The 9th annual Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association (WRRA) Finals will take place at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Western State Bank Expo Center in Dodge City. The finals will feature sixty eight cowgirls representing 17 WRRA teams. It is the first time the finals have been held in Dodge City.
The event will feature teams of four competing in five different events that include trailer loading, sorting, tie down/ mugging, doctoring and branding. The past year has seen WRRA teams compete throughout Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska to earn the right to compete in Dodge City.
“People in Dodge City and people in Kansas like rodeo and ranch rodeo has always been a popular sport,” Mike Donnell, marketing director for the rodeo, said. “It’s a chance to come and see some of the top caliber contestants doing what they do.”
“It’s entertaining to watch and see the skill that these girls have,” Billie Franks, one of the association’s original organizers, said. “We want all the cowgirls out there that want to compete to be able to compete and show their skills and let the public know that we are part of the ranching heritage.”
The WRRA was originally begun in 2005. Franks said the organization was begun to boost opportunities for female ranchers and also raise awareness of their heritage. The organization originally featured participants from Kansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. It has now spread to Texas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming and Nevada.
Admission to the event is five dollars and proceeds go to support the Dodge City Community College rodeo team.
For more information on the WRRA, visit womensranchrodeo.com.