Kelsie Chace’s new engagement ring won’t be the only new bling she’ll be rocking this summer! The 8x WPRA World Champion just won herself a new Gist Silversmiths buckle after winning the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Breakaway title during the Wrangler BFI Reno Championship presented by YETI.
Newly engaged to Ryan Domer of Western Legacy Company, Chace says, “He thought my luck might change if I had a little something extra to carry around.” Oh boy was he right! Before the breakaway began, Chace had entered the C1H All-GIrl Team Roping and finished 5th in the average with partner Emily Gately.
The night prior to the C1H All-Girl Challenge, Chace along with a handful of other C1H veteran ropers like Lari Dee Guy and Hope Thompson had caught a private charter plane to get back to Reno. The ladies had already roped their first set in the Reno Rodeo, flew home to some local rodeos in Texas, then caught a flight back to make the C1H All-Girl Challenge.
It’s exciting times for the breakaway competitors with 2020 including breakaway in the National Finals Rodeo and more pro-rodeos adding on money for the event. “It’s crazy that breakaway ropers can make a living at it now and that it’s multiple breakaway ropers, not just your top tier anymore. It’s kinda everyone’s ball game. I love that it’s evolving and that the younger girls won’t know any different. They won’t know any different than big money and pro rodeo. It’s exciting,” said Chace.
Chace has come close to winning the C1H All-Girl Breakaway Championship a handful of times so to say this victory was much-deserved is an understatement! Her most memorable year was 2019 when she came back high-call but broke out and fell out of the average. She admitted that that run was in the back of her mind today but stated, “I tried to do my job today. The calves were all good and I just try to do my job every time. I’m a numbers girl so I knew exactly what I had to be and when second and third high-call went out I knew I needed to be smart about it.”
Fan recognized Little Man, Chace’s 15 year-old Chestnut Gelding that she’s had for the last three years, helping her run them down the Reno Sparks Livestock Arena. Chace claims he’s her “#1 pick”. When asked about her game strategy Chace replied, “As silly as it sounds, I try to keep it simple. Honestly I hadn’t had much luck lately and I’ve kinda had heck at some of the pro rodeos so I was really needing this or wanting this for sure. I just told myself it doesn’t matter what I draw or what happens I’m going to control what I do.”
The Okie native (originally from Cherokee) had nothing but good things to say about the Lazy E Arena but wasn’t partial to either location. “I like ‘em both! Of course in Guthrie the arena is a lot bigger and the set up is longer so you run ‘em down farther. You get to go alot faster in Reno but it doesn’t take anything away from either one. They’re both great ropings, both pay amazing. I like to rope no matter where we’re at!”.
Chace will keep the momentum going as she heads to Prineville, OR and Greeley, CO to continue the long standing tradition of Cowboy Christmas. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to seeing continued success for her in the arena!
To view the full results of the Charlie 1 Horse All-Girl Breakaway, click here.