The Women of Rodeo Hit the Heartland, Oct 13-16
The women of professional rodeo are loading up their trailers and heading to the Midwest October 13-16 to finish out the season at the World Finals at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln, Neb. During the event eight world champions will be crowned along with several Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) World Finals champions. Cowgirls from across the nation will be competing for $80,000 in added money and an additional $12,500 in bonus money paid out through the WPRA’s Pro Elite Stallion Incentive program. The action kicks off Thursday evening with an open all girls barrel race starting at 6 p.m., and ends Sunday at the conclusion of open 4D jackpot. With it being the end of the season with world titles and big purses for the taking, the WPRA World Finals are sure to be a great weekend of entertainment, pretty girls and fast horses.
Following a successful finals at the Lancaster Event Center in 2010, the WPRA decided to keep the World Finals in Lincoln, Neb., for a second year due to the competitor friendly, convenient facilities. According to the organization’s website, http://www.WPRA.com, WPRA World Finals Event Coordinator Robin Hofmann said, “We were very pleased with our 2010 event and we are looking for an even bigger and better event this year. The City of Lincoln and the Lancaster Event Center have been great hosts and we hope to produce a great event for them showcasing the best in Women’s Professional Rodeo.” The women will be competing at the top of their sport in barrel racing, tie down calf roping, break away roping, and team roping.
A new event lineup for this year during the Saturday night performance will include the final round of the Junior Division barrel race, a bonus round for WPRA’s top ropers and the WPRA World Finals Pro Futurity slot race featuring 4- and 5-year old horses. Eligible horses will make one run for a share of $37,500 based on a full field. Also this year back by popular demand will be the $10,000 added Permit Only event, giving permit and new members a chance to fill their permit at the end of the finals. Once a permit holder has over $1000 won on her permit, she will move up and become a WPRA card holder, pulling rank over other permit holders when entering WPRA and PRCA events.
Aside from the action in the arena, there will be a trade show at the 2011 WPRA World Finals. A variety of vendors and merchandise will be available onsite allowing for a little self indulgence or the opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping. For those looking to make a larger purchase, the WPRA has announced it has contracted with Going Big Time Sale Company, from Ada, Oklahoma, to produce a Pro Elite horse sale. The sale will offer 75 to 100 head of horses bred for speed, including breeding stock, prospects, and seasoned horses. Preview of the horses to be sold will be Friday, October 14 with the sale taking place at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 15.
At the end of the weekend, World Champions will be named and honored in Team Roping, Breakaway and Tie-Down roping. Also named will be the winners of the Junior barrel race, the WPRA Futurity and the WPRA Derby. A World Finals champion barrel racer will be named upon conclusion of the Card Holders Race, but the title will only represent the WPRA World Finals Event. The WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer will not be decided until the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in December.
For those interested in the all women’s rodeo action, be sure to visit the Lancaster Event Center October 13-16. Also visit the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association website at http://www.WPRA.com for a complete schedule and list of events.