Prominent cowgirls lined up on the steps of Cowtown Coliseum, a historic rodeo venue in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards.

 For three nights, May 18-20, the coliseum will be home to the 2023 Women’s Rodeo World Championship, billed as the “the world’s richest women’s only rodeo.” Other women’s events are also on the schedule throughout the week.

“This is a large celebration of female rodeo athletes. This week we will pay out over $1.1 million to cowgirls,” Women’s Rodeo World Championship Commissioner Linsay Rosser-Sumpter said. “We wanted to honor women.”

A news conference on May 15 – featuring National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Famer Pam Minick, Rosser-Sumpter, and other rodeo leaders – promoted Women’s Rodeo World Championship week where more than 800 competitors will have the chance to compete for the largest purses on record.

“For a very long time, women have just been on the back burner, in my opinion, when it came to rodeo,” Rosser-Sumpter said. “ In this industry, we’ve always been in the forefront of production and working really hard to make things happen. We are finally getting the chance to shine.”

 The Cowgirl Channel, a national cowgirl network launched in 2023, will broadcast the competitions on a national level, Rosser-Sumpter said. “It’s an amazing opportunity for the women in the sport.”

Championship week is being held at the same time as the PBR World Finals at Dickies Arena, which is in Fort Worth for the second straight year.

“Pioneers take the arrows. I’m not afraid to stand up here and say that the ladies deserve every opportunity that a man gets in the sport of rodeo,” Sean Gleason, the PBR commissioner said.

Cristian ArguetaSoto is the community engagement journalist at the Fort Worth Report. Contact him by email or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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Cristian ArguetaSotoCommunity Engagement Journalist

Cristian is a May 2021 graduate of Texas Christian University. At TCU, ArguetaSoto served as staff photographer at TCU360 and later as its visual editor, overseeing other photojournalists. A Fort Worth...