Casper, Wyo. – Black Hills State University Junior Joey Painter finished her season winning the National Title in the breakaway roping with a four go-round time of 13.0 seconds at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. Saturday evening.
"I'm proud of the effort that Joey (Painter) put into this season," said head coach Glen Lammers. "Going into her final run she knew that she had to post a time of 3.4 seconds to win the title, and that's exactly what did. The crowd was amazing, you could hardly hear yourself think. When Joey put together the run she did to win the national title, all of her hard work paid off."
Painter's older sister Jessica (Painter) Holmes won the breakaway in 2006 while attending National American University in Rapid City under head coach Glen Lammers. Jessica was riding her horse Louie, the same horse that Joey won the national title on. Holmes and her husband were in attendance for the CNFR and the couple gave birth to a baby girl, Tommi Jo, at a hospital in Casper on Tuesday, while watching Joey compete.
In the first two rounds, Painter posted times of 2.7 and 2.9 seconds, respectively, before a 4.0 third round, giving her a three round combined time of 9.6 seconds. This was fast enough to take the lead in the average by 1.5 seconds. Painter was the last participant to compete in the breakaway roping and knew that a 3.4 second run would win her a national title. In her fourth and final run, Painter posted a time of 3.4 seconds flat.
"My hat goes off to Joey. She has shown extreme physical and mental toughness to become a national champion. I couldn't be more proud of her," said Lammers.
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