AUSTIN, TEXAS- The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) is proud to announce a collaboration with the Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA) in a continued effort to expandopportunities for rodeo athletes to earn larger payouts at marquee events and engage fans through the sport of rodeo.

“We’re excited to announce this alliance with an organization who shares the same goals of advancing opportunities for rodeo athletes and the sport of rodeo,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “In addition to the opportunity that CPRA athletes have to qualify for their annual Finals, they now can earn WCRA points, at those CPRA events, and qualify for our Semi-Finals and Majors in 2019 with a total payout of six million dollars. More immediately, they can nominate CPRA events to qualify for our November Semi-Finals with a guaranteed purse of $500,000. This is a tremendous opportunity for CPRA members and immediately enhances their chances to qualify for large purse, marquee rodeo events.”

The CPRA was formed in 1992 by a group of producers and contestants holding their first finals in Lufkin, Texas contributing $25,000 in added money to the event. Most recently, the organizationcelebrated its 25th annual finals with added money of $110,000.00 in addition to bonus money, cash and prizes awarded in excess of $243,000.  In 2017, CPRA added money at their regular season rodeos increased to a total of  $657,102 increasing payouts to $2,811,661.07 and entries to 24,954 with CPRA’s membership reaching an all-time record of 1,156.

“The WCRA/CPRA alliance further solidifies a great opportunity that CPRA contestants have to be involved in the growth of our sport,” said CPRA Barrel Racing Director, Katherine Allen. “It is very exciting to see groups working together to enhance Rodeo and I look forward to seeing where it leads in the future of western sports. “

In early May, WCRA announced the major rodeo events series that will award $6 million to competitors, an innovative virtual qualification app and world ranking system for athletes to qualify for high-payout rodeos, and other growth initiatives for the industry.

The $6 million in payouts will be comprised of four large rodeos each featuring a $1-million purse. Four semi-final qualifier events will provide the additional $2 million in prize money. The $6MM WCRA Rodeo Event Series will occur in four independent segments throughout 2019. Qualifying will be based on points, rather than dollars won, through a new world ranking points system – the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) is available to all rodeo athletes by visiting app.wcrarodeo.com.

The first WCRA $500,000 semi-final event is scheduled for November 15-18, 2018 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, OK, followed by the first WCRA $1-million major rodeo in January 2019. Additional 2019 WCRA large-payout events will be announced at a later date.

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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 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, visit app.wcrarodeo.com or call 833.ENTERUP (368.3787)

About CPRA

The CPRA was formed in 1992 by a group of producers and contestants holding their first finals in Lufkin, Texas contributing $25,000 in added money to the event. CPRA recently celebrated its 25th annual finals with added money of $110,000.00 in addition to bonus money, cash and prizes awarded in excess of $243,000.  In 2017, CPRA added money at their regular season rodeos increased to a total of  $657,102 increasing payouts to $2,811,661.07 and entries to 24,954 with CPRA’s membership reaching an all-time record of 1,156.