As the women gear up for Oc­to­ber’s 2018 Cinch Ladies Cham­pi­onships, last year’s win­ners of­fer in­sight on pre­par­ing for the rop­ing, get­ting it done, and what comes af­ter.

Spin to Win Rodeo - - Departments - Rylea Fabrizio and Lor­raine Moreno


RF: Last year was a re­ally good year for me. I was just col­lege rodeo­ing in the be­gin­ning of the year, but at Reno, at the in­vi­ta­tional, my mom and I won fifth, and we won the short-round. I don’t even re­mem­ber how much we won, but Reno was re­ally good to us. Then, me and Lor­raine won the sec­ond round to­gether out there, so, ev­ery time me and Lor­raine roped to­gether, it’s like we clicked. And then I won the Spicer Gripp Me­mo­rial break­away, which was in Au­gust, so it had just been a re­ally blessed year for me.

Get­ting in the Game

LM: I was rop­ing pretty good and prac­tice felt good and ev­ery­thing, but that week didn’t start very good. It was off to a bad start. I was rop­ing all right, just couldn’t put any­thing to­gether to win any­thing. But I knew I just needed to try to catch, rope, and be con­sis­tent to win some­thing. Nor­mally, if you can be con­sis­tent in that rop­ing and just catch them all, you’re go­ing to win a check.

RF: Me and Lor­raine have roped to­gether for prob­a­bly two or three years now in the all-girls and stuff. It seems like ev­ery time we usu­ally get in there for some kind of check. If it’s ei­ther a good av­er­age check or a round check, we get some­thing out of them and we have fun rop­ing to­gether. We both like to not back down and put some pres­sure on them, so it’s fun.

Out-Rop­ing the Com­pe­ti­tion

RF: This sounds crazy, but my fam­ily has gone to US rop­ings for I can’t even name how many years, and that was ac­tu­ally the first US rop­ing I’d ever won. So, it was ob­vi­ously my goal: I went in there want­ing to win it. And, I had re­ally good con­fi­dence with my part­ners. Both me and Lor­raine and me and mom had won at the pre­vi­ous all-girl, which was Reno be­fore that, so I just had a lot of con­fi­dence in my part­ners, and me and Lor­raine had some good luck and it all worked out.

LM: I’d roped with all the good head­ers and had good head­ers, and I knew if I just did my part, we’d do okay. Whit­ney

(DeSalvo), Jessie (Rems­burg), they all rope good, so I just had to do my job to beat some of those tough girls. They rope re­ally well, and I just knew I had to do the best I could to come to be on top.

Uti­liz­ing the Win

LM: It helped me. From that win, I was do­ing good and I just kept win­ning for a while. And I also got my num­ber bumped. I was a straight-6, and then I went to 6-Elite, and now I’m a 7.

RF: The win gave me a lit­tle bit of a con­fi­dence boost, to know that me and Lor­raine can com­pete. My horse, Stiletto—she’s 16 hands—she was younger and I won it on her, so that was good. It’s a good feel­ing to win a big rop­ing on a horse you raised and my par­ents trained that is just as com­pet­i­tive as all the oth­ers. At the be­gin­ning of the year, Stiletto was ac­tu­ally hurt, so I haven’t got­ten to jack­pot as much this year, but come Reno, me and Lor­raine won fifth

out there this past sum­mer, so, it didn’t seem to slow us down.

Rop­ing For­ward

RF: I’ve been at home am­a­teur rodeo­ing here in Colorado, so that’s been fun, get­ting to mixed team rop­ing and stuff and those have been good, so I’ve just been try­ing to keep my spot head­ing into the fi­nals here in [early Oc­to­ber,] so that’s been good, and then just get­ting pre­pared to go back to Ok­la­homa City [later in Oc­to­ber], so it’s been a good year.

LM: I’ve been go­ing to a lot of World Se­ries rop­ings. I think I’ve only been to one US rop­ing this year, and I placed at the one, but mainly I’ve been to a bunch of World Se­ries rop­ings, and I’ve been do­ing pretty good, so hope­fully that keeps go­ing. I’ve al­ready qual­i­fied for Ve­gas like five times, but I’m only go­ing to en­ter two or three times. In the #13, #12, and then I’m go­ing to head (5-Elite) one in the #11.

I’m not go­ing to Ok­la­homa be­cause they capped the all-girl at a 10, so I can’t re­ally heel in it, so I think I’m just go­ing to skip out. Plus, I started ra­di­ol­ogy school on Aug. 27, so I think you won’t see me for a lit­tle while un­til I fin­ish.


{ Vi­tal Stats } NAME: Rylea Fabrizio AGE: 23 NUM­BER / END: 5-E Head / 4 Heel ROPE: Lone Star Storm XXS HOME: Pue­blo, Colorado



{ Vi­tal Stats } NAME: Lor­raine Moreno AGE: 24 NUM­BER / END: 5-E Head / 7 Heel ROPE: Lone Star Storm XXS HOME: Mathis, Texas

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