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Pierce Wins NFR 4th Go PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Mahaffey   
Carlee Pierce earned her first NFR gold buckle with 13.81-second run aboard Rare Dillion (“Dillion”) to win the 4th Go round.

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Carlee Pierce rode Rare Dillion to the win in the 4th Go round. (ProRodeo Photo/Mike Copeman)
The win came as a relief to Pierce, who had hit barrels in each of the first three rounds, despite running consistently fast times.

“He has felt phenomenal since we got here,” Pierce said. “I ride Dillion real free because he tends to get a little tight anyway. I’ve always rode him one-handed between the barrels, and I went back and watched my videos [of their first three NFR runs], and I was riding him two-handed and just handling him too much because I was nervous. When you touch him, he responds. He was just waiting for me to get it together.”

Stripping away all the flash and excitement of simply being at the NFR was key to Pierce finally posting the kind of time she knew she and Dillion we capable of running.

“I came in here [to the NFR], and everybody gave me bling-bling tack and hats,” she said, “and the first thing I did was put on his old plain Jane leather breast collar and headstall and my old black hat back on. I thought ‘I’ve hit so many barrels, and I was stressed, so I’m just going to go and make the best run I can.’”

Pierce credits Dillion’s previous owner, former NFR qualifier Anessa Self, for helping he stay focused after a rough beginning to her first NFR.

“We’ve been talking and texting at 2 and 3 o’clock in the morning,” she said. “Her advice was I’ve already hit barrels, and you can’t take yesterday back, so just go have fun and do your thing, and it worked.”

Brittany Pozzi remains in the lead in the race for the World Championship with $150,032.48 in 2011 earnings, more than $15,000 ahead of second-place Lindsay Sears. Defending world champion Sherry Cervi remains atop the NFR Average standings, extending her lead to six hundredths of a second over Sears with her second-place finish in the 4th Go.

4th Go Results
1) Carlee Pierce/Rare Dillion – 13.81 - $17,884.62
2) Sherry Cervi/MP Meter My Hay – 13.90 - $14,134.62
3) Lindsay Sears/Sugar Moon Express – 13.95 - $10,673.08
4) Lisa Lockhart/An Oakie With Cash – 13.99 - $7,500.00
5) Brittany Pozzi/Yeah Hes Firen – 14.00 - $4,615.38
6) Sue Smith/Real Claim To Fame – 14.11 - $2,884.62
7) Jody Sheffield/Skip The Finances – 14.12
8) Jane Melby/RC Back In Black – 14.16
9) Christina Richman/Xtrared – 14.21
10) Tammy Fischer/Easy Dash Oak – 14.22
11) Brenda Mays/Judge Buy Cash – 14.25
12) Angie Meadors/Heza Bug Leo – 14.28
13) Jill Moody/Chasin Firewater – 14.31
14) Jeanne Anderson/Flaming Fire Bug – 14.46
15) Britany Fleck/Dasher Dude – 19.87

NFR Average Results – Through the 4th Round
1) Sherry Cervi/MP Meter My Hay – 56.15
2) Lindsay Sears/Sugar Moon Express – 56.21
3) Christina Richman/Xtrared – 56.87
4) Tammy Fischer/Easy Dash Oak – 56.94
5) Jeanne Anderson/Flaming Fire Bug – 56.95
6) Brenda Mays/Judge Buy Cash – 57.31
7) Brittany Pozzi/Yeah Hes Firen – 60.73
8) Lisa Lockhart/An Oakie With Cash – 61.18
9) Jane Melby/RC Back In Black – 61.32
10) Jody Sheffield/Skip The Finances – 61.59
11) Angie Meadors/Mulberry Canyon Moon – 61.73
12) Jill Moody/Chasin Firewater – 62.51
13) Sue Smith/Real Claim To Fame – 66.34
14) Carlee Pierce/Rare Dillion – 75.56
15) Britany Fleck/Dasher Dude – 77.63

World Championship Standings—End of 4th Round
1) Brittany Pozzi – $150,032.48
2) Lindsay Sears – $134,873.77
3) Sherry Cervi – $122,683.97
4) Lisa Lockhart – $106,056.00
5) Carlee Pierce – $103,389.33
6) Angie Meadors – $89,815.46
7) Brenda Mays – $87,960.82    
8) Sue Smith – $87,251.90
9) Jane Melby – $87,224.88
10) Jody Sheffield – $78,986.91
11) Jeanne Anderson – $71,799.53
12) Tammy Fischer – $71,262.48
13) Christina Richman – $69,214.02
14) Britany Fleck – $63,119.90
15) Jill Moody – $61,420.89