Amanda Welsh of Gillette, Wyoming, and her great horse Frenchman Fire Fly were the big winners on Super Saturday at the 2022 National Western Stock Show, topping the Colorado vs. the World barrel racing. Three rodeos featured contestants representing various rodeos in the state and that have world notoriety. Welsh was on the World team and won $10,000 representing Rodeo Houston. NWSS photo by Ric Andersen

Super Saturday kicks off National Western Stock Show Rodeo in Denver, Amanda Welsh tops Colorado vs. the World barrel racing

By Susan Kanode for the National Western Stock Show with modification from Barrel Horse News magazine

DENVER, COLORADO—January 8, 2022—The National Western Stock Show Rodeo’s 10th Super Saturday showdown between contestants representing Colorado rodeos and world-renowned rodeos saw some very happy fans and contestants. 

Events included in each of three performances were bareback riding, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, barrel racing and bull riding. Competition started in the Denver Coliseum at the morning performance featuring World contestants. The matinee performance saw Colorado representatives, and the evening performance was head-to-head competition between the two. 

Frenchman Fire Fly pedigree

With contestants being invited to represent the various rodeos, many of the world’s best were on hand to test their skills. In the Colorado vs. the World barrel racing, Amanda Welsh and her 2010 home-raised and -trained gelding Frenchman Fire Fly (Frosty Frenchman x Princess Bar Dash x Hot Dasher) were the undeniable stars of the show. Fresh off their first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification in December, the duo came in to Denver hot, topping the World Team first performance in 15.624 as representatives of Rodeo Houston.

Past Wrangler NFR qualifier Carley (Richardson) Cervi posted a fast 16.415 in the Colorado Team performance, but it was Welsh who again rose to the top in the Colorado Versus the World Showdown not once, but twice, winning the semifinals in 15.576 and then coming back to win the finals in 15.799 for $8,000. All totaled, Welsh and “Fire Fly” earned $10,000 on Super Saturday in the unique competition.

Colorado vs. the World Barrel Racing Results

Contestant, rodeo or Colorado rodeo represented

Women’s Barrel Race CINCH Jeans World Team Results: 1, Amanda Welsh, Rodeo Houston, 15.624, $1,000. 2, Lisa Lockhart, Black Hills (Rapid City, South Dakota) Stock Show Rodeo, 15.830, $700. 3, Jimmie Smith, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 16.088, $600. 4, Kim Schulze, Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Nebraska), 16.215, $500. 

Women’s Barrel Race RAM Rodeo Colorado Team Results: 1, Carley Cervi, National Western Stock Show Rodeo, 16.415, $1,000. 2, Kellie Collier, Wildcard, 16.427, $700. 3, Nicole Waggoner-Ludwick, Elizabeth Stampede, 16.718, $600. 4, Selina Wiseman, National Western Stock Show, 17.124, $500

Women’s Barrel Race Showdown: (Semifinals) 1, Amanda Welsh, World, 15.576, $1,000. 2, Kellie Collier, Colorado 16.046, $1,000. (Final) 1, Welsh, 15.799, $8,000

Other Event Highlights

Fan-favorite and five-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world champion Stetson Wright was among the Colorado contingent in the bull riding and the World contestants in saddle bronc riding, showing off his all-around talent. Wright has won world titles in both disciplines, and because of his success has garnered all-around buckles the past three years. 

He was most successful in bull riding, advancing to the semifinals. He didn’t ride his bull in that round but advanced as the Colorado rider that rode the longest. In the Final round, he was up against Tim Bingham from the World team who went first and failed to make the whistle. Wright had fans on the edge of their seats as he was matching the bull jump for jump. Then, midway through the ride, the bull fell with Wright still on him. The bull got up and Wright still was in the middle of his back and had never touched the bull with his free hand. He made a qualified ride and was the winner of the $8,000 prize. 

It was team Colorado’s turn to be victorious in 2022 as they collected championship spurs in three of the five events. Other winners were bareback rider Tanner Aus (World); steer wrestler Don Payne (Colorado); saddle bronc rider Wyatt Casper (World); and barrel racer Amanda Welsh (World). 

The following are complete results from Super Saturday, Colorado Versus the World Rodeo, Jan. 8, 2022

Cinch Jeans World Team Performance

Contestant, rodeo represented

            Bareback Riding: 1, Zachariah Phillips, Rodeo Houston, 86 points, $1,000. 2, Chase Vossler, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 78, $700. 3, Brazos Winters, Guymon (Oklahoma) Pioneer Days, 77, $600. 4, Clay Stone, San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show Rodeo, 74.5, $500. 

Steer Wrestling: 1, Kalan Anders, Houston Rodeo, 4.57 seconds, $1,000. 2, Matt Reeves, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 4.58, $700. 3, Justin Kimsey, Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Nebraska), 4.63, $600. 4, Dalton Massey, Guymon (Oklahoma) Pioneer Days, 4.96, $500. 

            Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Wyatt Casper, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 84.5, $1,000. 2, Jesse Wright, Rodeo Houston, 82, $700. 3, Leon Fountain, Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Nebraska), 81, $600. 4, Houston Brown, San Angelo (Texas) Stock Show & Rodeo, 80, $500. 

            Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Amanda Welsh, Rodeo Houston, 15.624, $1,000. 2, Lisa Lockhart, Black Hills (Rapid City, South Dakota) Stock Show Rodeo, 15.830, $700. 3, Jimmie Smith, Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, 16.088, $600. 4, Kim Schulze, Buffalo Bill Rodeo (North Platte, Nebraska), 16.215, $500. 

            Bull Riding: 1, Steve Woolsey, Dodge City (Kansas) Roundup, 84 points, $1,000. (remainder advanced based on time) 2, (tie) Tim Bingham, Black Hills (Rapid City, South Dakota) Stock Show Rodeo; Wade Berg, Guymon (Oklahoma) Pioneer Days; and Garrett Uptain, Rodeo Austin; $600 each. 

RAM Rodeo Colorado Team Performance

Contestant, Colorado rodeo represented

            Bareback Riding: 1, Kenny Haworth, Greeley Stampede, 83.5, $1,000. 2, Colton Clemons, Colorado State Fair Rodeo (Pueblo), 82, $700. 3, Leighton Berry, Wildcard, 81, $600. 4, Tanner Aus, National Western Stock Show, 79.5, $500. 

            Steer Wrestling: 1, Riley Duvall, National Western Stock Show Rodeo, 3.96, $1,000. 2, Jacob Edler, Greeley Stampede, 4.23, $700. 3, Don Payne, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo (Colorado Springs), 4.43, $600. 4, Jesse Brown, National Western Stock Show Rodeo, 4.77, $500. 

            Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Statler Wright, Wildcard, 87.5, $1,000. 2 (tie), CoBurn Bradshaw, Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and Spencer Wright, National Western Stock Show, 85, $650. 4, Ryder Wright, National Western Stock Show, 84, $500. 

            Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Carley Cervi, National Western Stock Show Rodeo, 16.415, $1,000. 2, Kellie Collier, Wildcard, 16.427, $700. 3, Nicole Waggoner-Ludwick, Elizabeth Stampede, 16.718, $600. 4, Selina Wiseman, National Western Stock Show, 17.124, $500

            Bull Riding: 1, Stetson Wright, Rooftop Rodeo (Estes Park) 87, $1,000. 2, Brady Portenier, Greeley Stampede, 66, $700. (Remainder advance on times) 3 (tie), Dillon Tyner, National Western Stock Show; and Evan Miller, Pikes Peak or Bust (Colorado Springs), $550.  

Showdown–Colorado vs. the World Rodeo

Contestant, followed by team, score and money. 

            Bareback Riding: (Semifinals) 1, Tanner Aus, Colorado, 86 points, $1,000. 2, Brazos Winters, World, 72. (Final), 1, Aus, 87.5, $8,000. 

            Steer Wrestling: (Semifinals) 1, Justin Kimsey, World, 3.32, $1,000. 2, Don Payne, Colorado, 4.27 $1,000. (Final) 1, Payne, 4.27, $8,000. 

            Saddle Bronc Riding: (Semifinals) 1, Wyatt Casper, World, 87 points, $1,000. 2, Ryder Wright (Colorado) 86.5, $1,000. (Final) 1, Casper, 87, $8,000. 

            Women’s Barrel Race: (Semifinals) 1, Amanda Welsh, World, 15.576, $1,000. 2, Kellie Collier, Colorado 16.046, $1,000. (Final) 1, Welsh, 15.799, $8,000

            Bull Riding: (Semifinals) 1, Tim Bingham, World, $1,000. 2, Stetson Wright, Colorado, $1,000 (Final) 1, Wright, $8,000. 

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