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Top Seeded Team Ropers Qualified to Compete in WRWC Showdown Round
These Pro and Challenger team ropers are No. 1 on the leaderboard, earning them direct berths into the May 16 Showdown Round of the 2024 Women's Rodeo World Championship in Fort Worth.
The 2023 WRWC Champions. | Josh Homer/Bull Stock Media.

WRWC Pro ropers Kayeleen Helton and Jimmi Jo Montera, along with Challenger contestants Sydney Ball and Kennlee Tate, are the No. 1 seeded ropers who’ve punched their tickets into the 2024 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Showdown Round May 16.

WRWC format for 2024

Qualifying rounds of competition will be held May 13-16 inside Cowtown Coliseum. The Top 12 in each roping event (Team Roping and Breakaway Roping) will advance to the May 16 Showdown Round to meet the leaderboard No. 1 athlete. The Top 3 from the Showdown Round will then progress to the Championship Round at AT&T Stadium to duke it out for the $60,000 prize. 

Barrel racers will be exempt from the Showdown Round, and 12 athletes will advance directly to the Championship Round. The detailed advancement and event schedule can be found here

Full WRWC list of No. 1 athletes

Those athletes that earned an automatic berth to the Showdown Round and Championship Round are:

Team Roping Pro: Kayelen Helton (Header | Stephenville, Texas) and Jimmi Jo Montera (Heeler | Greeley, Colorado)

Team Roping Challenger: Sydney Ball (Header | Max Meadows, Virginia) and Kennlee Tate (Heeler | Shallow Water, Texas)

Barrel Racing Pro: Ryann Pedone (Sunset, Texas)

Barrel Racing Challenger: Fallon Forbes (O’Donnell, Texas)

Breakaway Roping Pro: Martha Angelone (Stephenville, Texas)

Breakaway Roping Challenger: Kylie Reininger (Seguin, Texas) 

These athletes secured their berths by achieving the No. 1 position on the 2024 Women’s Rodeo World Championship Leaderboard, including nominated competition efforts at events from April 2023 to April 2024. 

Reining WRWC champ: Martha Angelone

Of these No. 1-seeded athletes, Angelone is the lone contender to have previously been crowned a Women’s Rodeo World Champion.  

In 2023, after an electric record-setting season, Angelone emerged as the supreme competitor, delivering a clutch performance for the all-around race in to be crowned the 2023 WRWC All-Around World Champion, earning the accompanying $20,000 bonus and Coats saddle. On top of her All-Around win in 2023, she locked in the heading event title and Heading World Championship, taking more nearly $90,000 in earnings.  

The Virginia-native cowgirl will compete in three disciplines at the 2024 iteration of the event: team roping (heading), team roping (heeling), and breakaway roping.

Watch the 2024 WRWC

Fans will be able to watch the action daily on Cowgirl Channel, Cowboy Channel, Cowboy Channel + App and PBR RidePass on Pluto TV. The landmark event’s Championship Round on May 18 from AT&T Stadium will then be featured LIVE on CBS Sports Network during the telecast for the PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast – Championship. 

What is Women’s Week?

The 2024 Women’s Rodeo World Championship event is part of the second Women’s Rodeo World Championship Week, the richest women’s-only week of competition in Western sports, held during the 2024 PBR World Finals. The more than week-long schedule of events is slated to pay out $1.145 million in prize money, affording more than 800 women’s competitors the chance to compete for life-changing payouts. 

Since launching in May 2020, the WRWC has awarded more than $3 million in new money to women’s rodeo athletes. For more information about the WRWC visit wrwc.rodeo

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ABOUT WRWC

The Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) is the largest annual purse for a women’s rodeo event and will payout more than $750,000 in 2023 while crowning World Champions in the Women’s Rodeo disciplines; Team Roping, Breakaway Roping, and Barrel Racing. An all-around champion will also be crowned. WRWC is a culmination of a year-long race of women’s rodeo events worldwide. Athletes qualify for the WRWC by earning points and leaderboard positions using the VRQ (Virtual Rodeo Qualifier). The 2023 championship event will occur at the historic Cowtown Coliseum May 18-20.

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