Breakaway Roping: Will Young Girls Be Trading Polly Pockets For Poly Ropes?

Lari Dee Guy showed us that it was a good thing to “rope like a girl,” Willow Raley became the first woman to win money in the team roping in the PRCA (at Cheyenne Frontier Days, no less) and Jackie Crawford has been dominating the breakaway roping game for years. With those talented women paving the way for female ropers, there truly has never been a more significant time in the history of ladies spinning ropes since the old days of lady fancy trick ropers.

Even though those ladies like Florence La Due (undefeated World Champion Lady Fancy Roper) were handy with a rope, those women never imagined roping for a purse of $85,000 like the women of RFD-TV’s The American are about to. 

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A New Event For Women

We’ve always marveled at the women who can run that cloverleaf pattern—and it’s one of the tightest-raced events in rodeo—but the movement of women that are now spinning a rope instead of spinning around three barrels has been raging like a wildfire. 

When ladies were donning split skirts and bloomers and becoming lady fancy ropers back in the old days, it was about social and political advancement. In 2019, breaking the glass ceiling and getting another women’s event introduced into rodeo is about showing their talents, and winning some cold, hard cash—and a lot of it at that. 

Breakaway Ropers Ready For The American
The Future Of Breakaway Roping

Before, there was not a living to be made as a breakaway roper. Sure, you could hit up some jackpots and the WPRA was a great place to test your roping talent, but if you wanted to make a living in rodeo as a woman, you had to focus on barrel racing. 

Now, with more PRCA rodeos adopting breakaway roping as another—and sometimes equal money—event, plus major events like The American that boast huge purses, could a future career in breakaway roping be imminent for the best female ropers of this generation and the ropers to come?

If jackpots continue to grow, more rodeos adopt the event and we keep seeing huge events like The American hosting breakaway roping, that may not just be a pipe dream anymore.

A young rodeo boy’s favorite toy is quite often a rope. Now, with the increase in opportunity for women in roping, maybe a girl like me, who competes exclusively as a roper now, would have put down my Polly Pocket dolls and picked up a poly rope much sooner. 

PBR Watch Guide: Calgary, Fresno & Kansas City, Plus Road To The Horse

Yet another action-packed weekend is coming your way in the PBR with the PBR Canada boys heading to Calgary, Alberta, the riders on the Velocity Tour in Fresno, California, and the “big dogs” on the Unleash The Beast Tour stopping in Kansas City, Missouri. Also on the docket, top horsemen and women are on display for the Road To The Horse in Lexington, Kentucky. 

Photo Album: $50,000 Moments Captured At Rodeo Houston

Poetry in motion, extreme precision and all the grit it takes to win the $50,000 first-place prize in NRG Stadium for Rodeo Houston. 

What Did It Take To Win Rodeo Houston In 2018?

It took high scores and fast times in 2018, but will they be tougher in 2019? As the 2019 edition of Rodeo Houston's finals kicks off, see the rank rides and rapid runs that won the coveted titles of this major rodeo last year. 

'I Still Feel Like I Am In A Dream' -- Catching Up With Madison Outhier

It was a battle, but young Madison Outhier was up for the challenge.

Watch Guide: PBR Velocity Wheeling & Dayton

Check out the PBR Velocity Tour events in Wheeling, West Virginia and Dayton, Ohio this weekend on FloRodeo.

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Walk. Ride. Rodeo.: Netflix Releases Movie On Life Of Amberley Snyder

Netflix released a movie today based on the life of paralyzed barrel racer Amberley Snyder. The Utah cowgirl was well accomplished as a young rodeo competitor in both the National Little Britches and National High School Rodeo Associations and had just begun her college rodeo career when an accident changed her path forever.

How The American Will Immensely Impact The PRCA Standings Come December

Who's Gonna Take The Crown?

It pays almost as much as two go-round wins at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and it’s the first of two $50,000 events that have been added to PRCA season this year. So it’s hard to discount the immense impact that will be felt by RFD-TV’s The American come December when competitors hit the bright lights of Las Vegas.

Watch Guide: PBR Duluth, Bangor & Ballarat

There are three PBR events coming up this weekend on FloRodeo including stops on the Unleash The Beast, Velocity and PBR Australia tours. 

'8 Seconds' Actor Luke Perry Dies At Age 52

Luke Perry, famous among the rodeo community for his role as Lane Frost in the movie 8 Seconds, has died at age 52. Perry was hospitalized last week when he suffered a massive stroke and passed away on Monday.