Texas native barrel racer Brittany Pozzi Tonozzi has continuously exhibited her riding talent with a long list of wins, including her recent 5th championship at the National Western Stock Show in a scorching finals time of 14.89. She’s also showing that she can breed and train her own barrel horses to win at the highest level.
Pozzi Tonozzi just qualified for The American Rodeo 2022 on an own bred gelding named Rock On Guys. The duo ran a 14.968 in the qualifier during the BBR’s Dinosaur Classic in Glen Rose, Texas. Rock On Guys is a five-year-old sorrel by A Guy With Proof, a stallion standing at her breeding company 113 Equine, located in Millsap, Texas.
During the rider’s 15 qualified trips to the WNFR, she’s ridden four more of her own bred horses. Her horses have earned two AQHA and one WPRA Horse of the Year awards.
A two-time WNFR World Champion and 2020 WPRA Reserve World Champion, Pozzi Tonozzi has been competing since junior rodeo and racked up qualifications and wins at the biggest events in each level of her career. She joined the WPRA in 2003 after being the Texas High School Rodeo Finals Champion in 2002.
She became the third member of the WPRA to surpass two million in earnings in 2017. As of 2021, the rider has earned more than $2.6 million and finished the year in 9th place world standings.
The American Rodeo has seen solid runs from Pozzi Tonozzi in the past two years. She finished 4th in 2021 and won the average in 2020 in 31.589 on two mounts.
Pozzi Tonozzi manages to balance being a business owner and professional athlete with roles as a wife and mother of one. With her extensive experience and talent, her deep string of both tried and young own bred and trained horses–including the 2022 NWSS champ, Birdie, and 2019 Scoti Flit Bar winner, Katniss–she has a good chance at setting more blistering runs in March.
About the Author
Heather Miner is a freelance writer who loves to dabble in a variety of jobs and hobbies, but horses have been a mainstay since her first memories. Growing up, she participated in countless rodeos and parades as part of a specialty act drill team she later coached for over 20 years. Participating twice in the WNFR as part of the Snake River Stampeders Night Light Drill Team was a tremendous thrill and accomplishment.
Living in Southern Idaho with her husband, their daughter, and an ever-changing menagerie of critters offers daily adventures. The family loves camping and exploring outdoor opportunities in their area and afar. Heather also enjoys her attempts at gardening, learning to play guitar, volunteering for the local library (to get a line on the best books, of course!), yoga, sewing, mountain biking, fixing up their 100 year old farm house and refinishing furniture.