Courtesy of America’s Horse Daily
Just months after their Wrangler National Finals Rodeo record-setting, Hailey Kinsel and “Sister” are back in the barrel racing spotlight.
San Antonio rodeo fans got to see a barrel racing run that was one for the record books on.
Hailey Kinsel, from Cotulla, Texas, has won a check every time that she and her great mare DM Sissy Hayday have entered the AT&T Center. They had a clean sweep of Bracket 1, started the Semifinals as high money winners and ended them that way. Kinsel and her seven-year-old palomino mare that she calls Sister won $7,134 in their bracket. Then a third-place check in the first round of the Semifinals got her an additional $2,230.
Kinsel and Sister were the second barrel racers to compete in the AT&T Center on Wednesday night. They made a nearly flawless run, stopped the clock in 13.60 seconds to set a new arena record. The previous record of 13.67 seconds was set by Sydni Blanchard in 2013.
“I grew up coming to this rodeo,” Kinsel said. “We always bought tickets and it was a dream to just compete here. I felt like we had a pretty snappy run, but to set an arena record here, that’s pretty special.”
The Texas A&M graduate is the reigning National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association champion. She graduated last May, competed at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming in June and went on to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) last December where she finished the year as the reserve world champion.