Tight Race at Top of Ladies Standings
USTRC Cinch Ladies
USTRC Cinch Ladies
Turquoise Classic #7 USTRC Buckle winners From Left to Right: Shawn Molin, Voy McNeil, Harry Benally, Colette Mazon, Kyra Hendren. Courtesy Walt Eddy Ropings

Top 5 Takeaways

The top 5 order stays the same this month with Florida’s Tracey Nelson leading the pack, but now with more points. Whereas Nelson held the lead by a mere point in The Team Roping Journal’s October issue reporting, she now has a 4-point lead with 38 points. Alabama’s Carrie Blanton stays in second while Texas’ Glover Coats and Anna Gregory keep their third- and fourth-place ranks. Same as last month, a three-way tie for fifth ensues between Iowa’s Kay Stevens, Georgia’s Christa Jarriel and Tennessee’s Shayla Hurst.

Out of nowhere, New Mexico heeler Voy McNeil arrived in the race and promptly threw down for a first-place tie with Kansas’ Staci Mitchell. The intrusion bumps Virginia’s Sally Ball to the third-place hole, while a now five-way tie clutters the standings from fourth place to eighth. New Mexico’s Kyra Hendren is the latest newcomer to the 9-point party, and she joins the previously established tie with Kansas’ Sherry Robinson, Iowa’s Taylor Proesch, West Virginia’s Makayla Osborne and Virginia’s Rylie Heath.

The Winnings

Headers

In early September, McDavid, Florida’s Tracey Nelson hit the Tennessee Super Qualifier by JX2 Productions. There, she roped in the #8.5 Truck Roping and finished eighth, worth 3 points in the USTRC Cinch Ladies Standings. The earnings give her a total of 38 points and allow for a slightly roomier lead over the No. 2 spot. 

Heelers

Ties are the name of the game for this month’s point-winning heelers. At the end of August, Walt Eddie Ropings produced the Turquoise Classic in Gallup, New Mexico, where Voy McNeil, of Bosque, showed up like a boss. There, the 4-switchender dominated the #7 and took first and second places for 10 and 9 points, respectively. The 19-point gain put her in the company of fellow No. 1 Cinch Ladies heeler Staci Mitchell, who maintains her 19 points reported last month.

Also placing second in the #7 at the Turquoise Classic for 9 points was Albuquerque’s Kyra Hendren. (With their partners, she and McNeil both heeled three steers in 41.11 seconds.) The 9 points put Hendren in the running with four other heelers for the No. 4 through No. 8 spots in the standings.

USTRC Cinch Ladies Leaderboard

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 NFTR event and ends the last day of the next USTRC NFTR event.

Ropers must enter at least one Shootout division in the USTRC Cinch 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, ladies 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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