Ilyssa Riley on The Money Barrel

Meet NFR rookie Ilyssa Riley.
Ilyssa Riley barrel racing
Ilyssa Riley and Money swept the 2022 Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo. James Phifer/RodeoBum Photography.

This week’s episode is with first-time NFR qualifier Ilyssa Riley. She launched her 2023 NFR journey last October with a win at the Texas Circuit Finals and kept chasing her goal with her team of outstanding geldings—Money, Champ and Thriller.

We hope you enjoy this conversation and getting to know Ilyssa’s team a bit more before we get to watch her in December!

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