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Jana Griemsman of Piedmont Shines at RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo

Jana Griemsman of Piedmont, S.D., has won more than $12,000 in barrel racing at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo and has a chance at another $15,000 during Sunday’s championship round in Kissimmee, Florida. Photo by Ric Anderson.

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Jana Griemsman of Piedmont, S.D., won more than $12,500 in the barrel racing at the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (RNCFR) Saturday.

She and her nine-year-old mare Chase It With Brandy clocked a time of 15.09 seconds, the fastest time of the day by nearly two-tenths of a second and the fastest RNCFR barrel racing time since the event moved to Kissimmee in 2015.

Griemsman qualified for her first trip to the Florida rodeo by winning both the year-end and the finals championships in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association’s Badlands Circuit which includes North and South Dakota.

A total of 26 barrel racers from 12 geographic regions in the U.S. and from Mexico compete in two rounds of competition. Griemsman qualified at the top of the eight with the fastest total times who advance to Sunday’s semifinals. On Sunday all contestants start evenly. The top four from the semifinals compete in a sudden-death finals to determine the national champions. The South Dakotan has a chance to win another $15,000 on Sunday.

National championships and $1 million in cash and prizes will be awarded. For the first time, the money that is earned at the RNCFR counts in the world standings for the sanctioning organizations, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.