What Gives, RodeoHouston? Where’s the Breakaway?

What Gives, Rodeohouston? Where’s The Breakaway?

Katie Mundorf breakaway roping at RodeoHouston
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After a seemingly sans-breakaway-roper start to the Super Series Semifinals at RodeoHouston, fans were rightfully confused. Here’s what’s happening. 

Super Series Semifinal 1 kicked off at RodeoHouston on Wednesday, March 16, but fans noticed something odd: Although RodeoHouston made headlines by adding breakaway for the first time in 2022, the cowgirls were not present during the first performance of the semifinals. 

Have no fear: Breakaway will be back on March 19. For its inaugural inclusion in the event, RodeoHouston simply made the decision to format the breakaway differently than the other seven events. 

In the breakaway roping, as in the other seven events, contestants qualified into one of five Super Series brackets. That is where the paths split. In the breakaway, with its $133,500 total payout, ropers had the opportunity to run one calf in their Super Series. From there, the top two times advance to the March 17 Super Shootout round, during the evening rodeo performance. The Super Shootout round will then determine the top four breakaway ropers to advance to the Championship round on Saturday, March 19. 

Top 10 RodeoHouston cowgirls advancing to the Super Shootout round.  

J.J. Hampton 

Taylor Munsell 

Shelby Boisjoli 

Hope Thompson 

Erin Johnson 

Tiada Gray 

Amanda Coleman 

Taylor Hanchey 

Katie Mundorf 

Laramie Johnson 

The other events at RodeoHouston, with total payout of $218,500, were allowed three chances to compete in each of their respective events, and the top four money earners overall advanced through to one of two Super Series Semifinals. From the Semifinals, the top four in each performance advance to Saturday’s Championship round, and others will have one final opportunity to qualify through a Wild Card round on Friday, March 16.  

Breakaway Super Series Results  

Super Series 1 

1. J.J. Hampton, 3.2 seconds, $3,000 

2. Taylor Munsell, 3.3, $2,000 

3. Joey Williams, 4.0, $1,000 

4. Bryana Lehrmann, 12.0, $750 

Super Series 2 

1. Shelby Boisjoli, 2.6-second run, worth $3,000 

2. Hope Thompson, 2.8-second run, worth $2,000 

3. Amber Crawford, 3.1- second run, worth $1,000 

4. Nicole Baggarley, 3.7-second run, worth $750 

Super Series 3 

1. Erin Johnson, 2.7-second run, worth $3,000 

2. Amanda Coleman, 3.4-second run, worth $2,000 

3. Makayla Boisjoli, 3.5-second run, worth $1,000 

4. Jordi Edens, 3.6-second run, worth $750 

Super Series 4 

1/2. Tiada Gray, 2.9-second run, worth $2,500 

1/2. Taylor Hanchey, 2.9-second run, worth $2,500 

3. Kayelen Helton, 3.2-second run, worth $1,000 

4. Jordan Jo Hollabaugh, 3.5-second run, worth $750 

Super Series 5 

1. Katie Mundorf, 2.8-second run, worth $3,000 

2. Laramie Johnson, 3.6-second run, worth $2,000 

3/4. Danielle Lowman, 3.8-second run, worth $375 each 

3/4. Jackie Crawford, 3.8-second run, worth $375 each 

Taylor Jones topped Round 3 of the 2023 CNFR with a 2.4-second run for Blue Mountain Community College in Oregon.
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