Rodeo athletes are now fighting for an even bigger prize. The WCRA’s Triple Crown of Rodeo (TCR) will give any athlete or group of athletes who win three consecutive WCRA major events a bonus of $1,000,000.
“We endeavor to lift the entire sport of Rodeo,” says WCRA CEO Gary McKinney. “The WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo is another tremendous advancement for all stakeholders; the athletes, the rodeos and the fans. Historically, outside of the road to the finals there has been no platform or continuity to align major rodeos – the TCR provides that vehicle.”
In 2020, the WCRA will couple two of their million-dollar Major Rodeos with Professional Bull Riders (PBR) elite series events, and both partners are looking forward to it.
“The WCRA Triple Crown of Rodeo is an exciting addition that will bring more drama, news value and fan buzz to major high-payout rodeos,” says PBR CEO Sean Gleason.
The scheduled TCR events start in Kansas City, Missouri, on February 28th for the Royal City Roundup. Then, the WCRA heads to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the May 17th Stampede at The E, and finish up in Tacoma, Washington on August 28th with the Puget Sound Showdown. The Kansas City and Tacoma events will be coupled with the 2020 PBR Unleash The Beast.
Despite its 2020 rodeo season launch, the TCR is not limited to next year’s season. Athletes can win on a rolling calendar basis; if their wins span years, it still counts. And, if athletes can’t compete in person, WCRA Virtual Rodeo Qualifier (VRQ) athletes can submit their records for a chance at the prize if they’re crowned champions at three consecutive WCRA Major Rodeos.
“Our 2020 WCRA Major Rodeo Event Series is already scheduled to pay over $5.1 million,” says WCRA President Bobby Mote. “The TCR is the platform that links this on-going series of events together from a media and public relations standpoint – with athletes in pursuit of the $1,000,000 bonus at every event. This is a big damn deal.”
The prize will be paid once annually, and it can be earned by one or more athletes. If athletes tie, the money will be split.
As if you weren’t already looking forward to next year’s season, the WCRA’s TCR adds another element of competition and excitement to the already invigorating sport. The first TCR event is the Royal City Roundup at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, February 28, 2020. Tickets go on sale Monday, November 4, 2019 10 a.m. CT and start at just $10, and can be purchased at the Sprint Center Box Office or by visiting sprintcenter.com.
For more information about the Triple Crown of Rodeo, visit triplecrownofrodeo.com.