Jessie Telford piloted her home-raised and -trained gelding Famous Cool Whip to a 13.49 to win the fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.

December 9, 2018 — Las Vegas — Caldwell, Idaho, barrel racer Jessie Telford guided her home-raised and -trained gelding Famous Cool Whip to a 13.49 to win the fourth round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. The time tied for a fourth-round record fastest time.

She called upon “Cool Whip” in rounds three and four after riding Connie McCormmach’s mare Shu Fire in the first two rounds. Telford says Cool Whip felt green and spooky in morning practices the first couple days of the NFR, which is why she chose to run Shu Fire. However, when Cool Whip settled in, Telford knew she had a shot. The big, long-strided 7-year-old gelding by Dash Ta Fame and out of Telford’s high school rodeo mount Had A Kanita by Docs Rocky Top more than pulled through in the fourth round.

“We got to get back in the arena yesterday [Saturday] morning for another practice, and Cool Whip felt awesome, back to himself, settled in, confident, and he just said, ‘You need to run me now,'” Telford said. “My very good friend Sue Smith rode him for me the other day, just helping me out with some stuff, and she put it into terms that he’s the biggest horse she’s ever rode who feels small. He can make himself short strided and feel like you’re on a little horse, but he’s 17 hands.”

With the win, Telford moves from 12th in the world standings to ninth and boosts herself to second in the average with a time of 55.06 on four runs. Amberleigh Moore and CP Dark Moon continue to lead the average in 54.55 on four and sit second in the world with $182,473 after entering the NFR ranked 13th. Moore has also taken the lead in the Wrangler NFR Ram Truck Top Gun race for winning the most NFR earnings in a single event with $93,346.16. Hailey Kinsel and DM Sissy Hayday hold onto their lead in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world standings with $242,392, despite hitting the third barrel in Round Four.

Round Four Results:

1. Jessie Telford, Famous Cool Whip, 13.49, $26,231
2. Jessica Routier, Fiery Miss West, 13.58, $20,731
3. Amberleigh Moore, CP Dark Moon, 13.64, $15,654
4. Kelly Bruner, French Zone, 13.41, $11,000
5. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Babe On The Chase, 13.74, $6,769
6. Carman Pozzobon, Ripn Lady, 13.76, $4,231
7. Nellie Miller, Rafter W Minnie Reba, 13.78
8. Tammy Fischer, LK Sheba Hayday, 13.83
9. Tracy Nowlin, DJG Madison, 13.93
10. Stevi Hillman, Slick By Design, 14.06
11. Lisa Lockhart, Rosas Cantina CC, 14.07
12. Kylie Weast, Hell On The Red, 18.70 *
13. Hailey Kinsel, DM Sissy Hayday, 18.78 *
14. Taci Bettis, Bogie Is A Smash, 18.81 *
15. Ivy Conrado, KN Fabs Gift Of Fame, 19.66 *

Aggregate on Four Runs:

1. Amberleigh Moore, 54.55
2. Jessie Telford, 55.06
3. Jessie Routier, 55.13
4/5. Nellie Miller, 55.68
4/5. Carman Pozzobon, 55.68
6. Tammy Fischer, 55.81
7. Hailey Kinsel, 59.93
8. Kylie Weast, 59.96
9. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 60.46
10. Stevi Hillman, 60.65
11. Ivy Conrado, 61.06
12. Lisa Lockhart, 65.23
13. Tracy Nowlin, 65.34
14. Taci Bettis, 70.24
15. Kelly Bruner, 56.68 on three runs

World Standings:

1. Hailey Kinsel, $242,392.13
2. Amberleigh Moore, $182,472.79
3.Nellie Miller, $167,825.96
4. Lisa Lockhart, $159,745.96
5. Jessica Routier, $154,396.54
6. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, $154,035.77
7.Kylie Weast, $138,368.85
8. Stevi Hillman, $133,558.77
9. Jessie Telford, $133,457.33
10. Ivy Conrado, $128,270.09
11. Tracy Nowlin, $116,149.64
12. Taci Bettis, $113,691.98
13. Kelly Bruner, $111,515.39
14. Tammy Fischer, $101,276.75
15. Carman Pozzobon, $101,177.36


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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