Information provided in part by the WPRA, with contributions from Barrel Horse News
2020 has been a strange year where nothing seems predictable, but one thing’s still certain—two-time WPRA world champion Hailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday can still be found at the top of the pro rodeo results, and in record-setting fashion.
In the second round of the Dodge City Roundup in Kansas, the duo smoked a 16.63 from the bottom of the ground to set a standard pattern record at a Women’s Professional Rodeo Association rodeo. According to the WPRA, Benette Barrington-Little held the previous Dodge City arena record on a standard pattern with a 16.68-second run in 2011 aboard JL Dash Ta Heaven. Ivy Conrado-Saebens ran a 16.65 in 2016 on a standard pattern in Spanish Fork, Utah, aboard Cfour Tibbie Stinson (Eddie Stinson x Little Fancy Granny x Del Puerto Bill).
It’s important to clarify Kinsel’s new record is on standard pattern times at WPRA professional rodeos. The standard pattern world record still stands at 16.399, set in Brazil in 2017 by Evelino Rocha on Rollin In The Fame (Dash Ta Fame x Rods Last Lady Bug x Sharp Rodney). The fastest American recorded run on a standard pattern took place at a barrel race September 25, 2015, at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, when two-time WPRA world champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Kisskiss Bangbang (Dash Ta Fame x CD Nick Bar x Dr Nick Bar) ran a 16.479.
Per the WPRA, a standard pattern is 90 feet between barrel one and two, 105 feet between barrel one and three and between barrel two and three, and 60 feet from barrels one and two to the score line.
Kinsel and ‘Sister’s’ notable feat is a testament to the Dodge City rodeo committee’s ability to keep the ground safe and fast for every barrel racer, no matter which position they drew, and of course a testament to the team’s once-in-a-lifetime partnership and athleticism. The barn-burner helped Kinsel finish second overall at Dodge City to first-year WPRA cardholder BryAnna Haluptzok, who posted a total time of 50.89 on three runs, while Kinsel came in at 51.25 seconds.
Watch Kinsel’s record-setter here.
Read more about BryAnna Haluptzok’s win in Dodge City here.
Click here to check out the Brazilian ‘Clubo dos 16’ for a list of Brazil’s fastest horses and riders to run a sub-17-second time on a standard.