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After making two runs in Denver together, she had Katniss back at San Angelo, where the cool chestnut posted a 14.10-second run. At the time, it was the fastest of the rodeo. The next night, Tiany Schuster of Krum, Texas, rounded the pattern in 14.05 to win the second round. Six nights later, Pozzi Tonozzi and Katniss lit the coliseum on fire with that blazing 13.93. “It’s very loud in that building,” she said. “San Angelo always gets a great crowd, and it’s always been a great building to run in. They changed the set-up, and it’s really tough now, especially if your horse goes right. But it’s a great rodeo and has been for a long time.” Her young horse also likes it, and that’s a good thing for the future. Pozzi Tonozzi knows when it’s time to return to San Angelo next winter, she’ll have an ace in the hole to have in the trailer. “From Day 1, the crowds have never bothered her,” Pozzi Tonozzi said. “She might act a little goofy in the warmup arena, but when she steps into that arena, she is all business every time.” That’s nice to have, especially for someone who likes to handle her business in the world of barrel racing.
get nervous when they run. I don’t want anything bad to happen to them. I just want them to do well.” Those nerves got tested when Riata qualified for the short-go at the Pendleton, Ore. Round-Up this past September. “You talk about being nervous” said the mom after watching her daughter finish ninth in the average. It was a family repeat as Mindy Goemmer finished ninth in the average at Pendleton in 2018. Now Goemmer has her goals for 2020. “I would like to make the Turquoise Finals again and qualify for the national circuit finals in Florida. And that National Finals Rodeo thing is always dangling out there,” she said. “But to make the NFR so many things have to go right, everything has to fall into place.” Goemmer plans to compete at the California rodeos in the spring and is putting together her schedule for the Fourth of July run. “The girls are grown. Now it’s my turn,” she said.
WINNER’S CIRCLE Here is a brief look at some of the winner’s or highest placingWPRA member from the rodeos over the past month. Congratulations to all the winners and a big thank you to all the rodeo committees and volunteers that provide this opportunity to the members.
KELSEY CADWELL | Park City, KS | Photo by David Seymore
JIMMIE SMITH | Belton, TX | Photo by William Kierce
KASSIE MOWRY | Belton, TX | Photo by William Kierce
SARA WITHERS | West Monroe, LA | Photo by Robby Freeman
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