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Event Info

WCRA DY is a year-long leaderboard race of rodeo events worldwide culminating at the World Championship Junior Rodeo (WCJR). The $200,000 added event will take place in Guthrie, OK at the Lazy E Arena the July 25-29, 2023. Athletes can qualify by nominating their rodeo efforts and earning points for the WCRA DY leaderboard positions using the VRQ (Virtual Rodeo Qualifier). Athletes can nominate their rodeo efforts until Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. to nominate and earn points. The top 16 on the leaderboard will qualify for the event with no entry fees.

Frequently Asked Questions

What and Where is the Championship Event?

In July 2022, WCRA and the Lazy E Arena announced a breakthrough collaboration on the Cinch World Championship Junior Rodeo (WCJR) presented by Montana Silversmiths. The two properties joined forces to host the World Championship event in Guthrie, Oklahoma July 25-29, 2023.

What is the Payout?

The 2023 WCRA Division Youth (DY) event will have $200,000 in added prize money and is open to any youth athlete ages 19 and under (as of the first day of competition)

Final payout will be announced at a later date

How to Nominate

  1. DOWNLOAD THE WCRA APP IN THE APP STORE HERE
  2. HIT SIGN IN OR REGISTER
  3. SELECT NOMINATE
  4. ENTER EVENT NAME OR LOCATION
  5. SELECT DISCIPLINE
  6. SELECT THE DATE OF THE COMPETITION
  7. CONFIRM PAYMENT

Nomination Deadline

Athletes can nominate their rodeo efforts starting on May 2, 2022 and have until Sunday, June 25, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. to earn points. Must be nominated before the official start time of the event.

Nomination Window: May 2 – June 25, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Eligible Athletes and Entry Fees

Timed Event:

Leaderboard No. 1 – 16 (Junior and Youth): Will be eligible to participate in the world championship event with no entry fees. Must be 19 years of age on of July 24, 2023 to be eligible to enter for all disciplines in Junior


Leaderboard No. 1: (Junior and Youth):– seeded to Showdown Round, eligible to participate in Qualifying Rounds for prize money, World points and AAC points. Must be 15 years of age on of July 24, 2023 to be eligible to enter for all disciplines in Youth.

Must be 13 years of age to participate in the VRQ.

Qualifier Series Generic Qualifications

Winning a DY Qualifier Series event is paramount for the athlete.  There will be up to 12 generic qualifications per discipline.

Complimentary entry fees & generic qualification to the Qualifying Rounds

Leaderboard rank takes precedent for eligibility. Will not drop down to fill vacated QS spots.

Disciplines Eligible For Nominations

19 and Under Junior Classification Disciplines:

  • Bareback Riding
  • Saddle Bronc Riding
  • Bull Riding
  • Steer Wrestling
  • Tie Down Roping
  • Team Roping-Header
  • Team Roping-Heeler
  • Ladies Breakaway Roping
  • Ladies Barrel Racing
  • Ladies Poles Bending
  • Ladies Goat Tying

(BB, SB, BR, SW – Must be a minimum of 15 years of age to nominate and must be 16 years of age as of July 24, 2023 to be eligible to enter and compete at the July 2023 world championship event)

13-15 Youth Classification Disciplines:

  • Tie-Down Roping
  • Team Roping-Header
  • Team Roping-Heeler
  • Ladies Breakaway Roping
  • Ladies Barrel Racing
  • Ladies Poles Bending
  • Ladies Goat Tying 
Tiered Leaderboard

WCRA will implement a tiered leaderboard system for DY beginning with the 2023 season. Athletes 13-19 years of age are eligible to nominate events toward the DY leaderboards. Maximum and minimum ages are based on the athlete’s age on the first day of the world championship event (July 25, 2023). 

  • Junior Classification – 19U (19 years of age to 13 years of age) 
  • Youth Classification – 13-15 (athletes 13 years of age up to 15 years of age). If an athlete between the ages of 13-15 prefers to participate in the Junior Division, they may opt-out of the Youth Division by contacting [email protected].
  • Athletes may only participate in one DY leaderboard per discipline. They are eligible to participate in a discipline on the Junior Leaderboard and a separate discipline on the Youth Leaderboard. 

With the separation of athlete competition at WCRA events, Junior & Youth athletes participating in the DY leaderboards will now be eligible to simultaneously participate in the WCRA TCR / WRWC open leaderboards. 

  • Open Disciplines – Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding, Steer Wrestling: Must be a minimum of 15 years of age to nominate and must be 16 years of age to enter and compete at the event. 
  • Open Disciplines – Bull Riding: Must be a minimum of 18 years of age to nominate, enter and compete at the event per PBR membership rules. 
Open Entry
  • Athletes will also be able to enter the event through open entry without qualification, and take their shot by competing through the qualifying rounds.
World Champions Bonus
  • World Champions will be crowned in all disciplines and the All-Around from both the 19 and under (19U) Junior Leaderboard and the 13-15 Youth Leaderboard. World Championship cumulative points will accrue through the entire segment (May 2, 2022 – June 25, 2023) and extend through select rounds of competition during the world championship event.

19 and under World Champion Bonuses:

  • All Around Champion – $4,000 
  • Each Discipline – $2,000 

13-15 World Champion Bonuses:

  • All Around Champion – $2,000 
  • Each Discipline – $1,000