Women’s Rodeo World Championship Barrel Racing 2022: Here’s What You Need to Know

The countdown is on for the 2022 WRWC and here is the scoop on who has already secured their spot, how to qualify, and some frequently asked questions about the all-female event.
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Less than six weeks remain until the cowgirls of the WRWC will compete for their share of $750,000. Ten cowgirls have already punched their tickets, others are battling it out for a position, and a select few are still wondering how the qualification system works. Have no fear, Barrel Racing Magazine is here to break it down.

What: Women’s Rodeo World Championship

When: May 16-18, 2022

Where: Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth, Texas

Why: $750,000 payout — need we say more? 

Read: Women’s Rodeo Championship Announces Changes to The 2022 Event

How to get there:

#1. The first route to qualifying for the WRWC is through the Qualifier Series. This series has already concluded for 2022, and these are the cowgirls who have a guaranteed position into the event, and how they got there.

Read: Jimi Jones Qualifies for Women’s Rodeo World Championship

Cowgirl GatheringFort Worth, TexasNovember 14, 2021Jada TrosperDee Dee Jordan
All In Barrel Race #1Las Vegas, NevadaDecember 2-4, 2021Maggie PoloncicPayton Askins
All In Barrel Race #2Las Vegas, NevadaDecember 8-9, 2021Maggie PoloncicKappie Etherton
Downtown Arena WRWC Qualifier SeriesWickenburg, ArizonaJanuary 6, 2022Sharon Harrel & Cheyanna TanneryBrenda McMahan
NBHA Arizona Super Show Race #2Buckeye, ArizonaJanuary 22, 2022Tilly JenskiJimi Jones
Royal Crown Open Barrel RaceBuckeye, ArizonaFebruary 18 & 20, 2022Tilly Jenski, Sharin HallCranna Roberts, Mallee Jones

Contestants advanced from the Qualifier Series events by placing the highest in the individual race, or aggregate of contestants that nominated the event through the WCRA’s virtual rodeo qualifier (VRQ) platform. 

Read: American Girl

#2. The second path to the WRWC is by way of the WRWC leaderboard. To qualify from the leaderboard, a contestant can nominate any jackpot, rodeo, or futurity that they are attending through the VRQ system and earn points by placing in the event. There is no membership required. An account is free to create, and an athlete pays a fee for nominating the event that they wish to attend. The top contestants on the leaderboard in each division will advance to the WRWC. 

As of Friday, April 1, here are the top 5 cowgirls on the leaderboards.


  1. Stephanie Fryar, 3,767.75 points
  2. Jordan Driver, 3,536.25 points
  3. London Gorham, 3,487.25 points
  4. Sissy Winn, 2,603.5 points
  5. Maggie Poloncic, 2,592 points


  1. Britta Strain, 2,455.75 points
  2. Tara Seaton, 1,542 points
  3. Jordyn Koonsman, 1,318 points
  4. Lisa Zachoda, 1,267.75 points
  5. Taci Flynn, 1,070 points

Check out the full leaderboard standings here.

Open/Pro and Challenger Divisions Explained

A contestant is considered a Challenger per the WRWC website if their earnings do not exceed these amounts, which are determined using the Equi-Stat ranking system. 

2018= $20,000 Annually

2019= $20,000 Annually

2020= $20,000 Annually

2021= $20,000 Annually
2022= $20,000 Annually
Lifetime Earnings = $100,000

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If their earnings exceed the above listed amounts, the contestant is considered an Open or Pro contender. 

There’s still time to nominate. WRWC nominations will stay open for the Leaderboard until April 17, 2022. Check out the WRWC website for more information.