AUSTIN, TEXAS- WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) today announced that the Women’s Rodeo World Championship will be relocated from Las Vegas to Fort Worth, Texas due to COVID-19 restrictions in the State of Nevada.
The $750,000 event paying equal money in all disciplines will be hosted November 8-12 (qualifying rounds) at the Will Rogers Memorial Center with the final six from each of the four disciplines competing at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas alongside the PBR World Finals in the Championship Round November 13-15.
According to WCRA President Bobby Mote; every effort was exhausted to keep the event in Las Vegas but due to the state’s COVID restrictions for live events the organization was unable to proceed with confidence.
“Fortunately, this particular relocation is a huge game changer and will allow the championship round to run alongside the PBR’s marquee event making it that much more historic,” said Mote. “Crowning the champions in one of the most iconic stadiums in the United States during the PBR World Finals continues to raise the bar for women’s rodeo and put them on one of the largest platforms in all of Western Sports.”
Athletes competing in four disciplines—breakaway roping, barrel racing, and team roping (heading and heeling) will compete for their piece of a historical $750,000 purse along will an all-around $20,000 bonus. Champions in each discipline will walk away with a minimum of $60,000 each.
“As WCRA continues to lead the industry charge in women’s professional rodeo we are proud to offer equal money in all disciplines and to feature their efforts during the PBR’s marquee event as well to millions on a CBS Sports Network Telecast,” said Mote. “This event will place these athletes onto a historic stage. A revolutionary event with this level of payout and visibility in women’s rodeo has never been done before and it is only year one.”
Open entries for the championship event are open and have been extended until October 25 at 11:59 p.m. CT. Entry fees are $750 and are taken on entrytool.com.
Athletes can nominate their efforts with WCRA and earn points for the WRWC Leaderboard (W20) until the extended deadline of October 18 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The top four ranked athletes in each discipline on the leaderboard will automatically advance to the main event.
Details regarding stalls and host hotel will be released to athletes at a later date.
Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $7,700,000 in new money to rodeo athletes.
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.