By Kenneth Springer for Barrel Horse News and Susan Kanode for the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo
Fort Worth, Texas — February 5, 2020 — The Wild Card Round at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo was filled with drama, excitement and some disappointment for this year’s contestants.
A crowd-pleaser for rodeo fans in attendance, the February 5 performance was a last-ditch opportunity to advance to the semifinals and earn an opportunity to compete at Saturday night’s championship round of the new FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament.
The Prorodeo Tournament turned serious in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel race. Ivy Hurst of Springer, Oklahoma, clocked the second-fastest time of the entire rodeo and advanced to the semifinals with a scorching run of 16.36 aboard 13-year-old gelding Top Of The Roc (Sticks An Stones x Top Bug Cash x Cash Not Credit). Running in the middle of the eight-horse pack, Hurst and “Diddy” earned the first-place check of $1,000.
Callahan Crossley Tryan of Huntley, Montana, put early pressure on the group as the first runner out. She posted a 16.46 on “Ranger,” an unregistered gelding by Bogie Biankus. The time withstood all challengers other than Hurst to advance Tryan to the semifinals and earn a $600 paycheck. Kelly Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, finished third with a 16.52 for $400—the time failed by six-hundredths of a second to advance. Finishing out the list of Wild Card Round barrel racers, Jennifer Sharp posted a 16.64, Teri Bangart and Sarah Kieckhefer both ran a 16.95, and with penalties, Sabra O’Quinn had a total 21.66 and Hallie Hanssen a 21.88.
It was a heartbreak for Stephenville, Texas, breakaway roper J.J. Hampton, who has roped all her life and is one of the most decorated breakaway ropers in the event’s history. Hampton was the first roper out and failed to connect. Her time at this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo is done, but she says competing here has been a dream come true and she is already looking forward to next year.
Jennifer Casey, a physical therapist from Mesa, Washington, won the breakaway Wild Card Round with a time of 2.1 seconds.
One of the first to secure his spot was Parker County’s Leighton Berry, who won the bareback riding. Berry’s home is less than 30 minutes from the new Dickies Arena, so he feels like he is playing in his own sandbox. The reigning National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion scored 89.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Shady Lounge to win the Wild Card.
Kolby Wanchuk of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, had to work three times as hard as the other saddle bronc riders Wednesday night to get a chance to ride in the Dickies Arena at least one more time. The first bucking horse Wanchuk got on failed to perform as expected, so judges gave him the option of getting on another one. He quickly agreed, as he had to be among the top two to have a chance at advancing. The second horse he got on stumbled after leaving the chute, so he again took the re-ride option.
The third bucking horse in a matter of minutes, Pickett Pro Rodeo’s Just Bugs had an outstanding trip that resulted in an 85.5-point ride for Wanchuk. That was good for second place behind Milford, Utah, cowboy Spencer Wright. They will both be competing in the semifinals.
The first team ropers to compete Wednesday were also the best of the night. Clay Smith from Broken Bow, Oklahoma, and Jade Corkill of Fallon, Nevada, stopped the clock in 4.3 seconds for the win. Between the two of them, they have earned five Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association world championships. Smith’s gold buckles came in the heading in 2018 and 2019. Corkill got his from 2012–14. They started roping together last year, and the partnership is continuing successfully this year.
Six-time world champion bull rider Sage Kimzey will also be among the semifinalists after a win Wednesday. He rode Little Big Man from J Bar J Rodeo for 88.5 points.
The first performance of the semifinals February 6 begins at 7:30 p.m. CST. Eight contestants will be featured in each event, with the top four advancing directly to Saturday night’s championship finals.
BARREL RACING DRAW – SEMIFINAL A, FEBRUARY 6
Carly Taylor, Andersonville, Tennessee; Jimmie Smith, McDade, Texas; Cheyenne Allan, Mabton, Washington; Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas; Ashley Castleberry, Montgomery, Texas; Ivy Hurst, Springer, Oklahoma; Ivy Conrado Saebens, Hudson, Colorado; Jill Wilson, Snyder, Texas.
BARREL RACING DRAW – SEMIFINAL B, FEBRUARY 7
Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, Cotulla, Texas; Lacinda Rose, Willard, Missouri; Brittney Barnett, Joliet, Montana; Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, South Dakota; Megan Champion, Ukiah, California; Amberleigh Moore, Keizer, Oregon; Amanda Harris, Spearfish, South Dakota; Callahan Crossley Tryan, Huntley, Montana.
FORT WORTH, TEXAS — The following are unofficial results from the Wild Card Round of the FWSSR ProRodeo Tournament at the Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo from Wednesday, February 4, 2020.
Wild Card Round
Barrel Racing: 1, Ivy Hurst, Springer, Okla., 16.3 seconds, $1,000. 2, Callahan Tryan, Huntley, Mont., 16.46, $600. 3, Kelly Yates, Pueblo, Colo., 16.52, $400.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Hurst and Tryan.
Breakaway Roping: 1, Jennifer Casey, Mesa, Wash., 2.1 seconds, $1,000. 2, Anna Bahe, Grantsville, Utah, 2.3, $600. 3, Janey Reeves, Melba, Idaho, 2.6, $400.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Casey and Bahe.
Bareback riding: 1, Leighton Berry, Weatherford, Texas, 89.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Shady Lounge, $1,000. 2, Jesse Pope, Marshall, Mo., 87.5, $600. 3, Tim O’Connell, Zwingle, Iowa, 86, $400.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Berry and Pope.
Steer Wrestling: 1, Cameron Morman, Glen Ullin, N.D., 4.1 seconds, $1,000. 2, Blake Mindemann, Blanchard, Okla., 4.5, $600. 3, Bridger Chambers, Stevensville, Mont., 5.7, $400.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Morman and Mindemann.
Saddle Bronc Riding: 1, Spencer Wright, Milford, Utah, 86 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Straight Shady, $1,000. 2, Kolby Wanchuk, Sherwood Park, Alberta, 84.5, $600. 3, Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, 84, $400
Semi-finals Qualifiers: Wright and Wanchuk.
Tie-down Roping: 1, (tie) Justin Smith, Leesville, La., and Tyson Durfey, Brock, Texas, 8.3 seconds, $800 each. 3, Michael Otero, Weatherford, Texas, 8.7, $400.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Smith and Durfey.
Team Roping: (two times) 1, Clay Smith, Broken Bow, Okla., and Jade Corkill, Fallon, Nev., 4.3, $1,200. 2, Lane Ivy, Dublin, Texas, and Joseph Harrison, Marietta, Okla., 4.5, $800.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Smith and Corkill, Ivy and Harrison.
Bull Riding: (two rides) 1, Sage Kimzey, Strong City, Okla., 88.5 points on J Bar J Rodeo’s Little Big Man, $1,200. 2, Elliot Jacoby, Fredericksburg, Texas, 85.5, $800.
Semifinals Qualifiers: Kimzey and Jacoby.