2019 WPRA World Finals Off To A Fast Start

Cindy Woods - WPRA Card Holder Race - Round 1 Cindy Woods - WPRA Card Holder Race - Round 1 Photo courtesy by WPRA/Rodeobum.com

Despite the cooler than normal temperatures in south Texas the ladies of the WPRA brought the heat to the Extraco Event Center in Waco, Texas, to kickoff the 2019 WPRA World Finals.

Friday marked the first round of competition in the card holder race with money counting toward the 2020 WPRA World Standings and top two in the average will earn a spot in RodeoHouston in March. Two-time world champion and 13-time Wrangler NFR qualifier Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi set the pace early with a 15.772-second run aboard ImaFamous Babe as the ninth runner out. It wasn’t until 19 runs later with Alex Lang and Angels On The Moon knocking the champ off the top spot with a 15.755-second run.
Lang’s time held for longer than Pozzi Tonozzi’s did but would eventually be bested by Wenda Johnson aboard Dreams First Flash stopping the clock in 15.720. However the day belonged to Cindy Woods who made the trip from Molalla, Oregon, to take the first round win with a time of 15.664 aboard Reckless Jones. With the win she pocketed $2,319 and is in the driver’s seat for round two which will play out on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT.
Margaret Poloncic, who is used to the cold weather – hailing from Gillette, Wyo., would come the closest to Woods on the afternoon finishing second with a time of 15.672 on Aint Seen Me Yet. She collected $1,987 and will be looking to add another solid time to that in the second round to advance to the Final round on Sunday morning. The finals will feature the top 30 in the average.
All barrel racing action can be seen on the Horse Sports Network or log-on to www.wpra.com and click on barrel live streaming.
While the barrel racers were bringing the heat in the Coliseum at Extraco Event Center, the ropers were throwing down in the Show Pavilion competing in two rounds today.
It is a tie at the top of the leaderboard in the breakaway roping with Jordan Fabrizio and Nicole Baggarley turning in two runs totaling 5.2 seconds. Following them in a log jam at third is Kayelen Helton, Hope Thompson and Erin Johnson with 5.3 seconds on two head. This year’s event features 84 breakaway ropers, the most that have been featured at the WPRA World Finals in Waco.
Fabrizio is also leading the average in the tie-down roping with a total time of 28.2 seconds on two head. Jackie Crawford and Jessica Remsburg lead in the average in the team roping with a two head time of 15.1 seconds.
The third and fourth round in the roping will be contested on Saturday morning and a world champion in each of the roping events will be crowned. Roping action will be live streamed on the Wrangler Network starting at 8 a.m. CT on Oct. 26.
Full results can be found at www.wpra.com

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