(Editor's note: Story by Susan Kanode/Frontier Days)
CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) chairman Chad Matthews announced today on KFBC radio that Shali Lord of Lamar, Colorado, was officially named co-champion of the barrel racing for 2019.
Lord and her horse Freckles Ta Fame, nicknamed Can Man, rounded the pattern in 17.22 seconds in the championship round, a time matched by reigning world and CFD champion Nellie Miller later in the event.
Originally Miller was named the champion based on ground rules that gave the title to the person with the fastest time in earlier rounds of the rodeo. While those ground rules were in effect for the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) events, the same rules were not official in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) which sanctioned the barrel racing at CFD.
Matthews contacted Lord with the news on Monday evening. He said the winner’s package, including trophy saddle and buckle as well as other prizes, will be awarded to Lord as soon as they arrive from the makers.
“That’s what you dream of,” Lord said after her Sunday run. “It’s what you work your whole life for. It’s so prestigious.”