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WPRA Barrel Racers to be Featured at the All American ProRodeo Championships in 2010

6/9/10

The Women's 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 here."

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 Play, LLC.

"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.





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