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Angelone Sisters Dominate at WPRA World Finals, Ganter Wins Card Holder Race
Written by: Ann Bleiker< Back to Articles
WPRA WORLD FINALS RODEO
NOVEMBER 12, 2022
WORLD CHAMPION ALL AROUND: Sarah Angelone, $8059.92
RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION ALL AROUND: Martha Angelone, $7569.84
FINALS ALL AROUND CHAMPION: Sarah Angelone, $8059.92
RESERVE FINALS ALL AROUND CHAMPION: Martha Angelone, $7569.84
Tie Down Roping: WORLD CHAMPION: Tanegai Zilverberg, $4155.33
RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION: Kari Nixon, $2876.69
Breakaway Roping: NATIONAL CHAMPION: Josie Conner, $54,432.61
RESERVE NATIONAL CHAMPION: Martha Angelone, $41,862.02
Team Roping: HEADERS
WORLD CHAMPION: Hope Thompson, $21,671.22
RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION: Bailey Gubert, $18,626.28
TEAM ROPING – HEELERS
WORLD CHAMPION: Lorraine Moreno, $17,994.28
RESERVE WORLD CHAMPION: Rylie Smith, $12,245.22
WACO, TEXAS – The Angelone sisters are quickly making names for themselves and their Virginia family in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.
Martha Angelone (pronounced – Ang-a-lone-e) has dominated the WPRA ProRodeo Breakaway standings this year and will be looking for her first world title the end of the month in Las Vegas, but it was her younger sister, Sarah who captured the family’s first WPRA World Title this weekend in Waco, Texas.
Sarah won the WPRA All-Around World Title with Martha finishing as reserve world champion. Sarah finished the year with $8,060, while Martha won $7,590 at WPRA approved events that had more than one roping discipline being contested at the same time. The sisters won all their all-around money at this weekend’s WPRA World Finals at Extraco Event Center. Sarah competed in breakaway roping and team roping, while Martha competed in all events offered – breakaway, team roping, tie-down and all-around barrels.
Sarah headed for Martha in the team roping and heeled for Jessica Remsburg, a former WPRA world champion as well.
The Angelone sisters, originally from Cross Junction, Virginia, and now are both living in Texas, look to be a force for years to come. Martha is currently the traveler in the family, while Sarah elects to stay closer to home making the WPRA World Finals a perfect fit for her. She is now looking forward to Martha adding another gold buckle to the family trophy case on Nov. 30 at the conclusion of the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping, presented by Teton Ridge at the South Point Arena.
Joining Sarah Angelone in the world champions circle was Hope Thompson and Lorraine Moreno in the team roping and Tanegai Zilverberg in the tie-down roping.
Thompson captured her third WPRA team roping world title and fourth WPRA world title over all. Thompson finished the year with $21,671 to reserve world champion Bailey Gubert’s $18,626.
Moreno captured her first WPRA world title finishing the year with $17,994, while Rylie Smith finished reserve champion with $12,245.
Two ladies that have spent time as college rodeo coaches teamed up together to win the average in Waco. Linsay Rosser-Sumpter and Taylor Munsell roped three steers in an event best 24.3 seconds to take the title. Danielle Lowman and Jordi Edens were second in a time of 30.6. Lowman qualified for the NFBR in 2021 and Edens will make her first appearance in just a few weeks.
Taking home the tie-down roping world title for the first time in her career was Tanegai Zilverberg. She finished the year with $4,155 to take the title from the reigning world titlist Kari Nixon, who finished second with $2,877.
Zilverberg placed third in the first round and won the second round en route to the average championship as well with a time of 52.9 seconds on three.
The WPRA Boot Barn Card Holder race came to an end on Sunday morning with Jackie Ganter of Abilene, Texas, taking the title. Ganter turned in the fastest time on Sunday morning stopping the clock in 15.682 seconds to win the round. Ganter was aboard Howes A Tycoon and won the average in a total time of 47.565 on three runs.
All money won in the card holder race will count toward 2023 ProRodeo World Standings and the race also served as a qualifier for RodeoHouston. Ganter last qualified for the NFR in 2016, but 2023 might be the year she returns to the Thomas and Mack if this weekend was any indication.
Reigning world champion Jordon Briggs looked to be in championship form finishing second in the average with 47.675. Briggs and Rollo finished second in the final round in a time of 15.854 seconds. She will be looking to add another world title to her resume in Las Vegas, Dec. 1-10.
Brooklyn Balch took home the permit only race title finishing with a total time of 48.327 seconds on three runs. Balch and Quickaintfair entered the final round in the driver’s seat and remained atop the leaderboard following the short round. Balch won the second round of the permit only race in a time of 15.911 and was third in the final round in a time of 16.129 seconds. Rylee Leach won the short round in a time of 16.062 seconds and finished second in the average with 48.635. Look for both ladies on the rodeo trail in 2023 during their rookie season.
Full results of all competition from the weekend can be found at www.wpra.com.