The 2022 NFR Open National Championship Results

Columbia River Circuit cowgirl Cheyenne Allan turns up the heat in the final four round to earn the NFR Open powered by RAM championship.

Photographs by Lincoln Rogers

Columbia River Circuit cowgirl Cheyenne Allan turns up the heat in the final four round to earn the NFR Open powered by RAM championship.

The best in ProRodeo have arrived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for the 2022 NFR Open, July 13-16, 2022 at Norris Penrose Event Center. Find out all you need to know right here about the inaugural NFR Open powered by RAM, from contestant rosters to daily results.

Who: Thirteen Year End Circuit Winners and 13 Circuit Finals Average Winners qualify for the NFR Open which adds $85,300 to the barrel racing. WPRA barrel contestant entry fees will be paid by the WPRA. Each WPRA contestant will receive $500.

What: The NFR Open powered by RAM, formerly known as the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

When: July 13-15 @ 6:45 p.m., July 16 @ 12:15 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.

Where: Norris Penrose Event Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ground Rules:

Per the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association ground rules, money won at the NFR Open counts toward WPRA World Standings and for limited entry rodeos. NFR Open will not count toward 2022 NFR Playoff Series standings.

Contestants who confirm entry with the Calgary Stampede will not be accepted into the NFR Open. NFR Open Champion will automatically be qualified to the NFR Playoff Series Finale.

Format:

All barrel racers compete in two long go-rounds in hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals for the Top 8 and Finals for the Top 4. Contestants advancing to the Semis and the Finals will not carry forward times. Average times will not be calculated in the Semifinals/Final rounds.

There will be a drag either after six runs (if 12 original entries) or after seven runs if more then 12 original entries in the barrel racing during the long go-rounds. There will not be a hand rake in the Top 8 or Top 4 rounds. The arena will be re-prepared between the Top 8 and Top 4 round.

Sixty percent of the total prize money will be paid in the first two go-rounds and average. The remaining 40 percent will be paid in the Semis and Final performance. There will be six places in each go-round and average. There will be four places paid in the Semis and Finals.

NFR Open Results (Unofficial)

First round: 1. Leslie Smalygo, 17.27 seconds, $5,630; 2. Shelley Morgan, 17.33, $4,265; 3. (tie) Amanda Welsh and Jessica Routier, 17.51, $2,559 each; 5. Sarah Rose Waguespack, 17.54, $1,194; 6. (tie) Kacey Gartner and Megan Champion, 17.55, $427 each. 

Second round: 1. Jordon Briggs, 17.00 seconds, $5,630; 2. Marcie Wilson, 17.23, $4,265; 3. Cheyenne Allan, 17.30, $3,071; 4. Shelley Morgan, 17.32, $2,047; 5. Tarryn Lee, 17.44, $1,194; 6. Jessica Routier, 17.45, $853. 

Average: 1. Jordon Briggs, 34.63 seconds on two head, $5,630; 2. Shelley Morgan, 34.65, $4,265; 3. Cheyenne Allan, 34.89, $3.071; 4. Jessica Routier, 34.96, $2,047; 5. Marcie Wilson, 34.97, $1,194; 6. Sarah Rose Waguespack, 35.03, $853. 

Semifinals: 1. Jordon Briggs, 17.21 seconds, $6,824; 2. Shelley Morgan, 17.22, $5,118; 3. Cheyenne Allan, 17.40, $3,412; 4. Leslie Smalygo, 17.52, $1,706. 

Finals: 1. Cheyenne Allan, 17.04 seconds, $6,824; 2. Jordon Briggs, 17.17, $5,118; 3. Shelley Morgan, 17.40, $3,412; 4. Leslie Smalygo, 17.43, $1,706.

National Champion: Cheyenne Allan

Performance No. 1, Wednesday, July 13, 2022 – Fort Carson Night

  1. Shelley Morgan, Texas 17.33 *2021 RAM National Circuit Finals Champion WATCH THE RUN
  2. Jessica Routier, Badlands 17.51
  3. Sarah Rose Waguespack, Southeastern 17.54
  4. TIE Megan Champion, California 17.55
  5. TIE Kacey Gartner, Columbia River 17.55
  6. Macee McAllister, Wilderness 17.60
  7. BryAnna Haluptzok, Great Lakes 17.61
  8. Maggie Poloncic, Montana 17.62
  9. Randi Holliday, Prairie 17.78
  10. Tarryn Lee, Turquoise 18.06
  11. Brooke Klinger, First Frontier 18.08
  12. Bradi Whiteside, Maple Leaf 18.11
  13. Shali Lord, Mountain States 17.46 +5

Performance No. 2 , Thursday, July 14, 2022 – Missile Defense & First Responders Night

  1. Leslie Smalygo, Prairie 17.27
  2. Amanda Welsh, Badlands 17.51
  3. Shannon McReynolds, Turquoise 18.34
  4. Lisa Zachoda, Maple Leaf 17.92
  5. Brittney Barnett, Montana 17.94
  6. Lake Mehalic, Mountain States 17.96 +5
  7. Karlee Benincasa, First Frontier 19.06
  8. Marcie Wilson, Wilderness 17.74
  9. Kricket Gintner, Great Lakes 17.83
  10. Kelley Carrington, Southeastern 18.13
  11. Cheyenne Allan, Columbia River 17.59
  12. Jordon Briggs, Texas 17.63
  13. Cheyenne Hattesen, California 18.03

Performance No. 3, Friday, July 15, 2022 – Space Night

  1. Cheyenne Hattesen, California 17.65
  2. Jordon Briggs, Texas 17.00
  3. Cheyenne Allan, Columbia River 17.30
  4. Kelley Carrington, Southeastern 17.71
  5. Kricket Gintner, Great Lakes 17.97 +5
  6. Marcie Wilson, Wilderness 17.23
  7. Karlee Benincasa, First Frontier 19.66
  8. Lake Mehalic, Mountain States 17.71
  9. Brittney Barnett, Montana 17.43 +5
  10. Lisa Zachoda, Maple Leaf 17.55
  11. Shannon McReynolds, Turquoise 18.39 +5
  12. Amanda Welsh, Badlands 22.69 +5
  13. Leslie Smalygo, Prairie 17.84

Performance No. 4, Saturday Matinee, July 16 – U.S. Air Force Academy

  1. Bradi Whiteside, Maple Leaf 17.99
  2. BryAnna Haluptzok, Great Lakes 17.66
  3. Jessica Routier, Badlands 17.45
  4. Sarah Rose Waguespack, Southeastern 17.49
  5. Macee McAllister, Wilderness 17.50
  6. Megan Champion, California 17.71
  7. Brooke Klinger, First Frontier 18.17
  8. Shelley Morgan, Texas 17.32
  9. Randi Holliday, Prairie 22.73
  10. Tarryn Lee, Turquoise 17.44
  11. Maggie Poloncic, Montana 17.77
  12. Kacey Gartner, Columbia River 17.86
  13. Shali Lord, Mountain States 17.76

Performance No. 5, Saturday Evening, July 16 – NORAD/USNORTHCOM Night

  1. Jordon Briggs 17.21
  2. Marcie Wilson 17.58
  3. Jessica Routier 22.40 +5
  4. Leslie Smalygo 17.52
  5. Shelley Morgan 17.22
  6. Cheyenne Allan 17.40
  7. Macee McAllister 17.75
  8. Sarah Rose Waguespack 17.77

Gold Buckle Round

  1. Shelley Morgan (Kinda Heavenly) 17.40
  2. Cheyenne Allan 17.04
  3. Jordon Briggs 17.17
  4. Leslie Smalygo 17.43
2021 WPRA barrel racing champion Jordon Briggs and “Rollo” turn the first barrel on their way to winning the Semi-Final of Saturday night’s Gold Buckle round in the 2022 Pikes Peak or Bust NFR Open circuit championship rodeo in Colorado Springs on July 16. Briggs’ and Rollo’s 17.21-second time moved them ahead to the Gold Buckle Round where they eventually placed second behind Cheyenne Allan and Three.