Richest Women’s Only Week of Western Sports Competition Announced

Have you heard? There's $1.1 Million up for grabs in Fort Worth in May 2023—and it's exclusively for female athletes.
Hailey Kinsel and Jules Barrel Racing
Hailey Kinsel and "Jules" winning the 2022 Women's Rodeo World Championship. Image courtesy WCRA by Bull Stock Media.

Dear Ladies-

Did you catch yesterday’s big announcement? 

The WCRA and PBR proudly welcomed the inaugural Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week. May 14 -20 will now mark the richest women’s-only week of rodeo in Western sports. The week-long schedule of events is slated to pay out $1.145 million in prize money and will now include a new Last Chance Qualifier.

The Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week will feature the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC), the WRWC Last Chance Qualifier, and The Cowgirl Gathering. All events will be held at Cowtown Coliseum.

The week will kick off with The Cowgirl Gathering Barrel Race, Breakaway Roping, and Team Roping from May 14 – 16.

The 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship will begin with the new WRWC Last Chance Qualifier, allowing athletes not qualified for the WRWC the chance to compete.

The Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) will be held on May 17 beginning at 8 a.m., featuring a Pro and Challenger Open Barrel Race, Pro and Challenger Breakaway Roping, and Pro and Challenger Team Roping, and it will end with the Pro and Challenger Barrel Race Buy Back Round. Entry fees will be $150 for the Barrel Racing and $250 for the roping events. The one-day tournament is anticipated to award $40,000. All details regarding the LCQ can be found HERE.

We will jump right into the WRWC competition on May 18-20. The final qualifiers for the event will include the top 20 athletes from the Pro Leaderboard and Challenger Leaderboard per discipline, the Last Chance Qualifiers, and the Qualifier Series generic qualifiers that are not already inside of the Top 20.

We look forward to paying out another $750,000 for the fourth year in a row and crowning our World Champions and All-Around Champion. As a reminder, each event champion will be awarded
$60,000, the World Champions in each discipline will receive a $5,000 bonus, and the All-Around World Champion will receive a $20,000 prize.

The complete Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week schedule is as follows: Friday, May 12:

– Cowgirl Gathering Barrel Race Slack Sunday, May 14:

– 8 am: Circle Y Saddles Cowgirl Gathering Barrel Race, presented by NBHA, WWP, & APHA – Cowtown Coliseum

Monday, May 15:

– 8 am: The Cowgirl Gathering All-Women Team Roping – Cowtown Coliseum

Tuesday, May 16:

– 8 am: The Cowgirl Gathering Breakaway Roping – Cowtown Coliseum

Wednesday, May 17:

– 10 am: Women’s Rodeo World Championship Last Chance Qualifier – Cowtown Coliseum

Thursday, May 18:

– Noon: Women’s Rodeo World Championship Qualifying Rounds – Cowtown Coliseum 

o All Disciplines

o W23 Leaderboard – #11-20

o Qualifier Series Winners
– 7:30 pm: Women’s Rodeo World Championship Top 10 Qualifier Round – Cowtown Coliseum

o All Disciplines
o W23 Leaderboard – #1-10

Friday, May 19:

– 10:00 am: Women’s Rodeo World Championship – Cowtown Coliseum

 o All Disciplines

– 7:30 pm: Women’s Rodeo World Championship Semi-Finals – Cowtown Coliseum 

o All Disciplines

Saturday, May 20:

– 1:00 pm: Women’s Rodeo World Championship Finals – Cowtown Coliseum

– Triple Crown of Rodeo Round 

o All Disciplines

Lastly, please join Sami Jo Smith and I on the WRWC Facebook page as we discuss the details of WRWC Week. And for more information about the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week, visit HERE.


Linsay Rosser Sumpter