Cowboy Christmas Money Makers: Top 5

The Cowboy Christmas run means mega opportunities abound for breakaway ropers to make their NFBR moves. See who made the most of it.

Shelby Boisjoli, Beau Peterson and Kelsie Domer are the top winners for 2023 Cowboy Christmas.
Left to right: Shelby Boisjoli, Beau Peterson and Kelsie Domer are the top breakaway money earners for Cowboy Christmas. Photos by (L to R) Click Thompson, Tanya Hamner and Bullstock Media courtesy of the WCRA.

With Cowboy Christmas drawn to a close, it’s time to see who cashed in on ProRodeo’s richest time of the year—save the National Finals Breakaway Roping.

Cowboy Christmas ran from the Greeley Stampede in Colorado on June 24, 2023, to the Basin City Rodeo in Washington on July 5.

No. 5 – Madalyn Richards, $11,144

madalyn Richard from hereford texas ropes her calf at the Greeley stampede
Madalyn Richard surprised the field with a 7.6-second aggregate on three head in Greeley. Photo by Tanya Hamner.

Top rodeo:

  • No. 1 at the Greeley Stampede, Greeley, CO. $11,144

Horse:

  • “Dually” – 2008 gelding, Duallys Been Cattin (Dual Pep x Fancy N Smart Cat x High Brow Cat)

Best 2023 Cowboy Christmas memory:

“My favorite memory was definitely winning Greeley and riding back down the arena to see my mom and friends who were all so excited.”

– Madalyn Richards

No. 4 – Rickie Engesser, $12,526

Top rodeos

  • No. 1 in rounds 1 and 2, No. 8 in the average at the Greeley Stampede, Greeley, CO. $6,822
  • Tied for No. 1 at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo, Killdeer, ND. $4,171
  • Tied for No. 5 at the Home of Champions Rodeo, Red Lodge, MT. $1,533

Horses:

  • “Rolo” – 2002 gelding, Lavaca Sting (Zan Parr Junior x Jully Miss Vestor x Skips Investor)
  • “Copper” – 2016 gelding, Oke Colours (Corona Colours x Ima Yellow Oke Leo x Okies Leo Twist)
Rickie Engesser smiles with her family on a lake day
The Fourth of July is all about family, freedom and rodeo. Rickie Engesser (white ballcap) made time for her family this Cowboy Christmas. Photo courtesy of Engesser.

Best 2023 Cowboy Christmas memory:

“I got to spend quite a bit of time with family. We got to go to the lake a couple of times in Belle Fourche and visit cousins in Mandan. We got to see them more this year than we have in previous Fourth runs.”

– Rickie Engesser

Catch up on Cowboy Christmas results across the country here.

No. 3 – Kelsie Domer, $13,980

kelsie Domer Wins Wrwc Through Last Chance Qualifier
Kelsie Domer and “Little Man” gathered $60,000 at the WRWC before the summer run got rolling. Photo courtesy of WCRA.

Top rodeos:

  • Tied for No. 1 at the Oakley Independence Day Rodeo, Oakley UT. $7,174
  • No. 1 at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, SD. $4,358
  • No. 1 at the Sitting Bull Stampede in Mobridge, SD. $2,448

Horse:

  • “Little Man” – 2004 gelding, Kits Tiana Play (Kits Little Garfield x Cee Tiana Play x Freckles Playboy)

Best 2023 Cowboy Christmas memory:

“My favorite moment was being able to end my Fourth run on a win. I split Oakley, Utah, with Cheyanne Guillory and that was icing on the cake to finish out a successful week.”

– Kelsie Domer

No. 2 – Beau Peterson, $14,877

Top rodeos:

  • No. 2 at the Greeley Stampede, Greeley, CO. $7,394
  • No. 1 at the Basin City Freedom Rodeo in Basin City, WA. $3,450
  • Tied for No. 5 at the Killdeer Mountain Roundup PRCA Rodeo, Killdeer, ND. $1,467
Beau Peterson finished No. 3 at the Greeley Stampede
Beau Peterson finished No. 2 at the Greeley Stampede. Photo by Tanya Hamner.

Horse:

  • “Missy” – 2014 mare, Cowboys Bunny 214 (Cowboys Missin 214 x Buckwheat Bunny x Buckwheat Bueno)

Best 2023 Cowboy Christmas memory:

“My favorite Cowboy Christmas memory would be my traveling partners [Taylor Hanchey and Madison Outhier] and I going 1st 2nd and 3rd at Basin City, Washington, on the 5th.”

– Beau Peterson

No. 1 – Shelby Boisjoli, $15,341

Breakaway roper Shelby Boisjoli smiles
Shelby Boisjoli smiles after securing her Reno Rodeo average championship. Photo by Click Thompson.

Top rodeos:

  • No. 1 in rounds 1 and 2, No. 1 in aggregate, World’s Oldest Rodeo, Prescott, AZ. $7,994
  • Tie for No. 2 at the Mandan Rodeo Days, Mandan ND. $3,917
  • Tie for No. 4 at the Black Hills Roundup in Belle Fourche, SD. $1,961

Horse:

  • “Onna” – 2015 mare, No Wimpy Turns (Whiz N Starlight x Its Wimpys Turn x Wimpys Little Step)

Best 2023 Cowboy Christmas memory:

“The best part of the fourth run was being with the girls I travel with, Bradi Good and Kendal Pierson. The Cody Stampede was the first rodeo since we left Texas that one of us in the rig didn’t win money at. It’s been so fun.”

– Shelby Boisjoli

The Breakaway Roping Journal is the source for Breakaway Cowboy Christmas ProRodeo world standings coverage, the Resistol Rookie race, circuit shifts and training tips in the sport of breakaway.

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