-2020 WCRA Rodeo Schedule will Feature More Than $5 Million In Payouts-
The 2020 schedule for the World Champions Rodeo Alliance begins a stretch run that will see the world’s top rodeo athletes battling it out for their piece of the $5 million in total purse. Each one-day $1 Million WCRA Major Rodeo will be coupled with a Professional Bull Riders elite series event in a major U.S. market.
The 2020 schedule includes four major rodeos beginning at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, followed by a late-May/early-June soon-to-be announced location. WCRA will then return to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the multi-performance Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo, and wrap up at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, Washington.
The first one-day $1 Million WCRA Major Rodeo of 2020 will be the Royal City Round Up on February 28, 2020, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. This WCRA Major Rodeo will be preceded by a timed events semifinal in Guthrie, Oklahoma, at the legendary Lazy E Arena from January 8–12, and a roughstock semifinals event at the Lewis Feild Bulls & Broncs from February 7–8 at Mavrick Center in Salt Lake City. These two semifinal events combined will award a guaranteed purse of $500,000.
“We are excited about announcing this 2020 schedule so early in the year,” WCRA president Bobby Mote said. “We have experienced rapid growth with the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier, and it is evident that we are positively impacting the sport of rodeo.”
Additionally, tie-down ropers will compete for a total $161,000 purse at the 2020 Royal City Roundup, which includes $50,000 carried over from the 2019 Title Town Stampede as a result of no qualified times during the showdown round in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
In support of the February 2020 event in Kansas City, Mote says WCRA will also move the previously scheduled October 2019 semifinals to a later date that is closer to the newly selected major.
“This extension of the nomination period will only benefit all rodeo athletes to earn more points and qualify for the Royal City Round Up,” Mote said.
The WCRA will then return to the Lazy E Arena for a $500,000 spring semifinals May 13–17, where athletes in all disciplines will again compete for eight positions at the late-May/early-June 2020 TBA $1 Million Major.For the third year in a row, WCRA will revisit the $17.5 million Days of ’47 outdoor arena July 20–24, 2020, for the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games & Rodeo. The top WCRA Athletes on the leaderboard will have the chance to win a gold medal along with a piece of the $1.125 million payout at the Salt Lake City event.
Tacoma, Washington, will play host to the final major of 2020, when the inaugural WCRA Puget Sound Showdown takes place August 28 at the Tacoma Dome. The world’s best will compete for more than $111,000 per discipline, with the champions walking away with a minimum of $50,000 each.
“For our major events, it’s a balancing act between the best interest of the athlete, the sport, and the fans,” Mote said. “The move to Kansas City is a result of our effort to develop a seasonal approach to our qualification platform and host all events in the series in the same calendar year.”
Athletes from around the globe have the opportunity to compete in the WCRA Major Events Series after qualifying through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) by nominating the rodeos or barrel races in which they’re already competing. With the National Barrel Horse Association as an official partner, be sure to nominate every barrel race you enter to earn WCRA points—whether it’s a neighborhood jackpot or the NBHA World Championships. All rodeo athletes interested in learning more about the VRQ should visit www.wcrarodeo.com.
All plans for broadcast will be announced at a later date.
Since launching in May of 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $4.565 million in new money to rodeo athletes.
Article provided courtesy WCRA.