By Susan Kanode for the National Western Stock Show Rodeo

DENVER—January 23, 2022—It all came down to the final rodeo performance as the 116th National Western Stock Show came to a close on Sunday. 

That performance featured 12 competitors who fought their way through two preliminary rounds and three semifinals to compete for the championships in the Denver Coliseum. The rodeo opened with excitement and closed the same way. 

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi earned her fifth Denver barrel racing title. The professional barrel racer and trainer from Lampasas, Texas, has competed at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo for 17 years and won money for many of those. 

She won the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing in 2007 and 2008 riding her great horse Sixth Vision (“Stitch”). She won again in 2010 and 2012 riding Yeah Hes Firen (“Duke”). This year, she got the win on Babe On The Chase, a 10-year-old mare by Chasin Firewater and out of Streakin Six Babe by Streakin Six. Tonozzi bred, raised and trained the mare that’s now owned by Teton Ridge Ranch.

She nearly knocked a barrel over but was able to keep it up and stopped the clock in 14.89 seconds. She rode “Birdie” for all four runs in Denver this year, placed in every preliminary round and left Denver adding $9,649 to her earnings. 

After cancelling the rodeo in 2021 because of the pandemic, having all 20 pro rodeos, PBR bull riding, and other events in the coliseum was a huge undertaking. Total payout at this year’s rodeo was $595,302.

2022 National Western Stock Show Rodeo Champions Total Earnings

Barrel Racing – Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, $9,649

Bareback – Rocker Steiner, Weatherford, Texas, $9,686

Steer Wrestling – Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfoot, Idaho, $8,286

Team Roping – Coy Rahlmann, Elsinore, Mo., and Douglas Rich, Herrick, Ill., $7,292

Saddle Bronc Riding – Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, $8,222

Tie-Down Roping – Kyle Lucas, Carstairs, Alberta, $6,402

Bull Riding – Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, $7,368

2022 National Western Stock Show Rodeo Finals Results 

Womens Barrel Race: 1, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 14.89. $5,429. tie-2, Bradi Whiteside, Longview, Alberta, and Emma Charleston, Reeds, Mo., 15.06, $4,025. tie-4, BryAnna Haluptzok, Tenstrike, Minn., and Cassidy Champlin, Pilot Point, Texas, 15.12, $2,153. 6, Illysa Riley, Hico, Texas, 15.15, $936. 

Find complete barrel racing results and more stories from the 2022 National Western Stock Show Rodeo below.

The National Western Stock Show is host to 20 rodeo performances in the final 11 days of the show. Each event consists of 80 contestants from the United States and Canada competing in two rounds to advance to a tournament-style finals weekend. Top contestants compete in one of three semifinal performances to earn their way into a winner-take-all Finals on Championship Sunday.

National Western Pro Rodeo Format. NWSSR photo.

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Sarah Rose Waguespack rode her 5-year-old gelding Roses Roan Ranger (Blings Smooth Guy x Brookstone Rose x Brookstone Bay) to a fast 15.01 to win the tenth performance at the 2022 National Western Stock Show Rodeo. NWSS photo by Ric Andersen
Sarah Rose Waguespack Winning Again on Gritty Roan Partner

By Blanche Schaefer/Barrel Horse News

DENVER—Jan. 18, 2022—Barrel racing fans tuned in to the National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver for the tenth perf saw a familiar sight—Sarah Rose (McDonald) Waguespack lighting up the scoreboard on a hard-running, gritty-turning bay roan with a white star. Fresh off his 4-year-old futurity year, Roses Roan Ranger is taking to the rodeos with strong semblance to his paternal granddam Fame Fling N Bling. Waguespack rode “Ranger” to a 15.01 to top the tenth performance at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo (full results below).

Many remember Waguespack’s famed mare “Bling,” who sadly passed away in 2017 due to complications from tying up (a muscular syndrome). Waguespack is once again setting fire to the rodeo arena, this time aboard a young gelding with uncanny resemblance to Bling. “Ranger” is a 5-year-old grandson of the great mare by way of his sire Blings Smooth Guy, a son of A Smooth Guy out of Fame Fling N Bling, and the gelding is out of Brookstone Rose by Brookstone Bay.

Ranger is coming off a successful futurity year with Waguespack in 2021—the pair qualified for several futurity finals and placed at multiple futurities.

Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi Tops Ninth Performance at the National Western

By Susan Kanode courtesy National Western Stock Show, with modification from Barrel Horse News    

DENVER—Jan. 17, 2022—Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi from Lampasas, Texas, knows exactly what it takes to win in this arena. The two-time world champion barrel racer has had success here nearly every year that she has entered since becoming a member of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in 2003.

            Tonozzi has won the title in the Denver Coliseum four times and with a 15.15-second run on Monday, could be among the potential champions advancing to the semifinals. She is currently tied for second place.

            The contestants from Monday’s round compete again on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

First performance of pro rodeo kicks off at National Western

By Susan Kanode courtesy National Western Stock Show, with modification from Barrel Horse News

            DENVER—Jan. 14, 2022—Just three performances in so far at the 2022 National Western Stock Show Rodeo, and the action is already getting fast and furious.

            Friday saw the first set of contestants finishing their preliminary competition and a new set beginning. At the matinee performance, Don Payne of Stephenville, Texas, stopped the clock in 3.8 seconds in the steer wrestling. He is the first to be under four seconds. He also had the fast time in the first performance and leads the overall standings with a total time of 8.5 seconds and could well be back here next weekend for the semifinals.

Steely Steiner turning the first barrel
Steely Steiner and her great gelding Hittin Fame (Dash Ta Fame x Dashin For Pay Dirt x Pritzi Dash) are blazing a trail at the National Western Stock Show Rodeo. Steiner, from Weatherford, Texas, is making her debut in the Denver Coliseum. NWSS photo by Ric Andersen.

            The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel race on Friday featured a rising star who comes from a long line of world champions. Steely Steiner of Weatherford, Texas, rode her gelding Hittin Fame, affectionately known as “Cupcake,” to a time of 15.22 seconds.

          It looks like Cupcake will be taking Steely to the pay window at the National Western, but Steely’s mother Jamie Steiner has also had success on the horse. Cupcake, who was raised, trained and futuritied by champion trainer and past NFR qualifier Danyelle Campbell, is by Dash Ta Fame and out of Campbell’s great mare Dashin For Pay Dirt by Pritzi Dash.

            Rodeo is a multi-generation family affair for the Steiners. Steely’s mother, Jamie Steiner, is often competing right alongside in the barrel race. The mother-daughter duo also work together training some of their own horses. Steely’s father, Sid Steiner, is a world champion steer wrestler, her grandfather Bobby Steiner is a world champion bull rider and former stock contractor. Her brother Rocker Steiner bought his Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association membership as soon as he turned 18 and will be competing in the bareback riding here on Monday and Tuesday.

            Steely finished 47th in the world standings last year and is ready to make a bid for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification. She was a baby when her father won the steer wrestling world title in 2003. Her parents both competed at rodeo’s championships in 2000. They are hoping that the siblings get to be in Las Vegas competing for gold buckles.

            Friday also saw the first tie-down roping run under eight seconds. Ty Harris of San Angelo, Texas, needed to be fast, and that’s just what he did. During his first run, he clocked in at 10.8 seconds then came back and stopped the clock in 7.9 seconds. That run will likely get him another opportunity in the Denver Coliseum next weekend.       

2022 Denver NWSSR Results

Finals:

Womens Barrel Race: 1, Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 14.89. $5,429. 2, (tie) Bradi Whiteside, Longview, Alberta, and Emma Charleston, Reeds, Mo., 15.06, $4,025. 4, (tie) BryAnna Haluptzok, Tenstrike, Minn., and Cassidy Champlin, Pilot Point, Texas, 15.12, $2,153. 6, Illysa Riley, Hico, Texas, 15.15, $936. 

Sixteenth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 15.35 seconds. 2, Summer Kosel, Glenham, S.D., 15.38.  3, Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., 15.48. 4, (tie) Lake Mehalic, Wellington, Colo., and Tarryn Lee, St. David, Ariz., 15.65. 

Fifteenth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Summer Kosel, Glenham, S.D., 15.46 seconds. 2, Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Okla., 15.57. 3, Macee McAllister, St. George, Utah, 15.68. 4, Paige Jone, Wayne, Okla., 15.73. 

Fourteenth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Ilyssa Riley, Hico, Texas, 15.11 seconds. 2, Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas, 15.51. 3, CJ Vondette, Rifle, Colo., 15.57. 4, Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas, 15.61. 

Thirteenth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, BryAnna Haluptzok, Tenstrike, Minn., 15.19. 2, Cassidy Champlin, Pilot Point, Texas, 15.29. 3, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 15.38. 4, Bradi Whiteside, Longview Alberta, 15.49.

Twelfth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Cassidy Champlin, Pilot Point, Texas, 15.13. 2, (Tie) BryAnna Haluptzok, Tenstrike Minn., Ivy Saebens, Nowata Okla., 15.23. 3, Bradi Whiteside, Longview Alberta, 15.42.

Eleventh Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, BryAnna Haluptzok, Tenstrike, Minn., 15.19. 2, Cassidy Champlin, Pilot Point, Texas, 15.29. 3, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 15.38. 4, Bradi Whiteside, Longview Alberta, 15.49.

Tenth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Sarah Rose Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 15.01 seconds. 2, Brittany Pozzi – Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 15.05. 3, Kari Boxleitner, Loveland, Colo., 15.53. 4, Brittney Barnett, Stephenville, Texas, 20.24. 

Ninth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Brittany Pozzi – Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 15.15. 2, Brittney Barnett, Stephenville, Texas, 15.16. 3, Sarah Rose Waguespack, Gonzales, La., 15.43. 4, Carley Cervi, Roggen, Colo., 15.70. 

Eighth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.26. 2, (tie) Nicole Driggers, Stephenville, Texas, and Lynette Clyde, Heber, Utah, 20.17. 4, Destry Devenport, Escondido, Calif., 20.30. 

Seventh Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, S.D., 15.35 seconds. 2, Katie Halbert, Port Lavaca, Texas, 15.50. 3, Lynette Clyde, Heber, Utah, 15.51. 4, Rachelle Riggers, Lewiston, Idaho, 16.5.

Sixth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Okla., 15.05 seconds. 2, Shannon McReynolds, La Luz, N.M., 15.18. 3, Emma Charleston, Reeds, Mo., 15.19. 4, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D., 15.29.

Fifth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Shannon McReynolds, La Luz, N.M., 14.72 seconds. 2, Kelly Brunner, Millsap, Texas, 15.15. 3, Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Okla., 15.33. 4, Cody Craig, Wendell, Idaho, 9.6.

Fourth Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas, 15.25 seconds. 2, Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Okla., 15.32. 3, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 15.40. 4, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 15.43.

Third Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Steely Steiner, Weatherford, Texas, 15.22. 2, Abby Phillips, Marshall, Texas, 15.34. 3, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 15.47. 4, Lois Ferguson, West, Texas, 15.55.

Second Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Cheyenne Hattesen, Kerman, Calif., 15.14 seconds. 2, Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., 15.18. 3, Stephanie Fryar, Waco, Texas, 15.41. 4, Lisa Zachoda, Okotoks, Ablerta, 15.42.

First Performance:

Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Michelle Alley, Madisonville, Texas, 15.24. 2, Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas, 15.30. 3, (tie) Michelle Darling, Medford, Okla., and Kellie Collier, Hereford, Texas, 15.37 each.

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