–Additional Incentive Provides Direct Benefit To All Rodeo Athletes–
AUSTIN, TEXAS- The World Champions Rodeo Alliance announced August 19 that the No. 1 athlete on the WCRA Leaderboard in each discipline from each segment will automatically advance to WCRA one-day $1 Million Major Rodeos.
This incentive will take effect immediately, giving the top athlete in Segment Four direct advancement to the first one-day $1.05 Million WCRA Major Rodeo of 2020, the Royal City Round-Up. The event will be hosted on February 28, 2020, at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Athletes from around the globe have the chance to earn the No. 1 spot on the leaderboard when nominating their efforts through the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier until December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
As an official partner with the National Barrel Horse Association, the WCRA and NBHA encourage barrel racers to nominate every NBHA-sanctioned and non-sanctioned event they compete in.
“Historically we have rewarded those in the upper portion of the leaderboard going into a semifinals with placement into the later rounds,” WCRA president Bobby Mote said. “Feedback from athletes has helped us offer this new ultimate incentive if you are ranked No. 1. Athletes can now advance directly to the major, regardless of your performance at the semifinals. We believe this will reward top athletes who earn points through successful competition and participation in the VRQ.”
Mote also states that athletes who place first on the leaderboard may still choose to compete in the semifinals for additional earnings. Along with this new No. 1 incentive for VRQ users, there are additional incentives related to leaderboard positions. Please see WCRA Segment Four Semifinals positions here.
In addition, the WCRA Royal City Roundup will feature an extra $50,000 in the tie-down roping due to no qualified times in the Showdown Round at the June WCRA Titletown Stampede in Green Bay. This prize money will carry forward to make it a $100,000 payday for the WCRA Royal City Roundup Tie-Down Champion, with a qualifying run. All other disciplines will compete for $111,000 per go, with the champions getting the opportunity to earn $50,000 in each discipline.
Since launching in May 2018, the WCRA and its partners have awarded more than $5,600,000 in new money to rodeo athletes.
WCRA is a professional sport and entertainment entity, created to develop and advance the sport of rodeo by aligning all levels of competition. In association with PBR, WCRA produces major rodeo events, developing additional opportunities for rodeo industry competitors, stakeholders and fans. To learn more visit wcrarodeo.com. For athletes interested in learning more about the WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier, visit app.wcrarodeo.com