NO. 1 SEED LEADERBOARD ATHLETES ANNOUNCED FOR DIRECT BERTH TO THE FINAL ROUNDS OF 2023 WOMEN’S RODEO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN FORT WORTH, TEXAS
PBR Team Series’ Texas Rattlers Set to Award Cash Bonus to Texas Female Athletes
AUSTIN, Texas – Ahead of the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC), the event the list of athletes advancing directly to the Showdown Round and Triple Crown of Rodeo Round on May 20, was today announced. The seven athletes earned the direct berth courtesy of their No. 1 standing on the W23 leaderboard.
The WRWC is the largest event purse in the history of women’s rodeo and will pay out $750,000 in 2023 while crowning World Champions in both the Pro and Challenger classifications in the following disciplines: Team Roping (Heading and Heeling), Breakaway Roping, and Barrel Racing.
Qualifying rounds of competition will be held May 18-19. The Top 12 in each roping event (Team Roping and Breakaway Roping) will advance to the May 18 Showdown Round to meet the leaderboard No. 1. The Top 3 from the Showdown Round will progress to the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round to duke it out for the $60,000 prize.
Barrel racers will be exempt from the Showdown Round, with 12 athletes advancing directly to the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round. Detailed advancement can be found here.
Those athletes that earned an automatic berth to the Showdown Round and Triple Crown of Rodeo Round are:
Team Roping Pro: Bev Robbins (Header | Tuscumbia, Alabama) and Jessy Remsburg (Heeler | Muscle Shoals, Alabama)
Team Roping Challenger: Sydney Ball (Header | Max Meadows, Virginia) and Sally Ball (Heeler | Max Meadows, Virginia)
Barrel Racing Challenger:Annika Ruth (Rolla, Missouri)
Breakaway Roping Pro: Martha Angelone (Cross Junction, Virginia)
Breakaway Roping Challenger: Rylie Romero (Welsh, Louisiana)
*Note: The No. 1 seeded Barrel Racing Pro athlete declined to enter the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship.
These athletes secured their berths by achieving the No. 1 position on the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Leaderboard, including nominated competition efforts at events from April 2022 to April 2023.
Of these No. 1-seeded athletes, Angelone is the lone contender to have previously been crowned a Women’s Rodeo World Champion.
The WRWC also announced that they have joined forces with the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Team Series’ Texas Rattlers, who are based in Fort Worth, to honor Texas resident cowgirls competing at the 2023 event. A cash bonus will be presented to the Texas resident cowgirl who earns the most amount of points in one discipline at this year’s event.
All female athletes entered will be eligible to win the Honorary Texas Rattlers Cowgirl Cash Bonus Award and will be given the option to wear a Team Texas patch during the WRWC competition.
The 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship will be broadcast daily on PBR’s RidePass on Pluto TV and Cowgirl Channel.
Tickets for the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship are on sale now and start at $20. They can be purchased at the Cowtown Coliseum Box Office or online at cowtowncoliseum.com.
The 2023 event is part of the inaugural Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week, the richest women’s-only week of competition in Western sports, held during the 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast. The week-long schedule of events is slated to pay out $1.145 million in prize money, affording more than 800 women’s competitors the chance to compete for life-changing payouts. The Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week will feature three marquee events, including the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship, an NBHA (National Barrel Horse) one-day event, and The Cowgirl Gathering.
Since launching in May 2020, the WRWC has awarded more than $2.25 million in new money to women’s rodeo athletes. For more information about the WRWC, visit wrwc.rodeo.