LAS VEGAS – It took seven go-rounds, but barrel racer Carlee Pierce of Edmond, Okla., finally earned a top paycheck at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.
Pierce and her horse, Streakin Easy April, rounded the cloverleaf pattern inside the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas in 14.04 seconds during Wednesday’s seventh go-round, earning $11,340. It was her biggest check of this year’s NFR.
As is the case, she laid all the credit on the horse, a 6-year-old sorrel mare she calls Lolo.
“Lolo has been great,” said Pierce, who was raised in northwest Oklahoma. “She has made a few mistakes, but so have I. When I ride better, she does better. She’s just young, so I have to make sure I’m doing everything right.”
The cowgirl had limited expectations at this year’s championship knowing full well the growing pains with racing an immature horse against the greatest talent in ProRodeo. But Pierce has earned more than $25,000, placing in four of seven rounds so far.
Plus she has three nights remaining in the season.
“I can’t complain a bit about my baby,” she said of Lolo. “She’s been amazing. I’m so proud of what she’s done.”
Maybe the most impressive thing about the talented filly is that she had competed in just two rodeos before leaving Oklahoma for the Nevada desert. Now she’s getting a crash course in rodeo on the biggest stage in the game.
“I’m super excited about the future,” Pierce said.