The 2012 rodeo season has been nothing short of outstanding for past WPRA World Champion Brittany Pozzi. The Victoria, Texas cowgirl added yet another win to her impressive list of achievements when she captured the Red Bluff Round Up barrel racing title aboard Yeah Hes Firen (“Duke”). Part of the 2012 Wrangler Million Dollar Tour, the Silver Tour in Red Bluff, Calif. took place April 20-22 and paid out $201,636 across six events.
Brittany Pozzi, Credit: Kenneth Springer
Pozzi’s 17.38 in round one placed her sixth for $751 in earnings, while Kassidy Dennison won the round posting a time of 17.25 seconds to earn $1,971.
“My first run was not quite as good,” said Pozzi. “They switched the arena entrance from past years so it was a little different going in. You went through the heelers box and Duke is sometimes less than desirable going in so I was afraid he was going to turn around in the heelers box, and we just didn’t go very fast to the first barrel is all.”
By round two, Pozzi and Duke had their approach to the first barrel sorted out, besting their time from round one by three tenths of a second. Pozzi’s rapid 17.09 earned her a second place payday of $1,689, however it was Fallon Taylor who lit up the lead board with a time of 17.07 on “BabyFlo” for earnings of $1,971.
“Fallon laid down a tough run, I think a new arena record,” said Pozzi.
Pozzi secured the 2012 Red Bluff Round Up average title with a total on two of 34.47 for a $1,971 average payday. She banked a total of $4,411 in Red Bluff and currently leads the WPRA World standings with $77,858 in season earnings. Taylor’s cumulative time of 34.54 was good for second in the average, while Dolli Lautaret rounded out the top three.
“I love that rodeo,” said Pozzi. “The crowd is always great, they really get into it. The ground was the best it’s been in Red Bluff and this year it was toughest I ever remember the barrel race being there.”
Pozzi flew from the California rodeos to the Better Barrel Races World Finals where she qualified all three of her futurity colts for the BBR Futurity finals before flying back out to California for the remainder of the spring run. She plans to give Duke the month of May off while running her backups “Cosmo” and “Steely” at some of the remaining west coast rodeos.
“I’ll got to Bakersfield and hang out here until Sisters, Redding and Reno,” said Pozzi.