Dani Lowman Stuns with 1.61, Romero Has Arrived: WRWC Round 1 Recap

Danielle "Dani" Lowman stretched the barrier rope to clock a 1.61-second time in Round 1 of the Women's Rodeo World Championship Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Danielle Lowman roping her breakaway calf in 1.61 seconds.
Danielle Lowman went 1.61 to top the first round of the Pro division at the 2023 WRWC. Image courtesy WCRA by Bull Stock Media.

Arizona’s Danielle “Dani” Lowman stretched the barrier rope to clock a 1.61-second time in Round 1 of the Women’s Rodeo World Championship Thursday, May 18—and that’s just the start of the breakaway roping excitement at the 2023 WRWC.

Pro Division

The time boosted Lowman to the top of the WRWC Pro leaderboard. She earned $2,500 for her efforts and locked up a qualification to the Semifinals on Friday night at 7:30 p.m..

“I heard my calf was a plus from Taylor Hanchey, so I knew what I wanted to do was follow it and go for it,” Lowman, 30, said. “When it left and I hit the barrier, I knew I was close. I thought, “All I have to do is rope.'”

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Lowman’s mare, Shi’Biz, picked up a few checks for her out on the West Coast run this spring, including when she split the win in Redmond with Tiffany Schieck.

“She’s had two weeks off and I brought her back for this,” Lowman said of her horse. “She did great.”

In the rest of the field, No. 2 finisher, 2022 Resistol Rookie of the Year and NFBR qualifier Josie Conner, who was already seeded into the Semifinals thanks to her No. 2 position entering the event on the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier leaderboard, posted a slick 2.01-second run that was good enough for $1,000. Jordan Hollabaugh, who finished No. 3 will also advance. She earned $500 for her 2.39.

WRWC Round 1 Professional Results

PlaceAthletesTimeEarnings
1Danielle Lowman1.61$2,500
2Josie Conner2.01$1,000
3Jordan Jo Hollabaugh2.39$500
4Rylie Edens2.39
5Kelsie Domer2.5

For full results, click here.

Challenger Division

In the WRWC Challenger race, No. 1 seeded Rylie Romero continued her momentum with a time of 2.51 seconds, winning Round 1. The 15-year-old from Welsh, Louisiana, drew a calf she wasn’t initially familiar with but, with the help of friends, they decided it was an A+.

Rylie Romero stands with her championship buckle at the Women's Rodeo World Championship.
Rylie Romero poses with her championship go-round buckle at the WRWC. Image courtesy Romero family.

“Tonight, I was nervous,” Romero said. “I knew the pressure was on, but I knew my horse felt good, and I knew what needed to be done.”

To do so, she employed her horse, “Buster.”

“Buster was so good in the back,” Romero offered. “Cowtown is a tough place to warm up; there is not a lot of room. Thankfully, I can rely on him to take care of me. When we walked in the box, I was ready and so was Buster.”

Romero was already No. 1 on the VRQ leaderboard, but her $2,500 win should give the teenager a confidence boost going into the next rounds of competition. Behind her, Bucki Shephard will advance for her 2.66-second run, worth $1,000.

Kinlee Brennise was already seeded through to the Semifinals, but she added $500 to her WCRA earnings with her 2.68. The door busted open for No. 4 finisher, Tori Murdock, who will advance with her 2.78.

Friday’s 10 a.m. second round of competition will determine which cowgirls take up the eight aggregate placings that will advance. The top two in that round will also automatically come back to rope in the Semifinals.

Find everything you need to know about the WRWC here.

WRWC Round One Challenger Results

PlaceAthletesTimeEarnings
1Rylie Romero2.51$2,500
2Bucki Shepherd2.66$1,000
3Kinlie Brennise2.68$500
4Tori Murdock2.78
5Jordan Dildine2.83

Find full results here.

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