The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) is the oldest women’s sports organization in the U.S.
It all started in 1948 with a group of Texas ranch women who wanted to add a little color and femininity to this rough-and-tumble sport and change the way women were being treated in the male-dominated world of rodeo.
They banded together to create the very first professional sports association solely for women by women – the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA), later becoming, in 1981, the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA).
The WPRA provides women across the United States and Canada opportunities to compete in the timed events of barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and tie-down roping.
From its 74 original members with 60 events and a total prize payout of $29,000, it is now a computerized association with more than 2,500 hundred members, over 1,200 events and a total prize payout of over 4.8 million dollars!
Super 8 salutes the WPRA and is happy to be a part of this terrific organization.
For more information on the WPRA and a list of events, please visit www.wpra.com.