December 7, 2019 — Las Vegas — No stranger to winning inside the Thomas and Mack Center arena, Amberleigh Moore and CP Dark Moon notched their eighth career Wrangler National Finals Rodeo go-round win with a 13.62 in Round Three, ironically the same time the dynamic duo clocked in their first career go-round win in 2016.

Moore and “Paige” had a wild first round, as the incredibly quick 10-year-old mare by Darkelly and out of SRQH New Highs by On A High nearly lost Moore at the first barrel and the team suffered two downed barrels. The duo came back in Round Two with a 13.78 to finish fourth. In their 33rd run together in the Thomas and Mack, Moore knew what to expect coming into Round Three.

“Just let her roll and let her do her job. I knew she would come back and tighten everything up tonight, so I had to be ready for it and ride her a little bit harder to get by the barrels,” Moore said. “Just hanging on for dear life, evidently, because she has been known to unseat me more than once here. Just hang on, ride her to her corner, and get by those barrels.”

Only $80,000 shy of reaching the $1 million career earnings mark, Moore admits the numbers are in the back of her mind.

“I want to get it done here. I’m hoping and praying that everything goes in that direction,” the Salem, Oregon, cowgirl said. “It’s a bucket-list goal, and I think we’re going to get it done. Let’s put it this way, if I get it done early enough, you’ll get to see [Blue Duck Down] run. He helped me get here, and he deserves it.”

The veteran competitor is doing everything in her power to keep her horses in the physical shape necessary to build toward that goal in Las Vegas.

“I’ve got a good friend who helps feed for me in the morning and takes care of [my horses],” Moore said. “Ashley Truman comes out and does Acuscope/Myopulse on [Paige], and Jamie Collins with Medivet comes out and runs a laser on her every day. She’s got her own team of people coming out every day to make sure that she feels her best.”

Moore says routine has been key in her now four years of qualification to The Big Show. And a once-in-a-lifetime horse has sure played a part, too.

“I keep the same routine, I stay at the same place, we keep the same schedules. I don’t change anything on her,” Moore said. “The minute we get here and she gets out of the trailer at the place I stay, she knows exactly where she’s at. We got here for barrel practice Tuesday morning, she stepped off the trailer and just stood there and looked, like a little kid looking at a Christmas tree—she knew where she was and what she was here for.”

Round Three Results

  1. Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, 13.62, $26,230.77
  2. Emily Miller, Namgis D 33, 13.63, $20,730.77
  3. Dona Kay Rule, High Valor, 13.68, $15,653.85
  4. Jessica Routier, Fiery Miss West, 13.84, $11,000
  5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Babe On The Chase, 13.88, $6,769.23
  6. Ivy Conrado Saebens, KN Fabs Gift Of Fame, 13.90, $4,230.77
  7. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 13.93
  8. Lisa Lockhart, Prime Diamond, 13.94
  9. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, DM Sissy Hayday, 13.96
  10. Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 13.99
  11. Shali Lord, Freckles Ta Fame, 14.11
  12. Stevi Hillman, DTF Mellowdoc, 14.18
  13. Jennifer Sharp, KR Famous Tequilla, 14.19
  14. Cheyenne Wimberley, Streakin Images, 14.31
  15. Ericka Nelson, Goodfrenchmanfriday, 19.03*

*denotes penalty

Emily Miller saves the first barrel aboard Namgis D 33
Riding Namgis D 33, Emily Miller saves the first barrel in Round Three of the 2019 Wrangler NFR to hold her lead in the average. 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.

Aggregate Standings on Three Runs

  1. Emily Miller, 41.00
  2. Dona Kay Rule, 41.45
  3. Lisa Lockhart, 41.49
  4. Jessica Routier, 41.71
  5. Ivy Conrado Saebens, 41.80
  6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 41.86
  7. Nellie Miller, 41.89
  8. Shali Lord, 42.04
  9. Jennifer Sharp, 42.27
  10. Lacinda Rose, 42.73
  11. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, 46.35
  12. Stevi Hillman, 46.69
  13. Ericka Nelson, 47.06
  14. Cheyenne Wimberley, 47.60
  15. Amberleigh Moore, 51.21
Lisa Lockhart runs home on Prime Diamond
Thanks to three solid runs from Prime Diamond, Lisa Lockhart sits first in the WPRA world standings after Round Three of the 2019 Wrangler NFR. 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.

World Standings

  1. Lisa Lockhart, $181,313.19
  2. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, $179,597.41
  3. Nellie Miller, $175,610.5
  4. Emily Miller, $170,760.12
  5. Dona Kay Rule, $148,392.11
  6. Amberleigh Moore, $140,289.99
  7. Stevi Hillman, $130,988.67
  8. Jessica Routier, $123,081.90
  9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $122,272.63
  10. Shali Lord, $121,775.59
  11. Ivy Conrado Saebens, $114,269.24
  12. Jennifer Sharp, $107,254.45
  13. Ericka Nelson, $103,433.24
  14. Cheyenne Wimberley, $100,360.85
  15. Lacinda Rose, $98,935.85

Blanche Schaefer is an avid barrel racer and managing editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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