Tennessee’s Carly Taylor continued her January winning streak aboard Diva Deniro at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s ProRodeo Tournament on January 29. The 2019 WPRA Rookie of the Year added a preliminary round win at Fort Worth to the Denver championship she won January 26. FWSSR photo by James Phifer

By Susan Kanode for the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo with contributions from Blanche Schaefer of Barrel Horse News

Fort Worth, Texas — January 29, 2020 — The excitement at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo continues to build with each bracket in the new FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament as Carly Taylor and Diva Deniro topped the barrel racing in Wednesday’s performance.

Bracket four of seven got underway January 29 with several contestants building on momentum from rodeos already completed this season. Carly Taylor of Andersonville, Tennessee, won the barrel racing last Sunday at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, riding her 9-year-old mare Diva Deniro (PC Frenchmans Hayday x KC Bully x Bully Bullion).

Her success in the winter building rodeos held in conjunction with stock shows continued in the new Dickies Arena when she won the first round of the bracket in 16.54 seconds. That added $1,760 to her checking account and set her up for a qualification to the tournament’s semifinals. She will compete again January 30, which will determine her next competition.

Jace Melvin calls South Dakota home, as that is where his family ranch is and where he learned the cowboy skills that now make him a successful rodeo contestant. Melvin moved to Texas to attend Tarleton State University in Stephenville. He was part of the rodeo team there and got his bachelor’s degree. He also decided he liked Texas enough to make a second home there. Melvin, who competes in steer wrestling and lives in Morgan Mill, stopped the clock in 4.4 seconds, good enough for first place. He finished 24th in the 2019 standings and is hoping to be among the top 15 who qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo this year. This season has been his best since joining the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association in 2015. Prior to Fort Worth, he was ranked sixth. If he keeps it up through September, he will be headed to his first NFR. But first, he has his eye on the traditional championship buckle that is given to the champions at Fort Worth.

There is a famous bareback rider from Kaycee, Wyoming, who became a household name with a successful career in music—Chris LeDoux. Cole Reiner is hoping to continue the legacy from the western Wyoming town in the rodeo arena. Reiner made an 87-point ride on Andrews Rodeo’s Gypsy Rose to win the bareback riding. The 2019 PRCA Resistol Rookie of the Year earned $1,760 for his ride and is a favorite to advance to the semifinals. He is currently 10th in the world standings.

The second round of Bracket 4 will start at 7:30 p.m. CST on January 30, where the contestants who advance to the semifinals and wildcard will be determined.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The following are unofficial results from the seventh performance of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

Barrel Racing: 1, Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tenn., 16.54 seconds, $1,760. 2, Hailey Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas, 16.58, $1,320. 3, Callahan (Crossley) Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.78, $880. 4, Leia Pleumer, Bosque Farms, N.M., 16.80, $440.

Breakaway Roping: 1, J.J. Hampton, Stephenville, Texas, 2.3 seconds, $1,760. 2, Jordan Jo Fabrizio, Canyon, Texas, 2.8, $1,320. 3, Amber Crawford, Springtown, Texas, 11.8, $880. 4, Erin Johnson, Fowler, Colo., 12.3, $440.

Bareback riding: 1, Cole Reiner, Kaycee, Wyo., 87 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Gypsy Rose, $1,760. 2, (tie) Mike Fred, Wamego, Kan., and Taylor Broussard, Estherwood, La., 83.5 points and $1,100 each. 4, Tyler Berghuis, Atwater, Minn., 82.5.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Jace Melvin, Fort Pierre, S.D., 4.4 seconds, $1,760. 2, Will Lummus, Byhalia, Miss., 4.5, $1,320. 3, Tristan Martin, Sulphur, La., 5.9, $880. 4, Riley Duvall, Checotah, Okla., 6.3, $440.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, CoBurn Bradshaw, Beaver, Utah, 87 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Bartender, $1,760. 2, Layton Green, Meeting Creek, Alberta, 74, $1,320. 3, Chase Brooks, Deer Lodge, Mont., 82.5, $880. 4, Treyson Antonick, Overton, Texas, 78, $440.

Tie-down Roping: 1, (tie) Cimarron Boardman, Stephenville, Texas, and Rhen Richard, Roosevelt, Utah, 8.4 seconds, $1,540. 3, Marty Yates, Stephenville, Texas, 8.9, $880. 4, Tyler Milligan, Pawhuska, Okla., 11.0, $440.

Team Roping: 1, Colby Lovell, Madisonville, Texas, and Dillon Wingereid, Stephenville, Texas, 5.3 seconds, $1,760 each. 2, Bitt and Jake Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., 6.1, $1,320 each. 3, Doyle Thomas Hoskins, Prunedale, Calif., and Monty Joe Petska, Turlock, Calif., 8.3, $880 each. 4, Joshua and Jonathan Torres, Ocala, Fla., 11.3, $440 each.

Bull Riding: (one ride) 1, J.T. Moore, Alvin, Texas, 82 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Google This, $4,400.

TUESDAY RESULTS

FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The following are unofficial results from the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Tuesday, January 28, 2020.

Second set – Round 2

Barrel Racing: 1, Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, 16.49 seconds, $1,760. 2, Megan Champion, Ukiah, Calif., 16.51, $1,320. 3, Jessica Routier, Buffalo, S.D, 16.57, $880. 4, (tie) Emily Miller, Weatherford, Okla., and Ryan Pedone, Sunset, Texas, 16.63, $220 each.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Pozzi Tonozzi, $3,520, and Champion, $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Sabra O’Quinn, Ocala, Fla., $1,320.

Breakaway Roping: 1, Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, Ceri Ward, Wayne, Okla., 2.4, $1,320. 3, Cassidy Boggs, Stephenville, Texas, 2.6, $880. 4, Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, 2.7, $440.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Boggs, $2,766.66, and Loni Lester, Gonzales, Texas, $1,906.66. Wild Card Qualifier: Casey, $1,760.

Bareback riding: 1, Austin Foss, Terrebonne, Ore., 86.5 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Raisin Cane, $1,760. 2, Paden Hurst, Huntsville, Texas, 85, $1,320. 3, (tie) Tony Barrington, Elko, Nev., and Cauy Pool, Redmond, Ore., 81.5, $660 each

Semifinals Qualifiers: Foss, $3,520, and Hurst, $1,7600. Wild Card Qualifier: Pool, $1,520.

Steer Wrestling: 1, Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla., 4.2, $1,760. 2, Stetson Jorgensen, Blackfood, Idaho, 4.9, $1,320. 3, Eli Lord, Sturgis, S.D., 6.0, $880. 4, Clayton Hass, Weatherford, Texas, 10.7, $440.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Lord, $2,640, and Jorgensen, $2,200. Wild Card Qualifier: Mindemann., $1,760.

Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Ryder Wright, Milford, Utah, 88 points on Andrews Rodeo’s Cat Walk, $1,760. 2, Colt Gordon, Comanche, Okla., 86.5, $1,320. 3, (tie) Ben T. Anderson, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, and Rusty Wright, Milford, Utah, 84 points, $660 each.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Rusty Wright $3,520, and Gordon, $2,640. Wild Card Qualifier:  Anderson, $1,100.

Tiedown Roping: 1, Westyn Hughes, Caldwell, Texas, 8.1 seconds, $1,760. 2, Justin Smith, Leesville, La., 8.9, $1,320. 3, Ryan Thibodeaux, Stephenville, Texas, 9.0, $880. 4, John Douch, Huntsville, Texas, 9.2, $440.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Hughes, $2,420, and Douch, $2,200. Wild Card Qualifier: Smith, $1,320.

Team Roping: 1, Garrett Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas, and Dustin Davis, Terrell, Texas, 5.6 seconds, $1,760 each. 2, Jake Cooper, Monument, N.M., and Caleb Anderson, 6.6, $1,320 each. 3, Luke Brown, Rock Hill, S.C., and Patrick Smith, Lipan, Texas, Lipan, Texas, 10.3, $880 each. 4, Chad Masters, Cedar Hill, Tenn., and Wesley Thorpe, Throckmorton, Texas, 11.4, $440 each.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Tonozzi and Davis , $3,520 each, and Brown and Smith, $2,200 each.  Wild Card Qualifiers: Billy Bob Brown, Carbon, Texas, and Tanner Braden, Dewey, Okla., $1,760 each.

Bull Riding: (three rides) 1, Nic Lica, Garden City, Mich., 84.5 points on Stockyards Pro Rodeo’s Steve, $1,906.66. 2, Cole Fischer, Jefferson City, Mo., 79.5, $1,466.66. 3, Gavin Michel, Sulphur Springs, Texas, $73, $1,026.66.

Semifinals Qualifiers: Michel, $5,436.66, and Lica, $1,906.66. Wild Card Qualifier: Fischer, $1,466.66

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Kisskiss Bangbang
Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi of Lampasas, Texas, won both rounds of her bracket aboard 10-year-old mare Kisskiss Bangbang to advance to the Semifinals at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo ProRodeo Tournament. Photo by Kenneth Springer. This photo is property of BHN and Kenneth Springer and is not for use on any platform, web or print, without express written permission from the publication and the photographer.

Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi of Lampasas, Texas, is used to being first.  After making her two runs in Bracket 3 at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo ProRodeo Tournament where the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association is so welcomed that their logo appears alongside that of the PRCA’s on their official program, Pozzi-Tonozzi becomes the first to win both rounds in her bracket to handily advance into the Semifinals.  She leaves Fort Worth and heads southeast 400 miles for five days in Kinder, Louisiana, for the Kinder Cup Barrel Racing Futurity. She will switch gears from riding her tried and true 10-year-old mare Kisskiss Bangbang to running four 4-year-olds that she’s putting through the same regiment of aged-event competition that “Mona” began six years ago.

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