Despite health concerns and equine injuries, Beverly Robbins and Jessy Remsburg battled through four rounds and earned the win at the All-Girl team roping at the NTRL Finals on Jan. 30 to capture a check for $2,600 combined, and a guaranteed entry to the Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) this May in Fort Worth.
“We went in with the idea of catching every steer,” said Robbins, the only female to ever place in the short round of the BFI. “We wanted to get as many points as we could and win the average.”
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In line with the WRWC qualification system, each of the women nominated the NTRL All-Girl—a WRWC Qualifier Series event—in hopes of earning enough points (the WRWC standings are determined by points instead of earnings) to be invited to the Fort Worth, Texas, event.
Robbins, who currently leads the points standings for the headers with 4,360.25 points, and Remsburg, who leads the heelers with 2,963 points, went into the All-Girl roping planning on winning the event, but they also wanted to consistently win points throughout the rounds and the average to help their leaderboard standings just in case.
When, instead, they won the event, this allowed the cowgirls to bypass the points system and awarded them a guaranteed fast pass to the Finals.
“It works for me, not having to travel around the world,” Robbins said of the ability to nominate ropings she was already planning to attend. “It may seem kind of complicated, but it’s really not. It’s a cool thing for people that don’t want to go rodeo that hard to still have a chance at big money.”
Besides, life for the team was complicated enough heading into the season. Seven weeks before the Jacksonville event, Robbins fell ill. The NTRL Finals was her first event back, but she didn’t appear to miss a beat. She jockeyed three different horses throughout the four rounds and caught and turned each steer with ease.
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On the heeling side, Remsburg’s main mount sustained an injury at one of the NTRL Finals ropings earlier in the week. This meant that her old faithful, Jason Cajun Spirit, or “Cajun,” got the call. Remsburg purchased the now 13-year-old gelding as a 2-year-old for $600 at a sale.
“It always makes me happy to win on Cajun because he’s my favorite horse ever,” Remsburg said. “I’ve ridden him for a long time.”
Remsburg, a WPRA World Champion heeler, noted that Cajun’s job was made a lot easier thanks to JX2 Productions bringing great cattle. Robbins echoed this appreciation.
“A lot of times, girls don’t get the better end of the cattle. They might be big, or slow, but JX2 put together a really good set of cattle for us. All weekend long, the cattle were great and the setup was great,” Robbins said.
Both Robbins and Remsburg reside in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, and are grateful to producers like JX2 Productions for partnering with the WRWC to give ropers in the eastern half of the United States opportunities to qualify for the event closer to home.
Make sure to watch Robbins and Remsburg at the $750,000 guaranteed WRWC at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, May 16—18, 2022.
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WRWC 2022 Leaderboard Standings
February 3, 2022
Team Roping Header Pro Division
1. Bev Robbins 4360.25
2. Lari Dee Guy 2467.5
3. Laura Mote 1863
4. Cadee Williams 1421.5
5. Jackie Crawford 1159.25
6. Kayelen Helton 1147.5
7. Cassidy Kelly 1095.25
8. Kenna Francis 1042.5
9. Maelee Heart 975.25
10. Katelyn Perkins 930.75
Team Roping Heeler Pro Division
1. Jimmi Jo Montera 5157
2. Jessy Remsburg 2963
3. Annette Stahl 1347
4. Megan Gunter 1309
5. Rylie Smith 1193.5
6. Jackie Crawford 1030
7. Whitney Desalvo 1024
8. Erin King 664.5
9. Debbie Fabrizio 599.5
10. Lorraine Moreno 550
For full WRWC standings and information, see www.wrwc.rodeo