Rodeo’s Leading Ladies – Meet the 2017 Top 15 NFR Barrel Racers

2017 NFR Barrel Racers

The top 15 WPRA barrel racing qualifiers are finalizing their last preparations before heading to Las Vegas, and will soon be blasting down the alley at the Thomas & Mack.

In anticipation of the upcoming barrel racing action, I’m excited to share their reflections on the 2017 season, and some insights into what we can look forward to seeing in this year’s race to the gold buckle.

So before the gates crack open on December 7th, let’s dive in and get to know these these amazing women and their horses (including pedigrees) who will entertain, educate and inspire us – at the 2017 NFR and beyond!
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Tiany Schuster
Tiany Schuster

#1 TIANY SCHUSTER
2017 Earnings: $250,378
Hometown: Krum, TX
Horses:
Show Mance 7-year old sorrel gelding
Firen For Jack 6-year old gelding
JSYK IM Famous 9-year old gelding

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Having Show Mance come back to win Calgary after a near death experience from a bad reaction from antibiotics. The second would be setting the arena record there.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Having John Gwatney call me Shooter and tell me good luck as I go down the alley. His face is always a reminder of what this is… where we are… and he is the “Boss” of “Bosses.” When I see him and that alley… I will know, I have my work and job to do right then and there. Like every other run.

Describe your 2017 season: Life Changing

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Show Mance is a winner. He finds a way to win. I pray I can do my best so they can do theirs.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I’d be too shy to sing. I can’t dance! And unless my best trait is a talent… which I highly doubt… I’m out on that one too. Kind of like what horse will you ride? I work backwards… what horse will you NOT RIDE. And what show will you not do well on. So Survivor is me. Plus doesn’t hurt I’m kinda handy as well.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Although not a world champion, Tammy Fischer is my go to gal!

Sponsored by: Professional’s Choice, Brazilian Saddle, Alfalfa Express, Pony Plate, Dr. Don Lee with Double X Equine, Mikes Hattery in Longview, TX, FitnessDepot.ca, Justin Knight Horseshoer
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Stevi Hillman
Stevi Hillman

#2 STEVI HILLMAN
2017 Earnings: $185,952
Hometown: Weatherford, TX
Horses:
MCM ImASharpGuy “Sharpie” – 5-year old gelding
Cuatro Fame “Truck” – 10-year old gelding
Morning Traffic “Martini” – 6-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning Cheyenne Frontier Days on a 5-year old (Sharpie) with the owners (Matt and Bendi Dunn) getting to be there and winning third overall at Calgary.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Just enjoying the whole experience! It will be somewhat of a relief just knowing where everything is at from my experience last year.

Describe your 2017 season:
Record breaking and amazing but with more opportunities it brought on more responsibility and stress!

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Truck liked it last year! So I’m hoping he feels the same again. He’s hard running and aggressive, you just have to do your job as the jockey. Same with Sharpie. It’s just important to ride position on him and I think Sharpie is capable of being great in the T&M. I’ll let them tell me who gets to run each night based on how they are feeling. The cool thing is they both earned their spot to run down the alley.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Survivor because I don’t sing or dance in front of people and not sure about the talent show. I’d give it heck trying to survive!

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Sherry Cervi because she obviously knows what to do and what not to do from her success on the road. Plus I have a lot of respect for her.

Sponsored by: Nutrena, 5-Star Pads, HayRight Alfalfa Cubes, MVP Exceed6way, Shiloh Saddlery, Panhandle, Rock N Roll Cowgirl, Team PHT, Flair Strips, EquiPulmin, Outlaw Equine, FlexiNeb, PreparetoWin.Tv, Mouton Sand and Gravel, Dunn Ranch, Cowtown USA Inc., Merhow Trailers
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Nellie Miller
Nellie Miller

#3 NELLIE MILLER
2017 Earnings: $130,537
Hometown: Cottonwood, CA
Horse:
Rafter W Minnie Reba “Sister” – 9-year old blue roan mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
There are three highlights I feel like really stood out this year. Winning Reno (Nev.) and St. Paul (Ore.) was a big deal as those two rodeos mean a lot to my family. They have been on my “bucket list” of rodeos to win, so to finally say that I won first at those two rodeos is really special for me. Winning second at the Calgary Stampede is the other one because it solidified my spot in the Wrangler NFR and was the biggest paycheck I had ever won.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I have so many memories in Las Vegas. I lived there for a couple of years while I attending UNLV and college rodeoed for the team there. I met my husband and got married there. Also made the NFR in 2010 on Blue Duck, so I always love to go back to that city because there are so many special memories and places I like always like to revisit. However, I will mostly focus on the rodeo and my horse this time around and keep the shenanigans to a minimum!

Describe your 2017 season:
Everything went according to plan (which rarely ever happens in rodeo or life!)

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Sister has been so consistent all year. She loves to come running down an alley. She loves a big crowd and a night performance. She is a very smooth turner, so I think she will do what she has done for me the whole year and hopefully it will work out for us.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Well…I can’t sing, dance or have a really cool talent, so I guess I would have to go with Survivor. I have never even watched that show, so I don’t know what I would be signing up for!

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I would say Charmayne James as I would like to ask her how she got Scamper to last for so many years. Her longevity and consistency is amazing to me.

Sponsored by: Wrangler, Professional’s Choice, Corral Boots, Oxy-gen, Total Equine, Haleakala
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Amberleigh Moore
Amberleigh Moore

#4 AMBERLEIGH MOORE
2017 Earnings: $120,806
Hometown: Salem, OR
Horse:
CP Dark Moon “Paige” – 8-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning San Antonio and running at the Calgary Stampede

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Being back at the T&M for another 10 days! Also spending time with the fans and signing autographs.

Describe your 2017 season:
Simply amazing!

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Hard running and hard turning. Paige and I are excited to get to make another run down that alley at the T&M!

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Survivor – it’s a game of strategy and survival

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Not sure who I would choose as each one of them has something different to offer.

Sponsored by: Purina, Tight Joints Plus, OE Nutraceuticals, Professional’s Choice, CR Ranchwear, Champion Feed, Earls Garage, G&J Logging, Katie’s Coast to Coast, Silver Lining Herbs, Murray Hay Sales, BRN4D, Belle Star Boutique, Double J Saddlery, 5 Star Pads, Back on Track, House Top H Ranch, Cowgirl Tuff, MR4Activet
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Kassie Mowry
Kassie Mowry

#5 KASSIE MOWRY
2017 Earnings: $115,163
Hometown: Dublin, TX
Horse:
FirewaterMakeMeHappy “Junior” – 7-year old gelding

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Was proud to win both the Diamond & Dirt slot race and RodeoHouston within a couple week time period. Prior to winning RodeoHouston, I hadn’t considered even attempting to make the NFR again.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I am looking forward to competing against the top rodeo competitors and spending time with my family.

Describe your 2017 season:
Exciting and challenging trying to balance rodeo and futurity competition.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
My horse has been very consistent and is capable of being competitive in most setups. My challenge will be to keep him focused on his job instead of the distractions.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I don’t have much talent other than horses and I am gone so often I rarely have much food around at my house. It is a half hour each way to find a place to eat, so anyone that has stayed at my house knows Survivor is the easy choice.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Every rodeo contestant – World Champion or not – has willingly provided guidance. The amount of teamwork among all the competitors has been refreshing.

Sponsored by: Classic Equine, Brazos Valley Vet, Cowgirl Tuff, Sharptruck.com
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Kathy Grimes
Kathy Grimes

#6 KATHY GRIMES
2017 Earnings: $111,785
Hometown: Medical Lake, WA
Horses:
KG Justiceweexpected “Issy” – 10-year old black mare
KG Blazin Nine Oh “Ruby” – 7-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning second at the San Antonio Rodeo on Issy and earning $24,000. It was my first time there and I didn’t have many expectations but Issy placed in every round and ended up second overall. It was pretty cool. The second highlight was finishing second at RodeoHouston on Ruby and pocketing $28,000. Again, it was my first time there and I had heard how tough of a pen Houston was, so I didn’t have many expectations and we had to get to the final round through the Wildcard but we had some good luck and it worked out really well.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I have been to the NFR as a spectator a few times and the energy in the Thomas and Mack is amazing. I am really looking forward to feeling that energy as a competitor!

Describe your 2017 season: Amazing and incredibly LUCKY!

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Issy never stops running. We have had most of our success in small indoor pens, so I sure hope it will suit her well! Ruby does well indoors also if I need to ride her. She is more ratey but real honest.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I love to sing in the truck while driving but really am not good! I still dance like a toddler and without fast food I wouldn’t “survive,” so hopefully barrel racing would be a talent and I would last a while on that.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
So hard to chose but Sherry Cervi is such an amazing and consistent rider and trainer, which I am always striving to improve on. She has been to the NFR so many times, she obviously knows what it takes.

Sponsored by: LMF Feeds, Best Ever Pads
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Hailey Kinsel
Hailey Kinsel

#7 HAILEY KINSEL
2017 Earnings: $98,707
Hometown: Cotulla, TX
Horses:
DM Sissy Hayday “Sister” – 6-year old palomino mare
Thunder Stones “TJ” – 13-year old gelding

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning the gold medal at Salt Lake City and RFD-TV’s The American

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Making 10 runs in the Thomas and Mack. I have dreamed of running down that alley my whole life!

Describe your 2017 season:
Mind blowing, thrilling, a roller coaster and many lessons learned.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Sister is exceptionally quick between the barrels. She doesn’t waste time, and I think in that small arena, her efficiency will help us be fast. TJ is a big horse and makes really big, strong turns. Both of them are very honest and don’t try to hit a barrel, which has been a great asset to me. I think they would both feed off the energy in the Thomas & Mack.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Survivor. I’m pretty tough I would say. The others require some major talents that I definitely do not have!

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
There is a lot to learn from each of them, but the one I admire the most and would probably wear out with questions is Sherry Cervi.

Sponsored by: Classic Equine, Cinch, P&P Trailer Sales (Salado, TX), Charlie 1 Horse Hat Company
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Taci Bettis
Taci Bettis

#8 TACI BETTIS
2017 Earnings: $97,023
Hometown: Round Top, TX
Horses:
Bogie Is A Smash “Smash” – Age and sex
LK Sheza Hayday “Ziva” – 7-year old mare (owned by Tammy Fischer)
Bogies French Bug “Bugs” – 6-year old gelding

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):

Winning WPRA Rookie of the Year and splitting a round at Cheyenne

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Getting to do what every little girl dreams of – running down the alley of the T&M.

Describe your 2017 season:
Simply amazing. I’m not sure another year can top 2017!

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:

I think they will all do well in the T&M. They are all three different in some ways but indoor or outdoor, they handle well.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Survivor. I can’t sing, don’t have any rhythm to dance but I can survive on nothing.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I would say Charmayne James, as winning 11 times is simply amazing and also Sherry Cervi.

Sponsored by: Classic Equine, Cinch Jeans, Oxy-gen, SheFit, Purcella Performance Drags
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Lisa Lockhart
Lisa Lockhart

#9 LISA LOCKHART
2017 Earnings: $196,454
Hometown: Oelrichs, SD
What horse(s) will be riding at the NFR?
An Oakie With Cash “Louie” – 14-year old gelding
Rosas Cantina CC “Rosa” – 7-year old buckskin mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Setting an arena record at Lawton, Okla., on Rosa and competing and winning a bronze medal at the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo. Both were very special.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
The only thing I look forward to in Las Vegas is competing for 10 days!

Describe your 2017 season:
A prosperous July and early August made it all possible.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Thankfully Louie seems to like the Thomas and Mack and is quite adaptive to all situations and environments.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I wouldn’t last long on any of them and that is why I better just stick to barrel racing.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
I guess I have not been one to seek much advice from anyone, but Grady (my husband) gets asked a lot for his advice!

Sponsored by: Platinum Performance, B Bar Heart Performance Horses, Cowgirl Tuff, DeTye Vet Supply, Woody’s Performance Horse Feeds, Priefert Ranch Equipment, Polaris RANGER, Rodeo Rigs, Classic Equine, Outback Customs
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Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi
Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi

#10 BRITTANY POZZI TONOZZI
2017 Earnings: $92,930
Hometown: Victoria, TX
Horses:
Steele Magnolias “Steeley” – 10-year old mare
Ima Super Fly Guy “Super Fly” – 9-year old palomino gelding
Babe On The Chase “Birdie” – 6-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
The biggest highlight of the year was having our daughter, Tinlee. The other highlight was being able to rodeo as a family and enjoying every second of being parents and to do it all as a team.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
It seems like it has been so long since I last went, so I am going to enjoy every moment. After 9 consecutive qualifications I kind of took it for granted that I would always be there, and then Duke got hurt and I had to start all over. I’m looking forward to that first run down the alley!

Describe your 2017 season:
This season was incredible, crazy and a year I will never forget.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
I plan on running Steeley all 10 rounds and think she is going to be a perfect match for the Thomas and Mack. Jana Bean ran her in five rounds last year and did very well, so I’m itching for my turn to run her!

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I would say Dancing With the Stars. I love to dance! I’m not saying I’m good at it but I think it would be fun.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Sherry Cervi and I have become close friends over the years and she is my go to girl. She is a vault of knowledge from rodeo to horses to life in general. She really helped me get through some tough times and feel like we can relate on all sorts of topics.

Sponsored by: Purina, Professional’s Choice, Tanner Equine, Oxy-gen, Double J Saddles, Roper Apparel, Manzanola Feeds
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Sydni Blanchard
Sydni Blanchard

#11 SYDNI BLANCHARD
2017 Earnings: $91,362
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Horses:
Famous Heartbreaker “Heart”/”Nosey” – 7-year old mare
Mr. Famous Jess “Jesse” – 8-year old gelding
First Flash Fire “Selena” – 5-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Having the fastest time at RodeoHouston on Famous Heartbreaker and winning third at Pendleton on Mr Famous Jess sealed our spot for the 2017 NFR.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I love getting to share the NFR experience with my friends and family who worked just as hard as I did to help qualify us for the finals.

Describe your 2017 season:
My 2017 season was a roller coaster ride that I’m glad I finished.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Heart’s running and turning style will absolutely fit the Thomas and Mack. She is gritty but will be light when you need her to be. Jesse is very consistent and Selena loves small patterns and usually clocks just behind Heart in a set-up like the T&M. I’m blessed to have a great team leading up to the 2017 NFR.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Dancing With the Stars. I was in cheer and dance for 12 years growing up.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Charmayne James or Sherry Cervi as their experience is priceless.

Sponsored by: Team Fearless, Blanchard Performance Horses, Elite Compression Services, Kimberly Blackmon with Blackmon Quarter Horses, Katie Bray with The Rowdy Rose, CL Butch Mayhugh with Stress Line Equine Products, RevitaVet
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Tillar Murray
Tillar Murray

#12 TILLAR MURRAY
2017 Earnings: $86,020
Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
Horses:
Dirty Dan Stinson “Dirty Dan” – 6-year old gelding
Royal Star Commander “Commander” – 10-year old gelding
Lil Gracies Dude “Tic Tac” – 15-year old sorrel gelding

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
My first highlight would be winning the Helldorado Days Rodeo in Las Vegas in May because it was my first win on Dirty Dan. I had only had him for about a month and it made me realize he had the potential to make it to the NFR someday. My second highlight would be placing second in Nampa, Idaho, because it was the week after I hurt my back and it was such a reassurance that I would be able to compete so soon again after my injury.

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I am just looking forward to ten days of getting to run down the alley of the Thomas and Mack, something I have dreamed about for as long as I can remember.

Describe your 2017 season:
Hard trials but yet moments that made every trial worth it.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
All of my horses have pretty different styles. While Dirty Dan tends to be really ratey, he has only competed in a handful of small arenas and seems to be a little more free when he runs consecutively in the same pen. Commander is pretty unpredictable and can be really spooky so the Thomas & Mack may be a little overwhelming for him, but he is so fast that he tends to make up for mistakes. Tic Tac is by far my most consistent horse. I have had Tic Tac since middle school so I have had many experiences running him in all types of pens.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Survivor – I am incredibly tone deaf and have no dancing abilities. I think living in a trailer for five months is pretty close preparation for Survivor.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Although not a world champion yet, I would seek rodeo advice from Lisa Lockhart. I have always admired her riding style and the consistent way in which she rides each one of her horses.

Sponsored by: Oxy-gen and Myristol
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Kellie Collier
Kellie Collier

#13 KELLI COLLIER
2017 Earnings: $83,338
Hometown: Hereford, TX
Horses:
Streakin Easy April “Lolo” – 9-year old mare
Jig French Truckle “Muffin” – 13-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
My first highlight of the 2017 season was starting off with winning the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver. My second highlight was winning one of the toughest rodeos in Stephenville, Texas, which punched my ticket for my first ever Wrangler National Finals!

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I am looking forward to running down the alley in Thomas and Mack! It gives me goosebumps even thinking about it. I also am very excited to meet all kinds of new people that have followed my journey!

Describe your 2017 season:
A roller coaster ride filled with excitement, tears, mental toughness and physically exhausting.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
LoLo’s running style is very simple – the more I leave her alone the better she works! The first barrel is going to be a little tricky for me to get down on LoLo. She likes a longer run where she can see it and shut down on her own. With the barrel being right out of the gate at the Thomas and Mack it could be tricky. Muffin is different – I can run as hard as I want to the first if it’s a long ways or super close, she will find all barrels with no problem! The harder I ride the harder she turns. These mares give me all their heart no matter what! I’m very excited to run in the Thomas and Mack.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
I would have to say I would last the longest on the TV show Suvivor! If anyone has ever tried to travel around the world and rodeo they know that you literally have to survive! You never know what will be thrown at you! Like blown tires, blown turbos, crazy weather, animal encounters, etc.

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
While not a world champion yet, Lisa Lockhart has been my idle since I was a little girl. Her mentality and confidence out here on the road is unreal. I would love to get the chance to talk to her and see what she does to keep so focused and how she handles pressure so easily.

Sponsored by: MVP Supplements, CSI Saddle Pads, Top of Texas, Professional’s Choice, ASCO, Tireworks (Hereford, TX), M Sport 6, Biomane, Mobile Veterinary Practice
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Ivy Conrado
Ivy Conrado

#14 IVY CONRADO
2017 Earnings: $78,181
Hometown: Hudson, CO
Horses:
CFour Tibbie Stinson “Tibbie” – 8-year old sorrel mare
Fames To Blame “Famey” – 6-year old sorrel mare
KN Fabs Gift Of Fame “JLo” – 8-year old palomino mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning the Super Shootout at RodeoHouston as well as the Cheyenne Frontier Days

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
Redemption from a poor 2016 showing

Describe your 2017 season:
My season was a roller coaster ride.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Famey is little & scrappy. I’ve never ran her in that kind of set-up, so we will definitely be practicing for it. JLo is a tall mare with a huge stride. She runs super true, a free runner. I also haven’t ran her in that set-up very often and will be practicing for it. Tibbie is dirty fast. She has so much heart & try. If you can get her to back off a little bit, she’s extremely hard to beat. As long as her and I are in tune, unlike last year she should really shine in a Vegas setup.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Probably Survivor because that’s basically that rodeo is!

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from?
Without a doubt, Jimmie Munroe!

Sponsored by: Wrangler, Horseware Ireland, Renew Gold, Zesterra, Vista Equine Colorado, Techmix, MVP, CSI Saddle Pads, Cowboy Classic, Horse Hydrator, Elgin Vet
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Kimmie Wall
Kimmie Wall

#15 KIMMIE WALL
2017 Earnings: $76,294
Hometown: Roosevelt, UT
Horse:
TKW Bullys Famous Fox “Foxy” – 10-year old mare

Top two highlights (excluding qualifying for NFR):
Winning the Pendleton Roundup for the second time was the biggest highlight and it made the Wrangler NFR possible. The second would be being part of Team Coors and being the year-end Champions Challenge winners was such an honor

Most looking forward to doing/experiencing in Las Vegas:
I am most looking forward to getting to have my friends and family with me. Most of the season I am rolling solo.

Describe your 2017 season:
You go through life in a series of peaks and valley and my season was no different.

Describe your horse’s running and turning style and how they will do with the Thomas and Mack set-up:
Foxy runs hard and turns hard. She loved the T&M last year, so I hope she likes it again.

Which reality show would you last the longest on: The Voice, Dancing With the Stars, America’s Got Talent or Survivor and tell us why?
Rodeo is basically a game of Survivor. I feel like I have already been on the show!

Which former World Champion Barrel Racer would you seek rodeo advice from and why?
Mary Burger because she has trained horses that have been successful in every level of our industry.

Sponsored by: Cactus Saddlery, Ranchdress’n, Platinum Performance, Purina, Cactus Gear, Dynamic Edge, Three Wise Chicks, Sore No More, Benefab, Arenus, Dr. Ben Espy
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The 2017 NFR action starts on Thursday, December 7th and will be televised LIVE nightly through December 16th at 7:00 Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Mountain Time, 9:00 Central and 10:00 p.m. Eastern time on the CBS Sports Network.

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