Riding High Into NFBR
Riding High Into NFBR
It’s “go time” for NFBR qualifier Joey Williams - the breakaway finals start today at the South Point Arena in Las Vegas. This is Williams’ third consecutive trip to the NFBR. In 2021, the Montana cowgirl en...
Williams makes it 4 in a row for Lone Star in Cheyenne
Lone Star’s Joey Williams won it at all the Cheyenne Frontier Days (CFD) - becoming the fourth consecutive Lone Star pro team member to win the “Daddy of ‘Em All.” Williams finished 4th in the qualifying ...
Stepping Up Her Game
Stepping Up Her Game
Doing whatever it takes to win is something Joey Williams is totally comfortable with. Last week at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo, “everyone was roping good,” she says with a laugh. Rather than cave u...
Joey Williams: "Anything Can Happen"

After what she calls a “slow start” in the winter, Williams caught fire over the summer. She hovered around the top-15 through August - until winning big at the Ellensburg Rodeo in September. Though she didn’t begin the season the way she wanted, Williams never gave up hope to return to the NFBR.

Joey Williams: The Road Back to the NFR

Athlete. Mother. Wife. Rancher. Joey Williams is many things. And now, thanks to her electric performance  at the 2021 National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, she is one of breakaway’s breakout stars.

Williams continued her success on Monday at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, where she finished second in her bracket in round one with a time of 2.1 seconds to qualify for the FWSSR breakaway semifinals later this week. 

A Dream Come True
In junior high school in Montana, Joey Williams wrote an essay arguing why breakaway roping should be added as an event at the National Finals Rodeo. In 2020, the NFR added breakaway roping to its event list...
Joey Williams, Mother First
Joey Williams, Mother First
Joey Williams is on the road again. The world’s 14th-ranked breakaway roper has just finished an event and is driving back home. She says she hopes she makes it - her truck has not been running great - but s...
NFR qualifier Joey Williams makes it all work

Competing professionally in breakaway is a dream come true, Williams says. Up until a few years ago, the event had been only for women in high school, college, and amateur rodeos. Women in professional rodeo only competed in barrel racing at PRCA rodeos. But then, at the 2020 National Finals Rodeo (NFR) in Arlington, Texas, women ropers competed for the first-ever world championship.