Vondette wins Frontier Challege barrel race; qualifier for The American is next | PostIndependent.com

Vondette wins Frontier Challege barrel race; qualifier for The American is next

The Tres Rios Silver trophy buckle Vondette was awarded for being the 2014 PRS Barrel Racing Champion
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Professional barrel racer CJ Vondette can sum up 2014 with one word — “challenge.”

When her main equine partner, Cache A Mount, aka “Grizz” was injured in July, Vondette was forced to go back to the barn and bring out second- and third-string horses to finish out her rodeo season.

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Grizz was back from his injury for the Professional Rough Stock Frontier Challenge held in the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland.

In the inaugural barrel race for the PRS, 179 competitors ran the cloverleaf pattern with the top four advancing to the main event of the Frontier Challenge held later that night.

Vondette was second in the long round on “Grizz” and seventh on her second-string horse “Meradas Dual Stich,” aka “Mikey.” Grizz advanced to the short round Saturday night and took home the title, over $4,000 and a Tres Rios Silver trophy buckle.

Grizz will be back on the road Sept. 27-28 for the American Rodeo Qualifier, also to be held at The Ranch in Loveland. Last year, Glenwood Springs High School student Sydney Surin, who won the Carbondale Wild West Rodeo barrel racing championship this past summer, qualified for the semifinals of The American — which takes place in Arlington, Texas — as a 14-year-old.

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