MARCH 2023 ROPERS SPORTS NEWS PAGE 9 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week... From Page 8 “The National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA) is honored to welcome and collaborate with the American Paint Horse Association and Wild West Promotions with the desire to create an ultimate highpayout barrel race within the prestigious PBR World Finals event lineup,” said NBHA Director of Barrel Racing Bailey Nahrgang. “It made perfect sense, with the Cowgirl Gathering shifting their dates to the PBR Finals week, for NBHA to join forces and combine two well-established events and make one prominent event for the record books.” The 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship will span May 17-20 and will introduce the new Last Chance Qualifier, allowing for athletes not qualified on the WRWC leaderboard the chance to ride their way into the marquee event. The 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship will pay out $750,000, in addition to crowning World Champions in three women’s rodeo disciplines: Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, and Barrel Racing. An AllAround World Champion will also be crowned. The Last Chance Qualifier will launch the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship on May 17 beginning at 8:00 a.m. inside Cowtown Coliseum, featuring a Pro and Challenger Open Barrel Race, Pro and Challenger Barrel Race Buy Back Round, Pro and Challenger Breakaway Roping, and Pro and Challenger Team Roping. The one-day tournament is anticipated to award $40,000. The main event for the fourth edition of the WRWC will be held May 18-20, when the Top 20 athletes from the Pro Leaderboard and Challenger Leaderboard per discipline take to the arena alongside those contenders who advanced via the Last Chance Qualifier and those athletes who have won a generic qualification through a Qualifier Series event. All qualifying and Semi-Final rounds will be held May 1819. Following the Semi-Final Rounds, the leaderboard will merge with 12 athletes in each discipline to advance to the May 20 Triple Crown of Rodeo performance. Each event champion will collect $60,000, the World Champions in each discipline will be awarded a $5,000 bonus, and the All-Around World Champion will collect a $20,000 bonus. As part of the Triple Crown of Rodeo, those event champions at the Women’s Rodeo World Championship will be eligible to win the $1 million cash bonus awarded to any one athlete or collection of athletes who win first place in any three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos. Tickets for the Women’s Rodeo World Championship will go on-sale in March. Visit https://wrwc.rodeo/ for more information. Other competitions and Western lifestyle activities will be held from May 12-16 throughout the Fort Worth Stockyards, highlighting cowgirls’ skills in breakaway roping, team roping and barrel racing, while also showcasing exhilarating and engaging female speakers, artists and fashion icons. The landmark Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week will feature the Circle Y Saddles Barrel Race, presented by NBHA, WWP, & APHA. The event – a one-day, freeto-attend, open barrel racing jackpot – will offer a 5D format payout, with Circle Y Saddles to the winners of each division, and many other awards. All ages and experience levels are welcome to participate. The 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week joins the action-packed week lineup of programming to be held in conjunction with the 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast. Other activities and events include: the PBR Be Cowboy Expo, Tractor Supply Co. PBR World Finals Pre-Show, PBR World Finals Concert Series, Flint Rasmussen‚Äôs Outside The Barrel, PBR World Finals Fan Zone, Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Mexico In Our Blood and PBR 30th Anniversary Parades. The 2023 PBR World Finals will buck into Fort Worth on May 12-21 at Dickies Arena. The opening rounds of competition will be held May 1214, with the action coming to a climactic end May 18-21 when the 2023 PBR World Champion will be crowned, earning the coveted gold buckle and accompanying $1 million bonus. Single-day tickets for the 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast event go on sale now, and start at $46, plus fees. Tickets can be purchased online atticketmaster.com and PBR.com, at the Dickies Arena Box Office or by calling PBR customer service at 1-800-7321727. The Dickies Arena Box Office is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT and on event days. As an add-on experience, fans can also purchase the official 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast Bull Housing Tour ($100). The tour is available on May 12-13 and May 19-20. The experience, which includes a commemorative credential and lanyard, will get fans up close and personal with the World Finals qualified bucking bulls and the top stock contractors of the PBR. The 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast Bull Housing Tour can be purchased by calling customer service at 800732-1727 or by visitinghttps:// pbr.com/premium-seats-exp. For more information about the 2023 PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast and to see the complete event schedule, visit https://pbr.com/eventschedule/event/4849/2023-pbrworld-finals. About Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC): The WRWC is the largest annual purse for a women’s rodeo event and will payout more than $750,000 in 2023 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 wome’s rodeo events worldwide. Athletes qualify for the WRWC by earning points and leaderboard positions using the VRQ (Virtual Rodeo Qualifier).