Entertainment Icon Reba McEntire Receives 2024 Pam Minick Lifetime Achievement Award

McEntire, who grew up in rodeo and once raced barrels, was discovered at the National Finals Rodeo, then brought the Western lifestyle to some of world’s biggest stages 

FORT WORTH, Texas (May 14, 2024) – The Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) today announced that entertainment icon Reba McEntire is the recipient of the 2024 Pam Minick Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Pam Minick Lifetime Achievement Award was formed in 2023 recognizing female leaders who, during their lifetimes, have made outstanding contributions to Western sports, supported and elevated cowgirls, and made a significant and lasting impact on the industry. After the award’s namesake Minick was the inaugural recipient in 2023, McEntire is now the second woman to receive the honor.

“Growing up as the daughter of a World Champion steer wrestler, loving the rodeo industry, Reba McEntire became an entertainment icon from the work ethic and traditions she learned from her western heritage,” said Linsay Rosser Sumpter, Commissioner of the Women’s Rodeo World Championship. “We are honored to celebrate Reba and her passion for the Western industry. She’s the perfect representative for cowgirls and encourages them to strive to compete on a larger scale.  With the popularity of the Western lifestyle, Reba has shown our industry what it means to have the heart of a champion cowgirl and gives all cowgirls permission to have the same try in any aspect of life.”

McEntire grew up immersed in the Western lifestyle, traveling alongside her father Clark McEntire, a three-time PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) world champion steer wrestler, who has since been inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1988.

McEntire was a barrel racer during her youth, earning two buckles, rodeo helped launch her now legendary performing career. In 1974, McEntire was selected to sing the National Anthem during the National Finals Rodeo. During that performance she was discovered by recording artist Red Steagall who was so moved by her performance that he helped McEntire land her first recording contract. Five decades later, McEntire has now brought the Western lifestyle and country music to some of the world’s biggest stages, mounting a career that spans music, television, film, theater, retail and hospitality.

In January 2024, nearly 50 years after she was discovered, McEntire again performed the National Anthem, this time at Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. McEntire prominently wore her father’s 1957 steer wrestling championship belt buckle, which helped spur renewed interest in the sport of rodeo.

McEntire accepted the 2024 Pam Minick Lifetime Achievement Award in April in Oklahoma City at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and was again recognized during the Women’s Rodeo World Championship Gala on May 12 in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 2024 Women’s Rodeo World Championship, set to again award a historic $750,000 to hundreds of women’s rodeo athletes, will get underway with qualifying rounds from May 13-16 at Cowtown Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, before the concluding with the championship round on May 18 during the PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast – Championship at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas.

Fans will be able to watch the action daily on Cowgirl Channel, Cowboy Channel, Cowboy Channel + App and PBR RidePass on Pluto TV. The landmark event’s championship round on May 18 from AT&T Stadium will then be featured LIVE on CBS Sports Network during the telecast for the PBR World Finals: Unleash The Beast – Championship.

For more information about the Women’s Rodeo World Championship visit wrwc.rodeo.

About Reba McEntire:
Multi-media entertainment mogul Reba McEntire has become a household name through a successful career that includes music, television, film, theater, retail and hospitality. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Hollywood Bowl member has more than 50 award wins under her belt, earning honors from the ACM Awards, American Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, CMA Awards, GRAMMY® Awards and GMA Dove Awards. Reba was also a 2018 Kennedy Center Honors recipient, in addition to multiple philanthropic and leadership honors. Reba has celebrated unprecedented success including 35 career No.1 singles and more than 58 million albums sold worldwide. Reba earned her 60th Top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, extending her record for the most Top 10 hits among female artists. Reba’s Top 10 success spans five straight decades, landing her in the singular group with only George Jones, Willie Nelson, and Dolly Parton who have the same achievement. The Oklahoma native and Golden Globe® nominated actress has multiple movie credits to her name, a critically-acclaimed lead role on Broadway in Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, and starred in the 6-season television sitcom Reba. Reba has also proven to be a savvy entrepreneur, with longstanding brand partnerships including her Dillard’s clothing line and western footwear collection REBA by Justin™. She has even added restauranteur to the list with Reba’s Place, a restaurant, bar, retail and entertainment venue in Atoka, Oklahoma. Reba has returned as a coach on Season 25 of NBC’s The Voice. Her new book Not That Fancy landed on the New York Times bestseller list. For more information, visit www.Reba.com.

About Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC):

The Women’s Rodeo World Championship (WRWC) is the largest annual purse for a women’s rodeo event and will payout more than $750,000 in 2024 while crowning World Champions in the Women’s Rodeo disciplines; Team Roping, Breakaway Roping and Barrel Racing. An all-around champion will also be crowned. WRWC is a culmination of a year-long race of women’s rodeo events worldwide. Athletes qualify for the WRWC by earning points and leaderboard positions using the VRQ (Virtual Rodeo Qualifier).

 

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