The Bit that Won $60,000 and the 2022 Women’s Rodeo World Championship for Kinsel 

DH Jess Stellar, “Jules,” Shines in Flaharty’s “Duke” barrel racing bit.

Photograph Courtesy WRWC

DH Jess Stellar, “Jules,” Shines in Flaharty’s “Duke” barrel racing bit.

Hailey Kinsel captured the 2022 Women’s Rodeo World Championship riding DH Jess Stellar, “Jules,” to first in the Semifinals, which they followed up with a 13.492 in the Show Down round. Gaining speed with each run, Kinsel and Jules laid down a record 13.384—just one hour after the Show Down—to capture the Triple Crown Championship and $60,000.

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Kinsel and Jules made waves back in March at the 2022 American Rodeo after qualifying via their second-place finish in the Contender Round held at Cowtown Coliseum. Photograph by Carolyn Semancik

The Troy Flaharty Duke is Kinsel’s Bit of Choice for Jules.

“Jules runs in a Troy Flaharty “Duke” bit. The Duke is what Janna (Beam) Brown, who trained her, had figured out Jules liked. She likes this sliding tie-down and this bit. I’ve run her in a couple of other things, and she does pretty well, but it’s kind of like when it’s not broke, don’t fix it, so we like this, she likes the feel of it and now I’ve got the feel of it with my hands too. Troy was really nice to make this for me when he found out this is what it was for. This is our bit of choice.”  

The Duke. Photograph by Casey Allen

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Quickly gaining notoriety, Jules is a 9-year-old palomino mare that was bred by Hodges Farms in Omaha, Texas. She is by the Mr Jess Perry son Mighty Jess, and out of the mare PC Frosted Stellar by Sun Frost.

DH Jess Stellar Career Highlights

  • Futurity and derby earnings of more than $90,000 with Janna Brown
  • 2022 The American qualifier with Kinsel
  • 2021 Set the arena record in Cowtown Coliseum – 13.387 at The American Semifinals, ridden by Brown
  • 2019 OKC Derby Top 5, ridden by Brown
  • 2017 Barrel Futurities of America, 3rd Futurity Finals, $16,345, ridden by Brown

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.