For photos and b-roll from the final rounds of competition, courtesy WRWC, click here.
FORT WORTH, Texas – Following this week’s electric Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) event inside Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, not only were three new event champions crowned, but the historic all-women’s event reached a new level of dominant competition.
The ferociously contested Breakaway Roping Event Championship race capped off a slugfest between Martha Angelone (Stephenville, Texas), and barrel racer/breakaway roper Britta Strain (Bryan, Texas).
Backed by a dominant showing, including tying for the fastest time of the week, Angelone surged to the top of the breakaway roping leaderboard after a 2.05-second time to win the showdown round, besting Strain’s 2.29-second run.
Three-time WRWC qualifier Angelone entered the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round alongside Strain and Jenna Dallyn (Nanton, Alberta, Canada).
Strain then delivered a groundbreaking performance at the event, as the string broke away from her saddle horn at an impressive 2.04 seconds, marking the fastest time of the week. Angelone, however, was cool under pressure, backing into the box and stopping the clock at the same time as Strain, tying for the event title.
Angelone’s Showdown Round time was the tie-breaker decision. As Angelone had a faster time than Strain in the Showdown Round, Angelone was named event champion.
In an equally thrilling race, Hailey Kinsel (Cotulla, Texas) was anointed the 2022 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Barrel Racing Event Champion.
After making her WRWC debut as the No. 11-ranked barrel racer on the PRO leaderboard, Kinsel’s jaw-dropping 13.384-second push through the Cowtown Coliseum course propelled her to the top of the standings, leading Laura Mote’s (Llano, Texas) 13.564-second effort and 2022 WRWC Champion Rainey Skelton’s (Llamo, Texas) 18.908 run.
Taking the top time aboard her horse Jules, Kinsel netted $60,000.
As the World Championship event continued on Wednesday evening, the Team Roping competition began to unfurl.
Roping duo Kylie Mclean (San Tan Valley, Arizona) and Megan Gunter (Mccammon, Idaho) had fans inside historic arena on the edge of their seat as they were last to run, earning a remarkable 6.65-second time.
Tracey Nelson (Mcdavid, FL) and Kaylee Billingsley (Phoenix, AZ) notched a valiant 7.96-second run, to take the runner-up spot.
Mclean and Gunter took home $60,000 individually, a Jesse Jaymes Silversmith’s buckle and the WRWC Barrel Racing Event Champion title.
For a complete list of advancement, results and all-around points, please view here.
WRWC is the largest annual purse for a women’s rodeo event. With the Conclusion of the 2022 Women’s Rodeo World Championship, the event has paid out $2,250,000 to women rodeo athletes since 2020.
The WRWC is the largest annual purse for a women’s rodeo event and will payout more than $750,000 in 2021 while crowning World Champions in the Women’s Rodeo disciplines; Team Roping, Breakaway Roping and Barrel Racing. An all-around champion will also be crowned. WRWC is a culmination of a year-long race of women’s rodeo events worldwide. Athletes qualify for the WRWC by earning points and leaderboard positions using the VRQ (Virtual Rodeo Qualifier). The championship event will take place at the historic Cowtown Coliseum May 16-18.