In an effort to create more opportunities for all women rodeo athletes, the WCRA has launched a tiering system based on earnings and rankings in the respective disciplines at the Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC). This tiering system will level the playing field by dividing the pro and challenger athletes into their respective pools in the WRWC qualifying rounds and give each group a direct path to compete at center stage.

If you are a rodeo athlete who has won less than the totals listed in the section below, you are considered a WCRA Challenger and will be eligible to compete in the challenger pools at the Women’s Rodeo World Championship.

WHO CAN AND WHY COMPETE IN THE CHALLENGER POOL?
  • WHO? Athletes classified as a challenger are eligible to compete in the WCRA Challenger competition. Pros are only eligible to compete in the open competition.
  • WHY? For the WRWC, having a separate PRO/WCRA CHALLENGER competition creates guaranteed advancement opportunities for the Challenger athletes. Based on research- At all levels of Rodeo competition, the “Professional Athlete” makes up less than 20% of the field of competition but secures more than 80% of the money. By creating a “challenger competition”, it will give athletes who are classified as a challenger an opportunity to compete against others of their same caliber in a more level competitive environment.

Earnings Classification

An athlete’s status as a Pro or Challenger will be determined based on known information as of January 1, 2021.  The athlete’s status will remain following this date regardless of an athlete’s competitive efforts or earnings prior to the start of competition at WRWC.

Why Tiering?

WCRA believe that at all levels of Rodeo competition, the “Professional Athlete” makes up less than 20% of the field of competition and these “Professional Athletes” secure more than 80% of the prize money.

Single disciplines such as Team Roping and Barrel Racing have seen enormous growth with the implementation of tiering – also known as team roping handicapping and the barrel race divisional systems.

Team Roping Tiering

Team Roping will use the Global Handicaps system to determine the Challenger Pool any combined teams Global Handicap of #4.5 or below is eligible, but not required, to participate in the WCRA Challenger Pool.

You are a Challenger Team Roper If…

  • At or below a #4.5 Header
  • At or below a #4.5 Heeler

*Based on the Global Handicaps System

  • An athlete’s Global Handicap number at the time of their initial entry in the open pool will be used to determine the combined team’s number regardless if an athlete’s number is raised prior to entries closing.
  • All Challengers MUST have a Global Handicaps classification number prior to entering.
Breakaway Roping Tiering

Breakaway Roping will utilize a proprietary classification format developed by Rodeo Logistics based on athlete earnings derived from select national and regional rodeo associations; select stand-alone events; and WCRA earnings from the 2018 and 2020 calendar years. Athletes are eligible to participate in the Challenger division if their earnings for either (not both) time periods listed below in this section are below the amount listed for that time period.

  • 2018-2020 = $6,000 Anually
  • Lifetime Earnings = $20,000
Barrel Racing Tiering

Barrel Racing will utilize the Equi-Stat ranking system to determine the Challenger Division eligibility. Athletes are eligible to participate in the Challenger division if their earnings for either (not both) time periods listed below in this section are below the amount listed for that time period.

  • 2018-2020= $20,000 Anually
  • Lifetime Earnings = $100,000
2021 WRWC Leaderboard

The W21 Leaderboard will now be separated by Pro’s and Challenger’s using each discipline’s earning classifications.

For all athletes that nominate an event for the W21 segment, and earn points, they will be placed on the respective leaderboard based on their individual earnings.

If there are any athlete’s that are classified as a Challenger, but would rather compete in the Pro Leaderboard, they must email [email protected] by April 30, 2021. Once an athlete has earned over 100 points on the Pro or Challenger Leaderboard, they can no longer switch leaderboards.