Kassie Mowry – Dublin, Texas ($115,163)
First-time WNFR qualifier
While competing at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo is important to Kassie Mowry, it’s not what drives her passion for barrel racing.
Kassie loves training barrel horses and is a force in the futurity world. The process of taking a three-year-old, teaching it the barrel pattern and competing on it is what inspires her. Watching the progression of young horses, and learning from them is part of what is taking her to Las Vegas for the NFR for the second time.
The last time she competed here was in 2005, where she finished in 14th place. She already has a leg up on that coming into this year’s competition in fifth place with $115,163.
She has had an amazing rodeo season amassing that money at just 25 rodeos. She started off with a $12,000 win at San Angelo, Texas, last February. More importantly it got her a very important invitation to Rodeo Houston in March.
Riding Firewatermakemehappy, a seven-year-old gelding she calls Junior, Kassie was the big winner in Houston at $60,000. Now she had decisions to make. She never wavered from her dedication to young horses, but went to rodeos close to her home in Dublin, Texas.
She also took advantage of the lucrative Fourth-of-July Cowboy Christmas and was invited to Calgary where she added another $14,000 to her earnings.
Kassie’s horsemanship skills come from a background in three-day event competition. She uses what she learned riding dressage horses, and jumping while growing up in California. Those skills will be evident throughout the 10 nights in the Thomas and Mack Center.