DIFFERENT YEAR, SAME OUTCOME Kinsel Lockwood Top Barrel Racer in Fort Worth for Second Consecutive Year By Kristen M. White H ailey Kinsel Lockwood has a unique accomplishment to her name. Not only did she claim back-to-back wins at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, but did it in two different locations and in a new format this year.
Lockwood was the last winner in the historic Will Rogers Coliseum last year, then returned to defend that title with a win in the brand new Dickies Arena on February 8. This year’s rodeo also featured a tournament format with seven brackets, a wild card round and two semifinal rounds before the sudden-death finals. “It’s so historic to run over there [Will Rogers] and you think of how many amazing horses have run down that alley,” she said, following the win. “So to win that was really special, but then to come here and kind of set a new story for all the horses that are going to run down this alley some day is really cool.” Her bookend wins, on separate chapters of the Forth Worth rodeo, are a unique addition to her resume. “I’m still trying to wrap my head around the past few days!”
DM Sissy Hayday, known as Sister, an 8-year-old palomino mare. “The ground felt really spongy and nice, felt good for me and my horse,” Lockwood said of her final round. “They try so hard here to make it good for us, hand raking for every girl. It’s been really safe and even for everybody.” Lockwood said after the NFR, Sister had a big break. While she exercised her and kept the horse fit, she didn’t make any runs until near Hailey Kinsel Lockwood has a new last name but results are still the same with her name atop the leaderboard. Lockwood won the barrel racing title at the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo in the new Dickies Arena a year after winning the title in the Will Rogers Arena. Photo by James Phifer, Rodeobum.com
Lockwood posted on Facebook after her victory. “Sister got us a check in the semifinals, then came back last night and won the finals with the fastest time of the rodeo. She is just amazing and I’m so thankful for the ride.” Lockwood pocketed more than $23,000 in total in Fort Worth - $20,000 of it for the winning run alone. It put her very close to reaching the $1 million mark in earnings through WPRA-sanctioned events, leaving just $20,907 to go for the milestone. Her time in the finals also set a new arena record. She was the first competitor out in the final round and set the pace with a 16.30-second run that no one could quite catch. She was riding her trusted sidekick, Hailey Kinsel Lockwood turned in the fastest time yet recorded in the Dickies Arena in the final round of the 2020 edition of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Lockwood and her amazing mare, Sister, stopped the clock in 16.30 seconds. Photo by James Phifer, Rodeobum.com
Mr. Bass and Mr. Barnes present Hailey Kinsel Lockwood with her awards from the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo for the second consecutive arena. Despite the new arena and new tournament format the result was the same for Lockwood collecting over $20,000 in earnings.
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