Today in 1948, the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA), now called the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), was formed in San Angelo, Texas, when 38 cowgirls created the organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in the sport of rodeo. The founders, who met to organize and established goals, determined to raise the standards of cowgirl contests and to protect cowgirls from unfair practices.
The earliest pioneers of the GRA were ropers, bronc riders, and barrel racers. Today, the Association is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado and boasts of over 2,500 members. The WPRA is the oldest organization of women athletes in America and the only one governed entirely by women.
“Courage is being scared to death – and saddling up anyway.” ~ John Wayne