Professional Rodeo Association is pleased to announce
their involvement in the All American ProRodeo Series
and the Championship event, which in 2010 will include
more than 450 rodeos from coast to coast. Every PRCA/WPRA
approved rodeo with total added money of $30,000 or
less will automatically be included in the series.
"In our continuing effort with
the PRCA to improve professional rodeo, the WPRA is
excited for its members be included in the All American
ProRodeo Series where barrel racers will compete for
equal money," said WPRA President Kathi Myers.
"This is a great step forward and gives our members
a chance to earn their spot into a major championship
event and compete for additional money."
The All American ProRodeo Series
will culminate with the All American ProRodeo Championships,
slated for October 7-16, 2010 in Waco, Texas. The top
30 series contestants in each event-bareback riding,
steer wrestling, team roping, saddle bronc riding, tie-down
roping, barrel racing and bull riding-based on total
points earned at a minimum of 30 All American ProRodeo
Series events will qualify for the All American ProRodeo
Championships. Contestants earn a point for every dollar
won at series rodeos, and also receive 50 bonus points
per series rodeo where they compete.
"We are excited to have barrel
racing back giving us a full slate of rodeo events for
the upcoming All American ProRodeo Championship,"
said Wes Allison, Heart O' Texas Fair Complex President/CEO.
"Barrel racing is a great event and really appeals
to the fans. We are looking forward to hosting the barrels
racers of the WPRA in this championship event and want
to really make them feel like champions while they are
WPRA contestants who qualify for
the All American ProRodeo Championships will run at
more than $60,000. The prize money is made up of equal
contributions from the WPRA, the host Heart O' Texas
Fair & Rodeo Committee and the PRCA along with entry
fees of $250 from 30 contestants. The WPRA contribution
was made possible by the generous donation of Mr. and
Mrs. Troy Gibbs of Mansfield, La., who owns Haynesville
"Our goal was to help give
the girls who can't haul full-time a chance to compete
at a Championship event like the All-American,"
said Mary Gibbs, owner of Haynesville Play. "As
a card holder myself I know how hard it is to have a
good horse and also the time to compete full-time on
the rodeo circuit. The All American Series gives ladies
a chance to compete closer to home with their good horses
and then be rewarded for their success by qualifying
to compete for good money at a Finals type event.
"To me the little rodeos and
these ladies are the heart of the Association and it
is important to keep this piece alive. While these competitors
might not be able to make it to Las Vegas (Nev.) - Waco
(Texas) can be their Las Vegas."
Money won at the All American ProRodeo
Championships in Waco will not count toward the WPRA
world standings or Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualification.
WPRA members have been competing
at these rodeos since the series began and current standings
are now available online at www.wpra.com.