By Ann Bleiker
The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association in partnership with Wrangler® is excited to announce the first ever Wrangler Network Tour for 2019. This new tour with long standing corporate partner Wrangler will bring additional opportunities for WPRA members to compete for bonus money at rodeos they are currently competing in.
“We are extremely excited to partner with Wrangler and the Wrangler Network to highlight some of the best rodeos in our business while offering our members a chance at a bigger paycheck at the end of the year,” said Doreen Wintermute, WPRA President. “Not only does this Tour provide bonus money for the barrel racers but also for our breakaway ropers, which has never been done before.”
The Wrangler Network Tour will feature a total of 18 barrel racing events and a minimum of 5 breakaway roping events for a total of 23. A total of $34,000 will be up for grabs in the barrel racing division paying eight places in the final Tour standings with the winner receiving $10,000. The breakaway roping will feature $15,000 in new bonus money paying five places with the top point earner receiving $5,000.
“As a longtime supporter of the WPRA the Wrangler brand is very proud to announce an extended three-year partnership, including the creation of a Wrangler Network Tour Bonus program,” said Jeff Chadwick, Director, Western Special Events. “In addition to the WPRA barrel racing bonus, we are extremely excited to include breakaway roping as part of the Wrangler Network Tour bonus program at selected WPRA sanctioned events – Long Live Cowgirls.”
Each of the events on the Wrangler Network Tour will be live streamed on Wrangler Network. A full explanation of the format and schedule of events can be found below.
Format: Points earned at each Wrangler Network WPRA approved live streamed rodeo will count for the Wrangler year-end bonus money. Points to be awarded based off the official results.
Point distribution will be as follows for each round and average:
If payout is 4 places = 1st = 40 points, 2nd = 30 points, 3rd = 20 points and 4th = 10 points
If payout is 8 places = 1st = 80, 2nd = 70, 3rd = 60, down to 8th = 10
If payout is 10 places = 1st = 100, 2nd=90, 3rd = 80 – down to 10th = 10
Following the final stop on the 2019 Wrangler Network Tour schedule the top eight point earners will receive bonus checks according to the following breakdown:
Barrel racing distribution Breakaway Roping distribution
1st = $10,000 1st = $5,000
2nd = $7,500 2nd = $4,000
3rd = $5,000 3rd = $3,000
4th = $4,000 4th = $2,000
5th = $3,000 5th = $1,000
6th = $2,000
7th = $1,500
8th = $1,000
Total = $34,000 Total= $15,000
2019 Wrangler Network Tour Schedule
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo – Jan. 25 – Feb. 9
San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo – Feb.7-23
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson, Ariz.) – Feb. 16-24
*Red Bluff (Calif.) Round-up – April 19-21
Clovis (Calif.) Rodeo – April 26-28
*Santa Maria (Calif.) Elks Rodeo – May 30 – June 2
Reno (Nev.) Rodeo – June 21-29
Ponoka (Alberta) Stampede – June 25 – July 1
Greeley (Colo.) Independence Stampede – June 27 – July 3
St. Paul (Ore.) Rodeo – July 2-6
Calgary (Alberta) Stampede – July 5 – 14
Sheridan WYO Rodeo – July 8 – 14
California Rodeo Salinas – July 18 – 21
Cheyenne (Wyo.) Frontier Days Rodeo – July 19 – 28
Dodge City (Kan.) Roundup – July 30 – Aug. 4
*Horse Heaven Round-Up (Kennewick, Wash.) – Aug. 20 – 24
*Ellensburg (Wash.) Rodeo – Aug. 30 – Sept. 2
*Pendleton (Ore.) Round-Up – Sept. 7 – 14
*WPRA World Finals – Oct. 18-20
*Denotes the events with WPRA approved breakaway roping
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