Colorado Comes in Hot in the USTRC Cinch Ladies Standings


Walsenburg, Colorado’s Tess Menegatti entered the USTRC Cinch Ladies Standings this month when a third-place and second-place finish in the #13.5 and #12.5, respectively, earned her a total of 17 points at September’s Southern Colorado Classic. Combined with the 10 points she earned at late July’s Colorado Championships, the 30-year-old, 4.5 header catapulted to the very top of the leaderboard by a mere point over last month’s leader, Jill Elwood.

In addition to Menegatti’s arrival in the standings, things have heated up in the middle of the pack with Iowans Jana Murphy, 39, and Shawnee Murphy, 14, from Melrose, causing a stir in the run for fifth with 20 points—a spot Sydney Ball was able to claim as her own last month. The Murphys both began their point-earning journey in May at the Missouri Classic, then punched their Top 10 ticket with earnings at August’s Central Missouri Championships.

Kenzie Gordon, also from Colorado, in Florence, is another new Top 10 header, falling neatly into eighth place behind the Top 5 heat with 18 points earned in totality at the Southern Colorado Classic, where the 26-year-old, 5 header won the #13.5 and took third in the #12.5.


Sally Ball maintains her heeling lead with 21 points, while Pueblo, Colorado’s Christine Talton takes second this month after a successful heeling venture at the Southern Colorado Classic. There, the 45-year-old, 3 heeler racked up her total 14 points in the #7 when she finished in the third and fifth holes.

2021–2022 USTRC CINCH
Ladies Points Award

At Home Challenge Events: 10 points will be awarded to the winner; no other points will be awarded. Signature Events: Points will be awarded to those winning an aggregate check. First place = 10 points, second = 9 points, and so on. Signature Events will only award points to the number of places paid. Cinch NFTR: Points are doubled. First = 20, second = 18, and so on, as far down as the ropings are paid. The top points earners after the last run of the Cinch NFTR on May 1, 2022, will be crowned our Cinch Ladies Heading and Heeling Champions, each receiving a bonus check of $1,000 and one-year’s worth of Cinch clothing.


2021-2022 USTRC Cinch Ladies Leaderboard

(as of 9/24/21)


1. Tess Menegatti 27 Walsenburg, CO

2. Jill Elwood 26 Lindsborg, KS

3. Sarah Toole 25 Rydal, GA

4. Madison Haley 23 Paris, TX

5. Sydney Ball 20 Max Meadows, VA

5. Jana Murphy 20 Melrose, IA

5. Shawnee Murphy 20 Melrose, IA

8. Kenzie Gordon 18 Florence, CO

9. Alli Tate 17 Vincent, AL

9. Brook Jamison 17 Ashby, NE

9. Chancey Larson 17 Manhattan, KS

9. Hadlee Thone 17 Damascus, AR


1. Sally Ball 21 Max Meadows, VA

2. Chrstine Talton 14 Pueblo, CO

3. Della Spurlock 13 Baldwin, GA

3. Bailey Watson 13 Tioga, TX

5. Sammy Gilbert 10 Burnet, TX

5. Autumn Pritchard 10 Litchfield, NE

7. Kaitlyn Torres 9 Alice, TX

8. Josie Brewer 8 Lyerly, GA

9. Meleigh Gray 6 Kansas City, MO

9. Jayce Reeves 6 Longville, LA

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