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Barrel racer Pozzi Tonozzi celebrates 4th San Angelo title

The San Angelo Standard-Times logo The San Angelo Standard-Times 2/15/2020 Charles Bryce, San Angelo
a man riding a horse: Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi competes in the barrel racing event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi competes in the barrel racing event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi is back in the saddle again as the San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo barrel racing champion and Valentine's Day couldn't have been any sweeter.

After winning three consecutive championships in San Angelo from 2010-12, Pozzi Tonozzi now has four titles at this West Texas rodeo that is ranked as one of the Top 10 in the country.

Local favorite Ty Harris finished tied for seventh with Jake Pratt in tie-down roping in Friday night's short-go at Foster Communications Coliseum with a combined time of 25.7 seconds on three runs. They both got a check for $1,118.

The good news for San Angelo fans though is that Harris will be competing in Saturday's Cinch Chute-Out all-star show. With some better luck, he could finish the weekend with some nice earnings.

Ty Harris competes in the tie down roping event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Ty Harris competes in the tie down roping event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Pozzi Tonozzi had a blistering time of 13.93 seconds Friday, which is the fastest time of the three-week rodeo. She collected $3,270 for that performance in the finals and added $6,622 by winning the average with a three-run combined time of 44.15.

"You never count your chickens before they hatch, but when I got around the second barrel I was like, 'Just get around the third barrel and don't look at it and I think it's going to be really good.' "

And indeed it was.

San Angelo has always been special for this Texas cowgirl who is originally from Victoria but moved to Lampasas this past April.

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"This is always a great rodeo," Pozzi Tonozzi said. "They pack the house. The committee is wonderful to the barrel racers. They do so much for us, from the beginning, when we get to run in the other (Spur) arena and they drag for us.

"It's really nice to be able to come run at this kind of money. It doesn't happen all the time."

When asked if Saturday's race is the fastest time she's ever recorded, Pozzi Tonozzi said, "You know, I don't know, but I know it was fast."

Her young daughter, Tinlee, wasn't born the last time her mama won in San Angelo. But she was there to see this one and was in her mother's arms for an interview on live television on the Cowboy Channel.

a group of people watching a horse in front of a crowd: Zeke Thurston competes in the saddle bronc event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Zeke Thurston competes in the saddle bronc event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

Reigning world champion saddle bronc rider Zeke Thurston from Canada won his first championship in San Angelo. His point total of 176 was good for a $3,494 check.

In steer wrestling, 41-year-old Matt Reeves of nearby Cross Plains, Texas, also picked up his first win in Angelo.

Reeves' three-run total of 12.4 seconds resulted in a payout of $4,926.

"I've been around this area since I was 6," said Reeves, who lives roughly 100 miles from Angelo. "I've done good here a lot, but I've never won it, so it's sweet to win it.

"I thought I had a really good steer. He had looked just average, average good but not like that. It wasn't near as tough as I thought it'd be and so I had a lot of calmness and I was just like, 'Get out of the barrier and then go do your job.' And I looked up and I was really fast."

a man riding on the back of a cow: Matt Reeves competes in the steer wrestling event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. © Colin Murphey / San Angelo Standard-Times Matt Reeves competes in the steer wrestling event at the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.

The seasoned veteran definitely isn't showing his age.

"Turning 40 hasn't been that bad of a deal," the Texas A&M University graduate said. "People talk about it being a bad thing, but I've won a lot more since I turned 40 than I did before that, so it'll be all right."

It was a tough night for all of the bull riders except for Tim Bingham, who was the only one to stay on eight seconds and finish with a two-ride total. His total score of 160.5 rang up $3,61.

Saturday's Cinch Chute-Out starts at 7:30 p.m.

San Angelo Stock Show & Rodeo

Friday's short-go results and final standings from Foster Communications Coliseum

Bareback riding: First round: 1. Kody Lamb, 88 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Hometown Girl, $3,727; 2. Leighton Berry, 87.5, $2,857; 3. Austin Foss, 87, $2,112; 4. Tim O’Connell, 86, $1,366; 5. (tie) Richmond Champion and Taylor Broussard, 85, $745 each; 7. Tyler Berghuis, 84.5, $497; 8. (tie) Tilden Hooper, Chad Rutherford, Clayton Biglow and Jamie Howlett, 84, $93 each. Final round: 1. Clayton Biglow, 89 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Painted River, $1,650; 2. (tie) Chad Rutherford and Richmond Champion, 86.5, $1,075 each; 4. Jamie Howlett, 86, $600; 5. Taylor Broussard, 85.5, $350; 6. (tie) Tim O’Connell and Leighton Berry, 84, $125 each. Average: 1. Clayton Biglow, 173 points on two rides, $3,727; 2. (tie) Richmond Champion and Leighton Berry, 171.5, $2,484 each; 4. (tie) Chad Rutherford and Taylor Broussard, 170.5, $1,118 each; 6. (tie) Jamie Howlett and Tim O’Connell, 170, $559 each; 8. (tie) Tilden Hooper and Kody Lamb, 166, $186 each.  

Steer wrestling: First round: 1. Ty Erickson, 3.8 seconds, $3,284; 2. Taz Olson, 3.9, $2,855; 3. (tie) Stockton Graves and Sterling Humphry, 4.1, $2,213 each; 5. (tie) Tait Kvistad and Dalton Massey, 4.3, $1,356 each; 7. (tie) Ryan McKay Nettle and Jacob Talley, 4.4, $500 each. Second round: 1. (tie) Cameron Morman and Matt Reeves, 3.9 seconds, $3,070 each; 3. (tie) Cade Staton and Chance Howard, 4.0, $2,213 each; 5. (tie) Dakota Eldridge and Tanner Brunner, 4.1, $1,356 each; 7. Jesse Brown, 4.2, $714; 8. (tie) Luke Branquinho, Sterling Lambert and Cade Goodman, 4.3, $95 each. Final round: 1. Matt Reeves, 3.7 seconds, $1,769; 2. Cade Staton, 5.0, $1,464; 3. Cody Harmon, 5.2, $1,159; 4. Tanner Brunner, 5.3, $854; 5. Ty Erickson, 5.6, $549; 6. Josh Clark, 6.6, $305; Average: 1. Matt Reeves, 12.4 seconds on three runs, $4,926; 2. Cade Stanton, 14.3, $4,283; 3. Tanner Brunner, 14.5, $3,641; 4. Cody Harmon, 14.6, $2,998; 5. Ty Erickson, 15.2, $2,356; 6. Josh Clark, 16.0, $1,713; 7. Taz Olson, 20.9, $1,070; 8. Trell Etbauer, 31.9, $428. 

Team roping: First round: 1. Spencer Mitchell/Cesar de la Cruz, 3.7 seconds, $3,742; 2. (tie) Kaleb Driggers/Junior Nogueira and Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 3.8, $3,010 each; 4. (tie) Laramie Allen/Whit Kitchens and Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 3.9, $2,034 each; 6. Reno Cash Stoebner/Colton Brittain, 4.1, $1,302; 7. Tanner Tomlinson/Coleby Payne, 4.2, $813; 8. (tie) Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett and Manny Equsquiza Jr./York Gill, 4.3, $163. Second round: 1. Jaxon Tucker/Jake Clay, 3.5 seconds, $2,742; 2. Dustin Eguesquiza/Travis Graves, 3.7, $3,254; 3. (tie) Erich Rogers/Paden Bray and Lane Ivy/Dillon Wingereid, 3.8, $2,522 each; 5. (tie) Dawson Graham/Dillon Graham and Clint Summers/Douglas Rich, 3.9, $1,546 each; 7. Trey Blackmore/Kory Bramwell, 4.0, $813; 8. (tie) Dale Martin Jr./Garrett McQueen and Jake Orman/Daniel Braman, 4.3, $163 each. Final round: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 4.8 seconds, $1,697; 2. Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 4.9, $1,404; 3. Cory Smothers/Brandon Gonzales, 5.4, $1,112; 4. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 6.6, $819; 5. Jaguar Terrill/Travis Woodard, 7.6, $527; 6. Laramie Allen/Whit Kitchens, 9.9, $293. Average: 1. Aaron Tsinigine/Kyle Lockett, 13.7 seconds on three runs, $5,613; 2. Kolton Schmidt/Hunter Koch, 15.3, $4,881; 3. Cory Smothers/Brandon Gonzales, 15.4, $4,149; 4. Colton Campbell/Jordan Ketscher, 15.9, $3,417; 5. Laramie Allen/Whit Kitchens, 18.2, $2,694; 6. Jaguar Terrill/Travis Woodard, 19.4, $1,952; 7. Brenton Hall/Chase Tryan, 24.5, $1,220; 8. Clay Smith/Jade Corkill, 8.3 seconds on two runs, $488.

Saddle bronc riding: First round: 1. Zeke Thurston, 90 points on Hampton Pro Rodeo's Rising Tide, $3,494; 2. Jacobs Crawley, 88, $2,679; 3. Carter Elshere, 85.5, $1,980; 4. Cody DeMoss, 85, $1,281; 5. Jesse Wright, 84.5, $815; 6. (tie) Allen Boore, Rusty Wright and Kolby Wanchuk, 84, $466 each; 9. (tie) Tegan Smith, Spencer Wright and Garrett Buckley, 83.5; 11. Leon Fountain, 83. Final round: 1. Allen Boore, 88.5 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeo’s Big Tex, $1,650; 2. Rusty Wright, 87, $1,250; 3. Zeke Thurston, 86, $900; 4. Spencer Wright, 83.5, $600; 5. Tegan Smith, 83, $250; 6. Jesse Wright, 82.5, $250. Average: 1. Zeke Thurston, 176 points on two rides, $3,494; 2. Allen Boore, 172.5, $2,679; 3. Rusty Wright, 171, $1,980; 4. Jacobs Crawley, 167.5, $1,281; 5. (tie) Spencer Wright and Jesse Wright, 167, $699 each; 7. Tegan Smith, 166.5, $466; 8. Leon Fountain, 162, $349. 

Tie-down roping: First round: 1. Lane Livingston, 7.2 seconds $4,899; 2. Shad Mayfield, 7.4, $4,260; 3. (tie) Caleb Smidt and Bryson Sechrist, 7.5, $3,301 each; 5. L.D. Meier, 7.7, $2,343; 6. (tie) Blane Cox and Marcos Costa, 7.8, $1,384 each; 8. Bo Pickett, 7.9, $426. Second round: 1. Justin Smith, 7.0 seconds, $4,899; 2. Marty Yates, 7.1, $4,260; 3. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ike Fontenot, 7.4, $3,301 each; 5. Cooper Martin, 7.5, $2,343; 6. (tie) Kincade Henry and Cory Solomon, 7.6, $1,384 each; 8. (tie) Blane Cox and Lucas Potter, 7.8, $213 each. Final round: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 7.9 seconds, $1,967; 2. Stetson Vest, 8.4, $1,710; 3. Cooper Martin, 8.5, $1,454; 4. Caleb Smidt, 9.1, $1,197; 5. (tie) Reid Zapalac and Kincade Cullen Henry, 9.2, $812; 7. Ty Harris, 9.7, $428; 8. Jake Pratt, 9.9, $171. Average: 1. Bryson Sechrist, 24.8 seconds on three runs, $7,348; 2. (tie) Cooper Martin and Caleb Smidt, 25.1, $5,910 each; 4. Stetson Vest, 25.3, $4,473; 5. Kincade Cullen Henry, 25.6, $3,514; 6. Reid Zapalac, 25.9, $2,556; 7. (tie) Ty Harris and Jake Pratt, 25.7, $1,118 each.

Barrel racing: First round: 1. Wenda Johnson, 15.78 seconds, $4,414; 2. Shelley Morgan, 15.89, $3,784; 3. Emily Efurd, 15.90, $3,153; 4. (tie) Taylor Langdon and Amberleigh Moore, 15.93, $2,417 each; 6. Kylie Weast, 15.96, $1,682; 7. Tillar Murray, 15.99, $1,261; 8. Kenna Squires, 16.00, $841; 9. Lisa Thornton, 16.02, $631; 10. Ryann Pedone, 16.03, $420. Second round: 1. Tiany Schuster, 14.05 seconds, $4,414; 2.Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 14.10, $3,784; 3. Shannon McReynolds, 14.20, $3,153; 4. Kim Schulze, 14.24, $2,733; 5. (tie) Haley Wolfe and Ivy Conrado-Saebens, 14.26, $1,892 each; 7. (tie) Kathy Grimes and Lindsay Sears, 14.27, $1,051 each; 9. (tie) Lexie Goss,  Randee Prindle and Bristan Kennedy, 14.30, $350 each. Final round: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 13.93 seconds, $3,270; 2. Emily Efurd, 14.34, $2,452; 3. Randee Prindle, 14.35, $1,635; 4. Ryan Pedone, 14.39, $817. Average: 1. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi, 44.15 seconds on three runs, $6,622; 2. Wenda Johnson, 44.83, $5,676; 3. Emily Efured, 44.76, $4,730; 4. Randee Prindle, 44.81, $4,099; 5. Ryann Pedone, 44.86, $3,153; 6. Bristan Kennedy, 44.88, $2,522; 7. Kim Schulze, 44.92, $1,892; 8. (tie) Shelley Morgan and Tiany Schuster, 44.93, $1,104; 10. Lexie Goss, 44.95, $631.

Bull riding: First round: 1. Stetson Wright, 89 points on Rafter H Rodeo Livestock's Bet On Black, $3,466; 2. Bayle Worden, 88.5, $2,657; 3. Elliot Jacoby, 86.5, $1,964; 4. Tim Bingham, 84.5, $1,271; 5. (tie) Parker McCown, Boudreaux Campbell and Ty Wallace, 84, $616 each; 8. Jeston Mead, 83.5, $347. Final round: 1. Tim Bingham, 76 points on Lancaster & Jones’ White Walker, $5,000; no other qualified rides. Average: 1. Tim Bingham, 160.5 points on two rides, $3,601; 2. Stetson Wright, 89 points on one ride, $2,761; 3. Bayle Worden, 88.5, $2,041; 4. Elliot Jacoby, 86.5, $1,320; 5. (tie) Parker McCown, Boudreaux Campbell and Ty Wallace, 84, $640 each; 8. Jeston Mead, 83.5, $360. 

Charles Bryce is a journalist covering sports in West Texas. Send him a news tip at cbryce@gannett.com. Consider supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.

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