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Tillar Murray, Brittney Barnett & Jimmie Smith find success with Paint barrel horses at 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Photos courtesy Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo


Paints brought their A games to the 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo. We saw chrome from the horse show arena to the rodeo pen, but some of the most notable performances have come from speedy Paint barrel racers powering around the cloverleaf. They included:

  • Tillar Murray and Casino Perks (above) won the Barrel Horse News Timed Event Challenge Barrel Racing at the FWSSR. Though he accompanies Tillar to almost all of her pro rodeo events, Casino Perks usually serves as her backup. He proved he had the right stuff to go all the way at the FWSSR event, though. “He really hasn’t had much of a chance to shine, so I’m really glad he got the opportunity tonight,” Tillar told Barrel Horse News. Casino Perks is a 2012 black tovero gelding by Eddie Stinson (QH) x Perks Painted Lady.
  • Brittany Barnett and Chicks Keen O PocoPoo (right) set a new fastest time of the FWSSR rodeo during Round 5 on January 31, stopping the clock at 32. With “Paint’s” help, Brittany ended up 17th in the world last year for the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association. Check out their story in the January/February 2020 Paint Horse Journal. Paint is a 2007 sorrel overo mare by Mr Dominator x Stylish Chick Olena (QH). Brittney ended up fourth overall in the FWSSR Finals, adding $4,000 more to her bankroll.
  • Jimmie Smith & Lever Action were 3rd in barrels Jan 23 at the FWSSR Rodeo X, the FWSSR’s $100,000 invitational extreme team rodeo competition. For the second consecutive year, Jimmie finished second in the championship finals, earning $12,000 plus a $5,000 bonus for winning the Jerry Ann Taylor Best-Dressed Cowgirl Award winner. Lever Action is a 2010 palomino solid mare by Another Hero (QH) x Katys Luck, and Jimmie says she’s aiming to qualify for her first National Finals Rodeo this year.
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