Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association holds finals in Loveland, Colo.
October 19, 2016
The Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association held their 12th Annual World Finals Rodeo Oct. 7-8 at The Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colo. Eighteen teams of women from Wyoming, Texas, Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Kansas, Florida, Montana and New Mexico traveled to compete against each other for the title of 2016 WRRA World Champions. The competition featured three rounds of women chasing the fastest times in events of tie down, doctoring, sorting, trailer loading and calf branding over the course of two days.
The Finals kicked off on Friday morning with Billie Franks, Jenna Stierwalt, Sage Adams and Neesa Smith with the Push Hard Cattle Company of Fort Pierce, Fla., winning the first round. Friday evening had consistent fast times and increasing competition, but Kate Reagan, Shana Smith, Shay Boggeman and Candice Bowen of the Bridle Bit team were able to win the second round.
All teams were ready to compete as the last round started Saturday afternoon with JV Thomas, Stacy Mathis, Kelsey Mosby and Ginny Thomas of the Wagon Wheel team out of Lometa, Texas, won the final round.
The points of each team were then calculated and announced at the end of the third round to name Raelyn Gilmore, Malloree Barnes, Sarah Kucera and Lezley Koubek with the Too Hard To Handle team the 2016 WRRA World Finals Champions.
The Push Hard Cattle Company of Fort Pierce, Fla., was able to pull through and was named the 2016 WRRA World Finals Reserve Champions.
Jenna Stierwalt of the Push Hard Cattle Company team, who is from Shidler, Okla., was named the 2016 WRRA World Finals Top Hand and Alesa Jones of the Buckles, Boots, and Spurs team had her horse, Buttons, win the 2016 WRRA World Finals Top Horse.
Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association educates its members and viewers while perpetuating and promoting the sport of Women’s Ranch Rodeo. WRRA also honors the lifestyles and skills associated with women in the cattle, equine and ranching industries. The WRRA is a growing organization with over 200 women holding membership in the association. ❖