The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) made history when they hosted the first one-day $1,000,000 major rodeo in Chicago at Allstate Arena on January 11. The Windy City Roundup paid out $1,000,000 to 80 athletes with champions in each of the nine disciplines walking away with no less than $50,0000 and automatic advancement to the next WCRA $1,000,000 major rodeo.
The one-night, $1,000,000 rodeo began with the top 8-9 athletes in each discipline in the long round, with the top two fastest times/best scores progressing to a short go final round.
For the first time in professional rodeo history- breakaway ropers were able to compete in a major rodeo. Breakaway ropers Jackie Crawford and Cassidy Boggs successfully made it to the short go where Crawford’s 2.28 time outdid Boggs’ time of 2.64. Crawford ended the night with $52,347 in earnings.
Bareback riders Wyatt Denny and Kaycee Feild advanced to the finals round where Denny’s score of 89.5 trumped Field’s 88.5 and earned him a $50,000 payday. The team roping duo Garrett Tonozzi and Joe Mattern cleared $62,500 after a 5.69 catch in the final round as Tyler Pearson beat out Stockton Graves’ 3.93 time with a time of 3.68.
Saddle bronc rider’s Issac Diaz and Colt Gordon went head-to-head in the final round with Diaz achieving a 90.0 point score, defeating Gordon and netting $62,500. Tie-down roper Trevor Brazile fell to Shane Hanchey in the short go as Hanchey recorded a 7.46 run compared to Brazile’s 7.54. Hanchey walked away with a $50,000 check.
Cheyenne Wimberly had a $50,000 payday when the barrel racer out-ran Ivy Conrado’s 18.42 with a 13.56 time during the final round. Derek Kolbaba earned the champion spot in bulls with a score of 84.0 defeating Chandler Bownds.
All results and payouts from the Windy City Roundup can be found here.
Athletes and fans interested in the WCRA can visit wcrarodeo.com to learn more about the organization.