Cream Rises: Meet the 8 Horses Running in 2024 FWSSR Finals

Get to know the pedigrees and pasts of the barrel horses running in the 2024 FWSSR Finals.
Sharin Hall and Hello Stella barrel racing
Sharin Hall and Hello Stella topped Semifinals A to advance to Fort Worth's Finals. FWSSR Photo by James Phifer.

The 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo has been nothing short of intense in the barrel racing, marked by show-stopping performances each night and a salty pack of barrel racing horses and riders headed to the finals on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Here’s the 411 on the horses that made it through to the final night of competition.

DM Sissy Hayday


Look out…the 4x world champion barrel racing duo is back…. They split the win in Denver. They just blitzed both nights of their bracket at @fwssr…and they’re not slowing down. Hailey Kinsel and Sister are out for blood in 2024. 😳 Link in bio for full Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo results. #BarrelRacing #HaileyKinsel #ProRodeo #Cowgirl #FortWorth

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Rider: Hailey Kinsel

“Sister,” needs little introduction. The iconic mare, who has helped Kinsel pick up four world championships so far, is QData’s all-time leading earning barrel horse with $2,812,572 earned before the close of 2023. She won both of her progressive brackets in barrel racing and advanced through Semifinals A on Thursday night to qualify for Saturday’s short round.

DM Sissy Hayday pedigree

Rosas Cantina CC


Get outta Rosa’s house. Did you see Lisa Lockhart call upon Rosas Cantina CC last night in the @fwssr Wildcard Round? The crowd went WILD when they saw the iconic mare, beneath the winningest @WPRA lady in history come down the alleyway. She rocked the first barrel to finish just behind Stephanie Fryar in a SALTY round to earn her way back into the Semifinals. Who do you think will get the call for Lockhart in the Semis? We’ll be keeping tabs all week long, thanks to @Equinety’s dedication to bringing you #ProRodeo coverage of barrel racing from ALL angles in 2024. See full results at the link in bio. #LisaLockhart #Cowgirl #Rodeo PSSST…did you catch that the No. 1 and 2 mares last night in the round last night share a maternal grand sire, @Dash Ta Fame ? 👀

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Rider: Lisa Lockhart

Another iconic horse running down the alley at the 2024 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo finals is “Rosa,” who took over in the Wildcard Round for Lockhart while the grey gelding, Promise Me Fame Guys “Levee,” went North to Rapid City. Rosa is ranked on QData’s leaderboard as the No. 32 earning barrel horse of all-time with $531,395 earned, and she’s made her mark as a producer in the industry, as well.

Although Levee made the journey back to Texas, Lockhart will stick with the mare who won second in the Wildcard Round on Wednesday and placed in Semifinals B on Friday for Saturday’s short round.

A R Dash Ta Flame

Rider: Sissy Winn

A R Dash Ta Flame pedigree

“Scoop,” is just over six weeks out from his second consecutive appearance at the National Finals Rodeo, where he picked up two go-round wins in Las Vegas, and he benefitted well from his break between the two major events. He’s already picked up $6,000 for Winn in Fort Worth, a repeat of his dominance at the event in 2023. Winn is the two-time and reigning recipient of the Jerry Ann Taylor Best-Dressed Award in Fort Worth, so be sure to stay tuned to see if she three-peats the award.

Sissy Winn NFR
Sissy Winn and Scoop won the first round of the 2023 NFR. Hailey Rae Photography.

Coats Smooth Honor

Rider: Rainey Skelton

Skelton is deadly on the barrel pattern or with a rope in her hand, and “Honor,” is the muscled-up red gelding that the 2023 Resistol Rookie competitor chose as her weapon at the 2024 FWSSR tournament. Honor’s style is aggressive and snappy despite his large size, but Skelton’s athleticism has helped her jockey him to $6,000 so far in Fort Worth.

Mistys Money Blurr

Rider: Ilyssa Riley

Ilyssa Riley barrel racing
Ilyssa Riley and Money are headed to the 2024 FWSSR Finals. FWSSR Photo by James Phifer

“Money,” and Riley made their first appearance at the 2023 NFR, but true barrel racing fans have watched this gelding tear it up with Kassie Mowry on the futurity scene, then with Riley as she worked up the ProRodeo ranks. (Remember that time they terrorized the 2022 Texas Circuit Finals, winning the aggregate in a division of their own?) Money and Riley won the first round of Bracket 4 back at the beginning of FWSSR, then slid through in the No. 4 position from Semifinals A, making the finals the perfect time for Money to make one of his iconic, whiplash-inducing runs in the Finals with Riley.

Mistys Money Blurr pedigree

Fairway Ta Fame

Rider: Sara Winkelman


“He’s my best friend.” Sara Winkelman and Fairway Ta Fame, “Rory,” went 16.26 seconds in Semifinals B last night to earn $4,000 for the fastest time of @fwssr 2024 so far. They’ll return as one of eight barrel racing teams in the Finals tonight in Fort Worth. See full results and the pedigrees of all eight horses competing this evening at the link in bio, brought to you by @Equinety. #BarrelRacing #FWSSR #SaraWinkelman #Cowgirl #ProRodeo

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“Rory,” and Minnesota’s Sara Winkelman barely missed making the 2023 NFR, but they’ve made it known that they won’t be denied in 2024. In Semifinals B, the red gelding smoked a 16.24-second run—the fastest of the entire tournament leading up to the Finals.

Fairway Ta Fame pedigree

Hello Stella

Rider: Sharin Hall

Rodeo fans may not be as accustomed to seeing “Stella,” the wicked fast bay mare of Sharin Hall’s, but futurity and derby fans know just how powerful this team can be. They’ve already won $8,000 in the tournamnet, with their performance marked by a 16.29-second run in Semifinals A, but if Stella places in the FWSSR finals in any position, she will pass the $900,000 mark in lifetime earnings. A large portion of her previous earnings came from races like the Pink and Ruby Buckle events.

Hello Stella pedigree

Blazing With My Dude

Rider: Andrea Busby

Andrea Busby barrel racing at Cheyenne Frontier Days
2022 Cheyenne Frontier Days Barrel Racing Champion Andrea Busby and Blazin With My Dude. Bobby Rosales Photography.

“Tito,” is just one of the many examples of the game-changing horses coming out of the Busby Quarter Horses operation. The 2022 Cheyenne Frontier Days champion has been rock-solid with Andrea Busby throughout the FWSSR tournament, placing second in both rounds of Bracket 4 and placing third in Semifinal B on Friday to earn $4,740 so far at the event.