Article and photo courtesy San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo by Susan Kanode. Photo by Greg Westfall
SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 21, 2018) –Hailey Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas, has won a check every time she and her great mare DM Sissy Hayday have entered the AT&T Center. They had a clean sweep of Bracket 1, started the Semifinals as high money winners and ended them that way. Kinsel and her 7-year-old palomino mare that she calls “Sister” won $7,134 in their bracket. Then a third-place check in the first round of the Semifinals got her an additional $2,230.
Kinsel and Sister were the second barrel racers to compete in the AT&T Center on Wednesday night. They made a nearly flawless run, stopped the clock in 13.60 seconds to set a new arena record. The previous record of 13.67 seconds was set by Sydni Blanchard in 2013.
“I grew up coming to this rodeo,” Kinsel said. “We always bought tickets and it was a dream to just compete here. I felt like we had a pretty snappy run, but to set an arena record here, that’s pretty special.”
The Texas A&M graduate is the reigning National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion. She graduated last May, competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming, in June and went on to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) last December where she finished the year as the reserve world champion.
They own two arena records now, one set in Las Vegas where they were running for their first gold buckle and now one in San Antonio. Kinsel has won $13,823 in San Antonio so far. She and Sister will spend the next two days at home resting and getting ready for Saturday night’s Finals.
Semifinals 2 will start at 7 p.m., Thursday night and will continue Friday. The competition is building up to Saturday night’s finals where champions will be crowned and the bulk of the $1.7 million in cash will be distributed.
To watch Kinsel’s record run visit this link courtesy of The Wrangler Network: “Hailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday set San Antonio arena record.”
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Feb.21, 2018) — The following are results after the 17th performance of the San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, the 13-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Large Indoor Rodeo of the Year.
Semifinal 1, round 2, followed by final round qualifiers –
Women’s Barrel Race: 1, Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas, 13.60 seconds, $4,459. 2, Kelly Bruner, Millsap, Texas, 13.95, $3,344. 3, Carley Richardson, Pampa, Texas, 14.08, $2,230. 4, Jessie Telford, Caldwell, Idaho, 14.13, $1,115. (finals qualifiers) 1, Kinsel, $13,823. 2, Bruner, $9,067. 3, Richardson, $8,769. 4, Telford, $7,952. 5, Tiany Schuster, Krum, Texas, $4,682.