WPRA Barrel Racing Standing Update, Aug. 17: Matthews & Riley Inch Their Way To First NFR Qualification

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James Phifer

The fight for a spot in the Top 15 continues in the WPRA Barrel Racing World Standings as these athletes have their sights set on a National Finals Rodeo qualification with just six weeks remaining in the season.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi holds steady at No. 1 as her earnings quickly approach the $200,000 mark. The closest competition comes in at the No. 15 spot as the ladies on the bubble differ in earnings by a small margin.

No. 5 Taycie Matthews, $101,790

Taycie Matthews has added a number of wins to her resume this season and has worked her up up through the Top 20 with $101,790 in total earnings. Just one week ago Matthews was sitting No. 7 in the World Standings and was able to make her move after securing third place at the Farm-City Rodeo where she turned in a run of 17.11 seconds. The No. 3 spot in Hermiston was worth over $4,800 and gave Matthews the push she needed to enter into the Top 5.

No. 7 Ilyssa Riley, $94,209

Ilyssa Riley is gunning for her first National Finals Rodeo qualification as she sits No. 7 in the World Standings. Riley claimed third place at the Lawton Rangers Rodeo with a run of 17.32 seconds where she picked up a check for $2,654. Riley also pulled a check from Sikeston, Lovington and Lamar bringing her total earnings to just over $94,200.

No. 16 Stevi Hillman, $78,087

Stevi Hillman is currently on the bubble as she sits just outside the Top 15 with over $78,000 in earnings. The seven-time Nation Finals Rodeo qualifier cinched the win at the Owyhee County Rodeo with a run of 17.32 seconds just before claiming second place at the Cache County Fair And Rodeo. Hillman has brought in $5,685 within the month of August assisting her in her jump to No. 16 in the World Standings.

Check out the Top 20 barrel racers in the WPRA World Standings.

RankName Earnings
1.Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi$192,749
2.Jordon Briggs$141,353
3.Kassie Mowry$130,029
4.Lisa Lockhart (G)$115,844
5.Taycie Matthews$101,790
6.Hailey Kinsel$100,173
7.Ilyssa Riley$94,209
8.Jessica Routier$94,172
9.Emily Beisel$93,243
10.Sue Smith (G)$89,617
11.Wenda Johnson$87,080
12.Paige Jones$83,350
13.Summer Kosel$82,761
14.Sara Winkelman$82,058
15.Kelly Allen$78,820
16.Stevi Hillman$78,087
17.Sissy Winn$75,745
18.Dona Kay Rule$70,505
19.Jackie Ganter$63,891
20.Shelley Morgan$60,893

Standings accurate as of WPRA August 17, 2023 at 11:35 AM EST.