January 6, 2024 (GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA) — The World Champions Rodeo Alliance hosted their first Triple Crown of Rodeo series of 2024 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma, from January 3-6 at the WCRA Stampede at The E event. The 2024 season kick-off event will mark the first time the WCRA TCR series has stopped in Guthrie in three years, and the event boasted a total payout of more than $400,000.

The event began on January 3 with the timed event qualifying rounds (all timed events excluding barrel racing), where the top 36 athletes from the WCRA Leaderboard, the 2023 PRCA/WPRA world champions, 2023 Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo champions, 2023 Indian National Finals Rodeo champions and the 2023 International Professional Rodeo Leaderboard No. 1 contestants battled through two full rounds of competition. From those rounds the No. 1-6 in the WCRA Leaderboard were directly seeded to the Progressive Rounds. The Qualifying Round One and Round Two winners and the top four from the Qualifying Rounds on a two-head aggregate advanced to the Progressive Rounds.

The Barrel Racing Qualifying Rounds began January 3 with the top 36 athletes from the WCRA Leaderboard, the 2023 WPRA world champion, 2023 Bill Picket Invitational Rodeo champions, 2023 Indian National Finals Rodeo champions and the 2023 International Professional Rodeo Regular Season No. 1 Leaderboard contestant battled through one round of competition. The No. 1-6 on the WCRA Leaderboard were directly seeded to the Progressive Rounds and the top four from the Barrel Racing Qualifying Round advanced to the Progressive Rounds. The barrel racing also offered a Buy Back Round on January 3, and the top two fastest times from the Buy Back advanced to the Progressive Rounds.

The Progressive Rounds were held January 4-5 consisting of two full rounds of competition. The top 6 from the Progressive Rounds on a two-head aggregate, plus the Progressive Rounds One and Two advanced to the Triple Crown of Rodeo finals round, where the event champions will be eligible for the Triple Crown of Rodeo $1 million bonus.

Stephanie Fryar and Some Streakin French Win WCRA Stampede at The E

The WCRA Stampede at The E kicked off in the first week of January at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. With top-shelf competition of some of the best horse and rider duos in the industry rodeo athletes competed for their piece of the $400,000 total payout. Stephanie Fryar battled through four rounds of tough barrel racing to ultimately take home the Stampede at The E championship during the Triple Crown of Rodeo finals round, worth $15,000.

During the Qualifying Round, Fryar turned in a 20.423, which was unfortunately off the pace, however due to her No. 5 position in the WCRA Leaderboard prior to The Stampede at The E seeded her directly into the Progressive Rounds. Fryar and Some Streakin French were able to redeem their performance and pick up a second-place paycheck of $1,000 from a time of 15.277 in Progressive Round One. The duo from Waco, Texas, continued picking up paychecks in Progressive Round Two earning another second-place paycheck from a time of 15.390, worth another $1,000.

Some Streakin French and Fryar have been partners since 2019 and earned more than $340,719 together. The “Frank” is by Frenchmans Fabulous and out of Some Streakin Chick, who’s by Some Dasher.

On a roll Fryar and Frank weren’t going to be stopped in the Triple Crown of Rodeo finals round. Together Fryar and Frank were the first out on the ground turning in a 15.323. Their time ultimately held through the remaining seven barrel racers to make their bids for championship honors.

“I’m speechless, I couldn’t do it without this horse. He’s my world. He’s my best friend,” Fryar said in the on-the-arena-floor post win interview with WCRA. “And, WCRA thank y’all. I have benefited from y’all so much. Financially, your rodeos are awesome, you drag every run and the spectators are always great. 

“It was God’s will,” Fryar continued of her WCRA championship. “Literally, the competition at these things are tough, at the end of the day, and the way the ground it, it’s anyone’s game.” 

Stephanie Fryar and Some Streakin French took home the championship at the WCRA Stampede at The E after turning in a 15.323 in the Triple Crown of Rodeo finals round. Photo by Bull Stock Media.

Barrel Racing Qualifying Round Results

  1. Tara Seaton / Winslow, Arizona / 15.337 / $1,774.50
  2. Jordan Driver / Garden City, Texas / 15.41 / $1,521
  3. Cari Titsworth / McAlester, Oklahoma / 15.642 / $1,267.50
  4. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 15.662 / $1,098.50 (Seeded)
  5. Emma Charleston / Reeds, Missouri / 15.695 / $845
  6. Alishea Jones / Estherwood, Louisiana / 15.697 / $676
  7. Taylor Johnson / Purcell, Oklahoma / 15.727 / $380.25
  8. Madison McCaffity / Omaha, Texas / 15.739 / $338
  9. Wendy Chesnut / Poult, Vermont / 15.765 / $295.75
  10. Fallon Forbes / Odonnell, Texas / 15.826 / $253.50

Barrel Racing Buy Back Round Results

  1. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / 15.199
  2. Fallon Forbes / Odonnell, Texas / 15.502

Progressive Round One Results

  1. Jordan Driver / Garden City, Texas / 15.227 / $1,500
  2. Stephanie Fryar / Waco, Texas / 15.277 / $1,000
  3. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / $15.457 / $750
  4. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 15.523 / $350

Progressive Round Two Results

  1. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi /15.217 / $1,500
  2. Stephanie Fryar / Waco, Texas / 15.390 / $1,000
  3. Skyla Peters / Sublette, Kansas / 15.421/ $750
  4. Cari Titsworth / McAlester, Oklahoma / 15.422 / $350

Progressive Rounds Aggregate (on two runs)

  1. Stephanie Fryar / Waco, Texas / 30.667 / $3,000
  2. Kindyl Scruggs / Southaven, Mississippi / 30.674 / $2,000
  3. Julie Plourde / Chicoutimi, Quebec / 31.029 / $1,500
  4. Skyla Peters / Sublette, Kansas / 31.137 / $1,000

Stampede at The E Triple Crown of Rodeo Round Results

  1. Stephanie Fryar / Some Streakin French / 15.323 / $15,000
  2. Kindyl Scruggs / Melrose Chrome / 15.334 / $6,500
  3. Tara Seaton / Zoomin Hihand / 15.449 / $2,500
  4. Cari Titsworth / DHR Honor Prize Rose / 15.499 / $1,000
  5. Julie Plourde / KF Epic Ta Fame / 15.529 / $1,000
  6. Skyla Peters / Pistol Whistle / 20.396 / $1,000
  7. Jordan Driver / TRheavensilluminated / 20.708 / $500
  8. Ryann Pedone / Thirty Six Roses / 22.153 / $500
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Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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