The Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) is one of the largest rodeo sanctioning bodies in the world and is open exclusively to women eighteen years of age and older. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the Association currently has over 3,000 members from all over the contiguous United States, Canada, and Australia.
Founded 1948, the group organized and called itself the Girl's Rodeo Association (GRA). It began with 74 original members with 60 approved contests with a total payout of $29,000. In 1981, the GRA changed its name to the Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). The WPRA provides women a chance to compete in the timed events of barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, tie-down roping and the rough stock events of bareback and bull riding.