By Susan Kanode for the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo with contributions from Blanche Schaefer of Barrel Horse News
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — FEBRUARY 4, 2020 — In 2016, Ivy Conrado dominated the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo and went on to qualify for her first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Things have changed for the talented athlete since then. In 2016, Ivy rode her great mare Cfour Tibbie Stinson (Eddie Stinson x Little Fancy Granny x Del Puerto Bill), who was voted the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association/Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Barrel Racing Horse of the Year.
Ivy rode “Tibbie” at her first NFR, but since then, Kenny Nichols’ and Dale Barron’s palomino mare KN Fabs Gift of Fame (Frenchmans Fabulous x Mistys Dash Of Fame x Dash Ta Fame) has been her superstar.
Ivy is a native of Hudson, Colorado, but she now lives in Nowata, Oklahoma, with her husband, team roper Billie Jack Saebens.
They married in October 2019, and not long after, Ivy headed to Las Vegas where she and “J-Lo” won the 10-round average championship at the NFR and clinched the reserve world title.
Things have changed in Fort Worth as well. The new Dickies Arena is playing host to the rodeo that has been overhauled into a tournament-style bracket format. Contestants had to qualify to compete in one of seven brackets at the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament.
The final bracket wrapped up Tuesday night, and Ivy and J-Lo emerged as the high-money winners in the field. They stopped the clock in 16.55 and 16.61 seconds, respectively, to win both rounds and $3,520 to advance to the semifinals.
Competition starts over in each division of the tournament. Wednesday night’s rodeo is the Wild Card Round, where the top two contestants will advance to a performance for the semifinals Thursday and Friday.
Because of Ivy’s success, she will advance directly to the semifinals. She is hoping to be among the top four who qualify for the championship finals Saturday night, where a first-place finish will be worth $20,000.
Ivy’s husband Billie Jack was also competing in bracket seven, heeling for Tyler Wade of Terrell, Texas. They finished third on Monday with a 5.8, then tied for the win Tuesday with a 4.6. A total of $2,420 has them going directly to the semifinals as well.
The Wild Card Round of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament will start at 7:30 p.m. CST on February 5.
The following are unofficial results from the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Semi-finals and wild card qualifiers are based on tie-breaker rules.)
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The following are unofficial results from the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo from Tuesday, February 4, 2020. (Semifinals and wild card qualifiers are based on tie-breaker rules.)
Seventh set – Round 2
Barrel Racing: 1, Ivy Conrado-Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 16.61 seconds, $1,760. 2, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.66, $1,320. 3, (tie) Lacinda Rose, Willard, Mo., and Sarah Kieckhefer, Prescott, Ariz., 16.73, $660 each.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Conrado-Saebens, $3,520, and Rose, $1,980. Wild Card Qualifier: Yates, $1,760.
Breakaway Roping: 1, Chyanne Pope, West Bountiful, Utah, 2.6 seconds, $1,760. 2, Cadee Williams, Weatherford, Texas, 2.9, $1,320. 3, Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 3.0, $880. 4, Sage Cummings, West Bountiful, Utah, 3.1, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Williams, $2,840, and Pope, $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Rylee Potter, Weiser, Idaho, $1,760.
Bareback riding: 1, Cole Goodine, Carbon, Alberta, 88 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Air Mail, $1,760. 2, George Gillespie IV, Darby, Mont., 84.5, $1,320 3, Spur Lacasse, Calgary, Alberta, 83, $880. 4, Kody Lamb, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 82.5, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Goodine, $3,080, and Lacasse, $2,640. Wild Card Qualifier: Gillespie, $1,320.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Dirk Tavenner, Rigby, Idaho, 3.7 seconds, $1,760. 2, Scott Guenthner, Provost, Alberta, 4.5, $1,320. 3, Jeff Miller, Blue Mound, Kan., 5.4, $880. 4, Nick Guy, Sparta, Wis., $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Tavenner and Shane Frey, Duncan, Okla., $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Guenthner, $1,320.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D., 87.5 points on Dakota Rodeo’s Cover Girl, $1,760. 2, Dawson Hay, Wildwood, Alberta, 86.5, $1,320. 3, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 85.5, $880. 4, Tyrel Larsen, Weatherford, Okla., 84, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Hay ,$3,080, and Garrett, $1,760. Wild Card Qualifier: Wright, $1,760.
Tie-down Roping: 1, Shad Mayfield, Clovis, N.M., 7.4 seconds, $1,760. 2, Adam Gray, Seymour, Texas, 8.1, $1,320. 3, Cody Craig, Wendell, Idaho, 9.1, $880. 4, Lane Livingston, Seymour, Texas, 10.4, $440.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Mayfield and Gray, $3,080. Wild Card Qualifier: Kyle Dutton, Mesilla Park, N.M., $880.
Team Roping: 1, (tie) Quinn Kesler, Holden, Utah, and Colby Siddoway, Honeyville, Utah, and Tyler Wade, Terrell, Texas, and Billie Jack Saebens, Nowata, Okla., 4.6 seconds, $1,540 each. 3, Matt Sherwood, Pima, Ariz., and Trey Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 5.4, $880 each. 4, Erich Rogers, Round Rock, Ariz., and Paden Bray, Stephenville, Texas, 5.6, $440 each.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Kesler and Siddoway, $2,860 each, and Wade and Saebens, $2,420 each. Wild Card Qualifier: Rogers and Bray, $2,200.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Josh Frost, Randlett, Utah, 89.5 points on Rafter G Rodeo’s Johnny Cash, $2,420. 2, Luke Gee, Stanford, Mont., 79, $1,980.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Ky Hamilton, Mackay, Queensland, Australia, $4,400, and Frost, $2,420. Wild Card Qualifier: Gee, $1,980