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Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi WNFR 2017

The number ten cowgirl is no stranger to the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo. Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi of Victoria, Texas raked in $92,929.57 after 95 rodeos in the 2017 season. She will be packing Steele Magnolias (By Magnolia Bar Jet, out of a Roan Bar Eighty mare), Freckles ta Fame (By Dash Ta Fame, out of a Frenchmans Guy mare), and Ima Super Fly Guy (By Frenchmans Guy, out of a Streakin Six mare) with her to Las Vegas this December.

What are your main mounts quirks?
Steeley is very stand offish and she is all business. She doesn’t really care if other horses are around and she can be hard to catch if she doesn’t want to be caught.

What was your favorite rodeo this year and why?
I would have to say that my favorite rodeo was Prescott this year because I won so much there.

What is the best piece of advice you could give regarding barrel racing?
My best advice would be to always seek advice. You never stop learning and you can learn something from everyone. I also think that you need to get a game plan and stick with it. Its hard to be a winner without constancy.

If you were just starting out now, who would you train under, what clinics would you be taking? Who do your morals line up with?
If I was starting out I would try to work for some one instead of going to clinics. I would want to get first hand experience day in and day out. There is so much involved with training horses and rodeo that you cant learn it all in clinic.

We all know that being competitive takes mental strength. What do you do to keep a sharp mental edge in the game of rodeo and at the futurities? Do you do anything before a run to keep your nerves in check?
I don’t really have a pre run routine but I am very organized and prepared when I show up to an event and I think that gives me confidence and a mental edge.

Under your program, what do you do when a horse feels off to you? Who/what therapies do you include in your program?
I immediately call Dr. Marty Tanner and we come up with a game plan. I always try to find the problem before I go any further with riding or training so I don’t create an even bigger problem. I like to use a lot magnets and ice when it comes to taking care of legs.

When shopping, what areas of conformation turn you off? What points of conformation do your prospects absolutely must have?
I don’t really shop because we have about 15 babies born every year on the place. I just ride what I don’t sell and I have seen a lot of horses that have been overlooked because of conformation issues that have gone on to do amazing things.

What would you like to see be done in the industry to better barrel racing as a sport?
I think every barrel racers dream would be to see the ground improved at the rodeos. It has gotten a lot better over the years and committees are really trying but they have a hard time keeping it consistent through out the rodeo.

This isn’t your first time headed to Vegas, what is your most memorable WNFR moment from the past, and what are you most excited for this time?
I think the 2009 NFR was the best for me. Duke was amazing for 10 rounds and we left with a gold buckle and lots of money. I am super excited to be back and just going to enjoy every moment.

Photo from Pozzis Facebook**

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