First year WPRA card holder BryAnna Haluptzok had all the veterans taking notice at the Dodge City (KS) Roundup over the weekend.
Haluptzok, a WPRA rookie in 2019, finished last year pocketing only $5,003 at 63 events. She more than doubled that this past weekend at just one rodeo where she drove away with $12,915 after winning the average title ahead of two-time and reigning world champion Haley Kinsel. Haluptzok of Tenstrike, Minnesota, finished in a total time of 50.89 seconds on three runs, while Kinsel was second in 51.25 seconds.
“Tonight, Betty and I ran at the finals in Dodge City, KS. I’m in shock as I say we took home the championship against the best in the world,” wrote Haluptzok on her Facebook page. “God is great and all the glory goes to him! I would like to thank Jane Melby for the years of lessons and finding me this awesome mare. And of course my awesome parents for hauling me all over the country side to follow my childhood dream!”
This was by far the young cowgirl’s biggest win of her young career and her teacher couldn’t have been more proud.
“So proud of you! I remember you were about 6 yrs old when you started lessons with me,” wrote Jane Melby on social media. “Congratulations!”
Haluptzok got the first round win in a time of 16.94 seconds ahead of Emily Miller in a time of 16.95 seconds. She turned in another solid time in the second round with a 16.88 good for third place and would finish out the rodeo with a second place time of 17.07 seconds in the final round.
The young cowgirl also finished second in Phillipsburg, Kansas, with a 16.89-second run to add another $3,545 to her 2020 standings. Shelley Morgan won Phillipsburg, Kansas, with a 16.76 and added $4,431.
Kinsel and Sister blew away the competition in the second round in Dodge City stopping the clock in a record setting time of 16.63 seconds at the bottom of the ground. The previous record on a standard pattern in Dodge City was held by Benette Little with a 16.68 second run in 2011 aboard JL Dash Ta Heaven. By all accounts Kinsel’s time appears to be the fastest on a standard pattern at a PRCA/WPRA rodeo. Ivy Conrado-Saebens ran a 16.65 in 2016 on a standard pattern in Spanish Fork, Utah. The fastest ever recorded run on a standard pattern, which took place at a jackpot at The Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, was turned in by two-time World Champion Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi and Kisskiss Bangbang “Mona.” They set that record, 16.479 seconds, on Sept. 25, 2015.
A standard pattern is 90 feet between barrel one and two; 105 feet between barrel one and three and between barrel two and three; 60 feet from barrels one and two to the score line.
Kinsel summed up that record run on her Facebook page saying: “Can’t quite wrap my mind around this one. I made a pretty big bobble in the first round at Dodge City and knew we had to be pretty fast to make it back. Drew up last on the ground in my second round but the game plan couldn’t change. Sister not only gave me a spot in the finals but ran what is unofficially the fastest time ever on a standard pattern at a WPRA Rodeo, 16.63. Definitely one of the coolest nights of my career so far.”
Kinsel captured the victory in Sidney, Iowa, with a run of 17.38 seconds ahead of 2019 WPRA Rookie of the Year Carly Taylor in 17.56 and 13-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Lisa Lockhart in 17.57 seconds. Kinsel added $2,886 from Sidney to go with her $7,831 in Dodge City to move to third in the world standings.
Record setting run: https://www.facebook.com/haileykinselofficial/videos/743295476457176/
Courtesy of WPRA