total time of 32.42 seconds. She will have to sweat out the remaining 12 runs on Friday night to see where she will finish in both the second round and average. She is not only hoping to return to the semifinals but also to grab some much needed cash in both the round and average payouts to secure her spot in her first Wrangler NFR.

Ryann Pedone, who is hot on Barnett’s heels in the standings ranked 16th, was able to grab a check in the first round finishing in a tie for seventh with Shelley Morgan in a time of 16.21 seconds. It was good for $235 and at this time of the year every penny counts.

The top eight in the average following the conclusion of the fourth performance on Friday, September 25 will advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The semifinals will be a clean slate with the top four times advancing to the sudden-death final round immediately following the semifinal round.

This event was originally slated to take place in Puyallup, Washington, as part of the Washington State Fair & Rodeo, but had to be moved due to COVID-19 restrictions. It now marks the last big event to be held during the 2020 regular season and will help determine the Top 15 for the Wrangler NFR.

Catch all the LIVE action on the Cowboy Channel and continued updates on the WPRA website.

Results:
Barrel racing: 1. Dona Kay Rule, 15.94 seconds, $2,010; 2. Michelle Alley, 16.00, $1,541; 3. Hailey Kinsel, 16.03, $1,139; 4. (tie) Megan Champion and Nellie Miller, 16.06, $603 each; 6. Cindy Smith, 16.14, $335; 7. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Ryann Pedone, 16.21, $235 each. Second round leaders: 1. Tiany Schuster, 15.97 seconds; 2. Brittney Barnett, 16.06; 3. Shali Lord, 16.14; 4. Shelley Morgan, 16.24; 5. (tie) Jessica Routier and Emily Miller, 16.25 each. Average leaders: 1. Brittney Barnett, 32.42 seconds on two head; 2. (tie) Tiany Schuster and Shelley Morgan, 32.45 each; 4. Ryann Pedone, 32.51; 5. Jessica Routier, 32.80; 6. Ivy Hurst, 32.87

 

 

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Schuster Finds Another Gear in Rd 2 in Rapid City NFR
 

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The barrel racers of the WPRA found a much faster track at the Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale in Rapid City for the start of the second round on Wednesday night. 

Tiany Schuster and her great horse Show Mance found another gear to start the second round stopping the clock in a time of 15.97-seconds. This is the first sub-16 time ran thus far this week with a new set of 12 ladies ready to make their first run on September 24 and make their own headlines. Show Mance has been making headlines in the WPRA over the last month or so and doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down. Her second round time added to her first round time of 16.48 seconds, moved Schuster in to a tie for second in the average.

 

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Tiany Schuster
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The top eight in the average following the conclusion of the fourth performance on Friday, September 25 will advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The semifinals will be a clean slate with the top four times advancing to the sudden-death final round immediately following the semifinal round.

While Schuster has secured her second trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, Brittney Barnett is hoping once the dust has settled in Rapid City she can officially punch her fist ticket to the big dance. Barnett entered the final week of the 2020 regular season ranked 15th in the World Standings with Ryann Pedone and Ivy Hurst, also competing in Rapid City, hot on her heels. Barnett was first out during the second performance and stopped the clock in 16.06 seconds, which would land her second behind Schuster pending the second set of 12 ladies to compete. Barnett however, is atop the leaderboard in the two run average with a time of 32.42 seconds and is making plans to return Saturday for what she hopes to two more runs to finish out her regular season.

“I am still speechless with her performance,” said Barnett when asked about her great mare she simply refers to as Paint. “This mare is truly one-of-a-kind and I am blessed to be her owner and jockey. I can’t give her enough cookies for all she has done for me.”

This event was originally slated to take place in Puyallup, Washington, as part of the Washington State Fair & Rodeo, but had to be moved due to COVID-19 restrictions. It now marks the last big event to be held during the 2020 regular season and will help determine the Top 15 for the Wrangler NFR.

Among those competing in the second set of 12 will be a former ProRodeo Tour Finale champion. During her rookie year in 2018, Jimmie Smith captured the title in Puyallup and she is hoping for the same success this week in Rapid City as she eyes her first Wrangler NFR qualification, currently ranked third in the standings behind world champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Hailey Kinsel, respectively. Kinsel will be competing in set No. 2 and will be looking to make her own move in the standings as Pozzi Tonozzi did not enter Rapid City.

Catch all the LIVE action on the Cowboy Channel and continued updates on the WPRA website.

 

 

ProRodeo Tour Finale Underway in Rapid City NFR
 

The 2020 Gold Buckle Beer ProRodeo Tour Finale kicked off on Tuesday, September 22 in Rapid City, S.D., featuring the top 24 in the Tour standings. While it was a bit of a roller coaster performance for the WPRA barrel racers with nearly half of the 12-person field, in set number 1, knocking over barrels during the first performance.

Two Texans set the bar for the first round in the barrel racing at the Tour Finale with times of 16.21 seconds. Shelley Morgan of Eustace, who is currently ranked seventh in the WPRA World Standings and a lock for her second Wrangler NFR (her first coming in 2009), was the initial bar setter with Ryann Pedone matching Morgan’s time as the seventh barrel racer out.

 

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Shelley Morgan
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Pedone of Sunset needs a big win in Rapid City as she enters the last week of the 2020 regular season in the 16th and crying hole for the 2020 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Pedone is looking for her first Wrangler NFR qualification and is currently $1,312 out of the 15th spot, which is currently held by Brittney Barnett, who is also competing in Rapid City and turned in a 16.36-second run on opening night to currently hold the third spot on the leaderboard for the first round. Barnett is from Stephenville, Texas, and also looking for her first NFR ticket.

Pedone’s run was not without excitement as she rocked the first barrel but fortunately for her it didn’t go over.

“I wasn’t thinking it was going to stay up,” said Pedone after her winning run. “I am not sure how it stayed up. I got lucky I guess.”

As the Cowboy Channel commentators Butch Knowles and Jeff Medders said that barrel staying up might turn out to be the key to Pedone’s NFR berth.

The 12 ladies from night one will return on Wednesday night for their second run and the start of round 2. A new set of 12 ladies will compete on Thursday night, which will conclude the first round with round 2 concluding on Friday night. The top eight in the average will advance to the semifinals on Saturday. The semifinals will be a clean slate with the top four times advancing to the sudden-death final round immediately following the semifinal round.

This event was originally slated to take place in Puyallup, Washington, as part of the Washington State Fair & Rodeo, but had to be moved due to COVID-19 restrictions. It now marks the last big event to be held during the 2020 regular season and will help determine the Top 15 for the Wrangler NFR.

Among those competing in the second set of 12 will be a former ProRodeo Tour Finale champion. During her rookie year in 2018, Jimmie Smith captured the title in Puyallup and she is hoping for the same success this week in Rapid City as she eyes her first Wrangler NFR qualification, currently ranked third in the standings behind world champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Hailey Kinsel, respectively. Kinsel will be competing in set No. 2 and will be looking to make her own move in the standings as Pozzi Tonozzi did not enter Rapid City.

Catch all the LIVE action on the Cowboy Channel and continued updates on the WPRA website.

 

 

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