The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s top 15 barrel racers. Photos by Kenneth Springer

These top 15 Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racers are headed to 2020’s unique edition of the National Finals Rodeo, moved for this year only to Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, due to COVID-19 restrictions in Las Vegas.

Compiled by Blanche Schaefer

1 – Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

Hometown: Lampasas, Texas

Horses: Ima Famous Babe (“Katniss”), 2013 mare, Dash Ta Fame x Streakin Six Babe x Streakin Six; Kisskiss Bangbang (“Mona”), 2010 mare, Dash Ta Fame x CD Nick Bar x Dr Nick Bar; Babe On The Chase (“Birdie”), 2011 mare, Chasin Firewater x Streakin Six Babe x Streakin Six

WPRA Season Earnings: $86,724.83

Rodeo Count: 41

NFR Qualifications: 14 (2003, 2005–13, 2017–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $2,835,943

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo and San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, 2020 champion WCRA River City Roundup, 2020 reserve champion Coleman, Texas; Oakley, Utah; and Abilene, Texas, 2019 reserve champion RodeoHouston, 2019 champion Canby Rodeo, 2019 Elizabeth Stampede Co-Champion, 2018 champion California Rodeo (Salinas), 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo second-round winner, 2018 Days of ’47 Rodeo Bronze Medalist, 2018 champion Kansas City Rodeo, 2007 and 2009 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, 2006 and 2007 Wrangler NFR Average Champion, 2016 Mountain States Circuit Average Champion, two-time Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo champion, set the American record on a standard pattern on Kisskiss Bangbang, multiple pro rodeo, futurity, derby and open wins

2 – Hailey Kinsel

Hometown: Cotulla, Texas

Horses: DM Sissy Hayday (“Sister”), 2011 mare, PC Frenchmans Hayday x Royal Sissy Irish x Royal Shake Em; Thunder Stones (“TJ”), 2004 gelding, Sticks An Stones x See F Jets Candy x Pines Easter Jet; DH Jess Stellar (“Jules”), 2013 mare, Mighty Jess x PC Frosted Stellar x Sun Frost; Corona Share Of Fame (“Nala”), 2014 mare, Lions Share Of Fame x Pay Day Corona x SC Chiseled In Stone

WPRA Season Earnings: $78,460.86

Rodeo Count: 39

NFR Qualifications: 4 (2017–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $1,849,146

Recent Career Highlights: 2018 and 2019 WPRA World Champion, WPRA standard pattern rodeo record holder (Dodge City, Kansas), 2020 champion Sidney, Iowa; Lawton, Oklahoma; and Burwell, Nebraska, 2020 and 2019 Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo Champion and arena record holder, 2020 reserve champion Dodge City, Kansas and Mineral Wells, Texas, 2020 third place Sikeston, Missouri, 2019 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo Champion, 2019 RFD-TV’s The American Champion, 2019 Calgary Stampede Reserve Champion, 2019 WCRA Days of ’47 Champion, 2018 Calgary Stampede Champion, 2018 Texas Circuit Champion, 2018 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo Champion and arena record holder, Reserve Champion at 2018 Rodeo Houston, Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo and RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, 2018 and 2017 Days of ’47 Rodeo Champion, NFR arena record holder (13.11 seconds), 2017 WPRA Reserve World Champion, 2017 RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Barrel Racing Champion, 2017 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Barrel Racing Champion, multiple pro rodeo wins

3 – Dona Kay Rule

Hometown: Minco, Oklahoma

Horses: High Valor (“Valor”), 2009 gelding, Valiant Hero x Rare High x Rare Form; A Juicy Adventure (“Juice”), 2008 gelding, Smart Like Juice x Minis Daisey May x Carbon Nowata

WPRA Season Earnings: $67,453.54

Rodeo Count: 43

NFR Qualifications: 2 (2019, 2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $370,514

Recent Career Highlights: High Valor voted 2019 and 2020 WPRA/AQHA Horse of the Year, 2020 reserve champion RFD-TV’s The American, 2020 semifinals and average champion ProRodeo Tour Finale Rapid City, South Dakota, 2020 champion Evanston, Wyoming; Circle and Baker, Montana, 2020 reserve champion Black Hills, South Dakota, won two rounds at 2019 NFR, 2019 RFD-TV’s The American qualifier, champion 2019 Corpus Christ Stock Show Rodeo, champion 2019 Caldwell Night Rodeo, champion 2019 Famous Preston Night Rodeo, fourth 2019 WCRA Days of ’47 Rodeo, champion 2018 Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo, multiple pro rodeo and open wins, team roping and calf roping competitor and money earner

4 – Jimmie Smith

Hometown: McDade, Texas

Horses: Lena On The Rocks (“Lena”), 2009 mare, Firewaterontherocks x Tourlena x Smart Cash Cutter; Lever Action (“Mini”), 2010 mare, Another Hero x Katys Luck (PT) x Eternal Mount (PT); Marthas Bullion (“Pixie”), 2005 mare, Bully Bullion x Six Moons Martha x Six Fols

WPRA Season Earnings: $65,022.06

Rodeo Count: 54

NFR Qualifications: 1 (2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $264,539

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals slack round champion, 2020 champion Dixie National Rodeo Jackson, Mississippi, 2020 reserve average champion RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, 2020 reserve champion Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo, 2020 reserve champion National Western Stock Show Rodeo Denver, Colorado, third place 2020 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo and fastest time of the rodeo, third place 2020 Fort Worth Rodeo X, 2019 Texas Circuit Year-End champion, finished 2019 season No. 19 in the world, multiple RFD-TV’S The American Semifinals qualifier, multiple pro rodeo and open wins

5 – Tiany Schuster

Hometown: Krum, Texas

Horses: Show Mance, 2010 gelding, First Smart Money x Blue Baby Cash x Hold On To Your Cash; Hoosier Fame (“Hoosier”), 2005 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Time To Perk x Dash For Perks; Version Six, 2009 gelding, Latest Version x A Sixes Cowgirl x Stoli; Famous Mic Guy Ver, 2015 gelding, Frenchmans Guy x Disarray x Dash Ta Fame

WPRA Season Earnings: $55,060.38

Rodeo Count: 66

NFR Qualifications: 2 (2017, 2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $1,093,591

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 Jerome, Idaho, champion and arena record holder, 2020 champion Tremonton, Utah; 2020 reserve champion Lawton, Oklahoma; North Platte, Nebraska; Springhill, Louisiana; Crossett, Arkansas; Dillon, Montana; and Burley, Idaho, third place 2020 Baker, Montana; and Weatherford, Texas, 2017 Calgary Stampede Champion and former arena record holder, 2016 Texas Circuit Finals champion, 2017 Reno Rodeo champion, multiple WPRA pro rodeo wins, multiple futurity wins.

6 – Jill Wilson

Hometown: Snyder, Texas

Horses: Lean Mean Blue Dean (“Blue Dean”), 2005 gelding, Dean Miracle x Luv Her Winner x Runaway Winner

WPRA Season Earnings: $53,370.97

Rodeo Count: 35

NFR Qualifications: 1 (2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $173,712

Recent Career Highlights: Lean Mean Blue Dean voted 2020 No. 3 WPRA/AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year, 2020 Cowboy Christmas high-money winner with $13,654, 2020 champion Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo, 2020 champion Big Fork, Montana and Oakley, Utah; 2020 reserve champion Cody Stampede and San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, 2019 champion Amarillo, Texas; Laramie, Wyoming; and Pecos, Texas, third place 2019 Sandhills Stock Show Rodeo Odessa, Texas; multiple open and pro rodeo wins, multiple Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier

7 – Shelley Morgan

Hometown: Eustace, Texas

Horses: HR Fameskissandtell (“Kiss”), 2014 mare, CEO x Fames Fiery Kiss x Dash Ta Fame; Kinda Heavenly (“Phoebe”), 2013 mare, JL Dash Ta Heaven x Kindabugginme x Bug In My Frosty

WPRA Season Earnings: $53,074.95

Rodeo Count: 49

NFR Qualifications: 2 (2009, 2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $396,676

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion Vernal, Utah; Phillipsburg, Kansas; Mineral Wells, Texas; Guymon and Elk City, Oklahoma; third place 2020 Spanish Fork, Utah, 2019 champion Salinas, California, 2012 and 2015 Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo champion, 2014 Texas Circuit Year-End champion, RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier, multiple Texas Circuit Finals qualifier, multiple pro rodeo and open winner, futurity money earner

8 – Stevi Hillman

Hometown: Weatherford, Texas

Horses: Cuatro Fame (“Truck”), 2007 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Princess Streaks x Streak Laico Bird; MCM Imasharpguy (“Sharpie”), 2012 gelding, A Sharp Frenchman x Mulberry Canyon Moon x Marthas Six Moons; DTF Mellowdoc (“Millie”), 2010 mare, Dash Ta Fame x Waynadoc x Merridoc; Twaynas Guy (“Shiner”), 2014 gelding, Frenchmans Guy x HQH Miz Congeniality x Twaynas Dash

WPRA Season Earnings: $52,388.69

Rodeo Count: 49

NFR Qualifications: 5 (2016–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $1,067,943

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 RFD-TV’s The American champion, 2020 champion Tuscon, Arizona; Logan, Utah; and Miles City, Montana, 2020 reserve champion Spanish Fork, Utah, fourth place 2020 Dodge City, Kansas, 2019 NFR fastest time and round winner, 2019 reserve champion Caldwell Night Rodeo, 2019 champion Magic Valley Stampede Filer, Idaho; Walla Walla Washington; and Weatherford, Texas, 2019 champion Rodeo X Fort Worth, Texas, 2018 champion Ponoka Stampede and Eugene, Oregon, 2018 reserve champion Cheyenne Frontier Days, won $22,572 over 2018 Fourth of July run, 2017 Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion, 2016 champion All American Rodeo Finals, 2016 champion Pendleton Round-Up, 2012 Reserve WPRA Rookie of the Year, multiple pro rodeo and open wins

9 – Jessica Routier

Hometown: Buffalo, South Dakota

Horses: Fiery Miss West (“Missy”), 2011 mare, Firewater Frenchman x Frenchmans Bo Dashus x Royal Quick Dash

WPRA Season Earnings: $51,370.93

Rodeo Count: 42

NFR Qualifications: 3 (2018–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $646,233

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo average champion, 2020 reserve champion Baker, Montana, 2020 champion Wild Rides Rodeo Killdeer, North Dakota, 2020 reserve champion Mobridge, South Dakota, third place 2019 RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo, 2019 Mandan Rodeo Days Champion, 2019 Black Hills Roundup Champion, 2019 Sikeston Rodeo Champion, 2018 Phillipsburg Pro Rodeo Champion, 2018 Clear Lake Pro Rodeo Champion, 2018 Hugo Pro Rodeo Champion, third place and third-highest money earner at 2018 Calgary Stampede with $25,500, third at 2018 Ponoka Stampede, won $12,057 over 2018 Fourth of July run, 2017 and 2010 Badlands Circuit Champion, Fiery Miss West named 2017 Badlands Circuit Horse of the Year, RFD-TV’s The American Semifinals qualifier, multiple Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo qualifier, 2003 College National Finals Rodeo Champion, multiple pro rodeo, open and futurity wins

10 – Cheyenne Wimberley

Hometown: Stephenville, Texas

Horses: KN Fabs Mist Of Fame (“Misty”), 2008 mare, Frenchmans Fabulous x Mistys Dash Of Fame x Dash Ta Fame; VQ Sucker Punch (“Rocco”), 2011 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Honor This Nonstop x Mr Honor Bound; Streakin Images (“Lex”), 2010 mare, Pyron Six x Visual Images x Dashing Cleat; Dash Ta Suz (“Smooch”), 2011 mare, Dash Ta Fame x Six Moon Suz x Marthas Six Moons; Royal Blue Fame (“Chewy”), 2014 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Eyes Are Blue x Royal Blue Chew Chew

WPRA Season Earnings: $47,039.3

Rodeo Count: 65

NFR Qualifications: 3 (1999, 2019–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $386,701

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion Woodward, Oklahoma; Mandan, North Dakota; and Dillon, Montana, 2020 reserve champion Sikeston, Missouri; and Dixie National Rodeo Jackson, Mississippi, 2019 WCRA Windy City Roundup Champion, 2019 Kennewick Horse Heaven Roundup Champion, 2019 Moses Lake Reserve Champion, 2019 Kitsap Stampede Champion, 2019 California Rodeo Salinas Reserve Champion, 2019 Cheyenne Frontier Days round-winner and fastest time of the rodeo, 2019 Omak Stampede Champion, 2019 Livingston Roundup Co-Champion, 2019 Armstrong British Columbia, Champion, 2019 Bremerton Washington Champion, 2018 Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo Reserve Champion, multiple pro rodeo, futurity, derby and open wins

11 – Ryann Pedone

Hometown: Sunset, Texas

Horses: Feel The Sting (“Stinger”), 2013 stallion, Dash Ta Fame x MP Meter My Hay x PC Frenchmans Hayday; French Zone (“Hollywood”), 2013 mare, Frenchmans Guy x Star Zone (TB) x Wild Zone (TB); JS Milo And Stitch (“Happy”), 2014 gelding, Firewater Ta Fame x T K Twirl x Tres Seis; HP Dash Ta Fiesta (“Firewater”), 2013 stallion, Dash Ta Fame x Firewater Fiesta x Fire Water Flit; Dash Ta Jones (“Jones”), 2011 gelding, Brownie Jones x Dash Ta Please x Dash Ta Fame

WPRA Season Earnings: $42,580.6

Rodeo Count: 70

NFR Qualifications: 1 (2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $1,380,619

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion ProRodeo Tour Finale Rapid City, South Dakota, 2020 champion and arena record setter Sikeston, Missouri, swept Bracket Two of 2020 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, fourth place 2020 National Western Stock Show Rodeo Denver, Colorado, fifth place 2020 San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo, champion 2019 Dixie National Rodeo Jackson, Mississippi, multiple pro rodeo, open, futurity and derby wins

12 – Emily Miller

Hometown: Weatherford, Oklahoma

Horses: Namgis D 35 (“Pipewrench”), 2010 gelding, Bucks Hancock Dude x Central Station x First Down Dash; Namgis D 33 (“Chongo”), 2010 gelding, Bucks Hancock Dude x Track Goddess x Eyesa Special; Namgis D 56 (“Foxy”), 2012 mare, Bucks Hancock Dude x Central Station x First Down Dash; Biddin On Fame (“Beau”), 2013 gelding, PC Frosty Bid x Jaxsons Olympic Fame x Poco Lijerito

WPRA Season Earnings: $42,388.19

Rodeo Count: 47

NFR Qualifications: 2 (2019–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $561,495

Recent Career Highlights: Biddin On Fame voted 2020 No. 2 WPRA/AQHA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year, 2020 champion Fort Worth Rodeo X; Deadwood, South Dakota; Pretty Prairie, Kansas; Castle Rock, Colorado; and Salt Lake City, Utah, 2020 reserve champion Tuscon, Arizona; Dodge City, Kansas; and Rapid City, South Dakota, third 2019 WPRA world standings, second 2019 NFR aggregate, won two rounds at 2019 NFR, 2019 Rodeo Austin Champion, third place 2019 Calgary Stampede, 2017 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion, 2016 Prairie Circuit Champion, multiple Prairie Circuit Finals qualifier, multiple pro rodeo and open wins, three-time Kansas High School Rodeo Association all-around champion

13 – Lisa Lockhart

Hometown: Oelrichs, South Dakota

Horses: Rosas Cantina CC (“Rosa”), 2010 mare, Corona Cartel x Dash Ta Vanila x Dash Ta Fame; Prime Diamond (“Cutter”), 2011 gelding, Prime Talent x Hugos Diamond x Hugo Streakin; An Oakie With Cash (“Louie”), 2003 gelding, Biebers Oakie x Lady Kaweah Cash x Judge Cash

WPRA Season Earnings: $40,904.14

Rodeo Count: 46

NFR Qualifications: 14 (2007–20)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $2,638,531

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion Black Hills, South Dakota and Wyoming State Fair Rodeo Douglas, Wyoming, 2020 reserve champion Vernal, Utah; Gooding, Idaho; and Circle, Montana, second place in first round 2020 Tuscon, Arizona, 2020 third place Sidney, Iowa, 2020 fourth place Baker, Montana, 2019 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion, 2019 Calgary Stampede Champion, 2018 Badlands Circuit Finals Average and Year-End Champion, third place 2018 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo, fourth place 2018 Calgary Stampede, 2018 Days of ’47 Rodeo Reserve Champion, 2018 Rodeo Austin Champion, third in 2017 NFR average, 2016 NFR Average Champion, 2016 Montana Circuit Champion, 2015 WPRA Reserve World Champion, 2015 Cheyenne Frontier Days Champion, 2014 and 2015 RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo Champion, 2015 Calgary Stampede Champion, 2014 NFR Average Champion, 10-time Badlands Circuit Champion, multiple pro rodeo wins

14 – Wenda Johnson

Hometown: Pawhuska, Oklahoma

Horses: Macgyver Moonflash (“Mac”), 2013 gelding, First Moonflash x Touched By The Moon x Black Moons Arising; Dreams First Flash (“Flash”), 2012 gelding, First Moonflash x First Down Dream x First Down Dash

WPRA Season Earnings: $39,953.14

Rodeo Count: 24

NFR Qualifications: 1 (2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $399,436

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion Prescott, Arizona and Coleman, Texas; 2020 reserve champion San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo and Weatherford, Texas, third place 2020 RFD-TV’s The American Rodeo, 2020 reserve champion WCRA River City Roundup, 2020 champion WCRA Winter Semifinals, 2020 champion Xtreme Million Finals, 2019 San Angelo Stock Show Rodeo first-round winner, multiple RFD-TV’s The American qualifier, multiple pro rodeo, open, futurity and derby wins

15 – Brittney Barnett

Hometown: Stephenville, Texas

Horses: Chicks Keen O Pocopoo (“Paint”), 2007 APHA mare, Mr Dominator (PT) x Stylish Chick Olena x Dix Chic Olena; Frenchmans Pick (“Pei”), 2009 mare, Sixes Pick x French Gold Charm x Frenchmans Guy

WPRA Season Earnings: $39,565.33

Rodeo Count: 84

NFR Qualifications: 1 (2020)

*Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings: $187,626

Recent Career Highlights: 2020 champion Forsythe, Montana, 2020 reserve champion Prescott, Arizona, won Bracket Three of 2020 San Antonio Stock Show Rodeo, third place 2020 Deadwood, South Dakota, fourth place 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo, fifth place 2020 ProRodeo Tour Finale Rapid City, South Dakota, 2019 champion Airdrie Pro Rodeo; Hermiston, Oregon; Lewiston, Idaho, finished 2019 season No. 17 in the world, multiple California Circuit Finals qualifier, multiple pro rodeo and open wins

Editor’s Note: *Equi-Stat Lifetime Earnings are as of reports pulled October 20, 2020, and include earnings from events through September 2020. Equi-Stat only began recording WPRA rodeo earnings in 2010, therefore some individual’s earnings may be significantly more than reported through Equi-Stat.

Author

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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