Although Winn and her horse Chewingthehotwire (Chewy) missed a top-four finish and the accompanying paycheck, she earned $5,000 in bonus money for winning the Jerry Ann Taylor Best-Dressed Cowgirl Award.
She also received a trophy bracelet from the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.
Winn was the final barrel racer in Friday night’s Semi-final B, tying Waco’s Stephanie Fryar for fourth with a time of 16.54. A tie-breaker rule meant Winn advanced to Saturday night’s championship round.
Once she knew she would be in the finals, she and her mother Melissa went to work on an outfit.
“My mom and I stayed up all night to finish this,” Winn said. They embellished clothes from Rock and Roll Cowgirl, adding gold and multicolored sequins in swirling patterns. She said that she truly enjoyed learning to sew with her mom.
Pam Minick of Fort Worth, a National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame board member and honoree and former WPRA vice president, said the award is to encourage women in professional rodeo to continue the tradition of wearing colorful western attire in the rodeo arena.
The award is named for Taylor, a Hall of Fame honoree who was known for her flamboyant style. She was a trick rider and trick roper who entered the hall in 1986 and died in 2012.