Lisa Lockhart

Lisa Lockhart

Mike Copeman

Oelrichs cowgirl Lisa Lockhart was riding high again halfway through the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Competing at her 11th consecutive NFR, Lockhart and her tremendous chestnut gelding, Louie, had their fastest run during the fifth performance Monday night. They completed the cloverleaf pattern in 13.59 seconds to share first place with Ivy Conrado of Hudson, Colo., earning both contestants paychecks for $23,480.

Lockhart also placed sixth in both the third and fourth go-rounds with times of 13.67 and 13.76. Sixth place pays $4,230. Lockhart’s times during the first two runs were 13.98 and 13.96.

Through the five performances, Lockhart was fourth in the averages in 13.79 seconds, exactly the same as last year when she reaped the $68,000 payoff that goes to the winner of the averages.

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The averages leader at this year’s halfway point was Hailey Kinsel of Cotula, Texas, in 13.55 seconds. Kinsel was the only entry to place in each of the first five go-rounds. Her times included a 13.11-second run on Saturday night for the Thomas and Mack arena record.

Conrado was second in the averages at 13.71 seconds and Nellie Miller of Cottonwood, Calif., third 13.72 through Monday’s performance.

Keeping the barrels upright is the key to faring well in the averages. Lockhart and Louie were the only pair to leave all 30 barrels standing during the 10 performances last year. Six of the 15 entries entries besides Lockhart had done that at this year’s halfway point.

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