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?
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.
|Cowgirl Gathering||Fort Worth, Texas||November 14, 2021||Jada Trosper||Dee Dee Jordan|
|All In Barrel Race #1||Las Vegas, Nevada||December 2-4, 2021||Maggie Poloncic||Payton Askins|
|All In Barrel Race #2||Las Vegas, Nevada||December 8-9, 2021||Maggie Poloncic||Kappie Etherton|
|Downtown Arena WRWC Qualifier Series||Wickenburg, Arizona||January 6, 2022||Sharon Harrel & Cheyanna Tannery||Brenda McMahan|
|NBHA Arizona Super Show Race #2||Buckeye, Arizona||January 22, 2022||Tilly Jenski||Jimi Jones|
|Royal Crown Open Barrel Race||Buckeye, Arizona||February 18 & 20, 2022||Tilly Jenski, Sharin Hall||Cranna 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.
#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.
- Stephanie Fryar, 3,767.75 points
- Jordan Driver, 3,536.25 points
- London Gorham, 3,487.25 points
- Sissy Winn, 2,603.5 points
- Maggie Poloncic, 2,592 points
- Britta Strain, 2,455.75 points
- Tara Seaton, 1,542 points
- Jordyn Koonsman, 1,318 points
- Lisa Zachoda, 1,267.75 points
- Taci Flynn, 1,070 points
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
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.