By Kailey Sullins
Photo Credit: PRCA
December 5, 2016 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Five rounds are in the books, and five rounds remain the halfway point of the 58th Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The leading lady in Monday night’s round, NFR first-timer Amberleigh Moore, ran a fast time of 13.62 seconds.
Moore rode her 7-year-old mare, CP Dark Moon, to the top of the leader board, picking up her fifth round paycheck. Moore is the only NFR qualifier to have earned a paycheck in each round thus far.
“It’s absolutely amazing, it feels surreal,” Moore said. “I came in [the Thomas and Mack arena] for the victory lap, and I had tears in my eyes. It’s something you always dream of and [CP Dark Moon] gave it to me tonight.”
“Paige” is by Darkelly and out of SRQH New Highs. The Salem, Oregon, team shared a special connection from the very beginning. Moore purchased the mare as a 3-year-old, and they’ve had great success in their circuit. Now, the duo is shining inside the Thomas and Mack.
“Every night, she’s been slipping on that first barrel, so tonight I gunned her up in there a bit harder, and she didn’t slip,” Moore said. “I [thought] ‘Here we go, Paige is going to play tonight,’ and she put on a gear going to two and three that was simply amazing.”
Although the mare has struggled to get her footing on the first barrel, she’s already led Moore to more than $61,000 in NFR earnings, including her $26,231 first place paycheck from round five. With her big win, Moore has moved to the No. 1 position in the aggregate race. Moore came into the NFR sitting 15th in the world standings, and after tonight’s win, she is currently in the No. 4 position.
Round four winner Michele McLeod picked up a $20,731 paycheck in Monday’s performance with a time of 13.76 for second place. McLeod moved to No. 5 in the world standings.
Pamela Capper placed third place in the fifth round with a 13.80 for $15,654. Capper is currently sitting third in the aggregate race and eighth in the world standings.
Mary Burger holds tight to her lead in the world standings, adding $11,000 from a fourth-place check in round five to her total $220,438. Burger rode her main mount, Sadiefamouslastwords, to the payday.
Lisa Lockhart and An Oakie With Cash clocked a 13.94 for seventh place, just one hole out of the money. Lockhart currently sits at No. 2 in both the aggregate and the world standings.
Don’t miss the February issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth coverage of all the great stories from the 2016 Wrangler NFR.
Barrel Racing Results – Fifth Go Round:
1. Amberleigh Moore, 13.62, $26,230
2. Michele McLeod, 13.76, $20,731
3. Pamela Capper, 13.80, $15,654
4. Mary Burger, 13.84, $11,000
5. Stevi Hillman, 13.88, $6,769
6. Carley Richardson, 13.89, $4,231
7. Lisa Lockhart, 13.94
8. Kimmie Wall, 13.98
9. Sherry Cervi, 14.04
10. Cayle Melby Small, 14.05
11. Mary Walker, 14.06
12. Jackie Ganter, 14.10
13. Sarah Rose McDonald, 18.76*
14. Ivy Conrado, 18.84*
15. Jana Bean, 19.03*
* time reflects score with penalty
1. Amberleigh Moore, 68.90
2. Lisa Lockhart, 69.15
3. Pamela Capper, 69.32
4. Kimmie Wall, 74.03
5. Sherry Cervi, 74.25
6. Jana Bean, 74.46
7. Mary Burger, 74.65
8. Jackie Ganter, 75.18
9. Stevi Hillman, 75.43
10. Mary Walker, 75.54
11. Sarah Rose McDonald, 78.99
12. Michele McLeod, 79.06
13. Carley Richardson, 79.51
14. Cayla Melby Small, 79.84
15. Ivy Conrado, 65.56 (on four runs)
1. Mary Burger; $220,438
2. Lisa Lockhart; $170,321
3. Kimmie Wall; $164,757
4. Amberleigh Moore, $150,837
5. Michele McLeod, $144,707
6. Sherry Cervi, $143,602
7. Jackie Ganter, $142,041
8. Pamela Capper, $139,389
9. Ivy Conrado, $134,275
10. Sarah Rose McDonald, $126,864
11. Mary Walker; $122,816
12. Stevi Hillman; $121,412
13. Jana Bean; $114,874
14. Cayla Melby Small; $101,967
15. Carley Richardson; $95,106
Kailey Sullins is managing editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments on this article to [email protected].