By Blanche Schaefer

December 2, 2016 (Las Vegas, Nevada) – Kimmie Wall and her mare TKW Bullys Famous Fox certainly don’t look like first-time Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifiers. Wall and “Foxy” posted a smoking 13.79 to win round No. 2, narrowly edging both Lisa Lockhart’s and Sherry Cervi’s 13.80. Wall pocketed $26,230 for the go-round victory. The Roosevelt, Utah, cowgirl ran third in the draw and endured a nerve-racking wait through the remaining 12 fastest barrel racers in the country.

“I was not going to get on that [victory lap] horse until I really knew,” Wall exclaimed. “Then I had to go make that long run up the alleyway. It was so exciting; my legs were shaking. I was super excited.”

KimmieWallnfr16 webKimmie Wall takes a victory lap at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo on December 2, 2016, after winning round two of the barrel racing with a 13.79. Photo by Kenneth Springer.

Wall and Foxy improved their round one time by more than a tenth of a second. The NFR rookies clocked a 13.90 in the first round for second place and $20,731 behind fellow NFR first-timer Pamela Capper’s 13.75. Though Wall was pleased with her round one effort, the improvements she made to the third barrel made her mare even tougher in round two.

“Of course, every barrel racer critiques their runs,” Wall said. “Last night’s run was really good, but I wanted to fix my third barrel a little bit. I felt like I got that spot-on tonight and had three really nice turns.”

Wall says her NFR round victory is even more special because of the hard work and planning she and her husband, Travis Wall, put into breeding and training 8-year-old Foxy, who is by Bully Bullion and out of the Dash Ta Fame mare Gateway Ta Love. Wall plans to stay the course for eight more rounds and let Foxy’s talent continue to shine.

“I’m going to let Foxy do her job, try to stay out of her way and just guide her to her point and let her do the rest,” Wall said.

Wall’s go-round checks from the past two nights and the automatic qualification paycheck bumped her to No. 2 in the world standings with $164,757. Wall entered the NFR sitting fifth in the world standings. She’s also currently leading the aggregate race with 27.69 seconds on two runs.

NFR veterans Lisa Lockhart on An Oakie With Cash and Sherry Cervi on Dash Ta Diamonds split second place in round No. 2 with 13.80-second runs, each earning $18,192. The paychecks moved Lockhart and Cervi from eighth and 10th in the world standings after round one to third and seventh, respectively.

No. 1-ranked Mary Burger barely tipped the third barrel for a 5-second penalty on a 14.00 after a horse change from her stalwart Sadiefamouslastwords, whom she rode all year and in round No. 1. Burger’s total world earnings remain at $205,207.

Don’t miss the February issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth coverage of all the great stories from the 2016 NFR.

Barrel Racing Results – Second Go-Round:

1. Kimmie Wall, 13.79, $26,230
2/3. Lisa Lockhart, 13.80, $18,192
2/3. Sherry Cervi, 13.80, $18,192
4. Amberleigh Moore, 13.81, $11,000
5. Sarah McDonald, 13.88, $6,769
6. Ivy Conrado, 13.90, $4,231
7/8. Michele McLeod,13.91
7/8. Jana Bean, 13.91
9. Jackie Ganter, 13.98
10. Carley Richardson, 14.01
11. Pamela Capper, 14.02 
12. Mary Walker, 14.04
13. Mary Burger, 19.00* 
14. Stevi Hillman, 19.38*
15. Cayla (Melby) Small, 23.78*

Aggregate: 

1. Kimmie Wall, 27.69
2. Sherry Cervi, 27.76
3. Pamela Capper, 27.77
4. Amberleigh Moore, 27.83
5. Jana Bean, 27.84
6. Lisa Lockhart, 27.91
7. Jackie Ganter, 28.17
8. Mary Walker, 28.36
9. Michele McLeod, 32.70
10. Sarah Rose McDonald, 32.80
11. Carley Richardson, 32.90
12. Mary Burger, 33.10
13. Stevi Hillman, 33.78
14. Cayla (Melby) Small, 38.02
15. Ivy Conrado, 13.90 (on one run)

World Standings:
1. Mary Burger; $205,207
2. Kimmie Wall; $164,757
3. Lisa Lockhart; $128,437
4. Jackie Ganter; $126,387
5. Ivy Conrado; $125,391
6. Pamela Capper; $123,736
7. Sherry Cervi; $122,871
8. Mary Walker; $122,816
9. Stevi Hillman; $114,643
10. Amberleigh Moore; $106,837
11. Sarah Rose McDonald; $106,134
12. Jana Bean; $105,989
13. Michele McLeod; $97,745
14. Cayla (Melby) Small; $97,737
15. Carley Richardson; $90,875


Blanche Schaefer is associate editor of Barrel Horse News. Email comments on this article to [email protected].

 

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