Round No. 6 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Cheat Sheet

11x Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Barrel Racer Charmayne James breaks down the 2021 Wrangler NFR, presented by Teton Ridge.

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11x Women’s Professional Rodeo Association World Champion Barrel Racer Charmayne James breaks down the 2021 Wrangler NFR, presented by Teton Ridge.

World Standings Leader Hailey Kinsel

Round 5: 13.53

Round Winnings: $21,336.32

Total NFR Earnings: $51,801.77

World Standings Earnings: $165,330.36

Average: 6

World Standings: 1

Charmayne’s take: Hailey and Sister made an excellent run in round 5 and I feel like they’re really finding their groove. I look for another run like that one tonight in round 6—flawless and accurate, which is so typical of this team.

No. 2 Dona Kay Rule

Round 5: 13.57

Round Winnings: $11,321.31

Total NFR Earnings: $62,252.20

World Standings Earnings: $147,242.16

Average: 13

World Standings: 2

Charmayne’s take: First off, I have to say I don’t know what Dona Kay does to take care of herself, but she looks like she’s in awesome shape. She is right in time with her horse every step and Valor is so fast. It’s impressive and I don’t think you can count her out to be fast again tonight for a check.

Dona Kay Rule and Valor.

No. 3 Jordon Briggs

Round 5: 13.54

Round Winnings: $16,111,10

Total NFR Earnings: $41,786.76

World Standings Earnings: $144,404.96

Average: 3

World Standings: 3

Charmayne’s take: Jordon’s timing and position were amazing in round 5. Everything about that run was awesome—Jordon is a beast and Rollo is the AQHA/WPRA Horse of the Year. They’re sure a safe bet for some round money once again.

Jordon Briggs and Rollo.

No. 4 Emily Miller-Beisel

Round 5: 13.43

Round Winnings: $26,996.97

Total NFR Earnings: $59,639.59

World Standings Earnings: $133,112.73

Average: 4

World Standings: 7

Charmayne’s take: Emily and Chongo made a beautiful run to win the 5th round. She was not out of place anywhere, she hit every point through the turns perfectly—and was flying. The day off she gave her horse after round 2 paid off big, proving that she knows her horse inside and out. She’s bottom of the ground tonight, but you can’t count her out.

Emily Miller got to take the round 5 victory lap.

No. 5 Amanda Welsh

Round 5: 13.79

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $55,502.96

World Standings Earnings: $132,422.44

Average: 4

World Standings: 5

Charmayne’s take: Amanda made a super solid run at the end of the ground. All she had against her was the round was so wolfy. Her horse likes the set up and she could sure get a check tonight as she moves up two spots on the ground.

Amanda Welsh and Firefly.

No. 6 Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

Round 5: 13.66

Round Winnings: $6,966.96

Total NFR Earnings: $54,414.38

World Standings Earnings: $128,200.08

Average: 1

World Standings: 6

Charmayne’s take: People might think it looks like Brittany’s timing is off when they got a little bit by the first barrel, but it’s working because Katniss really fires. She’s so fast. Brittany knows what works for her horses and she’s not holding her off or anything and the mare has been placing every night.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Katniss.

No. 7 Wenda Johnson

Round 5: 13.68

Round Winnings: $4,354.35

Total NFR Earnings: $59,639.59

World Standings Earnings: $127,024.15

Average: 14

World Standings: 7

Charmayne’s take: Wenda’s horse Moe is super fast and the run last night was a touch wild, but placed so it worked out great. I loved Wenda’s interview on the Cowboy Channel after she won the 4th round, it was great. She could easily be back in the No. 1 spot on any given night.

Wenda Johnson and Moe.

No. 8 Stevi Hillman

Round 5: 13.70

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $52,672.63

World Standings Earnings: $123,851.12

Average: 2

World Standings: 8

Charmayne’s take: The horse Stevi rides has such impressive speed. You never know how a horse feels until you’re the one riding it, but if I was Stevi I’d have a hard time getting off Lemon Drop and going to a back-up. She’s an amazing animal. I’m guessing Stevi will do whatever she needs to do to keep the mare calm and get her in position at second, which is the one that may’ve kept her from placing last night. Plus, she’s first out tonight, so watch out.

Stevi Hillman and Lemon Drop.

No. 9 Shelley Morgan

Round 5: 13.83

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $26,111.10

World Standings Earnings: $120,340.43

Average: 9

World Standings: 9

Charmayne’s take: It looked to me like Shelley’s mare took a couple extra steps here and there during her run last night, and I’m not sure why. It was such a tough round and that’s all that cost her.

Shelley Morgan and Kiss.

No. 10 Cheyenne Wimberley

Round 5: 13.78

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $34,166.64

World Standings Earnings: $111,298.94

Average: 8

World Standings: 10

Charmayne’s take: Cheyenne got off Rocco and got on Streakin Images last night. I’m not sure why she changed but sometimes it takes a run or two in Thomas & Mack to get in time. I look for her next run on the mare to be smoother. She was just a tenth out so if she smooths out, she’s right in there.

Cheyenne Wimberley and Streakin Images.

No. 11 Ivy Saebens

Round 5: 13.50 plus 5

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $26,111.10

World Standings Earnings: $96,917.18

Average: 15

World Standings: 11

Charmayne’s take: Ivy and J-Lo made a great run last night but caught the second leaving it to place in the round. Her horse worked almost too good so I look for a good run from them tonight from the second draw position.

Ivy Saebens and J-Lo.

No. 12 Lisa Lockhart

Round 5: 13.88

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $31,336.32

World Standings Earnings: $96,380.03

Average: 12

World Standings: 11

Charmayne’s take: Lisa looks like she’s getting Cutter tapped off at first. Her horse shakes his head a little for some reason, but I know that feeling because Grasshopper did the same type of thing. You’ve got to help them finish the turn sometimes, but if they fight you a little you have to have great hands and Lisa has phenomenal hands.

Lisa Lockhart and Cutter.

No. 13 Jessica Routier

Round 5: 13.88

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $10,000

World Standings Earnings: $88,847.28

Average: 5

World Standings: 13

Charmayne’s take: Jessica and Missy had a pretty good stutter step at third. I’m not sure why, but whatever the case it cost her. She was toward the bottom last night so hopefully moving up will help.

Jessica Routier and Missy.

No. 14 Nellie Miller

Round 5: 13.80

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $10,000  

World Standings Earnings: $85,519.15

Average: 10

World Standings: 14

Charmayne’s take: Nellie and Sister made another solid run on the bottom of the ground so moving up in the order should help her.

Nellie Miller and Sister.

No. 15 Molly Otto

Round 5: 14.27 plus 5

Round Winnings: 

Total NFR Earnings: $10,000

World Standings Earnings: $74,172.51

Average: 12

World Standings: 15

Charmayne’s take: Molly switched to her horse Sixappeal last night and their timing was just a little off. When you get on a new horse at Thomas & Mack it often takes a couple runs to adjust.

Molly Otto and Sixappeal.