WCRA Cowtown Christmas Championship Breakaway Roping Roster Released
Marybeth Beam breakaway roping at WRWC
MaryBeth Beam is leading the Resistol Rookie of the Year race as of the end of March, 2023. Courtesy WCRA by Bull Stock Media

Austin, Texas – Ahead of the 2022 Cowtown Christmas Championship Rodeo, WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) has announced the final roster of the 218 athletes who have qualified and entered for the December 14-17 event and their date of competition. The roster is comprised of 146 timed event athletes and 72 roughstock athletes who qualified to the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo Event. 

The Triple Crown of Rodeo Presented by Lazy E Ranch and Arena is an annual bonus that will pay $1 million to any one athlete, or collection of athletes, who win first place in any three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos. The most recent Triple Crown of Rodeo event was held in Salt Lake City, July 20-25, 2022.

The Cowtown Christmas Championship Rodeo is playing host to the final stop to the WCRA’s Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR) during the 2022 series and will have a guaranteed payout of $360,000. Each champion will walk away with a minimum of $15,000.

Here’s the list of barrel breakaway ropers who will be competing in the first three performances.

Wednesday, December 14

Rylie Romero

Sawyer Gilbert

Faith Holyan

Delaney Kunau

Teryn McWhirter

Tacy Kay Webb

MaryBeth Beam

Josie Conner

Thursday, December 15

Bucki Shepherd

Carlee Potter

MaeLee Wade

Micah Samples

Catherine Clayton

Rylie Edens

Jackie Crafword

Martha Angelone *Automatically seeded into Saturday Showdown Round*

Friday, December 16

Josey James

Tiffany Schieck

Breanna Meyer

Misti Brown

Taylor Hanchey

Kinlie Brennise

Hali Williams

Brandi McDowell

Cowtown Christmas at a Glance

The roster is highlighted by an $1 Million Triple Crown of Rodeo Contender, RC Landingham. The 32-year-old Bareback Rider earned his second consecutive win at July’s Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo, putting him in contention to be a millionaire. If Landingham triumphs at the Cowtown Christmas Championship Rodeo, he will be the first victor of the WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo $1 Million Bonus.

Landingham will compete in the December 17 showdown round where the top three athletes in each discipline will earn a position in the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round. Landingham must place in the top spot in the TCR Round to take home the $1 million cash bonus. 

RC Landingham (Bareback Riding), Kody Rinehart (Saddle Bronc), Josh Frost (Bull Riding) Michael Bates (Steer Wrestling), Kaleb Driggers (Team Roping Header), Junior Nogueira (Team Roping Heeler), Shad Mayfield (Tie-Down Roping), Kassie Mowry (Barrel Racing) Martha Angelone (Breakaway Roping) and all earned the No. 1 position on the leaderboard to be seeded into the Showdown Round. 

A total of 72 athletes (eight athletes per night) in each of the nine disciplines will compete in the December 14-16 Qualifying Rounds with the top two fastest times or highest scores in each discipline of each performance will advance to the December 17 Showdown Round. The six qualifiers from the Qualifying Round along with the WCRA Leaderboard No. 1 will create for a total of seven athletes competing in each discipline of the December 17 Showdown Round. The top three fastest times advance to the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round where the fastest time or score will walk away with a minimum of $15,000. 

The following seven athletes are entered and eligible for the Triple Crown of Rodeo:

DISCIPLINEATHLETE
Bareback RidingRC Landingham (Two Consecutive Wins)
Saddle BroncAllen Boore
HeadingKaleb Driggers
HeelingJunior Nogueira
Tie-Down RopingShane Hanchey
Breakaway RopingJosie Conner 
Steer WrestlingCash Robb

To view complete roster, please click here.

Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $12,600,000 in new money to rodeo athletes. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA or the VRQ should visit wcrarodeo.com.

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About WCRA

WCRA is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with the PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo-industry competitors, stakeholders, and fans. To learn more, visit wcrarodeo.com. For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) system, visit app.wcrarodeo.com.

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