What if a world champion barrel horse was crowned?

While the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo may just be the sprinkles on top of Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi’s world championship cake, the horse race for the equine honor — if there was one — has been much closer.

The horse race is just that, a horse race.

Going into the NFR, Famous Lil Jet (“Rollo”) had the lead, having won all of Jordon Brigg’s $160,824. Rollo was $37,752 ahead of Jets Top Gun (“Benny”), who dominated the summer run with Tonozzi, earning $123,072 with incredible wins such as the Calgary Stampede, Days of ’47 and the Reno Rodeo.

            Both Rollo and Benny were bred by Jeff and Andrea of Busby Quarter Horses.

Rollo, the 2021 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion, is by Dash Ta Fame, the all-time leading barrel horse sire, and out of Blazin Black Beauty, a futurity money earner by NFR qualifier and leading sire Blazin Jetolena. Blazin Black Beauty is out of Canadian champion barrel horse Lady Perks, by WPRA world champion sire Dash For Perks.

Benny, a multiple futurity and derby champion under the saddle of trainer Janna Brown, is by Blazin Jetolena out of GL Famous First Lady, a daughter of Dash Ta Fame out of Lady Perks.

            After seven rounds, Benny has the jump on his mother’s brother and three-quarter sibling — something of that nature — with a $34,855 lead heading into Round 8.

            If it all ended today, Benny would maintain a nearly $38,000 lead after the average pay, which he would have to split with 1/7th going to Tonozzi’s homebred “warhorse” Babe On The Chase (“Birdie”), whom she ran in Round 6.

            The totals below don’t include the $10,000 qualification bonus as it cannot be attributed to a single horse in many cases. It’s worth noting that it could likely be attributed to Rollo, Apollo and Missy (except for $1,800) as they did all of the money earned prior to the NFR.

Unofficial Top 15 Rodeo Horses (after Round Seven)

Horse / Rider / Pre-NFR / NFR / Total*

  1. Jets Top Gun (“Benny”) / Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi / $123,072 / $122,825 / $245,897
  2. Famous Lil Jet (“Rollo”) / Jordon Briggs / $160,824 / $50,188 / $211,012
  3. FireWaterFrenchFame (“Apollo”) / Summer Kosel / $115,682 / $70,822 / $186,504
  4. A R Dash To Flame (“Scoop”) / Sissy Winn / $85,669 / $92,614 / $178,283
  5. Fiery Miss West (“Missy”) / Jessica Routier / $117,900 / $33,677 / $151,900
  6. Ivory On Fire (“Liza”) / Emily Beisel / $64,965 / $77,922 / $142,887
  7. Famous Hayday (“Bazinga”) / Paige Jones / $90,037 / $46,225 / $136,262
  8. Promise Me Fame Guys (“Levee”) / Lisa Lockhart / $66,748 / $58,937 / $125,685
  9. Fame Fire Rocks (“Poppy”) / Taycie Matthews / $117,854 / $0 / $117,854
  10. DM Sissy Hayday (“Sister”) / Hailey Kinsel / $100,740 / $0 / $100,740
  11. Steal Money (“Mo”) / Wenda Johnson / $99,711 / $0 / $99,711
  12. CP He Will Be Epic (“Will”) / Kassie Mowry / $55,282 / $42,593 / $97,875
  13. Dashs Centerfold / Sue Smith / $87,443 / $0 / $87,443
  14. SR Industry Titan / Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi / $77,462 / $0 / $77,462
  15. Sand In My Socks (“Sandi”) / Stevi Hillman / $22,186 / $54,974 / $77,160

 American Quarter Horse Association Horse of the Year Fame Fire Rocks didn’t make the trip to Las Vegas due to a hock injury. She won all her money during the regular season. As did Dashs Centerfold, who was injured too, and SR Industry Titan, who has been on standby each night.

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