(Editor's note: WRCA/PBR release)
The WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance) and PBR (Professional Bull Riders) have announced additional details regarding the Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) at South Point Arena in Las Vegas November 3-7.
The world championship event is open to any female athlete competing in breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping and will award a $750,000 guaranteed payout with equal money in all four disciplines. The event will also award a Women’s Rodeo All-Around Champion.
All disciplines will feature two main pathways to the WRWC main event. Athletes who earn the top four spots on the WCRA Leaderboard at the end of the nomination period will be directly seeded into the main event while athletes 5-64 on the leaderboard will compete in a qualifying pool. The 60 athletes in the WCRA pool will compete in a three round progressive format with the top six advancing to the WRWC main event.
Nominations for the 2020 Women’s Rodeo World Championship leaderboard will start on May 18 at noon CDT and will close October 11 at 11:59 p.m.
Up to 16 athletes per discipline can earn a NWYI (“nominate, win, and you’re in”) seeding qualification in the WCRA pool through select events found here [wcrarodeo.com]. The four fastest times in the NWYI fast track will earn a spot in the main event.
All athletes advancing through the WCRA leaderboard and NWYI events will not be required to pay an entry fee.
Athletes will also have an opportunity to earn a spot in the main event through the “Open to the World Qualifying Pools”, which will be split into pro and challenger divisions. All athletes in the Open to the World Qualifying Pools will compete in two rounds of competition with 18 athletes per pool advancing to the progressive round. Those who do not advance to the progressive round have the option to re-enter in a redemption round. The top 10 fastest times in the one-run progressive round will advance to the main event.
A total of 24 total positions in each discipline will be available in the main event with multiple combinations of pay-outs available throughout all stages.
The Women’s Rodeo World Championship will be carried on RIDE-TV and RidePass, the PBR’s western sport digital network.
Additional details on open entry and package details will be released at a later date. All current information regarding the five-day event can be found at HERE [wcrarodeo.com].
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.
PBR is the world’s premier bull riding organization. More than 700 bull riders compete in more than 200 events annually across the televised PBR Unleash The Beast tour (UTB), which features the top 35 bull riders in the world; the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT); the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD); and the PBR’s international circuits in Australia, Brazil, Canada and Mexico. PBR’s digital assets include RidePass, which is home to Western sports. PBR is a subsidiary of IMG, a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media.