The final countdown is on as the leading Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racers strive to secure a position inside the top 15 bound for the 2022 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo taking place December 1-10 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Barrel racers are allowed to count up to 100 rodeos toward their world standings pursuits, but none of the top 20 have come close to hitting their maximum count, which further thickens the plot.
Here’s a look at who is safe, who is sweating and who is on the outside looking in.
🟢 Green Zone 🟢
The “Green Zone” represents the cowgirls who are *almost* guaranteed a position among the elite at the Thomas and Mack Center this December.
No. 1: Jordon Briggs, Tolar, Texas
- Look Back: How Briggs Clinched her 2021 World Championship
- How did Jordon recognize greatness in Famous Lil Jet, “Rollo?”
- Learn from Briggs at BarrelRacing.com
No. 2: Wenda Johnson, Pawhuska, Oklahoma
“There are many things in my life that keep me busy, therefore I prioritize the most important things first. My love for the Lord and to serve others, spending time with family, work and horse responsibilities, and so on. Each day I strive to live life to the fullest and enjoy each moment of whatever it is I am doing.”— Wenda Johnson after her win at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
No. 3: Dona Kay Rule, Minco, Oklahoma
No. 4: Stevi Hillman, Weatherford, Texas
No. 5: Sissy Winn, Chapman Ranch, Texas
🟡 Yellow Zone 🟡
The “Yellow Zone,” represents those ladies who have a firm foothold in the top 15, but are not quite through sweating it out with the amount of money left to be won on the ProRodeo trail.
No. 6: Kassie Mowry, Dublin, Texas
Note: By earnings, Mowry has enough money won to be considered “Green Zone,” but she has yet to meet the required 25 rodeo minimum that is required for NFR qualification.
No. 7: Hailey Kinsel, Cotulla, Texas
- How much does Sister love Guymon, Oklahoma? Find out here.
- The Jules Story: Hailey Kinsel’s “Other Palomino”
No. 8: Shelley Morgan, Eustace, Texas
- Fab Fourth: Shelley Morgan Wins Fourth Greeley Stampede Barrel Racing Title
- Richest Run: Morgan and “Kiss” Earn Single Biggest Payday at The American
No. 9: Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, Lampasas, Texas
🔴 Red Zone 🔴
The “Red Zone,” is on the inside of the bubble. These cowgirls need to continue to win throughout the 2022 regular season in order to fend off those challengers outside the top 15. With just $8,877.99 separating No. 12 and 19, the race to the NFR is sure to be a true battle through the last week of September.
No. 10: Bayleigh Choate, Fort Worth, Texas (Resistol Rookie)
No. 11: Michelle Darling, Medford, Oklahoma
- Michelle Darling Kicks Off ProRodeo Summer with Three Checks, Two Wins, and One Palomino Mare
- Spurred to Victory: Michelle Darling Scores Reno Rodeo’s Silver Spurs
No. 12: Jessica Routier, Buffalo, South Dakota
No. 13: Emily Beisel, Weatherford, Oklahoma
No. 14: Leslie Smalygo, Skiatook, Oklahoma
No. 15: Paige Jones, Wayne, Oklahoma
👀 Outside Looking In 👀
No. 16: Margo Crowther, North Fort Myers, Florida
No. 17: Cheyenne Wimberley, Stephenville, Texas (Gold Card)
- How Cheyenne Wimberley overcomes barrel racing anxiety
- Maintaining forward motion to the third barrel, with Cheyenne Wimberley
- Learn from Wimberley at BarrelRacing.com
No. 18: Ivy Saebens, Nowata, Oklahoma
- The J-Lo Story, told by Ivy Saebens
- Saebens moves up in the 2022 World Standings
- Learn from Ivy Saebens at BarrelRacing.com
No. 19: Taycie Matthews, Wynne, Arkansas (Resistol Rookie)
No. 20: Katie Pascoe, Morro Bay, California
Looking for ProRodeo results to see how these ladies made it into the top 15? Find them here: