Inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. September 23, 2020 – In conjunction with the Wrangler® National Finals Rodeo (NFR) at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, women ropers will compete for the 2020 world championship: The Wrangler® National Finals Breakaway Roping (NFBR) and a $200,000 purse at this three-day event.
Breakaway roping is one of the hottest events sanctioned by the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) is proud to share the venue with some of the best cowgirls in rodeo for this event. The PRCA and the WPRA have been working together for the last year to promote breakaway roping and grow the sport.
“We are thrilled that we’ve been able to move breakaway roping to this point and so appreciative of the good people at Wrangler, for helping us make this possible,” said George Taylor, chief executive officer of the PRCA. “We’re giving our fans everything they wanted and more at the Wrangler NFR this year. This 10-day event – the Super Bowl of rodeo – will be a spectacular fan experience.”
The Wrangler NFBR will take place over three days during the Wrangler NFR this year. Cowgirls competing for the 2020 world championship will be in the arena December 8-10, 2020. The Wrangler NFBR will be a separate ticketed event from the Wrangler NFR.
“We are excited about this new chapter in the storied history of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association,” said Doreen Wintermute, CEO of the WPRA. “While the WPRA has crowned a world champion dating back to the 70s this will be the first time it will be held on ProRodeo’s grandest stage. We are thankful for our partnership with the PRCA to grow this women’s discipline and this is a huge step to have this inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping event alongside the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo.”
"As a longtime supporter of the WPRA and PRCA, we are thrilled the talent and excitement of breakaway roping has landed for the first time at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo,” said Jeff Chadwick, Director-Western Special Events for Wrangler. “While the WPRA has crowned World Champions in breakaway roping for many years, this will be the first time it will crown a World Champion on ProRodeo’s grandest stage. A big thank you to the PRCA and the WPRA in coming together to make this happen. Long Live Cowgirls!”
“We’re a newer event and trying to earn our stripes like anybody else,” said Jordan Fabrizio, a top-ranked breakaway roper. “To have the opportunity to be in that environment, in that venue and compete at that level it’s just a spectacular opportunity for the sport of breakaway, the sport of rodeo, and for women and girls coming up.”
Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams praised the decision to name a world champion cowgirl roper at this year’s event.
“I couldn’t be prouder that the PRCA has selected Arlington for the inaugural Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping in December,” Williams said. “We can’t wait to crown the world champion breakaway cowgirl at Globe Life Field, the new gold standard venue not only for Major League Baseball but also for many special events, especially rodeo!”
Tickets for the 2020 Wrangler NFR will go on sale to the public September 25, 2020, at www.texasrangers.com/NFR. Tickets for the Wrangler NFBR will go on sale at a later date.
For fans who are unable to attend the Wrangler NFBR at Globe Life Field in December, the three performances will be live streamed on the Wrangler Network (www.wranglernetwork.com) and will be rebroadcast at a later date on The Cowboy Channel.