USTRC Cinch Ladies Race

Holly Childers Hits Top 3 in Heading While Kyra Hendren Hops to No. 2 Heeler
The leaders in the USTRC Cinch Ladies heading and heeling standings hold going into November, but ropers like Georgia’s Holly Childers and New Mexico’s Kyra Hendren have them in their sights.
Holly Childers and Matt Jarriel stand shoulder to shoulder in front of a backdrop holding award vests after winning the #9.5 Legends at the 2022 South Carolina  Championships.
Holly Childers and Matt Jarriel won the #9.5 Legends at the 2022 South Carolina  Championships. | Courtesy JX2 Productions

Monthly Recap: Top 5 Headers

Since the Sept. 26, reporting, No. 1 Cinch Ladies header Caroline Taylor has maintained her 62 points and just behind her, No. 2 Aubrey Trujillo stays at 51 points.

The Top 5 newcomer in the heading, however, is Fairmount, Georgia’s Holly Childers with 42 points. Childers—a 4 header and mom to reigning USTRC Resistol Jr. Heeler Houston Childers—jumped four places in the standings up to No. 3 when she added 17 points to her season total at October’s Southern Alabama Championship. The move puts her just 20 points behind first place with just less than half the season to go before the 2024 USTRC Cinch National Finals Team Roping in April.

With her points, Childers bumps both Gracie Drake and Mary Margaret Smith to fourth and fifth place, respectively, as they each maintain their points from the last reporting: 36 and 31.

Monthly Recap: Top 5 Heelers

Similar to the headers, the top spot in the USTRC Cinch Ladies heeling standings remains—for the time being—safely in the care of Audrey Snyder with 24 points. However, Snyder’s lead became considerably less comfortable when Albuquerque, New Mexico’s Kyra Hendren added 8 points to her total at October’s Hobbs, New Mexico, roping.

The gain shook Hendren—a 3 heeler—loose of her tie for fourth and puts her seven points behind first, and also seven points ahead of a tie for third place between Voy McNeil and Shayna Wimberly, who each maintain 10 points.

Hendren’s gain also bumps Hailee Trujillo a hole down to fifth place, where she maintains her 9 points.

Points Breakdown: Winning Headers

Holly Childers began accumulating her USTRC Cinch Ladies points in August at the Meridian Super Qualifier. There, she capitalized on her two entries in the #9.5 Legends USTRC by finishing second and third for 9 and 8 points, respectively. Just a week later, she scored another 8 points at the Alabama Championship in the #11.5 Legends USTRC, giving her a total of 25 points, which–at last reporting—were worth No. 7 in the standings.

When Childers entered the #9.5 Legends USTRC at the Southern Alabama Championship, she put her season-starter, two-fer tactic to work and again took second and third place for 17 points, giving her the current total of 42, worth No. 3 in the standings.

Points Breakdown: Winning Heelers

Kyra Hendren entered the USTRC Cinch Ladies standings chat in August when she won second place in the #7 roping at the Albuquerque Classic, which earned her the No. 4 spot in the standings. She held that position for about 10 weeks until, at the Hobbs, New Mexico, roping, she won third place in the #6 for 8 points. Now with a total of 17 points, she is the No. 2 Cinch Ladies heeler. 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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