McLeod was riding her go-to mount Slick By Design, owned by Highpoint Performance Horses. The win and its accompanying $26,230 brought her WNFR earnings to over $86,000! Michele McLeod and Slick By DesignMichele McLeod and Slick By Design

Earlier in the week she had admitted difficulty finding the right angle and approach to the first barrel, but now “I’ve found it! I’ve had some ups and downs, and he tripped pretty good in one round, and we kept missing it.” She added, “Once he turned it tight last night (Round 7) I knew we had it, so I went in and found that same spot again last night.”

McLeod recalled her run, saying, “I knew he was on once he turned the first barrel. I’ve been late switching my hands when leaving the first, and I really concentrated on switching my hands quicker tonight. He smoked the second barrel.

“I did step off the third barrel, and I knew it, but I just let him run out of there because he was running so hard. I knew he’d make up for it,” she said.

With two rounds left, the competition is getting tougher, but McLeod noted that it wouldn’t change her game plan. “I’ve just treated each round as a separate run. I’m just trying to have fun, stay out of his way, and be as correct as I can,” she said.

Don’t miss the February issue of Barrel Horse News to read in-depth coverage of all the great stories from the 2015 Wrangler NFR.

Barrel Racing Results – Sixth Go Round:

1. Michele McLeod, 13.72, $26,230

2. Fallon Taylor, 13.81, $20,730

3. Taylor Jacob, 13.83, $$15,653

4/5. Callie DuPerier, 13.87, $8,884

4/5. Nancy Hunter, 13.87, $8,884

6. Jana Bean, 13.88, $4,230

7. Mary Walker, 13.93

8. Cassidy Kruse, 13.95

9. Sarah Rose McDonald, 13.99

10. Deb Guelly, 14.07

11. Jackie Ganter, 14.17

12. Sherry Cervi, 14.21

13. Carley Richardson, 14.23

14. Vickie Carter, 14.36

15. Lisa Lockhart, 18.69

Aggregate:

1. Callie DuPerier, 111.97

2. Jackie Ganter, 113.25

3. Sarah Rose McDoald, 115.92

4. Cassidy Kruse, 116.85

5. Michele McLeod, 117.27

6. Sherry Cervi, 118.49

7. Lisa Lockhart, 120.80

8. Carley Richardson, 124.13

9. Vickie Carter, 124.58

10. Taylor Jacob, 126.26

11. Fallon Taylor, 126.74

12. Mary Walker, 127.02

13. Deb Guelly, 129.42

14. Nancy Hunter, 132.82

15. Jana Bean, 133.52

World Standings:

1. Sarah Rose McDonald, $247,195

2. Lisa Lockhart, $246,982

3. Callie DuPerier, $236,577

4. Taylor Jacob, $177,873

5. Fallon Taylor, $176,578

6. Michele McLeod, $166,282

7. Cassidy Kruse, $163,268

8. Nancy Hunter, $147,301

9. Mary Walker, $135,758

10. Sherry Cervi, $114,744

11. Carley Richardson, $101,147

12. Jackie Ganter, $94,549

13. Jana Bean, $85,392

14. Deb Guelly, $73,999

15. Vickie Carter, $72,768

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