USTRC Cinch Ladies Race

Caroline Taylor and Nicole Jauregui Skyrocket to the Top of the USTRC Cinch Ladies Standings
Texans Caroline Taylor and Nicole Jauregui lead the lady ropers into the final stretch of the 2023-2024 Cinch Ladies race.
Kelsey Russey and Megan Gunter took the win at Lasso Del Sol in the #10.5 Ladies USTRC. | courtesy Walt Eddy Ropings

Top 5 Headers

Though she’s been holding the top spot for the Cinch Ladies headers for a minute, Caroline Taylor of Canutillo, Texas, drew a line in the sand when she added another 22 points for a total of 84. She made her latest mark at Walt Eddy’s Lasso Del Sol in late December, where she took third in the #12.5 USTRC for 8 points, and took fourth in the #10.5 USTRC and the #9.5 USTRC for 7 points each. The haul now gives her a 33-point lead over No. 2 Aubrey Trujillo’s 51 points.

Trujillo and No. 3 header Holly Childers maintain their positions and their points, but Adairsville, Georgia’s Brandy Black is continuing her upward trajectory with a move into the No. 4 spot after winning first in the #9.5 Legends USTRC for 10 points at JX2 Production’s South Georgia Super Qualifier at the end of 2023. The gain now puts her 8 points ahead of No. 5 header Gracie Drake.

Top 5 Heelers

Nicole Jauregui has been a Top 10 contender on the 2023-2024 USTRC Cinch Ladies heeling standings since her fourth-place finish in the Hobbs, New Mexico, #6 USTRC back in October, but her trip to the Mathews Land & Cattle roping in Andrews, Texas, sealed the Top 5 deal for the Seminole, Texas, roper. There, she took third and fourth place in the #8.5 USTRC for 8 and 7 points, respectively. Then, she won third in the #6 USTRC for another 8 points to bring her event total to 23 and her standings total to 30. She now occupies the No. 1 spot in the standings and has a 4-point lead over Kyra Hendren, who now holds the No. 2 position in the standings.

The No. 3 position is now held by Audrey Snyder and, behind her, the No. 4 hole is filled by Cinch Ladies newcomer Megan Gunter of Arizona’s San Tan Valley. Gunter joined the party in late December at the Lasso Del Sol, where she dominated the #10.5 Ladies USTRC and won first and second for 10 and 9 points, respectively. The 19-point haul gives her a 3-point lead over No. 5 heeler Ashtyn Pratz, who shook loose of a 3-way tie when she finished fifth in the #7 USTRC at Lasso Del Sol, securing her place in the Top 5 with a total of 16 points.

2023-2024 USTRC Cinch Ladies Leaderboard 

(as of 1/25/24. Go to for current standings.)

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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