Dona Kay Rule
and High Valor

Photo by Kenneth Springer

Ann Bleiker

Purina Horse of the Year Announced NFR

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the second consecutive year High Valor reigns supreme in the WPRA barrel racing world being named Purina Horse of the Year presented by AQHA. Owned and ridden by Dona Kay Rule, who has successfully navigated the rough waters of 2020 to qualify for her second straight Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Rule of Minco, Oklahoma, finished the regular season ranked third behind WPRA World Champions Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Hailey Kinsel.

The 2020 Purina Horse of the Year presented by AQHA awards were unveiled Oct. 12. The top three horses in each category are listed below.

Making the list for the first time is Biddin On Fame “Beau” owned and ridden by Emily Miller, who will be making her second Wrangler NFR appearance in December and Lean Mean Blue Dean “Blue Dean” owned and ridden by Jill Wilson, making their first appearance to rodeo’s “super bowl” in December.

A full story will appear in the November issue of the WPRA News. We congratulate all the great equine athletes for being honored with this great award.

Barrel Racing
1. HIGH VALOR "Valor;" ridden and owned by Dona Kay Rule
2. BIDDIN ON FAME "Beau;" ridden and owned by Emily Miller
3. LEAN MEAN BLUE DEAN "Blue Dean;" ridden and owned by Jill Wilson

Steer Wrestling
1. DASHIN HAZE "Tyson;" ridden by Curtis Cassidy & Jesse Brown, owned by Curtis Cassidy
2. (Tie) BE DUN BY THREE "Benz;" ridden and owned by Clayton Hass
PATRIONIC DASH "Mable;" ridden by Stetson Jorgensen, owned by Garrett Henry

Team Roping Heading
1. RK TUFF TRINKET "Bob;" ridden and owned by Riley Minor
2. GYPSY SAILOR "Sailor;" ridden by Charly Crawford, owned by Charly & Jackie Crawford
3. IMA FRESNOS DEE "Annie;" ridden and owned by Cody Snow

Team Roping Heeling
1. (Tie) NITA WIN PLAYBOY "Drago;" ridden and owned by Logan Medlin
LEOS HIGHBROW "Sug;" ridden and owned by Brady Minor
3. LITTLE HICKORY BOON "Ray J;" ridden and owned by Wesley Thorp

Tie-Down Roping
1. POCKETFUL OF LIGHT "Pockets;" ridden and owned by Caleb Smidt
2. (Tie) CASANOVAS COWGIRL "Beyonce;" ridden and owned by Haven Meged
DUALIN DEMON "Rambo;" ridden by Hunter Herrin, owned by Travis & Joanna Dobbs

Steer Roping
1. LENA JOE ICHI "Professor;" ridden and owned by Martin Poindexter
2. FRECKLES POSSUM BABY "Possum;" ridden by Scott Snedecor & Stephen Stransky, owned by Stephen Stransky
3. RBS BADGER TIGGER "Tigger;" ridden and owned by Cole Patterson