On January 20, 2021 the Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) announced updates regarding challenger classification for the event held on November 1-6, in conjunction with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) World Finals. The WRWC will also be having a new technology release with the WRWC Leaderboard.
The new classification release will separate athletes into Pro and Challenger divisions. The Challenger classification will allow more opportunities for women competing and will also give every athlete a fair chance to compete at the WRWC.
The previous year the WRWC launched the inaugural event using this classification of Pro and Challenger. The Rodeo Logistics Athlete Classifications (RLAC) is what the athlete classification is established under. Equi-State is used for earnings in Barrel Racing, Global Handicaps is used in Team Roping and for the Breakaway Roping they use the Virtual Rodeo Qualifier. There are updated earnings for Barrel Racing, Breakaway Roping and Team Roping. As of January 1, 2021, the athlete’s status will be revealed as Pro or Challenger based on credible information.
The RLAC Classification will be applied to the 2021 WRWC Leaderboard. Challenger athletes who are ranked on the W21 leaderboard as of now, can choose the leaderboard they would like to compete in by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by February 28. However, new athletes on the W21 Leaderboard have until April 30 to choose. Once a Pro or Challenger classification athlete reaches 250, they cannot change leaderboards.
The nominations for the November 2021 WRWC will remain open until October 3. The event will pay put $750,000 and women all over the globe are eligible to qualify and compete.