NFR Barrel Racing Round 2 Recap: A Good Night For Two Sisters

As we head into the third round of NFR barrel racing, here’s a quick recap of Round two.

Hailey Kinsel and her great mare DM Sissy Hayday, aka “Sister,” were third out last night. After knocking a barrel in Round 1, Hailey clearly was focused on improving her approach to the first barrel. She eased up Sister in the alleyway and made sure that her timing was perfect. They got around all three barrels with no mistakes. Their time of 13.61 seconds stayed on top of the leader board for the rest of the round.

Sister is an 11-year-old mare bred in Texas by Dillon Mundorf. She is by Sherry Cervi’s late great stallion, PC Frenchmans Hayday, aka Dinero, and out of Royal Sissy Irish, by Royal Shakem. Hailey and Sister have qualified for six WNFRs and won three WPRA Barrel Racing World Champion titles together. This was their 13th WNFR go-round win and first Round 2 win. Hailey and Sister still hold the arena record at the Thomas & Mack with the 13.11 second run that they made in the third round of the 2017 WNFR. Hailey is currently sitting third in the 2022 World Standings with $158,303 in earnings for the season.

Margo Crowther, a first-time NFR qualifier from North Fort Myers, Florida, and her horse also named Sissy, ran a 13.72 to be second last night. This Sissy, registered as Shes Packin Fame, is a 10-year-old mare by Carrizzo and out of Heidis Dashing Sixes, by Packin Sixes. Margo trained Sissy and brought her up through barrel racing futurities and derbies. Margo is currently sitting third in the average, which offers a huge payout if riders can stay consistent.

Wenda Johnson and Mo, winners of Round 1, put together another fast run. Mo is one of five off-track Quarter Horses at this year’s WNFR, either as main mounts or backup horses. He made nine starts, won one race, and earned $4,225 on the track. His explosive speed no doubt comes from his record-setting sire, First Moonflash. Wenda does an excellent job riding ex-racehorses and has qualified for each of her three WNFRs aboard an OTQH. She currently is leading the average and sitting second in the world.

Lisa Lockhart, Sissy Winn and Shelley Morgan rounded out the top six in Round 2. Jordan Briggs is still first in the 2022 World Standings with $205,034 in earnings this season. Jordan was just out of the money in seventh place this round, but we are sure to see some great runs from her and her Nutrena Horse of the Year, “Rollo,” in upcoming rounds.

Here are the current standings after Round 2:

Stay tuned for our next recap after Round 3.