Newly crowned Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Barrel Racer Jordon Briggs is definitely following in her mother Kristie Peterson’s footsteps, adding two titles to her name in the WPRA record books. From Decemeber 3–12, 2021, in Las Vegas, Briggs set the new National Finals Rodeo average record, previously held by Nellie Miller, on 10 runs inside the Thomas and Mack Center Arena to claim the NFR aggregate championship en route to her first WPRA world championship. Read more about Briggs’ win beginning on page 50. In “World Champion Reflections,” Briggs will share her journey, advice, memories, training tips and more during her reign as WPRA World Champion during the 2022 season.
But first, let’s take a look at Briggs’ spotlight moments throughout the years.
- Hometown: Tolar, Texas
- Horses: Famous Lil Jet (“Rollo”), 2014 gelding, Dash Ta Fame x Blazin Black Beauty x Blazin Jetolena; Frenchmans Future (“Stoli”), 2011 mare, Frenchmans Guy x Sixes Future x Stoli
- WPRA Season Earnings: $297,460
- NFR Qualifications: 2 (2009, 2021)
- WPRA World Titles: 1 (2021)
- EquiStat Lifetime Earnings: $1,380,948
- Recent Career Highlights: 2021 WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer, 2021 National Finals Rodeo Aggregate Champion and new NFR Aggregate record holder, Famous Lil Jet voted 2021 WPRA/ AQHA Horse of the Year, 2021 Champion Ellensburg Washington; Dodge City and Abilene, Kansas; Red Lodge, Montana; Laramie, Wyoming; Crockett, Texas; Fort Smith, Arkansas. Multiple 2021 pro rodeo reserve championships and placings. 2009 Wrangler NFR qualifier and round winner. 2006 Barrel Futurities of America World Futurity Champion (aboard 2009 NFR mount Frenchmans Jester), 2014 BFA Juvenile Futurity Champion (aboard 2021 back-up rodeo horse Frenchmans Future). Multiple futurity, derby, aged-event and open wins.
Jordon Briggs first appeared on the cover of Barrel Horse News in 2006 at the age of 17 alongside fourtime WPRA world champion mother Kristie Peterson.
Briggs and her eventual NFR-qualifying mount Frenchmans Jester earned the cover of BHN in February 2007 after setting a then-arena record in Oklahoma City of 15.170, which at the time hadn’t been beaten in two decades. That run earned Briggs the 2006 Barrel Futurities of America World Championship at the age of 18 as a high school senior. “Jester” would go on to carry Briggs to her first NFR in 2009.
In 2016, Briggs earned another spot on the cover of BHN with futurity standout Cinnamon On Top after winning the LG Pro Classic Slot Race for $100,000.