By Jolee Jordan
Fort Worth, Texas — Utah cowgirl Kimmie Wall is in her third year of professional competition inside the ranks of the WPRA and she has not finished lower than 20th in each of her first two seasons. Wall rides a home grown and trained horse named Foxy, who is registered TKW Bullys Famous Fox.
The duo has had big wins in the past including wins at prestigious rodeos like the Pendleton Round-Up and the Snake River Stampede in Nampa, Idaho. Wall would love to add a win at the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo in Fort Worth to her growing collection and hopefully propel her into a spot in the top 15 and at trip to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.
Following her second run on Thursday night, she has given herself a good shot at it. Wall and Foxy scampered through the pattern in 16.70 seconds, improving on their first run time of 16.83 seconds to land on top of the average with three performances left before the short go on Saturday night, February 6.
Wall did not run the fastest time of the perf however. That honor went to Mountain States Circuit Finals Rodeo Champ Andrea Busby. Busby rides Kellies Chick, the big brown mare that carried Michele McLeod to the fastest time of the 2014 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (WNFR). Busby and Skye cut off the clock at 16.69 seconds to lead the second go and sit third in the average, virtually assuring their spot in the finals.
Only the top 10 cowgirls on two runs will advance to the finals here. They are competing for their share of the $40,000 committee purse along with a chance at the Jerry Ann Taylor Best Dressed Award. The later is given by the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and is worth $5,000 to the lady who is voted the best dressed in the short go.
Two hundred and ten ladies competed in the first round here, held over two weeks and 21 performances. The second go was progressive, limited to the fastest 70 from the opening go.
The progressive round kicked off with a bang on Wednesday afternoon with Badlands Circuit cowgirl Ashley Day. Day, who lives in Montana but rodeos over the border in the Dakotas, ran on Tuesday and snuck into the second round with a 17.05. She improved her time greatly aboard Queen of Bullets, aka Easy Button. The duo stopped the clock in 16.72 seconds.
On Wednesday night it was renowned trainer Dena Kirkpatrick and Texas Circuit Finalist Romany Gordon taking the victory lap for the perf. Both cowgirls posted 16.90 seconds runs.
In the Thursday matinee, Tiany Schuster rode her new pony JSYK Im Famous to the perf’s fastest time. Schuster won a big check in the opening go and continued her success inside the Will Rogers Coliseum in the progressive round with a run of 16.79 seconds. Her two run time of 33.54 is just one one-hundredth of a second behind leader Wall.
Just three performances remain: two on Friday and one Saturday afternoon. Scheduled to compete in the final 36 hours are reigning Fort Worth Champ Sarah Rose McDonald, 2014 Champ Shelly Anzick, 2012 WPRA World Champion Mary Walker and 2015 Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo Champion Carmel Wright.
Second Go Leaders
1. Andrea Busby, Kellies Chick, 16.69
2. Kimmie Wall, TKW Bullys Famous Fox, 16.70
3. Ashley Day, Queen of Bullets, 16.72
4. Taylor Jacob, Honor Thy Frenchman, 16.75
5. Paxton Segelke, HPQ Smokin Rascal, 16.78
6. Tiany Schuster, JSYK I’m Famous, 16.79
7. Carmen Pozzobon, 16.86
8. Dena Kirkpatrick, Kates Always First, 16.90
9. Romany Gordon, Ozzie (grade), 16.90
10. Trula Churchill, A Streak of Rita, 16.91
1. Wall, 33.53
2. Schuster, 33.54
3. Busby, 33.56
4. Jacob, 33.57
5. Tovar, BB French Fooledya, 33.58
6. Segelke, 33.64
7. Danyelle Campbell, Repete Fame, 33.69
8. Kirkpatrick, 33.70
9. Day, 33.77
10. Callahan Crossley, Brownie Bi Bogie, 33.77
11. Romany Gordon, 33.81
12. Kaley Bass, Wonders Cowboy Dan, 33.84
Courtesy of WPRA