Cinch Ladies race

Caroline Taylor Keeps Charging, Trujillo Sisters Surge
Caroline Taylor increased her first-place points to 62, but Aubrey Trujillo isn’t letting her get too far ahead of the heading pack. Meanwhile, sister Hailee Trujillo takes on Top 5 heelers.
Caroline Taylor heading for Cesar Ochoa
Caroline Taylor, 23, heading for Cesar Ochoa in the #13.5 at The Daddy in Cheyenne, Wyoming, in July. | Andesren/C Bar C Photography

Top 5 Moves—Heading

Since her last reported 45 points that cleared the way to control the No. 1 spot in the Cinch Ladies heading standings, Texan Caroline Taylor earned another 17 points when she went to August’s Turquoise Classic and took second in the #11.5 and third in the #9.5. Her 62-point total is playing a crucial role in keeping her at the top as the field heats up in her wake.

Out of New Mexico, Aubrey Trujillo reclaims the No. 2 spot in the heading standings—a rank she held in the August issue report. After a month at No. 4 and then No. 3, Trujillo is putting the pressure on Taylor with a total of 51 points after her own Turquoise Classic 17-point gain, earned in the #6 with second- and third-place finishes.

South Carolina’s Mary Margaret Smith keeps her No. 4 heading rank thanks to a seventh-place finish for 4 points at the Tennessee Special. The gain puts her at 31 points, giving her a 5-point lead over Texans Hannah White and Lucy Lawson, who are tied for No. 5 with 26 points.

White is new to the Top 5 after occupying the No. 10 spot at last reporting, and she earned her five-hole jump after a fourth-place finish for 7 points at the Tennessee Special.

Top 5 Moves—Heeling

On the heel side of the standings, New Mexico’s Hailee Trujillo is the sole earner of new points since the last reporting. Trujillo finished second in the #6 at the Turquoise Classic (roping with sister, Aubrey) for 9 points, which lands her in a tie for the No. 4 with fellow New Mexican Kyra Hendren. TRJ

Current USTRC or Key Card/Key Card Max membership is required to participate in the Cinch Ladies Program. Earned points begin counting at time of membership purchase thru the NFTR’s last shootout event. The season begins the Monday after the last USTRC Cinch NFTR event and ends the last day of the next USTRC Cinch NFTR event.

Ropers must enter at least one Shootout division in the USTRC NFTR to be eligible. The award will be announced at the end of the USTRC Cinch National Finals of Team Roping event.

The points breakdowns are as follows: Starting with At Home Challenge Events, ropers will earn 10 points if they win the Challenge. No other points will be awarded. At Signature Events, points will be awarded to those winning an aggregate check. It starts at First Place with 10 points, Second = 9 points, and so on as far down as the ropings are paid. During the Cinch NFTR, the placing points are simply doubled. First Place will be 20, second = 18, and so on.

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