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...
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.