WPRA News March 2020

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After the wildcard round, Anna advanced with a 2.3 second run for second place, and they both drew up in semifinals B. Anna split the win with 2.3 seconds and Cassie split third and fourth place with 2.5 seconds to advance them both to the championship finals. Cassie was first out in the clean slate, shootout-style championship finals with $20,000 for first place on the line. “I actually had the same calf that I ran the night before in the semifinals,” she said. Her game plan was to score the calf longer so she could rope faster since she had to pull her horse at the line the night before which cost her precious time. “I gave that calf a good step and it worked – I was good at the barrier and it gave me a faster shot to rope him.” Cassie’s 2.3 second run held throughout the entire breakaway field to earn her the first ever FWSSR Breakaway Roping Championship. “It’s awesome – I feel extremely grateful,” Cassie said. “It’s a huge honor just to compete there, and then to come out winning it – you can’t even put that into words it’s so cool. This is what I would dream about ever since I was a little girl – to compete on this kind of a stage. To be the first one to win it…I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet.” Cassie’s equine partner was Roy, a 13-year-old grade sorrel gelding. “That horse is so easy to rope fast on – he makes it so easy,” she said. Although the sisters rode different horses growing up, for the past couple years they have both been roping on Roy, who is the Wilderness Circuit Breakaway Horse of the Year. “He’s got a heart of gold and he tries so hard every time,” Cassie said complimenting the horse that was born on her grandparents’ and uncle’s ranch in Idaho. “My dad had this really old head horse that was going to be perfect for my uncle’s kids, so he traded him for Roy as a yearling and we’ve had him ever since.” Roy helped Cassie win $23,260 and Anna win $9,860 at the FWSSR. Although their dad doesn’t expect a cut of their winnings even though he technically owns Roy, Cassie joked that she should give him a little since he often helps with buying diesel too. And she knows her big win will help pay off her student loans after graduating in December from Utah State University with her degree in Biological Engineering. “I don’t really want to spend it on big girl things, but I guess I’m going to have to,” she said with a laugh. It’s been an exciting past couple of months for Cassie as she also got engaged to Andrew Latham, who is a hockey player she met at college. “It’s fun because I love to watch him play hockey and he loves to watch me rope,” she said. Then like any true roper, she added, “And it’s nice to always have chute help.” 2020WPRA PRO RODEO BREAKAWAY STANDINGS Unofficial Standings as of Feb. 18, 2020

FORT WORTH BARRELS continued from page 13 the end of January at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.  “It was a good six weeks in between runs, and that was nice,” Lockwood said. “Just to clear her head. Then I feel like you’re not dealing with whatever came from the last run, when you have that kind of break. She’s feeling healthy and strong and amazing.” In Fort Worth, Lockwood was part of bracket four, taking second place in the first run of the bracket behind 2019 WPRA Rookie of the Year Carly Taylor. Lockwood, a two-time WPRA and reigning world champion, won the second round of the bracket, advancing to the semifinals. She finished fourth in the second semifinals, fast enough to advance to the finals where she sealed the big win.  In the final round, 2018 WPRA Rookie of the Year Jimmie Smith was hot on Lockwood’s heels, finishing in 16.31 seconds. Ivy Hurst took third in 16.40 seconds and Brittney Barnett rounded things out in fourth with a 16.42-second run. With a healthy paycheck in her pocket, Lockwood - who married two-time PBR World Champion Jess Lockwood the end of October- said she was looking forward to the rest of the big winter rodeos and then would see how much entering she needed to do the remainder of the season. Cassie Bahe roped like a veteran at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo and that resulted in her name atop the leaderboard. After realizing she had won the title, Bahe was joined in the arena by 1982 WPRA Breakaway Roping World Champion Pam Minick to be interviewed in front of the sold-out crowd. Photo by James Phifer, Rodeobum.com

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Cassie Bahe

Grantsville, UT Stephenville, TX Stephenville, TX Grantsville, TX Weatherford, TX Torrington, WY Hazen, N.D. Mesa, WA Holabrid, SD Stephenville, TX Springtown, TX Stephenville, TX Canyon, TX

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Jackie Crawford Martha Angelone CadeeWilliams Jordan Fabrizio Shai Schaefer Anna Bahe

Brandi Guttormson-White

Jennifer Casey

Tanegai Zilverberg

11. Cassidy Boggs

Amber Crawford Makayla Boisjoli

Hailey Kinsel Lockwood of Cotulla, Texas, and her standout equine partner Sister, raced their way to back-to-back titles at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Photo by James Phifer, Rodeobum.com

14. Janey Reeves 15. Macy Fuller

Melba, ID

Wittmann, AZ


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