Circuit-By-Circuit
Crunching the Numbers—Which Breakaway Circuits Pay the Most?

Prairie breakaway ropers earn the most per rodeo, while First Frontier ropers earn the least. Where do the rest fall?

Shayla Hall prepares to rope in Baker Montana
Shayla Hall calls one of the most lucrative circuits—the Badlands—home. Photo by Clay Guardipee

Everything in ProRodeo is a numbers game including Circuits, where full-time cowgirls and weekend ropers alike strive to advance to their respective circuit finals, make a little cash and hopefully qualify for the NFR Open.

But not all circuits are created equal. Geographical limitations, tough competition, sponsor-and-added-money availability and the inclusion of breakaway in circuit rodeos across the United States are all factors in how well breakaway ropers fare.  

Not to mention the WPRA’s 40% 15 rule, which is a guide for how many rodeos breakaway ropers are required to attend in their circuit.

WPRA RULEBOOK SPOTLIGHT: THE 40% 15 RULE

8.8.2. Forty Percent (40%) 15 Rule

8.8.2.1. In order to satisfy the 40%/15 rule, a contestant must comply with the following:
1.) If the contestant’s principal place of residence is within her designated circuit, said contestant must compete in either 40% of the rodeos within that circuit (based on the total number of rodeos during the previous rodeo year which held the particular event for which the contestant seeks to become a CR contestant) or 15 rodeos with that event within the circuit, whichever is less or;

2.) If the contestant’s principal place of residence is not within her designated circuit, said contestant must compete in either 40% of the rodeos within the circuit (based on the total number of rodeos during the previous year which held the particular event for which the contestant seeks to become a CR contestant) or 15 rodeos with that event within the circuit, whichever is greater (provided that, if there are less that 15 rodeos with a particular event in a circuit during a rodeo year a nonresident must satisfy this rule if she competes in 100% of the rodeos with that particular event in the circuit during that rodeo year). At a director’s discretion it may go up to 60%.

Without further ado, see how the circuits stack up against one another in number of rodeos attended and average money earned per competitor.

Please note, standings were pulled Aug. 25, 2023.

By Average Earnings Per Rodeo

13. First Frontier Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $42,727.74

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 177

Average earnings per rodeo: $241.40

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Jessie LetzelterPottersville, NY$6,622.0117$389.53
2Shayne ValloneBallston Spa, NY$5,608.0317$329.88
3Emily FabianGansevort, NY$5,297.3721$252.26
4Paige PurselDanville, PA$4,094.2612$341.19
5Samantha ValloneBalltson Spa, NY$3,449.9819$181.58
6Tori RobertoSwedesboro, NJ$3,088.8411$280.80
7Kelsey KingHoney Brook, PA$2,940.2210$294.02
8Kerri SteinScottsville, NY$2,759.4615$183.96
9Kelly Jo SteinScottsville, NY$2,558.1115$170.54
10Tracey BrennanAshburnham, MA$2,159.1810$215.92
11Taylor FeldeisenOlmstedville, NY$2,087.7419$109.88
12Aimee GetgenEtters, PA$2,062.5411$187.50
$42,727.74177$241.40

The First Frontier Circuit has less cash up for grabs compared to other circuits, with their highest money-added rodeo of 2023—The Allegheny Mountain Championship Rodeo in Kellettville, Pennsylvania— boasting added money of $2,500.

12. Maple Leaf Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $60,710.90

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 176

Average earnings per rodeo: $344.95

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Shaya BieverVernon, TX$10,962.4520$548.12
2Jenna DallynNanton, AB$7,731.9118$429.55
3Lakota BirdNanton, AB$6,957.4018$386.52
4Macy AuclairEckville, AB$6,561.0114$468.64
5Bradi WhitesideLongview, AB$5,540.3513$426.18
6Kylie WhitesideLongview, AB$5,483.3215$365.55
7Caitlyn DahmDestin, FL$4,945.3015$329.69
8Darby WilkinsonArrowwood, AB$4,915.1815$327.68
9Brooke PomeranzMaricopa, AZ$3,790.1815$252.68
10Bailey HinesMarwayne, AB$1,714.8811$155.90
11Jessie ArmstrongBig Valley, AB$1,162.1110$116.21
12Melissa Thiessen (G)Stettler, AB$946.8112$78.90
$60,710.90176$344.95

11. Southeastern Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $55,943.21

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 151

Average earnings per rodeo: $370.48

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Laramie JohnsonShreveport, LA$11,449.1113$880.70
2Bethany StallonsEmelle, AL$9,139.688$1,142.46
3Makayla MackChristmas, FL$8,823.3915$588.23
4Tabitha OwensGrady, AL$4,005.7111$364.16
5Kayley KennemerAnderson, AL$3,868.2813$297.56
6Ashley HendersonUriah, AL$3,663.9611$333.09
7Traci AshtonLorida, FL$3,304.1012$275.34
8Brooke LadnerPoplarville, MS$2,820.9416$176.31
9Josey MurphyKeachi, LA$2,603.0411$236.64
10Della BirdWillston, FL$2,473.5114$176.68
11Lacey NailOkeechobee, FL$1,898.3314$135.60
12Kelsey MabryPiedmont, AL$1,893.1613$145.63
$55,943.21151$370.48

10. Mountain States Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $51,744.44

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 137

Average earnings per rodeo: $377.92

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Linsay Rosser SumpterFowler, CO$6,033.339$670.37
2Kinlie BrenniseCraig, CO$5,961.4912$496.79
3Willow WilsonBaggs, WY$5,621.5112$468.46
4Nicole HadleyGoodland, KS$5,384.2712$448.69
5Taya McAdowKeenesburg, CO$4,330.4812$360.87
6Coralee SprattShoshoni, WY$4,061.9216$253.87
7Erin JohnsonFowler, CO$3,660.2211$332.75
8Abbea FarisLaramie, WY$3,521.3911$320.13
9Devan McAdowLittleton, CO$3,490.1712$290.85
10Dara BelewLa Junta, CO$3,482.1313$267.86
11Peggy GarmanSundance, WY$3,149.7910$314.98
12Katie JollyDeer Trail, CO$3,077.747$439.68
$51,774.44137$377.92

9. Columbia River Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $79,614.41

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 199

Average earnings per rodeo: $400.07

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Jordan MinorHermiston, OR$11,406.4718$633.69
2Bailey PattersonPendleton, OR$9,485.2321$451.68
3Shayla CurrinDayton, WA$8,367.7319$440.41
4Mattie TurnerWilsonville, OR$7,317.4719$385.13
5Brittany WhiteJordan Valley, OR$7,065.4114$504.67
6Millie GreenwoodCaldwell, ID$6,693.4617$393.73
7Rylee HansenWeiser, ID$6,209.3612$517.45
8Josie GoodrichStanfield, OR$5,943.8919$312.84
9Kiley StreeterPalisades, WA$4,630.9118$257.27
10Annie MinorEllensburg, WA$4,274.1816$267.14
11Jodi GoodrichStanfield, OR$4,183.0016$261.44
12Julia ReevesMelba, ID$4,037.3010$403.73
$79,614.41199$400.07

See how the circuit math added up for the barrel racers over on BarrelRacing.com. (Hint, they have a different No. 1.)

8. Great Lakes Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $71,213.60

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 178

Average earnings per rodeo: $400.08

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Shyanne AllenMount Ayr, IA$9,157.6316$572.35
2Alli MastersLeon, IA$8,162.597$1,166.08
3Joslynn MastersMount Ayr, IA$7,630.2618$423.90
4Jesse AlsupFarigrove, MO$6,707.5518$372.64
5Korah CorriganShafer, MN$6,458.7814$461.34
6Danni CloverClifton Hill, MO$5,604.5619$294.98
7Shalee KingPemberton, MN$5,256.8516$328.55
8Kiley DalchowMayer, MN$5,190.6119$273.19
9Hannah HughesDavis City, IA$4,819.3814$344.24
10Sadie WaldronAdel, IA$4,281.0015$285.40
11Kim SpurginEminence, MO$4,256.5016$266.03
12Maggie StewartSheridan, IL$3,687.896$614.65
$71,213.60178$400.08

7. California Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $63,079.60

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 149

Average earnings per rodeo: $423.35

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Hanna HundsdorferVisalia, CA$11,610.6215$774.04
2Suzanne WilliamsStandish, CA$10,765.3214$768.95
3Fallon RuffoniArroyo Grande, CA$7,964.1315$530.94
4Kaitlyn AndersenSalinas, CA$7,641.2812$636.77
5Kate BrancoChowcilla, CA$5,484.8314$391.77
6Gianna O’DayHydesville, CA$5,415.6513$416.59
7Jessie JonesOrland, CA$3,660.3612$305.03
8Josie PereiraArroyo Grande, CA$2,910.5611$264.60
9Whitlee BurgessHilmar, CA$2,581.4513$198.57
10Rylee A GeorgeOakdale, CA$1,778.486$296.41
11Alea CunninghamArroyo Grande, CA$1,681.4612$140.12
12Jaden CowanRio Oso, CA$1,585.4612$132.12
$63,079.60149$423.35

6. Montana Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $63,041.87

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 147

Average earnings per rodeo: $428.86

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Shelby BoisjoliStephenville, TX$17,270.3413$1,328.49
2Anna CallawayBillings, MT$8,577.2912$714.77
3Joey WilliamsVolborg, MT$7,892.8211$717.53
4Sarah VerhelstPryor, MT$6,340.4712$528.37
5Jacey FortierBillings, MT$4,645.2914$331.81
6Tracey BolichBelgrade, MT$3,441.819$382.42
7Charleyne YeagerChoteau, MT$3,041.7215$202.78
8Shaylee WahlCuster, MT$2,586.9411$235.18
9Teka LarsonBillings, MT$2,474.4013$190.34
10Katelin ConwayCut Bank, MT$2,347.6813$180.59
11Molly SalmondChoteau, MT$2,307.7011$209.79
12Celie SalmondChoteau, MT$2,115.4113$162.72
$63,041.87147$428.86

5. Turquoise Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $55,766.74

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 122

Average earnings per rodeo: $457.10

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Tayle BrinkWittman, AZ$8,722.6911$792.97
2Hailey SchaferSan Tan Valley, AZ$6,467.2913$497.48
3Leigh Ann ScribnerEdgewood, NM$4,923.7613$378.75
4Kenzie KeltonMayer, AZ$4,835.179$537.24
5Lynn SmithElfrida, AZ$4,522.2813$347.87
6Justine DokaFountain Hills, AZ$4,306.8510$430.69
7Danielle LowmanGilbert, AZ$4,130.838$516.35
8Cheyenne BlackmoreHillside, AZ$4,064.7611$369.52
9Maddy DeermanHope, NM$3,660.011$3,660.01
10Shawnee SherwoodSan Tan Valley, AZ$3,453.5611$313.96
11Faith HolyanCoyote Canyon, NM$3,434.6612$286.22
12Kassidy DennisonTohatchi, NM$3,244.8810$324.49
$55,766.74122$457.10

4. Wilderness Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $92,486.70

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 189

Average earnings per rodeo: $489.35

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Zoie BedkeOakley, ID$14,687.7017$863.98
2Jacelyn FrostRandlett, UT$11,212.6118$622.92
3Addy HillThatcher, UT$11,011.9114$786.57
4Braylee ShepherdNephi, UT$10,787.9412$899.00
5Eryn MaddockParma, ID$7,089.7812$590.82
6Erika FrostRandlett, UT$6,925.4521$329.78
7Delaney KunauDeclo, ID$6,662.5919$350.66
8Ryland LufkinMenan, ID$6,574.2210$657.42
9Kash GayPlain City, UT$5,878.5516$367.41
10Megan BurbidgeTremonton, UT$4,578.5820$228.93
11Josie ClemensBlackfoot, ID$3,621.8512$301.82
12Bailey KieckbuschGrantsville, UT$3,455.5218$191.97
$92,486.70189$489.35

3. Texas Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $157,873.75

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 291

Average earnings per rodeo: $542.52

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Martha AngeloneStephenville, TX$19,926.1226$766.39
2Hali WilliamsComanche, TX$17,883.0128$638.68
3Bradi GoodAbilene, TX$16,482.8118$915.71
4Taylor HancheyCarmine, TX$14,393.8226$553.61
5Aspen MillerSanta Fe, TX$13,100.2818$727.79
6Tacy WebbMidway, TX$12,675.1227$469.45
7Jordan Jo HollabaughSpringtown, TX$12,655.4931$408.24
8Josie ConnerIowa, LA$11,548.8723$502.12
9Jackie CrawfordStephenville, TX$10,746.1623$467.22
10MaryBeth BeamPoetry, TX$10,558.6023$459.07
11Brandy GilbertParadise, TX$9,068.7536$251.91
12Kelsie DomerDublin, TX$8,834.7212$736.23
$157,873.75291$542.52

2. Badlands Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $86,153.82

Total rodeos entered by top 12: $154

Average earnings per rodeo: $559.44

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Tanegai ZilverbergHolabird, SD$11,065.6517$650.92
2Brooke HowellBelle Fourche, SD$10,632.0413$817.85
3Rickie EngesserSpearfish, SD$9,619.8612$801.66
4Syerra ChristensenKennebec, SD$8,408.1115$560.54
5Jessica HolmesBuffalo, SD$8,330.1714$595.01
6Taylor EngesserSpearfish, SD$7,630.2612$635.86
7Kayla OlsonChadron, NE$7,209.8414$514.99
8Halley KleemannKilldeer, ND$5,218.8510$521.89
9Sawyer GilbertBuffalo, SD$4,804.2810$480.43
10Misti BrownValentine, NE$4,760.2514$340.02
11Shayla HallBelle Fourche, SD$4,243.4810$424.35
12Randa ClabaughCamp Crook, SD$4,231.0313$325.46
$86,153.82154$559.44

1. Prairie Circuit

Total money earned by top 12: $103,711.76

Total rodeos entered by top 12: 154

Average earnings per rodeo: $673.45

AthleteHometownHometownEarningsNo. of rodeos enteredAverage earnings per rodeo
1Taylor MunsellAlva, OK$17,544.8115$1,169.65
2Beau PetersonCouncil Grove, KS$13,929.9410$1,392.99
3Christi BraudrickCaddo, OK$12,155.2617$715.02
4Ari-Anna FlynnCharleston, AR$10,391.9113$799.38
5Sierra HeinertWeatherford, OK$8,548.5014$610.61
6Cheyanne GuilloryKingston, OK$8,074.1514$576.73
7Paige WisemanPaola, KS$8,068.8917$474.64
8Kamie LandolfiAda, OK$6,036.0113$464.31
9KeAnn HayesBlanchard, OK$5,162.405$1,032.48
10Chenoa VandestouweWeatherford, OK$4,902.3714$350.17
11Mable McAbeeAnsley, NE$4,552.0915$303.47
12Sequin BrewerCanyon, TX$4,345.437$620.78
$103,711.76154$673.45

The Prairie Circuit’s success can be credited, in part, to heavy hitters Taylor Munsell and Beau Peterson, both of which average more than $1,100 in winnings per rodeo. There are only a handful of other circuit ropers with that achievement, and no other circuit has two of them.

The Prairie Circuit also boasts events like the Woodward Elks Rodeo, which had $8,500 in added money and paid a total of $27,166 in 2023. Munsell took home the top prize of $5,433, giving her the edge over Peterson.


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