“It has yet to sink in, I can’t believe it!” exclaimed Jacey Fortier as she stepped down from the victory lap horse that held her newest trophy saddle.
Fortier put her name in the Pendleton history books and walked away as the 2022 Pendleton Round-Up Champion Breakaway Roper. It was Fortier’s quick and consistent roping that sent her to the top and earned her the prestigious title. After slack, Fortier’s 3.3-second run was sitting 11th and she was wary she’d make it back. Feeling uncertain that she would hold onto a spot in the top 12 to make it to Championship Saturday, she drove back home to Billings, Montana. Watching the last performance from home and realizing she was making it back in the 12th position, she quickly loaded up and made it back to Pendleton around 3 in the morning.
After running her first calf, Fortier explained that she knew what to expect on the grass and simply, just had to go for it and give her all on Saturday. And that is just what she did. She was the first out and set the pace for the rest of the pack. Fortier roped sharp to be a speedy 2.7 seconds to lead the round and average, being 6.0 seconds on two head.
This tenacious win is exciting for Fortier and her supporters as she looks ahead to the conclusion of the season. This major win has propelled her to 6th in the Montana Circuit standings and has provided her with great momentum to end the season on a high note.