Joey Williams finished 2022 ranked 7th in the world with $80,316. She placed in four out of 10 rounds at the NFBR in Las Vegas, winning the seventh round in a time of 1.9 seconds.
At the 2021 NFR Williams clocked the fastest time in two rounds - 1.7 and 1.8 - and shared fastest time in a third and won fifth place twice. Her two-day performance earned her fifth overall at the NFR prize money with $18,239 in prize money. She finished the year ranked 10th in the world.
In addition to her success at the NFR, 2021 also saw Joey named the year-end champion at the Montana Pro Rodeo Circuit finals.
The national spotlight is nothing new for the Montana resident. In 2012, Williams (then Joey Painter) won the breakaway national college title in her junior year at Black Hills State University. In college, Williams was also named All Around Cowgirl in the Great Plains Region Inter-Collegiate Rodeo.
Joey and her husband, Taylor, are the proud parents of two sons, Landon and Carson, and daughter Shay.
SHOP JOEY WILLIAMS' GEAR
Doing whatever it takes to win is something Joey Williams is totally comfortable with. At the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo in late February, “everyone was roping good,” she says with a laugh. Rather than cave under the weight of the competition, she - along with her horse, Babye - rose to the occasion to finish as reserve breakaway champion.
"Anything Can Happen"
She’s back, y’all. Sitting at No. 8 in the standings as September draws to a close, breakaway star Joey Williams is poised to qualify for her second consecutive trip to Las Vegas for the National Finals Breakaway Roping.
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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.
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 lists. Now, a year later, Williams, who is ranked 14th in the world, has earned a trip to the NFR next month in Las Vegas.
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 she’s going to drive all night if she can. Three little ones are waiting at home for their mom to return.
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