After a busy and
exciting weekend at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas,
the new home for the WPRA World Finals, champions were crowned
in all the roping events.
Entering the weekend reigning world
champion heeler Ashley Mills of Live Oak, Fla., was the
only one assure of another title. She entered the finals
with an astounding $18,300 on the season, with her closest
competitor Annette Stahl with just over $5,200. This fact
didn't slow down either competitor.
Mills - 2013 World Champion Heeler
Mills roped with Jackie Hobbs and finished second in the
average with a four run total of 37.5 seconds, en route
to her second consecutive world title.
Hobbs and Mills finished behind
Lari Dee Guy and Stahl who captured the average title with
a total time of 33.2 seconds on four runs. Guy, who was
shut-out of the title race in 2012, returned to the winner's
circle capturing a fifth world title but first in the team
roping heading category. Prior to 2013, Guy had won two
world titles in the team roping heeling and two in the breakaway
Dee Guy - 2013 World Champion Header
Another competitor not used to
being shutout is Jackie Hobbs. In 2012, she also missed
a trip to the winner's circle but that wasn't the case in
2013. Hobbs captured the tie-down roping title for the first
time since 2010. She finished second in the four run average
with a total time of 61.4 seconds, en route to the title.
2011 World Champion tie-down roper Kari Woodall won the
average in a time of 60.2 seconds.
Hobbs - 2013 World Champion Tie-Down Roper
The breakaway roping world title
was among the most competitive race in Waco. When the dust
settled Hope Thompson was atop the standings winning her
first WPRA world title. The average was won by WPRA Rookie
Whitney DeSalvo with a four run time of 9.9 seconds. Hobbs
was second in the average with a 10.3.
Thompson - 2013 World Champion Breakaway Roper
Full results can be found at www.wpra.com.
Finals set to kickoff in new home in Waco
WPRA's elite will converge on the EXTRACO Events Center
in Waco, Texas, for the 2013 WPRA World Finals, October
Many of the WPRA members will be familiar
with this great facility as it serves as the home for
the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo, the All-American
ProRodeo Finals and the Ram Texas Circuit Finals Rodeo.
The facility features two indoor arenas - the EXTRACO
Coliseum, known as one of the largest indoor arenas in
the State of Texas, and the EXTRACO Show Pavilion. In
addition to the great arenas the facility boasts 700 dirt
stalls, 250 RV spaces, a large exhibitor area and plenty
of hotel accommodations in the area.
This year's event will boast over
$95,000 in added and bonus money. In addition, eight
world champions will be crowned along with numerous 2013
WPRA World Finals champions. Back by popular demand will
be the $10,000 added Permit Only event, giving permit
and new members a chance to fill their permit at the end
of the week. The cardholder race will once again boast
$20,000 in added money with money counting toward limited
entry qualifications for 2014.
Returning for the third year will
be a Saturday night performance that will feature the
final round of the Junior Division barrel race, a bonus
round for WPRA's top ropers and will conclude with a WPRA
World Finals Pro Futurity slot race that will feature
4 and 5-year old horses competing in a one-run finals.
D&G Productions will serve as
the ground crew. D&G Productions is a very respectable
crew that handles the ground for the majority of the events
at EXTRACO and will work to have fast, consistent and
safe ground for all competitors. T.C. Long will be the
co-producer for the event along with the WPRA.
World Titles up for grabs
World Champions will be named in the standard WPRA
Roping events (Team Roping - Heading and Heeling, Breakaway
and Tie-Down) as well as the WPRA Junior barrel race,
the WPRA Futurity (for horses 5-years-old and younger)
and the WPRA Derby (for horses 7-years-old and younger).
A total of $10,000 in added money will be up for grabs
in the team roping (split evenly between heading and heeling),
while $5,000 will be added to the breakaway, derby and
junior world title race. A total of $5,000 will be added
to the tie down roping.
The breakaway roping world title race
is shaping up to be one of the most exciting heading into
the 2013 World Finals. As of Sept. 15 there was only a
$653 separation between first and fourth place. Leading
the way is Coralee Spratt of Lysite, Wyo., with just over
$4,700, followed closely by WPRA Rookie Chelsie Willhoite
of McClave, Colo., with just over $4,500. Willow Raley
of Baggs, Wyo., is third and Hope Thompson of Abilene,
Texas, rounds out the top four with just over $4,000 won
on the year. Reigning world champion Erin Johnson is seventh
with just under $2,000 in 2013 earnings.
Three-time WPRA world champion tie-down
roper and three-time all-around world champion Jackie
Hobbs leads the field in the tie-down roping with just
over $2,000 won. Jessica Mosher of Karval, Colo, and Erin
Johnon of Pueblo, Colo., are within striking distance
as they enter the WPRA World Finals. Reigning world champion
Kelsie Chace of Weatherford, Okla., has an uphill climb
with just over $500 won on the season.
After being shut-out of a world title
in 2012, Lari Dee Guy of Abilene, Texas, is looking to
add a fifth world title to her resume but this time it
appears it will come in the team roping heading category,
an event she has yet to win. Guy has amassed over $20,000
on the season followed by Tibba Smith with just over $16,300.
Guy has won two world titles in the team roping heeling
and breakaway roping, respectively.
Reigning world champion heeler Ashley
Mills of Live Oak, Fla., is the only WPRA roper that enters
the World Finals having already solidified a 2013 World
Title. Mills has won over $18,300 for 2013 and her closest
competitor is Annette Stahl with just over $5,200. There
is no way that anyone can catch Mills for the title.
WPRA Card Holders
Although the WPRA World Champion Barrel Racer will not
be crowned until December at the Wrangler NFR, the WPRA
World Finals will feature several opportunities for members
including naming a World Finals champion barrel racer
upon conclusion of the $20,000 Added CardHolders Race.
While the Wrangler NFR is reserved for the top 15, this
class is open to ALL current CardHolders and Gold Card
members. Money won in the 1D 2013 cardholder race will
apply toward the 2014 qualification standings as long
as the individual has competed at 10 PRCA/WPRA rodeos
in 2013 and it will also be the kickoff for the 2014 WPRA
Permit Only members
The WPRA World Finals is once again offering a $10,000
Added Permit Only barrel race. This "get you started"
class is a perfect opportunity to win a large sum of money
and fill your permit allowing you to buy a WPRA card as
the 2014 Rodeo season gets into full swing.
$5,000 is being added to the Junior barrel race as an
incentive for our younger members to make the trip. Making
the World Finals the premier Junior event of the season,
as it should be. Upon the conclusion of this event the
2013 Junior World Champion will be crowned based on total
money won during the year, including the World Finals
The WPRA World Finals Card Holder
and Permits Only events shall consist of two long rounds,
and a short round (with the top 30 average times from
the two long rounds). The fastest three run average determines
the 2013 WPRA World Finals Champion. The Junior barrel
race will consist of two long goes. These three classes
will run on a 2D format with a ½ second split.
Pro Futurity and Derby
The Pro Futurity event offers $13,500 added money, and
$5,000 added in the Pro Derby. The Pro Futurity will be
run on a 2D Format (full second split) and the Derby will
be a straight payoff, with both classes consisting of
two long goes and an average.
For more information on the
WPRA World Finals, visit www.wpra.com.