BREAKING: WCRA Extends $1M Opportunity To Youth Athletes

The World Champions Rodeo Alliance (WCRA) announced in a press release today the creation of their Youth Division that will give young competitors the opportunity to not only compete in their own league, but also have a chance to qualify for the $1 Million Major events. Starting December 2, 2019 youth aged 13 and up competing in girls breakaway roping, barrel racing, team roping heading and heeling, tie-down roping, and steer wrestling can begin to nominate rodeos in the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) through Division Youth (DY).

"Based on feedback throughout the rodeo industry, we have made the decision to add a youth division to give the youth a chance to earn big payouts on a large stage," WCRA President Bobby Mote said in the press release. "While we realize the need for growth in rough stock, our first event will only feature the six major timed event disciplines. Rough stock disciplines will be added in a future segment."

That first event–denoted the Youth Stampede at the E–will take place May 14-15, 2020 at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma with the top 24 contestants in each event on the Youth Division Leaderboard qualifying to compete for a piece of a $50,000 semi-finals purse. From there, the average champions of the event will get the special opportunity to move on to compete against the “big boys and girls” at the next $1 Million Major.

Watch full archives of the WCRA’s 2019 events on FloRodeo here:

Windy City RoundUpChicago, IllinoisWatch Replay
Lewis Feild Bulls & BroncsSalt Lake City, UtahWatch Replay
$500,000 Semi-FinalsGuthrie, OklahomaWatch Replays
Titletown StampedeGreen Bay, WisconsinWatch Replay
Days Of '47Salt Lake City, UtahWatch Replays

Just like any other competitor at the Majors, those youth athletes will have the chance to win the $50,000 grand prize, an opportunity that already has young superstars like Paige Jones from Wayne, Oklahoma excited.

“I think it’s going to be a big step up for the younger competitors coming up to have a chance at money,” said the well-accomplished 17-year-old. “For kids to have a chance to compete on the same level as them is good for the industry.”

Jones already has a long resume that includes the 2016 National Junior High School Finals Rodeo All-Around title, 2018 Futurities of American Champion, and several qualifications for the National High School Finals Rodeo in the barrel racing, breakaway roping, and cutting. Not only has she racked up a resume competing against her peers but, with goals to go on the compete in the professional rodeo ranks in 2020, she’s also eager to see how she can handle competing against the top competitors in the WCRA.

“I think it would be a big accomplishment [to make it through the youth division competition because I will have done well alongside people my age, and then see how I do at the big rodeo,” said Jones. 

She has a long journey between now and the first major that youth will have the opportunity to compete at, but we asked Jones to imagine just what winning $50,000 would mean for her young career.

“I could go out and buy another horse so it would help me move forward in barrel racing, being able to enter other events with that money and using it towards me getting better,” said Jones. “I would probably invest some of it so I don’t spend it all, but I would probably put it towards more entry fees and hopefully more nomination fees to do the WCRA again.”

With one more year of high school rodeo left before she goes on to Oklahoma State University in the fall of 2020, Jones will also be happy to hear that the WCRA's first youth alliance is with the world’s largest youth rodeo association: The National High School Rodeo Association. An alliance WCRA President Mote says he's proud of and will help elevate the youth rodeo game.

"You can’t be all for rodeo - if you’re not developing the next generation of the sport," said Mote.

Starting December 2, 2019 youth competitors can nominate in Division Y for $25 to start earning points on the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier leaderboard.


Who Will Leave Round One Of the 2019 NFR As The World Standings Leader?

There's a long 10 days ahead in Vegas, and the race for No. 1 could change in an instant, but we wanted to figure out just how instantly the lead could change in each of the world title races before round one kicks off tonight.

BREAKING: PRCA Announces Creation Of Jr. Rodeo Association & New Jr. NFR

The PRCA announced the creation of their Jr. Rodeo Association in a press release today that will see the next generation of world champions spotlighted at their own Jr. NFR. Young rodeo athletes aged 8-19 are being offered the chance to compete at Jr. Rodeo Association events, learn from the pro’s at clinics, receive accident insurance, and more under the PRCA’s new youth initiative.

NEW EVENTS ADDED: All In Barrels & Breakaway, World Series, LIVE With Lucia

Las Vegas, Nevada is taken over every December with cowboy hats, boots, and gold buckles. With many events going on around the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, we’re giving you a chance to get your fill of the team roping, barrel racing, breakaway roping and talk show action going on in Vegas this year!

How Jeremy Buhler Went From World Series Winner To World Champion

In 2009 a pair of fairly-unknown brothers from Canada traveled to the World Series of Team Roping in Las Vegas, Nevada and proceeded to turn the heads of everyone in the team roping world by dominating what was, at the time, the largest-paying No. 13 roping in history. 

Technique Tuesday: Learn From 2019 National Finals Rodeo Qualifiers

On this edition of Technique Tuesday, learn from the best of the best in 2019 with telestrations from this year's National Finals Rodeo qualifiers.

Sixty Memorable Moments From The 60th National Finals Rodeo

Ten rounds, 120 competitors, ten million dollars, countless memorable moments. 

A Walk Down Memory Lane: Celebrating Trevor Brazile's 25th World Title

In celebration of Trevor Brazile’s 25th world title win – captured last weekend at the National Steer Roping Finals in Mulvane, Kansas – we’re taking a walk down memory lane to relive all 25 of his world titles along his 20-plus-year career in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).

One The Greatest Moments Of A Rodeo Competitor's Life

It's that moment when you realize all of the preparation, all of the hours spent in the practice pen, all of the miles, the money, the time away from home, and the sacrifice you've made, was worth it. For nine professional rodeo competitors trying to make a living on the rodeo trail last year, that moment is when they were announced as the 2019 World Champions.

Maple Leaf Circuit Opens New Opportunity For CPRA Members & Committees

Cassidy: No. 1 Steer Wrestler

The addition of the Maple Leaf Circuit Finals is not just another rodeo for the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association (CPRA).