It's been a long and winding road for ladies of rodeo but this year a group of talented breakaway ropers shattered glass ceilings left and right! We are proud to be associated with some of the leading ladies of women in rodeo like Lari Dee Guy, Hope Thompson, and Jackie Hobbs-Crawford. Breakaway roping is one of the hottest and fastest growing events sanctioned by the WPRA (Women's Professional Rodeo Association). Earlier this month history was made when breakaway ropers received their National Finals Rodeo back numbers. Held at Globe Field in Arlington, Texas, this year's NFR (also lovingly known as the "Super Bowl of rodeo") which ran December 3rd through 12th and paid out over $6,000,000 in prize money. The NFR, normally held in Las Vegas, was temporarily relocated this year to Arlington due to COVID-19.
Lari Dee Guy was a born and raised Texas horse girl! She ropes at her family ranch in Abilene, Texas and coaches clinics all over the world. She's been roping for 3 decades and is an eight time WPRA World Champion. This year, Lari Dee was bestowed with the highest honor given to individuals who have shown excellence in competition, business and support of rodeo and the western lifestyle in Texas when she was inductee into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame. About 8 years ago, Lari Dee launched the “Rope Like A Girl” campaign to help motivate young girls and women in the roping world. Lari Dee finished 4th in the World this year!
Hope Thompson was born and raised in Atlanta, Texas and attended McNeese State in Lake Charles, Louisiana where she won the breakaway roping event at College National Finals Rodeo in 2008. Hope works with Lari Dee Guy, training and teaching. Hope loves teaching people how to rope and watching them complete. Hope was quoted in her excitement about the future of women in rodeo and breakaway roping saying, “I feel that more women are going to get to make a living breakaway roping. If it’s something young women are passionate about doing, I feel their time is now. [The WCRA and the American] are giving us the opportunity to make the same money as the men.” Hope finished 6th in the World this year!
Jackie Hobbs-Crawford was born in Springfield, Illinois where she learned to ride and competed in speed events. At 12 years of age she moved to Sallisaw, Oklahoma and developed a love of roping. As a nineteen time WPRA World Champion, Jackie is a leader in roping and the rodeo scene. Nearing the end of her 2nd trimester, Jackie had her saddle horn taken off to protect her unborn baby girl, and with her doctor's permission competed at this year's NFR. To illustrate the true grit and character of women ropers, at the end of round 5, Jackie went to the judges and told them she needed to be changed to a no-time because they had missed her illegal head catch. All this aside, Jackie still went on to rope her way to becoming this year's World Champion.
CONGRATULATIONS to all the ladies of breakaway roping and thank you for all you do to help advance women in horse sports! Cheers and more continued success in 2021!
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