It’s been 10 years since Jackie (Dube) Jatzlau, 34, of Giddings, Texas, raced around rodeo’s cloverleaf pattern on a national stage. But during the first round of The American Semi-Finals Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, she took one step closer to making an appearance March 1 at the world’s richest one-day rodeo – RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Polaris Ranger.
The horse trainer and two-time NFR qualifier from Giddings, Texas, posted a time of 13.863 seconds, which was fastest out of 116 barrel racers in Fort Worth trying to advance to the clean-slate top-30 short round. Jatzlau, who earned $7,911 for the first-round win, stands to earn nearly $50,000 total in Fort Worth on Sunday if she also wins the final round. She is competing on Imanonstop Fame, a 4-year-old colt she raised out of her former champion mare, Imanonstop Princess.
The final 30 will compete during performances at Cowtown Coliseum on Friday and Saturday nights starting at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. From those 30 runs, the 10 fastest will earn the coveted berths into the $2 million rodeo in AT&T Stadium.
Unlike sanctioning rodeo associations, RFD-TV’s The American has no age, gender, or earnings limitations. The top 30 racers this weekend include two girls 9 and 10 years old, respectively, two male racers and five former NFR barrel racers who are (in addition to Jatzlau): Jane Melby, Taylor Jacob, Tana Poppino, Kassie Mowry and Shelly Anzick. Jacob holds the arena record at the NFR, while Anzick hopes to return to the final-four competition at AT&T Stadium, where last year she suffered a penalty in her run for shares of $1.1 million.
Following are the first round winners and final-30 qualifiers in barrel racing at The American Semi-Finals:
1. Jackie Jatzlau, Imanonstop Fame, 13.863, $7,911
2. Jane Melby, Eyema Rare Bug, 13.939, $6,981
3. Jacie Etbauer, Sizzle Whistle, 13.962, $6,050
4. Jimmy Bryant, Flash Red Jet, 13.984, $5,119
5. Taylor Jacob, Honor Thy Frenchman, 13.987, $4,188
6. Chayni Chamberlain, Dat Flowingbunny, 14.006, $3,723
7. Kelsie Miller, Bridle Bit Riley, 14.019, $3,258
8. Tana Poppino, Doc Hickorys Cross, 14.052, $2,792
9. Lindsey McLeod, Streakinflingindisco, 14.058, $2,327
10. Callahan Crossley, Brownie Bi Bogie, 14.062, $1,629
11. Kassie Mowry, Firewatermakemehappy, 14.062, $1,629
12. Laura Kennedy, Hopes Money Boy, 14.069, $931
13. Sharin Hall, Streaking Ta Fame, 14.104
14. Destri Devenport, Buddy Rose, 14.115
15. Ann Scott, Fallin For Fame, 14.117
16. Allie Chouest, RLJ High Intensity, 14.129
17. Ali Armstrong, Mattsfreckledcowboy, 14.138
18. Troy Crumrine, Mulberry Canyon Moon, 14.146
19. Kathy Grimes, KG Justiceweexpected, 14.156
20. Shelby Herrmann, TS Docsanlena, 14.162
21. Latricia Duke, Happy To Run Em, 14.167
22. Sabra O'Quinn, Wonders Oro, 14.173
23. Megan Swint, Bar Bee Steeling Sue, 14.175
24. Steffani Matther, Siksikas Buck, 14.179
25. Joy Wargo, Smokin Loa Lena, 14.200
26. Karsyn Daniels, ZZs Jetting Muffin, 14.207
27. Carmel Wright, Sweet Heart Special, 14.209
28. Adeline Nevala, Ima Luck Maker, 14.212
29. Shelly Anzick, Scooten Ta Fame, 14.224
30. Jaycie Cundall, Primos Jaycie Acre, 14.229
Tickets for the American Semi-Finals at the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Feb. 20-22, are available at the Cowtown Coliseum box office, by calling (800) COWTOWN, or at stockyardsrodeo.com. Tickets for RFD-TV’s The American, presented by Polaris Ranger, and the Iron Cowboy VI are on sale at the AT&T Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations and at americanrodeo.com.