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Hailey Kinsel and then-6-year-old DM Sissy Hayday won the Scoti Flit Bar Rising Star Award at the 2017 National Finals Rodeo. Photo by Kenneth Springer

Before “Sister” was a $1 million earner, Hailey Kinsel had her fair share of frustrations training the mare. We talked with Hailey about how she pushed through the trying times and brought to light Sister’s unrivaled talent. Interview by Blanche Schaefer. Originally published in the October 2018 issue of Barrel Horse News Did you think Sister was going to be this special when you got her as a 2-year-old? “She was always going to be special to us. We didn’t know if that was as a 1D, 2D, 4D barrel horse, a heel horse or ranch horse. She had a good personality, a kind eye and meant a lot to us. She did honestly have a superstar feel, but you never know until you start running. She is lazy as all get out. She didn’t act like she wanted to run, which is polar opposite of what she is in a run, but on the day-to-day she is still lazy.…

Lisa Lockhart earned her third The American Rodeo barrel racing championship for $100,000 with a 15.248 at the 2023 event aboard Teton Ridge-owned 2016 gelding Promise Me Fame Guys (Aint Seen Nothin Yet x Bar Blue Lass x FC Aboo). Photo by Kenneth Springer

The American Rodeo presented by Teton Ridge takes over Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, from March 8-11, 2023, and we’ve got all the barrel racing results, updates and stories from the richest single-day event in western sports.

Shelley Morgan’s HR Fameskissandtell won the 2022 The American Rodeo title for $100,000, qualified for three consecutive NFRs from 2020-22, won the NFR average in 2022 and has more than $700,000 in career earnings, as of February 2023. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi’s late great Yeah Hes Firen finished his career with more than $1 million in earnings and carried the two-time WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer to six NFR qualifications and one world championship. Photos by Kenneth Springer

Marked by similar running styles and shared blood, resemblances of the late Yeah Hes Firen are apparent in young rodeo standout HR Fameskissandtell.

Futurity trainer and 2009 NFR qualifier Jordon Briggs enters this year’s NFR ranked No. 2 in the world, thanks almost solely to the efforts of super gelding Famous Lil Jet, who was recently crowned 2021 AQHA/WPRA Nutrena Barrel Horse of the Year. They’re pictured winning the Ellensburg Rodeo in Washington over Labor Day Weekend. Photo by Kent Soule

Article courtesy WPRA with modification from Barrel Horse News Success in the sport of barrel racing or breakaway roping doesn’t just fall on the human athlete but also the equine athlete. While the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association and American Quarter Horse Association have annually honored the top equine partners that carry WPRA barrel racers to the winner’s circle dating back to 1989, this year marks the first year breakaway roping horses are also being recognized. The Nutrena Horse of the Year presented by AQHA were unveiled October 14 following the conclusion of voting by the top 25 in each respective event. Taking top honors in the barrel racing is Famous Lil Jet, ridden by Jordon Briggs and owned by Jordon and her husband, Justin. The 2014 gelding was bred by Busby Quarter Horses and is by all-time leading barrel racing sire Dash Ta Fame and out of Blazin Black Beauty by…

Carly Taylor and Diva Deniro (PC Frenchmans Hayday x KC Bully x Bully Bullion) tied for victory in two consecutive rounds of Bracket Four at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo in the AT&T Center. San Antonio Rodeo photo by Scott Foley

Jill Wilson and Lean Mean Blue Dean win Bracket Four, while Carly Taylor and Diva Deniro tie for the win in two consecutive rounds at the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo.