WPRA Team Roping World Champions Crowned in Waco

WACO, TEXAS — The Angelone sisters are quickly making a name for themselves and their Virginia family in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association.

Martha Angelone (pronounced – Ang-a-lone-e) topped the WPRA ProRodeo Breakaway rankings this year and will seek her first world title at the end of the month in Las Vegas, but it was her younger sister, Sarah who captured the the family’s first WPRA world title this weekend in Waco, Texas.

Sarah won the WPRA World All-around title and Martha finished as Reserve World Champion. Sarah finished the year with $8,060, while Martha won $7,590 at WPRA-sanctioned events that had more than one rope discipline contested at the same time. The sisters won all their 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 of the events offered – breakaway, team roping, tie down and all-around barrels.

Sarah walked over to Martha on the rope team and stalked Jessica Remsburg, also a former WPRA World Champion.

The Angelone sisters, who hail from Cross Junction, Va., and both now live in Texas, look to be a force for years to come. Martha is currently the family traveler, while Sarah chooses to stay closer to home, making the WPRA World Finals a perfect choice for her. She now looks forward to Martha adding another gold bow to the family trophy case Nov. 30 at the end of the Wrangler National Finals Breakaway Roping, presented by Teton Ridge at South Point Arena.

Joining Sarah Angelone in the circle of world champions were Hope Thompson and Lorraine Moreno in the rope crew and Tanegai Zilverberg in the tie-down rope.

Thompson won his third WPRA tag team world title and fourth WPRA world title overall. Thompson finished the year with $21,671 to book world champion Bailey Gubert’s $18,626.

Hope Thompson at the WPRA World Finals
Hope Thompson, courtesy of WPRA

Moreno won his first WPRA world title finishing the year with $17,994, while Rylie Smith finished as reserve champion with $12,245.

Two ladies who spent time as college rodeo coaches teamed up to win the average in Waco. Linsay Rosser-Sumpter and Taylor Munsell roped together three steers in one event in 24.3 seconds to win the title. Danielle Lowman and Jordi Edens finished second in 30.6. Lowman qualified for the NFBR in 2021 and Edens will make her first appearance in just a few weeks.

For the first time in his career, Tanegai Zilverberg won the world tie-down title. She finished the year with $4,155 to take the title from reigning world titlist Kari Nixon, who finished second with $2,877.

Zilverberg placed third in round one and also won round two en route to the average championship with a time of 52.9 seconds over three.

WPRA World Finals All-Around Results

World Champion: Sarah Angelone, $8,059.92
Reserve World Champion: Martha Angelone, $7,569.84

Finals All-Around Champion: Sarah Angelone, $8,059.92
Reserve Finals All-Around Champion: Martha Angelone, $7,569.84

WPRA World Finals Team Results


World Champion: Hope Thompson, $21,671.22

Reserve World Champion: Bailey Gubert, $18,626.28


World Champion: Lorraine Moreno, $17,994.28

Reserve World Champion: Rylie Smith, $12,245.22

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