LAS VEGAS – Ahead of the 2021 Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) the World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) have announced the final roster of the for the Oct. 27-29 World Championship event.
The WRWC is the largest purse in the history of women’s rodeo event and will payout more than $750,000 in 2021 while crowning World Champions in the Women’s Rodeo disciplines; Team Roping (Heading and Heeling), Breakaway Roping and Barrel Racing.
Each Champion will take home a minimum of $60,000 each while the all-around champion will collect a minimum of $20,000. The WRWC is a culmination of a year-long race of women’s rodeo events worldwide.
“An event of this magnitude is long overdue, we are overjoyed to make these women the focus of a world championship and offer them world’s largest payout in the history of women’s,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “These cowgirls deserve to be the main show and merit a dedicated one-hour CBS broadcast.”
The 2021 roster is comprised of 65 barrel racers, 56 team roping pairs, and 59 breakaway ropers.
The second edition of the WRWC, will make its first and final stop at South Point Arena in Las Vegas Oct. 27-29. The WRWC debuted in Arlington, Texas in November 2020 and crowned four world champions.
In the 2020 main event, the team roping duo Rylie Smith (Whitsett, Texas) and Hope Thompson (Abilene, Texas) logged the only qualified run of the performance. The Texas natives took home over $98,000 individually. In barrel racing, Hallie Hanssen (Hermosa, South Dakota) and mare Vida navigated the course as her 14.735-second run earned the number one spot, landing her the world championship. Then 18-year-old breakaway roper Madison Outhier (Utopia, Texas) delivered a groundbreaking 2.05-second effort to elevate her to a $60,000 payday and the Breakaway Roping World Championship.
Legendary cowgirl Jackie Crawford (Stephenville, Texas) earned the first-ever Women’s Rodeo World Champion All-Around Cowgirl title in 2020. She won a $20,000 bonus and a custom saddle donated by Coats Saddlery, after earning 1,520 points during the seven-day event along with nearly $15,000 in additional prize money. The 39-year-old mom of three, is the richest athlete in the WCRA with over $161,000 in career-earnings. She made history in Chicago during the WCRA Windy City Roundup becoming the first women breakaway roper to win $50,000 in equal prize money.
Competition will begin on Oct. 27 at 8:30 a.m. with the fast track round followed by the qualifying rounds in all disciplines. The progressive round will commence at 6 p.m. on Oct. 28 with the top 10 athletes advancing to the semi-finals round on Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. The top six fastest time out of the semi-final rounds will advance to the main event that same night. The athlete who takes the top spot in each discipline will be crowned the next Women’s Rodeo World Champion. Full schedule and advancement chart can be found here.
The CBS Television Network will then broadcast the WRWC main event on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 3 p.m. ET.
To view complete roster and event results, please click here.