By: Kyle Jones
WCRA (World Champions Rodeo Alliance), WPRA (Women’s Professional Rodeo Association), and The Cowgirl Gathering today announced that they joined forces to coordinate their competition schedules. The unity of the three organizations will allow athletes to compete in the three events with the goal of limited schedule conflict.
“With these three events being on the same week, we are overjoyed that we could work together to erase all invisible barriers and do our best to reduce schedule conflict,” said WCRA President Bobby Mote. “It’s important for us to work together with organizations that are good for cowgirls which in-turn is good for rodeo.”
The blockbuster week of events (Women’s Rodeo World Championship, WPRA World Finals, and The Cowgirl Gathering) will showcase one of the largest weekends in women’s rodeo history and combined will pay a projected payout of more than $1.2 million.
According to WPRA CEO Doreen Wintermute; once the WPRA learned of the impending conflicts, the organization knew they needed to work together to maximize the opportunities presented to WPRA members.
American Paint Horse Association CMO Steven Hayes also stated that The Cowgirl Gathering is excited to be working with WCRA and WPRA to ensure all the cowgirls have an opportunity to run at this kind of this money during their inaugural year.
Payout and entry dates for each event is as follows:
|Event||Total Payout||Entry Dates||Where to Enter|
|Women’s Rodeo World Championship||$750,000||7/27-10/25||HERE|
|WPRA World Finals||$250,000||10/1-11/3||HERE|
|The Cowgirl Gathering||$205,000||10/27-11/3||HERE|
Please visit the links below for the schedules of each event: