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Photos by Kenneth Springer

December 11, 2019 — Las Vegas — Hailey Kinsel Lockwood and DM Sissy Hayday had their moment in the winner’s circle during Round Seven of the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, besting the field of 15 barrel racers with a 13.60 to claim their eighth-career Wrangler NFR go-round buckle.

Running fifth on the ground, Lockwood says the dirt has been a big factor this year for her 8-year-old mare by PC Frenchmans Hayday and out of Royal Sissy Irish by Royal Shake Em.

“It felt really good; she really fired hard. She was in a mood today—really sweet but kind of snorty, so I never really know what that’s going to mean,” Lockwood chuckled. “Moving up on the ground helped us a lot. This was the first year I’ve been here that it makes a big difference—the dirt’s just a little different. She’s handling it well, she just had to figure out what her new style of run is going to be in this pen on this dirt. I’ve tried to adjust every night to ride her a little better, and I feel like we’re getting closer to nailing that.”

Lockwood has been doing her part as a jockey to help “Sister” find her footing each night. In addition to taking her into the pen to walk the pattern during practices or roll during open arena, she’s focused on sitting back and driving through the turns.

“When it feels heavy like that, I have a tendency to tip up and get above them to stay out of their way, but in reality when it’s shifty and moves out from under you like this sand, on her it’s better to sit down so I can drive her through it and keep her front end moving through it,” Lockwood said. “I’ve tried to really focus on making sure that I’m applying it in the saddle all the way around them so that she can keep her front end freed up.”

The head-game has been just as important for Lockwood this week after a slower start than in previous Finals. The pair hit the first barrel in Round One but has been clean since, gathering $87,846.16 in NFR earnings through Round Seven.

“Just putting it behind me and battling. You have to look at it as, ‘Okay that was one, I have nine more.’ My horse doesn’t know we did that, she probably barely felt it, and she doesn’t know that it matters for the rest of it,” Lockwood said. “She just knows to go and try hard every night, so I have to go and try hard every night.”

With the win, Lockwood solidifies her position at No. 1 in the world standings with No. 2 cowgirl Amberleigh Moore more than $28,000 behind in the standings. Ivy Conrado Saebens edged Emily Miller to take over the No. 1 spot in the aggregate.

ROUND SEVEN RESULTS

  1. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, DM Sissy Hayday, 13.60, $26,230.77
  2. Jessica Routier, Fiery Miss West, 13.72, $20,730.77
  3. 3/4 Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 13.79, $13,326.92
  4. 3/4 Lacinda Rose, RR Meradas Real Deal, 13.79, $13,326.92
  5. Ivy Conrado Saebens, KN Fabs Gift Of Fame, 13.83, $6,769.23
  6. Shali Lord, Freckles Ta Fame, 13.89, $4,230.77
  7. Stevi Hillman, MCM Imasharpguy, 13.93
  8. Emily Miller, Namgis D 56, 13.94
  9. Jennifer Sharp, KR Famous Tequilla, 13.96
  10. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Ima Famous Babe, 13.98
  11. Lisa Lockhart, Prime Diamond, 14.08
  12. Dona Kay Rule, Bullseye Bullion, 14.36
  13. Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, 18.78*
  14. Cheyenne Wimberley, VQ Sucker Punch, 18.79*
  15. Ericka Nelson, Goodfrenchmanfriday, 24.28**

*denotes penalty

Ivy Conrado turns the first barrel
Ivy Conrado Saebens leads the aggregate race of the 2019 Wrangler NFR thanks to the incredibly honest KN Fabs Gift Of Fame. 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 SEVEN RUNS

  1. Ivy Conrado Saebens, 96.88
  2. Emily Miller, 96.95
  3. Nellie Miller, 97.56
  4. Shali Lord, 97.77
  5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 97.94
  6. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, 101.39
  7. Jessica Routier, 101.97
  8. Dona Kay Rule, 102.45
  9. Lisa Lockhart, 102.55
  10. Lacinda Rose, 103.55
  11. Jennifer Sharp, 108.04
  12. Amberleigh Moore, 110.92
  13. Cheyenne Wimberley, 118.05
  14. Ericka Nelson, 118.24
  15. Stevi Hillman, 98.44 on six runs*

WORLD STANDINGS

  1. Hailey Kinsel Lockwood, $236,712.8
  2. Amberleigh Moore, $207,982.30
  3. Emily Miller, $196,990.89
  4. Nellie Miller, $193,168.19
  5. Lisa Lockhart, $181,313.19
  6. Dona Kay Rule, $174,622.88
  7. Ivy Conrado Saebens, $168,423.09
  8. Jessica Routier, $159,466.52
  9. Shali Lord, $137,006.36
  10. Stevi Hillman, $130,988.67
  11. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $122,272.63
  12. Lacinda Rose, $116,493.54
  13. Jennifer Sharp, $114,023.68
  14. Ericka Nelson, $110,202.47
  15. Cheyenne Wimberley, $107,130.08
Author

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

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