Wrangler NFR 2019: Barrel racer Hailey Kinsel wins second straight round


Hailey Kinsel added to her lead in the world standings with a ride of 13.54 to win Round 8, her second go-round win in a row.

“She’s feeling really, really good,” Kinsel said of her horse Sister. “She was a tiny bit tight tonight, and the ground was a little heavier for everybody, so I felt like I had to move her through it a little more. I’m glad we get to get back in the arena in the morning for practice tomorrow so I can relax her a little bit and get her a little more free.”

Kinsel has now totaled more than $114,000 at this year’s National Finals putting her almost $55,000 ahead of Amberleigh Moore in the world standings.

“It’s two more runs regardless, and I want them to be two good runs. There’s good money up, and I get one really good spot on the ground tomorrow, so I hope to use that and learn from earlier in the week,” Kinsel said.

Jessica Routier finished second Thursday night with a 13.57-second time. Ivy Conrado-Saebans, who is No. 1 in the average, tied for third with Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi in Round 8. Each had a time of 13.73 seconds.

Barrel Racing World Standings (NFR money in parentheses)

1. Hailey Kinsel - $262,943 ($114,076)

2. Amerleigh Moore - $207,982 ($114,923)

3. Emily Miller - $196,990 ($98,846)

4. Nellie Miller - $193,168 ($38,557)

5. Ivy Conrado-Saebens $181,750 ($88,480)