In the March Arena Record, editor Kailey Sullins reviews the horse, rider, owner, breeder, sire and dam statistics featured in the issue.
Kailey Sullins. Photo by Kathryn Sullins

By the time this issue hits your doorstep, we’ll have already watched some of the biggest and best winter rodeos of the year. From the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver down to the major stock show rodeos in Texas, the start of the pro rodeo season brought standout moments, like the NWSSR arena record being broken multiple times throughout the event with new arena-record holder Tessa Arnold and her Perculatin clone Latte Ditto taking the honors.

The March issue is The Statistical Issue. For the fourth consecutive year, we’ve compiled annual Horse, Rider, Owner, Breeder, Sire and Dam Statistics into one all-encompassing issue. Beginning on page 34, check out 2023’s EquiStat Leaders.

In 2023, EquiStat recorded another record-setting amount of barrel racing earnings at $56 million. Find all the statistics on how and where those earnings were tallied in Tanya Randall’s expertly analyzed look in “Money To Be Won.”

For the third year, we’ve included a few additional charts for a more thorough look at the industry. Two of these charts are the leading Futurity Horses by Calendar Year and leading Futurity Horses by Futurity Year. Top Horses by Futurity Year is a record of a horse’s futurity year earnings beginning November 15, 2022, through December 15, 2023. The Top Futurity Horses by Calendar Year tabulates earnings from January 1, 2023, through December 31, 2023. It should be noted that both charts reflect only futurity earnings and no Open money earned during a horse’s futurity year, be it Calendar or Futurity.

We also highlight the leaders in our Statistical Profiles, beginning on page 52. It’s safe to say if you placed bets on Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and her arsenal of top-shelf horseflesh topping the charts of 2023, you’d be right. Tonozzi had a record year in 2023, not only in professional rodeo with her third Women’s Professional Rodeo Association world championship, but in aged competition as well aboard horses owned, trained or jockeyed by herself. Congratulations to the Leading Overall and Leading Futurity Horse of 2023, Tres Chasin Babe PZ, owned by Teton Ridge and ridden by Tonozzi, the 2023 Leading Overall Rider and Leading Futurity Rider. The 2023 WPRA world champion’s influence on the stats didn’t stop there. Her home-bred and -trained National Finals Rodeo-qualifying mount Babe On The Chase also earned Leading Dam across all ages and divisions.

As always, we also dive into the biggest events of the year, beginning on page 60.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Be sure to stay up-to-date online at barrelhorsenews.com as BHN staff bring you the latest news, entertainment and training tips.

Until next time, stay safe.

— Kailey Sullins

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Author

Kailey Sullins is editor of Barrel Horse News, and an avid barrel racer and breakaway roper. Email comments or questions to [email protected]

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