By: Julia Dondero
She’s been to the WPRA Finals 44 times and has had the opportunity to do what she loves her whole life, and has now found a new way to do so. For 2022 Women’s Rodeo World Championship qualified heeler Patti McCutchen, the WCRA and WRWC has provided her with many new opportunities. From the nomination system to the opportunity to rope on large stages, the WRWC has been a game changer for McCutchen.
Most notably, the Arkansas cowgirl has been able to nominate All-Girl Rodeos that are close to home and can transfer into large point values. McCutchen explained, “It has been so fun having the opportunity to attend these events and have them also qualify me for large events without having to travel far.”
Since becoming a member of the WPRA in 1979, McCutchen has watched the role of women in rodeo grow exponentially. She particularly notes how the WRWC has impacted her life and so many other cowgirls. “Having these opportunities to compete on big stages and for large, equal payouts has been life-changing.” Along with many female athletes, McCutchen has been extremely excited and grateful for the opportunities presented by the WRWC and WCRA. She further explained how the rapid growth of women’s events has given many ropers and fans alike many opportunities to showcase and enjoy their talents at a greater level.
The retired school teacher plans to nominate as many rodeos as she can to get back to the WRWC finals in Fort Worth. She explained how special of an experience this event was and hopes to return to compete for her piece of the $750,000 payout. “I hope to be in Fort Worth come May. Last year was such a special experience for myself and so many others.” McCutchen currently sits among the top 15 WRWC Heeling standings and aims to rope her way back to the 2023 WRWC Finals.