Jordon Briggs leads the 2022 WPRA world standings by over $50,000 going into Las Vegas, but with an increased NFR payout, it's looking like any barrel racer's game.
That’s the amount of money separating No. 1 barrel racer, Jordon Briggs, from No. 15 barrel racer, Leslie Smalygo going into the 2022 National Finals Rodeo.
That’s a lot of money, right?
Yes, but the NFR increased payout to a record $1.2 Million per event in 2022, so it’s any barrel racer’s game on December 1-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In 2021, Jordon Briggs captured the NFR aggregate championship, which was worth $69,234.17. In 2022, the aggregate win will now be worth $74,149.92.
Each round will now pay $28,913.70, a substantial increase from the $26,996.97 paid per round in 2021.
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- If a barrel racer had a perfect NFR (winning all 10 rounds and the aggregate) they could earn up to $363,286.92.
- The most money ever collected by a barrel racer during the NFR is $270,615. That record was set in 2020 by Hailey Kinsel in Arlington, Texas.
- The 2021 NFR saw Jordon Briggs show out and earn $194,842 after entering Las Vegas over $10,000 behind frontrunner Kinsel.
2022 NFR Barrel Racing Payout
Each of the 10 Full Go-Rounds: $93,270 each
Average Payout: $279,811 each
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What do all the numbers mean? It means that, although Briggs has a $50,338 lead over No. 2 barrel racer, Dona Kay Rule, she will have to play offense to defend their position and world championship. The chips will be down in Las Vegas, and it’s anybody’s game.
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