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WPRA Barrel Racers Bag Bracket Earnings at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Pro Rodeo Tournament.

FWSSR Photographs by James Phifer

WPRA Barrel Racers Bag Bracket Earnings at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Pro Rodeo Tournament.

With 10 days of Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (FWSSR) Pro Rodeo Tournament action in the books, the field of finals hopefuls is taking shape as barrel racers put forth their best efforts to remain in the mix for the semifinals on February 3-4 in Dixies Arena. This is the second year for the FWSSR Pro Rodeo Tournament, which is hosted by the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas, and boasts $1.1 million in prize money divided between eight rodeo events.

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How Does the Fort Worth Pro Rodeo Tournament Work?

According to Fort Worth’s Women’s Professional Rodeo Association ground rules, 56 of the top barrel racers are divided into groups of eight to compete in each of the seven brackets. The top two money winners from each group qualify for one of two semifinal rounds. 

The third-highest money winner in each set qualifies for the wild card round. The other four competitors go into a non-qualifiers pool and the highest remaining money winner in each event also gets to move to the wild card round.

The top two money winners of that second-chance wild card competition also move on to the semifinals. Then, the top four from each semifinal advance to the finals on Saturday, February 5 when the champions will be crowned.

The Basics

Rodeo Dates: January 21 – February 5, 2022

Rodeo Prelims: 14 perfs, January 21 – February 1

Wild Card Round: February 2 @ 7:30 pm

Semifinals: February 3 @ 7:30 pm & February 4 @ 7:30 pm

Finals: February 5 @ 7:30 pm

Bracket & Added Money Breakdown:
Brackets 1 through 7 / $8,800 added per bracket
Wild Card / $2,000 added

Semifinal 1 & Semifinal 2 / $10,000 added each

Finals / $44,000 added

Unofficial Barrel Racing Results from prorodeo.com

Bracket 1: First round: 1. Brittney Barnett, 16.44 seconds, $1,760; 2. Stevi Hillman, 16.57, $1,320; 3. Shelley Morgan, 16.64, $880; 4. (tie) Cheyenne Hattesen and Amanda Welsh, 16.82, $220 each. Second round: 1. Stevi Hillman, 16.41 seconds, $1,760; 2. Kelly Bruner, 16.47, $1,320; 3. Shelley Morgan, 16.66, $880; 4. Brittney Barnett, 16.68, $440. Advancing: 1. Stevi Hillman; 2. Brittney Barnett. Wild card: Shelley Morgan.

Stevi Hillman of Weatherford, Texas, and Famous Lemon Drop were the highest money winners in the first set of competition at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Pro Rodeo Tournament. The duo earned $3,080 by finishing second in the first round and winning round two with this run of 16.41 seconds. She advances to the semifinals.

Bracket 2: First round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 16.67 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jimmie Smith, 16.72, $1,320; 3. Kylee Scribner, 17.01, $880; 4. Lois Ferguson, 17.17, $440. Second round: 1. Hailey Kinsel, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Lynette Clyde, 16.70, $1,320; 3. Lois Ferguson, 16.86, $880; 4. Kylee Scribner, 16.90 $440. Advancing: 1. Hailey Kinsel; 2. Lynette Clyde. Wild card: Jimmie Smith.

Three-time world champion Hailey Kinsel and her superstar mare DM Sissy Hayday (Sister) won Sunday’s round of barrel racing when they stopped the clock in 16.67 seconds. This was Kinsel’s first run on Sister in more than a month since the final round of the NFR in Las Vegas. 

Bracket 3: First round: 1. Cheyenne Wimberley, 16.46 seconds, $1,760; 2. Molly Otto, 16.56, $1,320; 3. Lisa Lockhart, 16.59, $880; 4. Jessica Routier, 16.61, $440. Second round: 1. Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi, 16.58 seconds, $1,760; 2. Molly Otto, 16.72, $1,320; 3. Jessica Routier, 21.73, $880; 4. Cheyenne Wimberley, 21.84, $440. Advancing: 1. Molly Otto; 2. Cheyenne WimberleyWild card: Brittany Pozzi-Tonozzi.

Two-time world champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi finished out of the money on Tuesday in Fort Worth, but she and her mare Babe on the Chase (Birdie) ran the cloverleaf pattern in 16.58 seconds to win the second round. She has competed at the Fort Worth rodeo for 18 years and won the championship once. She will have to win first or second the wild card round on February 2 to get to the semifinals.

Bracket 4: First round: 1. Ilyssa Riley, 16.54 seconds, $1,760; 2. Ivy Saebens, 16.59, $1,320; 3. Kricket Ginter, 16.64, $880; 4. Maggie Polocic, 16.67, $440. Second round: 1. Kricket Ginter, 16.42 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jackie Ganter, 16.48, $1,320; 3. Ilyssa Riley, 16.52, $880; 4. Ivy Saebens, 16.64, $440. Advancing: 1. Kricket Ginter; 2. Ilyssa Riley. Wild card: Ivy Saebens.

Ilyssa Riley, Hico, Texas, got the win in the first round of Bracket 4 in Dickies Arena with a time of 16.54. The Texas barrel racer qualified for the field of 56 tournament contestants from the qualifying rodeo at Waxahatchie last March. Since then, she qualified for the Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo where she finished second and recently earned a big check at the National Western Stock Show & Rodeo in Denver.

Bracket 5: First round: 1. Sissy Winn, 16.40 seconds, $1,760; 2. Jordon Briggs, 16.41, $1,320; 3. Jill Wilson, 16.68, $880; 4. (tie) Paige Jones and Carly Taylor, 16.84, $220 each. Second round: 1. Jordon Briggs, 16.25 seconds, $1,760; 2. (tie) Sissy Winn and Dona Kay Rule, 16.62, $1,100 each. Advancing: 1. Jordon Briggs; 2. Sissy WinnWild card: Dona Kay Rule.

Jordon Briggs, the reigning WPRA world champion barrel racer, posted a 16.25 to win the second round of her bracket riding her superhorse Famous Lil Jet (Rollo). Briggs, the daughter of three-time world champion Kristie Peterson, won the barrel racing championship at Fort Worth in Will Rogers Coliseum in 2009 while she was still Jordon Peterson.

Bracket 6: First round: 1. Destri Devenport, 16.61 seconds, $1,760; 2. Michelle Darling, 16.70, $1,320; 3. Emma Charleston, 16.85, $880; 4. Deb Guelly, 17.8, $440. Second round: 1. Michelle Darling, 16.57 seconds, $1,760; 2. Destri Devenport, 16.63, $1,320; 3. Christine DeRenzo, 16.83, $880; 4. Deb Guelly, 16.97, $440. Advancing: 1. Michelle Darling; 2. Destri Devenport. Wild card: Christine DeRenzo.

Bracket 7: First Round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 16.17 (arena record), $1,760; 2. Emily Beisel, 16.29, $1,320; 3. Stephanie Fryar, 16.55, $880; 4. Lacinda Rose, 16.67, $440. Second round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 16.21, $1,760; 2. Emily Beisel, 16.29, $1,320; 3. Kassie Mowry, Dublin, 16.33, $880; 4. Stephanie Fryar, 16.57, $440. Advancing: Wenda Johnson; 2. Emily Beisel. Wild card: Stephanie Fryar.