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Garrett Tonozzi just won his second WCRA event, adding $50,000 to his check book, aboard Fulton Ranch raised mare, Streakin Disco. Heading for Joe Mattern, the team also won $62,500 a man at the $1 million Windy City Roundup in Chicago on January 11. On Sunday, June 2, the duo roped for the win at the Title Town Stampede at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. “I’ve been around rodeo my whole life and I haven’t seen this opportunity ever,” said Garrett about the WCRA. “The crowd was amazing – you can tell Green Bay is a rodeo town.”
Garrett, who has been rodeoing professionally for 15 years, is mounted on an A Streak of Fling-sired mare named Streakin Disco, who was born and raised at Fulton Ranch in Todd County, SD. The beautiful, stout bay roan was sold in the Fulton’s 2012 sale to Monica McClung who started her on the barrels and at the futurities. She was then sold to Justin and Jordon Briggs, who started her in the heading and eventually sold her to Garrett. “He had taken her to a few jackpots and had won some money at the World Series Finals on her,” explained Garrett. “Brittany was talking to Justin’s wife and mentioned I was looking for a horse.”
“We call her Disco and she is one of the fastest horses I’ve been on. She lets me win everywhere I go from Cheyenne to Green Bay. Every time I nod my head I know she’s giving me 110%,” he said. “When you have a horse like this, it makes rodeo a lot more fun.” Disco is Garrett’s number one horse, but he also has two others that he hauls with him. “She’s the most trainable horse I’ve ever owned. If she makes a mistake and you correct her that day, she’s over it.” Disco fits into the Tonozzi breeding program as well. “We didn’t have a Streaker in the lineup, so we pulled two embryos from her, one is in the recip mare now and the other foal is a yearling.”
Brittany, Garrett’s wife, has been building the breeding program for years, and the couple now has more than 50 horses in their care; training, breeding, and continuing to improve their line. “It’s hard with this many horses. We don’t have a lot of help, so it’s just me and Brittany with Tinlee (their two year old daughter). There will be days Brittany and I will ride 8 to 10 horses each, switching when we ride so we can watch Tinlee.” They just bought a place in Lampasas, Texas, one hour north of Austin, Texas, and home to the world’s largest spur! They spend their winters there and head to Monument, Colorado, for the summer. “We are heading back to Colorado soon, taking 18 head with us.”
They will begin the summer rodeo run from there, starting with Reno, the BFI and going on. They recently purchased a toterhome to make family travel easier. “Tinlee was moving too much and it’s easier on her to do this. She can hang out in the back.” Garrett wouldn’t have it any other way. Growing up in Fruita, Colorado, Garrett started roping at his granddad’s (Tony Tonozzi) jackpots when he was 8. He competed in CJRA, CSHSRA, went to college for a couple days and decided he wanted to rodeo, and he’s been doing it ever since. He married two time World Champion Barrel Racer Brittany Pozzi in 2015 and the couple have been traveling together ever since.
At 34 years old, Garrett and Brittany have no plans to slow down. “We both agree that when it’s time to haul Tinlee, we will focus on that, but for now, this is how we make our living, rodeo and horses.”