Michelle Barnes made the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro exciting and gave the crowd something to cheer about in the second round. Sitting third when she pulled into Fort Worth, Barnes swept the division – taking home a World Champion title and the World Finals Show Champion title. In the first round in Fort Worth, Barnes marked a 218 on Timely Addition (One Time Pepto x Flo Little Lena x Smart Little Lena), and in the second round, she marked a 227 to win the round and the average. Timely Addition is a gelding owned by Michelle and her husband, Barry Barnes. Barnes came to Texas with earnings of $26,444. She added $891 after finishing third in the first round, $1,485 for winning the second round and an additional $1,485 for winning the average. Her $3,861 in earnings at the World Finals pushed her year-end total to $30,305.
Josh Cogburn came into the World Finals in 13th place and left as the World Finals Show Champion while moving up to fifth in the World Champion standings in the 2015 NCHA World Finals $2,000 Limited Rider Division. Riding Miss Little Gunner (Miss N Cash x Angels Little Gunner x Young Gun), Cogburn earned a 215 in Round 1 and won Round 2 and the average with 222 on Thursday afternoon. Cogburn came to Fort Worth with $5,028 in earnings for the year and earned the winner’s share of $905 for the second round and the average and $290 for placing sixth in the first round, which pushed his year-end earnings to $7,128.
Ashley Nicole Bosack of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Tachitas Brigalena (Brigaboy x Lenas Tachita x Shorty Lena) had the World Champion title sewed up by the time they arrived in Fort Worth, but they added to their 2015 earnings at the World Finals. Earning $815 in the first round for a tie for first place with a 218, they ended the year with $17,585 and the title in the $2,000 Limited Rider Division.
The World Finals conclude on Dec. 5, when the remaining six titles will be awarded.
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