Jordon Briggs Adds Gold Medal and $25K to Resume, Tops Star-Studded Days of 47 Field

Jordon Briggs, Stevi Hillman and Wenda Johnson went to the podium at the Days of 47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 21-25

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Jordon Briggs, Stevi Hillman and Wenda Johnson went to the podium at the Days of 47 Rodeo in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 21-25

On Monday, July 25, the 2022 edition of WCRA Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo concluded with the presentation of gold, silver, and bronze medals.

If anybody had any doubts as to whether or not the best barrel racers in the world were in attendance at the World Champions Rodeo Alliance Event, just compare the podium to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Standings.

In Salt Lake City, it stacked up like this:

Gold Medal: Jordon Briggs and Famous Lil Jet, “Rollo,”

Silver Medal: Stevi Hillman and Famous Lemon Drop, “Lemon Drop,”

Bronze Medal: Wenda Johnson and MacGyver Moonflash, “Mack”

Days of '47 Rodeo Jordon Briggs Barrel Racing Champion

For comparison, Briggs sits No. 1, Johnson is in the No. 2 slot, and Hillman is in the No. 4 position in the WPRA Standings.

“We’re so appreciative of rodeos with huge payouts like this,” Briggs said in a post-run interview. “I skipped Cheyenne (Frontier Days) for this.”

Briggs has been on a heater lately. She even traveled to Ogden, Utah, in between her runs in Salt Lake City to set a new arena record in Ogden, Utah, and pocket $8,584 toward the WPRA Standings. Not a bad week.

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Gold Medal Round:

Michelle Darling
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WCRA Days Of ‘47 Gold Medal Round Results:

1. Jordon Briggs, Tolar, TX, 17.195 seconds, $25,000; 2. Stevi Hillman, Granbury, TX, 17.220, $12,500; 3. Wenda Johnson, Pawhuska, OK, 17.266, $6,000; 4. Jana Guthrie, Canton, TX, 17.311, $3,000.

Semi-Final Round 1:

Tiffani Sonnier
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Tiffani Sonnier, of Boling, Texas, won the first semi-final round after stopping the clock at 17.80 seconds while riding No More Mr Night Sky, aka “Mo.”

WCRA Utah Days of ‘47 Semi-Final Round 1 Results: 

1. Tiffani Sonnier, Boling, TX, 17.800 seconds, $1,600; 2. Kaitlin Schuck, Wickenburg, AZ, 18.076, $1,200; 3. Brittney Hipp, Tuttle, OK 18.279, $800; 4. Lorie Diodosio, Fowler, CO, 18.634, $400.

Semi-Final Round 2:

Stevi Hillman Days of '47

Photo by Ric Andersen/C Bar C Photography

Stevi Hillman and Famous Lemon Drop, “Lemon Drop,” clocked the fastest run at the WCRA Utah Days of ‘47 Rodeo in the second performance of the semi-final rounds with a blazing 17.111.

WCRA Utah Days of ‘47 Semi-Final Round 2 Results:

1. Stevi Hillman, Granbury, TX, 17.111 seconds, $1,600; 2. Wenda Johnson, Pawhuska, OK, 17.183, $1,200; 3. Jordon Briggs, Tolar, TX, 17.277, $800; 4. Laura Mote, Llano, TX, 17.496, $400.

Semi-Final Round 3:

Halyn Lide Days of '47
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Halyn Lide, and Jettin Ta Heaven, “Keeper,” finished first with a 17.199 during the third performance of the semi-final rounds.

WCRA Utah Days of ‘47 Semi-Final Round 3 Results:

1. Halyn Lide, China Springs, TX, 17.199 seconds, $1,600; 2. Stephanie Fryar, Waco, TX, 17.360, $1,200; 3. Taylor Johnson, Wichita Falls, TX, 17.540, $800; 4. Ari-Anna Flynn, Charleston, AR, 17.599, $400.

Semi-Final Round 4:

Michelle Darling Days of '47
Photo by Ric Andersen/C Bar C Photography

Michelle Darling and Morning Traffic, “Martini,” were fourth out on the ground, clocking a 17.562-second run in the final performance of the semi-final rounds.

WCRA Utah Days of ’47 Semi-Final Round 4 Results:

1. Michelle Darling, Medford, OK, 17.562 seconds, $1,600; 2. Brooke McGehee, Stephenville, TX, 17.654, $1,200; 3. Ava Garcia, Bulverde, TX, 17.664, $800; 4. Casey Wagner, Park City, MT, 17.692, $400.

About Jenna Link

Jenna Link is the digital editor of Team Roping Journal and Breakaway Roping Journal and host of "The Short Score" podcast. She is an Arizona native with a degree in marketing, and her passion for the sport extends beyond her career, as she competes in team roping and breakaway.