After an electric record-setting season, Martha Angelone emerged the supreme competitor, delivering a clutch final day of the all-around race in Fort Worth, Texas, to be crowned the 2023 WRWC (Women’s Rodeo World Championship) All-Around World Champion, earning the accompanying $20,000 bonus and Coats saddle.
Angelone, who began earning points for the title in April 2022, finished the race with more than 14,300 points ahead of reigning all-around world champion, Hope Thomson’s 16,009 points.
The Virginia Cowgirl is competing in three separate disciplines, team roping heading, team roping heeling, and breakaway roping. Despite not earning a qualified time during the event in the breakaway, Angelone’s 22,307 points on her breakaway leaderboard standings coming into the event, was good to earn the $5,000 Pro World Championship Bonus. Harley Pryor earned the round win, notching a 8.09-second average. In the challenger division, Kinlie Brennise held onto the top spot to take the challenger round win, snagging a 7.97-second average time for the round.
At the end of the semi-finals round, the $5,000 world champion bonus was paid out to athletes in all disciplines from both the PRO Leaderboard and the Challenger Leaderboard. The award was based on total points earned from the combined Leaderboards. The Athletes who earned the $5,000 bonus in each discipline and division are:
|Pro Header||Bev Robbins|
|Pro Heeler||Jessy Remsburg|
|Challenger Header||Sydney Ball|
|Challenger Heeler||Sally Ball|
|Pro Barrel Racer||Laura Mote|
|Challenger Barrel Racer||Julie Plourde|
|Pro Breakaway Roper||Martha Angelone|
|Challenger Breakaway Roper||Rylie Romero|
Backed by a dominant showing, including the fastest time of the week, 18-year-old Barrel Racer Laura Mote was on a mission and surged to the top of the semi-final round leaderboard after a dominant 12.907-second run to win the bonus. Mote set the arena record for the pattern while sitting atop Red Hot Redbull. Mote defeated WCRA barrel racing champion Cheyenne Wimberely’s 13.096-second time. Even though Wylie Jo Hodge’s 13.288-second run won the round, Julie Plourde earned the world championship cash bonus in the challenge division.
Team roping combo Kelsey Russey and Tammy West-White garnered a 21.22 average time, cracking into the No. 1 spot in the pro division ahead of Jackie Crawford and Martha Angelone who ran a 22.14-second average. In the challenger division, 16-year old Kaitlyn Torres and Kyla Stamps 29.65-second average catapulted them to the top ranks ahead sister Sydney and Sally Ball, who ended with an average 34.64-second time.
The top 12 athletes in each discipline will advance to Saturday’s Showdown Round, where the top three will advance to the Triple Crown of Rodeo Round to compete for the Event Champion and $60,000.
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