Goodbye to Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi’s great mare “Katniss” 

Condolences to World Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi on the loss of her incredible homebred mare Ima Famous Babe, 2013 - 2022

Photograph by Impulse Photography

Condolences to World Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi on the loss of her incredible homebred mare Ima Famous Babe, 2013 - 2022

Jarring news on the passing of two-time World Champion barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi’s Ima Famous Babe (Dash Ta Fame x Streakin Six Babe x Streakin Six), affectionately known as “Katniss,” has shocked and saddened the barrel racing community. Hallmarks of the great mare’s performances were her undeniable heart, grit and fearless style of running. Our thoughts and prayers are with Katniss’ owner, breeder, and trainer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and her entire family at this very difficult time.

Known throughout the rodeo industry for her indomitable spirit and speed, Katniss gifted barrel racing fans with unforgettable performances. Below are a few of ours.

  • Courageous comebacks were a hallmark of the mare’s brilliant career. Case in point, after more than five months off Pozzi Tonozzi announced Katniss’ 2021 comeback with a third-place finish in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Finals card holders race aggregate after winning second in the final round with a 15.626.
  • The team then embarked on to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada, where the 8-year-old mare ran in seven rounds, earning north of $44,000 to push her lifetime earnings over $400,000.

At the 2021 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Ima Famous Babe were second in Round 3, third in Round 4 and fifth in Round 5. Photograph by Impulse Photography
  • Brilliant from the start, Katniss ran a 16.5 on a standard pattern her futurity year. Watch the run here, courtesy of “The Money Barrel” podcast host Kayla Page Jones.  
  • Katniss and Pozzi Tonozzi swept second place across the board at 2022 Rodeo Austin for a huge $15,545 payday, which helped propel Pozzi Tonozzi into the top five of the WPRA World standings in pursuit of her 16th NFR qualification.
  • In the winter of 2020 the mare won big in San Angelo and took three checks in her bracket at San Antonio then got sore. The WPRA Derby Championship in Waco, Texas, in November of 2020 marked Katniss’ first run in three months according to a post on Pozzi Tonozzi’s Facebook page following her emotional victory.
Pozzi Tonozzi and Katniss teamed up to stop the clock in 13.93 at San Angelo in 2020. Photograph by Ric Anderson Photos

About Bonnie Wheatley

Bonnie Wheatley brings a lifetime of professional experience in the Western industry to her role as Barrel Racing Content Director for and Barrel Racing Magazine. She grew up immersed in ranching and the Western lifestyle before graduating from the University of California at Davis and relocating to the eastern plains of Colorado. When not researching and writing exciting new content, Wheatley enjoys running barrels, showing reined cow horses, cheering at her daughter Sage’s sporting events, and for her husband, Scot, and son, Regan, at team ropings and horse shows.