When the Women’s Ranch Bronc Championships association was started in 2017, they never imagined that a Hawaiian would take the buckle home. That’s just what happened in 2021 though when Lake Iolani Stevens won the Invitational during Cheyenne Frontier Days.
When needing another event to add excitement to the Texas Bronc Riding Association finals, a friend suggested women’s bronc riding. Daryl McElroy, Director of TBRA was hesitant at first. Nonetheless, he gathered six women, all from different states, for a Battle of the States at the Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Tx in 2017.
Ride TV was impressed with the ladies to say the least, and they asked McElroy if they could create a documentary show series while following the women of bronc riding.
“So we got together with some stock contractors and put together a kind of tour itinerary,” McElroy said.
The biggest stop on the itinerary in 2018 was CFD. During the Old West Show that kicks off the big event, women’s bronc riding was a hit, and received national coverage on Ride TV.
In 2019, WRBC stepped away from the television network, but wanted to continue what they had started. Women’s bronc riding was taking off, not only in America, but Canada and Australia as well. So the idea to host a world finals in Cheyenne was born.
Lake was behind in points this year after suffering a broken bone from a horse accident this spring. She cut her own cast off and won Round 2 in Utopia, TX to qualify for the world finals this year. With a few more great rides under her belt at the Black Hills Roundup, she’s ready to prove herself in the first WRBC World Finals during Cheyenne Frontier Days on July 24th.
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