Ladies Barrel Racing to be a sanctioned WPRA event beginning in 2013

Calgary – The Calgary Stampede and the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) are pleased to announce that beginning in 2013, the Ladies Barrel Racing event at the Calgary Stampede will be a fully approved and sanctioned event for the WPRA, allowing competitors to earn valuable world standing dollars while competing at The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.



“The Stampede is thrilled to be returning as a sanctioned Barrel Racing event for the WPRA in 2013,” says Keith Marrington, director, Rodeo, Calgary Stampede. “The Stampede and the WPRA have worked extremely hard in the pursuit of this new agreement which ensures all the best barrel racers will be in action at numerous WPRA events, including the Calgary Stampede.”


The WPRA is also pleased to introduce an exciting new WPRA Qualifying Tour for the Calgary Stampede that begins this year.


“The Calgary Stampede is one of the greatest professional rodeos and we are excited to once again have an approved WPRA barrel race with them” said WPRA President Jimmie Munroe.  “The Board has been working for several weeks building a plan to insure as many opportunities as possible for our card members to qualify into Calgary’s 20 positions.”


With a goal of providing more opportunities for professional barrel racers to qualify for entry into Calgary (and possibly other limited entry rodeos), the WPRA Board has created the WPRA Qualifying Tour as another way for card members to earn a seat into many great rodeos.


Full details of the new WPRA Qualifying Tour and how the barrel racers will compete for entry into the 2013 Calgary Stampede are included in the attached Backgrounder. Additional information available at



For more information, please contact:


Doug Fraser

Media Relations Manager

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Jimmie Munroe

President, WPRA