Tuesday, April 16, 2024


After a record-setting season, Martha Angelone of Cross Junction, Virginia emerged from a crucial race on the final day of the All-Around in Fort Worth, Texas, to claim the 2023 WRWC (Women’s World Championship) All-Around World Championship, along with a $20,000 cash prize and a Coats saddle.

Angelone began scoring championship points in April 2022 and ended up leading the reigning all-around world champion with more than 14,300 points, hope thomson (Abilene, Texas) 16,009 points.

The Virginia Cowgirls compete in three different events: Team Rope Head, Team Rope Heel, and Rope Break. Despite failing to qualify in the breakout event, Angelone scored 22,307 points on the breakout leaderboard at the start of the tournament, enough to earn the $5,000 career world championship bonus. Harley Pryor (Port Moore, FL) won the round with an 8.09-second average. In the challenger group, Kinley Brunnis (Craig, CO) secured the top spot with an average time of 7.97 seconds to win the Challenger round.

At the conclusion of the semi-finals, a $5,000 World Championship prize was awarded to athletes in all disciplines in the PRO leaderboard and the Challenger leaderboard. The award is calculated based on the total points earned in the overall leaderboard. The athletes awarded $5,000 in each event and category are:

team rope
discipline Name
professional header bev robbins
occupational therapist Jesse Remsberg
challenger header sydney ball
challenger healer sally ball
barrel race
discipline Name
pro barrel racer laura mott
Challenger Barrel Racer Julie Prude
separate rope
discipline Name
professional separation rope Martha Angelon
challenger breaks roper Riley Romero

18-year-old Barrel Racer backs up with strong performance including fastest time of the week laura mott (Lano, Texas) had a mission, winning the prize with a dominant time of 12.907 seconds to jump to the top of the semi-final leaderboard. Mott set an arena record for the mode while sitting on a Red Hot Redbull. Mote beat WCRA barrel race champion Cheyenne Wimberely by 13.096 seconds. Although Wylie Jo Hodge won the round with a time of 13.288 seconds, it was Julie Plourde who won the World Championship cash prize in the challenge.

team rope set Kelsey Lacy (Chandler, Arizona) and Tammy West White (Los Osos, Calif.) averaged 21.22 seconds, ahead of Jackie Crawford (Stephenville, Texas) and Martha Angelon (22.14 seconds average) for first place in the Pro class.Challengers, age 16 Caitlin Torres (Alice, Texas) and kayla stamp (Harwood, Texas)’s 29.65-second average put them ahead of older sisters Sydney and Sally Ball (Max Meadows, Virginia), who came out on top with an average of 34.64 seconds.

The top 12 athletes in each event will advance to Saturday’s final round, with the top three advancing to the Rodeo Triple Crown Round for the event title and $60,000 in prize money. For a full list of progress, results and overall points, check here.

The event will air daily on Pluto TV and Cowgirl Channel’s PBR RidePass. WRWC 2023 will also air the week of May 22 at 8 p.m. ET on The Cowboy Channel.

Tickets are on sale now, starting at $20.Can be purchased at the Cowtown Coliseum Box Office, or cowtowncoliseum.com.

The 2023 event is part of the inaugural Women’s Rodeo World Championships week, the richest women’s event week in Western sports, held during the 2023 PBR (Professional Bull Rider) World Finals: Unleash the Beast. The week-long event is expected to pay out $1.145 million in prize money, offering more than 800 female players the chance to compete for life-changing prize money. Women’s Rodeo World Championships week will feature three major events including the 2023 Women’s World Rodeo Championships, NBHA (National Barrel Horse) One Day Event and Cowgirl Party.

Since its launch in May 2020, the WRWC has awarded more than $2.25 million in new prize money to women’s rodeo athletes. For more information on WRWC, visit wrwc.rodeo.

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